Master Glaze by Face Studio Glisten Blush Stick
Maybelline's Master Glaze by Face Studio Glisten Blush Stick is a basic cream blush in stick form that has a lot to like, but, unfortunately, the drawbacks are of equal weight.
This blush comes in swivel-up tube and has a smooth texture that makes it very easy to blend. We were surprised that this imparts just a hint of micronized shine, as the name certainly implies this blush stick is going to be quite shiny!
Maybelline suggests applying Glisten Blush Stick with a swipe across the skin, but that's a bit extreme. The color deposit from each of the beautiful shades is strong enough that it takes only a few dabs to get a healthy-looking flush! Once you've dabbed and blended with your fingers, the end result is a sheer wash of color that makes for a good natural look.
Now to the drawbacks: This blush doesn't stick around very long; it starts to fade about 4 hours in, so it doesn't even make it through a full workday. Granted, it's not billed as a long-lasting blush, but if you put this on in the morning, you should be able to expect it to last at least until you're ready for dinner. Were it not for this problem, Glisten Blush stick would have gotten a much better rating, but as it is, you're better off sticking to the options on our list of Best Blushes.
- Smooth texture is easy to apply and blend in.
- Color quality is strong, so you don't need a lot for a healthy flush.
- The micronized shine is a subtle shimmer rather than glistening glitter.
- Well-edited shade range!
- Fades about halfway through the day.
Maybelline New York At-A-Glance
Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.
Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.
Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.
Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.
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