Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. The highlighter had rich color payoff in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly on my skin. The consistency was soft, lightly creamy, and dense without being too firm or too thick in the pan. It blended out easily on my skin, and it didn’t accentuate my natural skin texture but was on the edge (to my eye) that it might be a concern for those with more textured skin. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me.
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$14.00/0.28 oz. - $50.00 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to have a "creamy" finish that is "weightless" that have an "explosive, prismatic effect." A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen--more shine than shimmer--that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren't quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn't have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading. One thing to note, I don't think the term "prismatic" is a good descriptor of these, a only one shade had true shift (Stardust was a duochrome), and I'm wondering if the brand understood the term before using it (as it's not a case where I can see an attempt at a duochrome--the range includes very standard highlighting shades).
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Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Polypropylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).
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