Stila Mystere Shade Mystere Highlighting Face Gloss ($28.00 for 0.25 oz.) has a soft, translucent copper base with flecks of copper, pink, and silver pearl and larger sparkle/micro-glitter. It’s supposed to have “three marbleized shades” that come together to yield a “subtle, multidimensional, glossy, colored sheen” that can be used “all over” or as a “spotlight.” The brand recommended using “fingers or a sponge” for application to “face, cheeks, or body.”
The texture was smooth, moderately emollient, and just a touch tacky in the pot, though it seemed to dry down for the most part and did not feel sticky to the touch on my skin. I used fingertips to apply, which worked well to pick up and distribute the product onto my cheekbones for a light highlight. The sparkle did not appear too gritty or chunky, and it seemed to reflect light well (so it didn’t look like dirt at any time). I didn’t notice it lifting my liquid foundation when I tried it over a base to check for how it applied. On its own, it lasted for seven hours before I noticed slight migration of glitter.
- MAC Snowflushed (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
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Mineral Oil, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polybutene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Ozokerite, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Mica, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxide (Ci 77491), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).