Kaleidos Mars Melter Space Age Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light, peachy-coral base with flecks of pink-to-orange shifting sparkle. It had a more translucent base, as marketed, so the coverage was semi-sheer to medium, buildable with more of the coverage coming in the form of sparkle and moderate shift that had a wet-like sheen.
The texture was drier, somewhat crumbly, and it felt like the powder was disintegrating a bit as I used it, so I had to use a very light hand to avoid breaking up the powder too much in the pan. For the most part, it did not appear as dry on my skin as it felt to the touch or seemed in the pan, but there was a noticeable amount of stray sparkle after six hours of wear. The powder was blendable on my skin and was just shy of emphasizing my skin’s natural texture.
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$14.00/0.1 oz. – $140.00 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to have “vibrant, color-shifting” shades that have an “ultra-lightweight, smooth texture that practically melts onto skin.” They are described as being “translucent yet highlight reflective” with a “multi-chrome finish.” I had different experiences across the range, so it was not the most consistent of ranges. They did, on average, apply a little better in practice than they appeared initially swatched.
For the most part, the regularly-priced ($14 at the time of publishing) shades were more like intense duochromes than true multi-chromes to me, and I do think the price reflects that (as their true multichromes are $36 each). They had translucent bases across the board with some shades having stronger initial coverage than others, but they produced a noticeable sheen and shift on my skin.
The texture was what varied from shade to shade with some shades feeling drier, almost crumbly, and being particularly prone to emphasizing skin texture, even though I don’t have that much visible texture on my cheeks (this is not a common issue for me, it can happen but it is infrequent that I really feel a highlighter emphasizes my texture!) while other shades were firmer but applied more smoothly on my skin.
I liked the tones and shade range more so than the formula, but a couple of shades were really lovely to work with. They tended to wear around eight hours on my skin before fading visibly, though the chunkier, more sparkly shades had visible migration around the six-hour mark.
Browse all of our Kaleidos Space Age Highlighter swatches.
Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Talc, Paraffin, Boron Nitride, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).
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