Highlighters give this dark-skinned girl anxiety. There was the $75 Dior highlighter I bought after a boozy brunch (zero makeup inhibitions at that moment) that turned out too ashy. Boy – that hurt the wallet and the soul. There was the liquid highlighter that despite master blending, refused to blend leaving me looking like a streaky C-3PO. I loved Fenty Beauty’s Trophy Wife Highlighter, but I don’t have Pat McGrath-level makeup artistry skills to apply it properly. It’s now relegated to an inner eye highlight only.
Thankfully, I found Becca’s Topaz and Chocolate Geode highlighters which are perfect, but they cost almost $50 each. As I don’t wear highlighters too often, I wanted something that had more bang for the buck, but still made a ton of impact. That’s where Maybelline’s Master Chrome and Holographic Highlighters come in…thank goodness.
After being shocked at the high pigmentation of the Trophy Wife Highlighter, I grabbed a fan brush to apply the 100 Molten Gold colour. I didn’t know quite what to expect, but after a light application, I was pleasantly surprised! It gave me a beautiful highlight that boosted my summer skin that is a few shades darker than normal. It also gave me a really nice blurred, dewy effect that I love. The 050 Molten Rose Gold colour is also perfect for boosting a sunny glow with a hint of pink warmth.
Maybelline’s Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter is a serious favourite. At first glance, it’s a bright white, opalescent powder. Look closely and you’ll pick up hints of rose gold, blue and green shimmer. I had initially written it off as being too light for my skin, but it’s seriously perfect. I apply it to my upper cheek area for a subtle opalescent shine. The rose gold sparkles really pop and look great! I have nothing like this in my collection and I didn’t think I’d reach for it this much! This shade also looks lovely as a browbone highlighter and dabbed over lipgloss.
Those who prefer more impact should grab a dense stippling, foundation or fluffy blush brush for serious impact. And pro tip: these metallic highlighters look fabulous on shoulders and decolleté in the summer. Think extra beautiful skin for all of those off-the-shoulder tops and dresses.
For those not too interested in laying down major bucks for a highlighter, the Maybelline Master Chrome collection is my top suggestion for you. At $13.99 CAD, it performs just as well as the pricier ones.
Have you tried Maybelline Master Chrome and Master Holographic Highlighters? Which one is your fave?
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