Master Hi-Light by Face Studio
Master Hi-Light is a hybrid product meant to serve as both a powder blush and a highlighter. In each compact "palette" there are four different and complementary shades arranged in a mosaic pattern; you're supposed to swirl them together for a multi-dimensional color effect on your cheeks. Maybelline suggests on its website that you can use the shades by themselves as well, but the small size of the colors in the mosaics make this very difficult!
The texture of Master Hi-Light is soft and it's easy to pick up on a blush brush without being too powdery. A couple of swipes is all it takes to get a healthy flush of attractive color, and this is easily buildable if you want a more dramatic look.
Each palette's shades have some shimmer, but it's subtle enough that it imparts a soft glow as opposed to an obvious sparkle. Master Hi-Light doesn't emphasize pores, and it lasts throughout the day without fading. Well done, Maybelline!
- Soft, blendable texture that isn't too powdery.
- Good color quality that's easy to build up.
- Shimmer imparts an attractive soft glow.
- Wears well throughout the day without fading.
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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