Maybelline Master Hi-Light by Face Studio

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blushes opener

 

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you’re probably aware of my penchant for higher-end brands (self admitted beauty snob. Yep, that would be me), but I have to say that Maybelline has been totally hitting it out of the park lately with every single release. Launching this month in Canada, are their latest beauty products – the Master Hi-Light Series, 3 products of which I’m showing here today, as well as the Master Glaze range (review coming soon).

I first spotted and quickly swatched the Master Hi-Light range (4 blushes and 2 bronzers) along with the Master Glaze blushes (6 shades in total) during my last Fashion Week experience (reviewed here), where Maybelline Lead Makeup Tech, Grace Lee, gave me a quick demonstration of how she used them to create the stunningly glowing looks on the models for each show. To say my lemming for these products was born then, would not be a lie.

The Master Hi-Light by Face Studio products (both the blushes and the bronzer which I’m showing today) all have certain properties in common; these unscented and multi-tonal products – which were rigorously test-driven on several recent fashion shows – all share a unique technology comprised of ultra-light pigments that won’t clog or weigh down the skin, while providing a natural luminosity and help to even out your skin tone at the same time. The shimmer is comprised of such finely ground particles that it blends very easily into the skin – no disco ball effect here, thank you very much. I did experience some powdery kick-back when I swirled my brush in the pan for swatching purposes – something that is definitely less evident when using the product normally, although it’s nothing that can’t be taken care of by tapping your brush off before application. The varying tones in each pan are meant to be swirled together for a true multi-dimensional effect that won’t appear flat upon the face, while wear time was excellent overall (approx. 10 hours, a bit less for the lighter shade although the radiance could still be detected). The bottom compartment of each compact holds a brush (which I didn’t bother with, as I prefer using my own brushes) and a mirror for on the go touch-ups, both of which can be very convenient in a pinch.


Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blushes

Maybelline Master Hi-Light by Face Studio


Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blushes compact

Maybelline Master Hi-Light by Face Studio (brush and mirror included in each compact)


Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush

#10 Nude Hi-Lighting Blush (CAN $13.99) – a light peach tinted hue with an ultra-fine pearly shimmer. With my light-medium skin tone, I need to apply slightly more to have this show up as a blush, but I love how it looks when I wear it highlighter-style (ie: tops of cheekbones, temples, bridge of the nose, decolleté) – making this shade the most versatile of the 4 blush hues offered.


Maybelline Nude Hi-Lighting Blush macro

Maybelline – #10 Nude Hi-Lighting Blush


Maybelline Nude Hi-Lighting Blush label

Maybelline – #10 Nude Hi-Lighting Blush


Maybelline Nude Hi-Lighting Blush swatch

Maybelline – #10 Nude Hi-Lighting Blush (applied heavily on the left, blended out on the right)


Maybelline Pink Rose Hi-Lighting Blush

#20 Pink Rose Hi-Lighting Blush (CAN $13.99) – A pigmented deep rose hue with a softer pearly shimmer than that of #10 Nude, and which somehow manages to lean both warm AND cool, depending on how its layered. Pink-tinted blushes are notoriously hard for me to pull off because of the yellow undertones in my skin, but this shade seems to cancel all that out and just … works. A lighter hand with the application will be needed for the fairest skin tones, and I can see this working beautifully to brighten darker skin tones as well.


Maybelline Pink Rose Hi-Lighting Blush macro

Maybelline – #20 Pink Rose Hi-Lighting Blush


Maybelline Pink Rose Hi-Lighting Blush label

Maybelline – #20 Pink Rose Hi-Lighting Blush


Maybelline Pink Rose Hi-Lighting Blush swatch

Maybelline – #20 Pink Rose Hi-Lighting Blush (applied heavily on the left, blended out on the right)


Maybelline Light Bronze Hi-Lighting Bronzer

#50 Light Bronze Hi-Lighting Bronzer (CAN $13.99) – A coppery golden hue with an ultra-fine pearly radiance. Without having seen or tried the other bronzer shade of this collection (Deep Bronze), I can say that this one is absolutely perfect for my skin tone, providing warmth and a very subtle glow, without coming off as either too muddy or orange. Wear time was amazing as well, going easily past the 10-hour mark, and I didn’t notice any oxidation at all (when your natural skin oils change/affect the colour & texture of the product). I can also see this working as a more natural looking highlighter (if applied with a light hand) once my face takes on a bit of Summer colour.


Maybelline Light Bronze Hi-Lighting Bronzer macro

Maybelline – #50 Light Bronze Hi-Lighting Bronzer


Maybelline Light Bronze Hi-Lighting Bronzer label

Maybelline – #50 Light Bronze Hi-Lighting Bronzer


Maybelline Light Bronze Hi-Lighting Bronzer swatch

Maybelline – #50 Light Bronze Hi-Lighting Bronzer (applied heavily on the left, blended out on the right)

 

In a nutshell, there is much to recommend these products – especially if you happen to have a weakness for blushes & bronzers like I do (can a beauty addict EVER have enough?). The shades I tried totally impressed me with their quality, and even any powdery kickback I experienced was not enough to be a deal-breaker – certainly not at these wallet-friendly prices. The #10 Nude Blush surprised me by being much lighter on the skin than I expected, but I’m totally loving its warm neutral appeal (my nude/neutral phase is still going strong) while the #20 Pink Rose Blush gave my face a fresh & bright tone – perfect to chase this God-awful cold weather away. If you’re in the market for a totally wearable bronzer, then #50 Light Bronze is the one for you: consider the subtle shimmer a sexy bonus!

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Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blushes closer

*Disclosure: product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration