Review: Maybelline Master Fairy Highlight Illuminating Powder

The Maybelline Master Fairy Highlight ($9.99) is a great choice for those wanting to try a purple highlighter. There are many brands coming out with purple monochromatic highlighters; the first I saw was in an Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit (I believe), which I didn’t get to try. I remained skeptical about them until I found one I was willing to take a chance on, mainly because it was so cheap. Check out the video and read on for a full review.

My skin type



Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Magnesium Stearate, Triisostearin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Alumina, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Magnesium Silicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 73360 / Red 30 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 73360 / Red 30, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 45410 / Red 27, CI 77400 / Copper Powder, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 16035 / Red 40 Lake, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide.

How I use it

I use a large powder brush instead of the sponge this comes with; it’s a lot more practical. I have found a use for the sponge: blotting oil.

What I like about it

I like that it’s buildable and can be subtle but you can also layer it on. The price was right also. It’s a purple highlighter; I say that because I tried a purple highlighter from ColourPop that was more of a blush, and it was extremely wearable. This is a full on highlighter, or illuminating powder as Maybelline likes to call it. I suggest using a light hand as well, so you don’t pick up too much of the powder.

What could be better

While it’s really pretty,  feel like the more I put on, the ashier it looks on me; like there is a gray or a white undertone to it. Getting that “fairy” look isn’t an everyday look for me, but that’s fine because I don’t like my highlighter out of control anyway. I think the brand should have included a brush instead of a sponge as it’s not a good applicator for the powder.

Joy Factor

On a scale of 1-10, this highlighter is a solid 5.

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