These Face Studio Master Hi-Light blushes and bronzers are new releases from Maybelline that come in woven patterns of a few different shades that get swirled together to create one luminous color. It took me a while to buy one because there are two things throwing me off: I don’t find them to be very attractively packaged, and the shade selection wasn’t really grabbing me. I finally heard enough praise for these, though, and had to go try one out.
I picked out Light Bronze because it looked like a very natural shade with a touch of pink. It’s technically a bronzer shade, the other of which is Deep Bronze. I have yet to grab one of the blushes, which are available in Nude, Pink Rose, Coral, and Mauve. The Mauve might be more my thing if it didn’t have the orange threads in it, but alas I think it’d be awfully warm on me. Light Bronze is very pretty though, and well suited for my coloring. It’s not super dark and the pink adds just enough color to work as a natural cheek color, but it can also be used on more of the face for an allover boost of bronze color.
One other thing about these products that frightened me a little was the name “Master Hi-Light” which, to me, makes it sound like these would be very shimmery. You can see in the swatch that there’s a definite luminosity, but it’s not insane. I think the point is that you can skip a separate highlighting product, and for that I think it works. I would also say that most of my dedicated highlighting products are more shimmery, though.
I’ve found that I generally prefer to use Light Bronze as a cheek color than an allover bronzing powder. I think it adds a really pretty color to my pale winter skin. Something I appreciate about it is that it doesn’t go on super strong right away. The pigmentation is moderate but definitely buildable, so I can start lighter and work my way up. This makes it super easy to work with. I’m very happy with how nicely it applies and blends.
I think this is a fabulous everyday shade that’s really easy to wear. It gives me a little bit of life in my cheeks but doesn’t scream out that I’m wearing makeup. It reminds me a little of the Too Faced Pink Leopard bronzing powder, but provides a slightly deeper color when built up and is, of course, cheaper.
In the photos, I’m also wearing the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland (review), Pixi Correction Concentrate (review), NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, a mixture of the L’Oreal and Maybelline brow pencils in Blonde, L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara in Blackest Black (review), and Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss in Kiss Me Coral.
I’m really please with this one. Like I mentioned, the main thing stopping me from checking out the other options is the shade selection, but I was interested to see that Maybelline is releasing a limited edition blush shade for their spring nudes collection (see photos on Nouveau Cheap), so I’m guessing we can expect more shades to be released in the future.
Have you tried these Hi-Light blushes yet? Do you have any favorite shades?