Melt Cosmetics Phoenix is a moderately warm-toned, dark copper with a metallic finish. It is a limited edition highlighter that retails for $39.00 and contains 0.28 oz.
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Melt Cosmetics Phoenix Digital Dust Highlight ($39.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a deep copper with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a natural sheen. It had opaque pigmentation but the firmer texture meant it was easy to pick up less product for more buildable coverage if that was preferred. The cheek product stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. It had a much less intense finish compared to most highlighters on the market, especially with this more powder-gel hybrid formula.
The texture was firmer, denser but very smooth without any powderiness, yet it applied evenly and blended out with little effort. The key takeaway is that with this type of formula, a moderately dense brush will work best to pick up product; it's more aptly described as firm as stiff, but more feathery brushes (like a fan brush) may pick up product poorly.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
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