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Catrice Highlighting Powder in Champagne Campaign and MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer stick: Swatches and reviews

May 27, 2016

Catrice Highlighting powder in 020 Champagne Campaign and MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer stick: Swatches and reviews via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!Glow is life, guys. Whether they come in liquid form, solid in a stick or as pearls, as a pressed powder, a loose powder or a cream: I love highlighters. Today I’m reviewing two different formulas from two different budget-proof brands. Here we go! ✨

Catrice Highlighting powder in 020 Champagne Campaign: Swatches and review via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!

“The Highlighting Powder comes as a soft and velvety powder with a pearl effect. This innovation leaves radiant light reflections as well as a soft glow on the skin. A highlight for highlights.”
catrice.eu

MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer stick: Swatches and review via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!

“Accentuate and define your complexion with MUA Luxe’s Highlight Shimmer. The creamy formulation is easily blendable – wear alone or apply over your foundation to achieve a subtle and glamorous gleam of light gold.”
muastore.co.uk

Catrice Highlighting powder in 020 Champagne Campaign and MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer stick: Swatches and reviews via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!

Catrice Highlighting powder in 020 Champagne Campaign and MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer stick: Swatches and reviews via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!

Catrice Highlighting powder in 020 Champagne Campaign: Swatches and review via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!

Catrice Highlighting Powder in 020 Champagne Campaign, €3,99 ★★★★★

If you want to glow like a lighthouse, this one’s not for you. The amount of powder that comes off is very unsatisfying: I had to go back into the pan about 3 times to achieve the result on my cupid’s bow, and I won’t even bring up the swatch on my wrist in picture number 4. Contributing to my disappointment is the fact that this powder is actually more neutral or even cold toned as opposed to that gloriously warm tone you’d think it is by looking at the pan.
Don’t get me wrong, it ends up looking nice when you put in the effort, but it’s just not what I was looking for ☹️

 

MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer stick: Swatches and review via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!

MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer stick, €5,99 ★★★★★

Do you have oily skin, or an oily T-zone? I’d say this is a no-go. Normal to dry skin? Use with caution. Seriously. MUA says this is a very blendable formula but as you can probably tell by the picture (the smear above my eyebrow, anyone?), I have to disagree. An attempt to blending with a sponge ended up in blotchy foundation and blush. The French description* says the application is supposed to be easy and precise (so I’m not a dumbass for putting the stick directly onto the skin, right? RIGHT?). Applied with a sponge nothing seems to show up on my face. Applied with a concealer brush on the cupid’s bow it looks very nice and stays longer than powders will do, but only use this in small dosages. Which makes little sense because the stick is pretty damn big.

Also I feel like this stick accentuates pores and peach fuzz, which is no bueno.

*A webshop automatically assigning you a language is annoying as it is, but imagine the nuisance of that language being one you hardly even speak. 

Edit May 28:

Last night I had drinks with one of my best friends and I noticed her fabulous glow which just so happened to be the MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer stick! It didn’t look oily at all so I asked how she made it work. I apply highlighter last – after a dusting of fixing powder, because fixing powders are always a little mattifying. She did it the other way around: apply the Shimmer stick, then fixing powder. I tried this and my pores were still accentuated, but from a distance, it definitely looked better.

Updated rating: ★★★★★

This was a little more brief than my usual reviews, I’d say the pictures did most of the talking this time around. If you’re disappointed, I would like to offer this picture of Lala pondering life as she hangs from her basket as a consolation prize.

Prr meow“What are pepperonis even? How are they that?”

Until next time, peeps! ?

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4 Comments

  • Reply Annebeth May 27, 2016 at 16:20

    girl uw art direction is FLEEKY AF

    • Reply Vicky May 28, 2016 at 12:38

      Haha thanks ik twijfel nog altijd of de sterretjes nie too much zijn

  • Reply Elmi May 28, 2016 at 00:54

    Weer een toffe, goedgeschreven review! Erzonder had ik me mss nog wel aan de MUA stick gewaagd ?… De nieuwe bronze and sculpt van MUA Luxe is anders wél een aanrader ?!

    • Reply Vicky May 28, 2016 at 12:50

      Ik heb m’n review geupdate! Een vriendin van me gebruikt de shimmer stick vóór haar fixing powder en het zag er mooi uit, alsof de glow van binnenuit kwam zeg maar, in tegenstelling tot die kwak olie op mijn huid haha. Zij raadde de bronze and sculpt ook al aan! Misschien dat ik die toch bestel ?

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