Melt Cosmetics Fetish SexFoil Liquid Highlighter ($39.00 for 1.01 oz.) is a light pink with subtle, warm undertones and flecks of lighter, cooler pink and gold sparkle throughout. It was one of the shades that had both finer pearl and more visible sparkle to it. The texture was more fluid, like a watery-gel, but it was thin and very spreadable, which was great for all-over application and working on the body. The formula dried down fully within a few seconds but wasn’t immovable, so one could finesse edges if needed.
For application to the face, the pump dispensed an excessive amount of product and was hard to depress it lighter. I recommend applying some to the back of your hand first, then using a separate brush to swirl through the product, then apply to the face for more targeted highlighting. This produced a semi-sheer, buildable-level of coverage that was controllable and didn’t have to be spread out further than desired to get an even layer.
It worked well applied all-over, on bare skin as a targeted highlighter, and over foundation as it wasn’t prone to lifting up my base products. It wore well for eight and a half hours as a cheek highlighter, but it wasn’t as transfer-resistant as marketed.
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$39.00/1.01 oz. – $38.61 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to be “an emulsion of liquid pearl pigments that illuminate, hydrate, and add radiant dimension.” The formula is intended to be used as a standalone highlighter on the face and the body, but it can also be mixed in with foundation. They recommend using a shade deeper than one’s natural skin tone for a liquid bronzing effect. It is supposed to have “light” coverage and give a “natural glow” when worn alone.
It’s a very fluid formula, almost watery, but there was more of a gel-like feel when I played with it and spread it out over my arm. I’ve found that despite being rather runny, it has a faster dry-down than I would have expected and applied well on bare skin, over foundation, or mixed in with foundation.
A few shades had more noticeable sparkle, and unlike a lot of liquid highlighters on the market, these had more depth in the shade spectrum, so some shades may work better for multi-tasking (e.g. alone, mixed in, etc.) than others depending on one’s skin tone. In general, the shades produced a smoother, pearlescent sheen that wasn’t as intense as the product name might suggest but certainly could be built up and made foil-like.
They sheered out readily and were a lot less intense/opaque compared to the brand’s swatches (which were particularly frustrating since they took a full pump of product and didn’t even let it dry!). The applicator took some getting used to but almost always pumped out too much product for use on the face.
It had more semi-sheer, buildable coverage, though it certainly depended on how much product was applied. For higher-coverage on the face, it was best applied onto the back of your hand, and then swirled a few times on a synthetic brush, then applied. This gave the formula some time to “dry” while being picked up on the brush, which translated to higher coverage on my face that didn’t spread out as much.
They wore well for eight to nine hours on my cheeks. It was supposed to be transfer-resistant, which it sort of was–it didn’t immediately move or migrate, and most of it was left behind, but a light tap of of my fingertip against the product revealed pearl on my fingertip (no rubbing was done!). There wasn’t a noticeable scent.
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WATER (AQUA), MICA, DIMETHICONE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, VP/VA COPOLYMER, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, MYRISTYL ALCOHOL, BEHENETH-30, GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, GLYCERIN, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, CARBOMER, ISOHEXADECANE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, POLYSORBATE 80, SORBITAN OLEATE, SODIUM STEARATE, TOCOPHEROL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE. MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499).
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