Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter

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.


Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter swatch

Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter swatch


  1. November 16, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I feel like drugstore prices are getting steeper! Was watching a youtuber’s take on the Maybelline X Gigi Hadid collection and some of it were just repackaged items that Maybelline already do (such as the Lash Sensational mascara) but priced higher. Gone are the days when drugstore was cheap lol 😑

    The pigmentation of this would probably be better as an eyeshadow. Feel like it’s too intense and kinda chunky for a highlighter.

    • November 17, 2017 / 8:32 am

      couldnt have said it better! The innovation is picking up at the drug store, we now get things we couldnt think of even 5 years ago but with the high end alternatives comes those high end prices! Hopefully it’ll get to a point one day where I just shop my stash and give my wallet a break!

  2. Makeup by Erin
    November 16, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I feel like this is too overhyped! I rather use Champagne Pop or Prosecco Pop!

    • November 16, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      YAY! Thank you for validating that i’m not crazy haha <3 love becca so much more

  3. November 16, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    Woaaah that is pigment! The price is crazy steep for Maybelline though, I agree! I really do want to try it out though. Loved reading this x

    • November 16, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      thank you SO much! that made my day xo

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