Do you remember the last time a drugstore product was this hyped up and difficult to find? Maybe the L’Oreal sponges or the L’Oreal x Balmain lipstick collection but I still think those two releases paled in comparison to the Maybeline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter ($20 CAD).
My thoughts in short: I’m not obsessed but does it “work” to bring light to the face? sure does – but it does so by adding sparkles and i’m more of a sheen type of girl when it comes to highlights. Now I know this is an opinion not shared by many but I really tried to fall in love… eventually this succame to my donate pile 🙁
The colour is a tan-gold shade that I think could work best for medium skins and deeper. On light skin tones, given the tan undertones in the highlighter, I worry that it could come across as a streak of colour.
The texture of the powder is really nice: it feels soft to the touch and applies evenly onto the skin without blotches, skipping or tugging. The formula is not a dry powder by any means and does not accentuate flakiness for my drier skin girls. This is certainly a buildable powder from a light subtle sheen (if you wipe your brush off before applying it to the skin) to a ‘see me glow from mars’ effect. So the quality of the product is not an issue, I just wish it wasnt as sparkly. When applied, the shimmer particles tend to disperse on the cheek and I end the day with a glittery face.
Overall, The Balm Maryloumanizer continues to be my favorite highlight: the colour is more up my alley (light champaign), the texture is just as soft but the finish is more of a concentrated sheen than an all over sparkle disco party.
Also, I found the price of this to be really steep. You can get a BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector for only $3 more ($23 CAD) and you have a wider variety of shades to choose from. For the price and finish I get on my skin, this unfortunately is not beauty swatched approved.