When it comes to Maybelline, I automatically think of mascara as they’re my favourite drugstore mascara brand but I’ve only ever tried one Maybelline blush. Maybelline released a couple of palettes last Summer, and I bought the Maybelline Master Blush Color and Highlighting Kit as the Maybelline Master Bronze Color and Highlighting Kit was much too dark and warm for my skintone. The Maybelline Master Blush Color and Highlighting Kit is £12.99 and contains four powder blush and highlighter shades within a black, plastic palette with a clear window on the lid.
The four pans have a raised line design to them, however the American version of this very same palette has completely flat and plain pans which is really strange. I don’t really understand why brands have different versions for different continents especially when the shades, packaging and product name is exactly the same. The raised design reminds me of the NARS Dual Intensity Blushes which are obviously significantly more pricey than £12.99. I was a little apprehensive that the raised design may have caused the shades to be a little too hard and dusty, as some products with a similar design have to pressed particularly hard in order to create the special raised design. However I haven’t noticed any issues with the texture of the four shades within the palette, as they all pick up well onto a brush.
Swatches wise, they didn’t swatch particularly well which worried me at first as it’s not always a great sign when powders are patchy and difficult to swatch, but they do perform better when applied to the face with a blush. I can’t say it’s the best blusher palette I’ve tried, and in all honesty I think £12.99 is too much for this palette. The highlighter and three blushes are easy to apply and blend, but they fade within around four to five hours so I think this palette would’ve been better priced at around £9.99 max. The highlighter shade is too deep for me to use as an highlighter, but it doubles up as a pretty shimmery blush for my skintone.
The blush shades include a peach, a bright blue toned pink and deep NARS Sin like berry shade. I really like using blush palettes such as this as you can mix shades together easily, and the packaging is very travel friendly and compact. I think the Makeup Revolution blush palettes are a much better option than this Maybelline Master Blush Color and Highlighting Kit as they’re only £4-6 for eight blushes, and they last a lot better on the skin with a greater shade variation to suit more skintones. Even the Sleek Blush Palettes are better in my opinion, and they’re £9.99 each too. I will still use this palette as I like it, but I’m just not in love with it and I think there are better options to choose from for £12.99.
I’d love to know if you’ve ever tried the Maybelline Master Blush Color and Highlighting Kit?