LET’S REVIEW: Wet N Wild Megaglo Gold Bar Highlighting Powder Limited Edition in Holly Gold-head

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This highlighter is part of the Sequins & Stardust line for Wet N Wild.  This is like a  unicorn.  It’s hard to get – Wet N Wild tends to be out of stock with this and when it comes back in, it disappears just as fast.  And it’s no wonder.  Plus the price is super sweet.

Wet N Wild Megaglo Gold Bar Highlighting Powder Limited Edition in Holly Gold

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I used the Wet N Wild fan brush, which is an online exclusive of theirs at the moment (still good price!) and ooh’d and aah’d staring at it.  I brushed gently.  Look out!  There is kickback on this.  Interestingly, NOT a lot goes onto this bristle.  It took me several passes on the bar and even then, the bristles didn’t pick up as much as I was initially thought it would.

I gave up and used my finger to run it across the gold bar then glide it on top of the cheek bone.

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The gold bar is surprisingly understated, it’s shiny, but not blinding.  It’s wearable for work as well as an evening dinner with that special someone.  It’s a great one to try out if  you are new to the highlighter game and want to start slow.  Great beginning highlighter.  Gold tone is delightfully healthy looking on the skin.

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I tried it as part of my day look the other day and it looked very pretty and not blinding.  Just gives you a touch of glam without looking like you can direct ships in a fog.

The other delightful bonus?  There’s a built in hidden mirror!  You look on the side and click/press down quick and release and the tray pops out.  Very clever Wet N Wild!

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Price:  $2.99 (U.S.) – and no it does not come with an applicator.

INGREDIENTS:

While there’s a claim that this is the same as the Megaglo Highlighting Powders, it’s not….exactly.  While they do share a lot of ingredients, there are some additions and omissions.  I bolded the additions in the Goldbar Ingredients section below.

And remember, the order of the ingredients is also important. 

Here is the Megaglo Highlighting Powders version direct from Wet N Wild website:

Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Nylon-12, Ethyl Macadamiate, Polysorbate 20, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, o-Cymen-5-ol, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): Mica, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine/CI 75470].
This is how it reads on the packaging of the Goldbar I have, which I ordered direct from Wet N Wild:

GOLDBAR HOLLY GOLD-head

Water/Eau, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Nylon-12, Ethyl Macadamiate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, o-Cymen-5-ol, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): Mica, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine/CI 75470].

 

I wanted to find out what is Synthetic Fluorphlogopite and found THIS

“What Is It?

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (also spelled Fluorophlogopite) is a fluorine substituted mineral composed of magnesium aluminum silicate sheets, weakly bound together by potassium. Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is used in a wide range of cosmetics and personal care products including bath products, eye makeup, lipstick, face makeup, as well as nail and skin care products.

Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

In cosmetics and personal care products, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite has been reported to function as a bulking agent and a viscosity increasing agent — aqueous.

Scientific Facts:

Phlogopite is a natural mineral of the mica family that consists of layered magnesium aluminum silicate sheets weakly bound together by potassium ions. Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is similar, except that in the manufacturing process (which requires high temperatures), some of the hydroxyl groups in the mineral are replaced with fluorine atoms. In addition, while natural phlogopite may be yellow, green or red in color, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is white to grey in color.”

— taken from CosmeticsInfo.org (http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/synthetic-fluorphlogopite-0)

 

I know, it’s a bit of a geek educational segment, but it’s always good to know what you are putting on your skin and breathing in.

Oh, and the cute tiny bunny logo that’s imprinted on the front of the clear plastic case sitting on the bottom left indicates the brand is 100% cruelty-free (PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” Program).

Use a setting spray for it to stay put.  And I say go for it and buy it.  At $2.99?  Live a little.

 

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