Get Your Strobe On - Highlighting 101 | Maybelline Master Strobing Sticks & Master Contour Kit | Review & SwatchesWednesday, September 21, 2016
I'm sure that by now, you know how much I adore a good glow and I'm definitely not afraid to shell out a pretty penny for the perfect highlighter. However, I know that might not be entirely reasonable when you have a budget or are just stepping your toes into the highlighting world.
So, I set out on a mission to find the best affordable & easily accessible highlighting products and Maybelline had the perfect answers to my quest. I found both a powder and a cream highlighter that will help you achieve all of your glow goals so let's get right into the details.
Master Strobing Sticks
Maybelline's newest foray into the highlighting universe, the Master Strobing Sticks are seriously gorgeous cream illuminating highlight sticks that help you achieve a more targeted glow for the ultimate "strobe" effect.
These twist up sticks retail for $9.99 CAD/$7.99 USD (0.24 oz) and come in two beautiful shades. 100 Light Iridescent is a soft champagne pink and 200 Medium/Nude Glow is a warm golden tone. They not only come in gorgeous shades but the formula is a clear winner. They are super creamy and smooth to the point of application and blending becoming a pure delight.
These beauties have a lightweight, whipped sort of texture that is not at all greasy or slick but just dry enough. They set to a soft powdery finish leaving you just enough time to blend before hand.
The cream contains micro fine pearls that give it that gorgeous glow, there is no glitter or chunks of shimmer just a lovely pearlescent sheen. The particles are so fine that you cannot feel or see any of them within the cream itself, only the incredible one-swipe pigmentation and the glow.
These sticks are intended to help you add targeted dimension and illumination to the face and the cream formula makes it easy to customize the intensity from subtle and sweet to in your face and bright.
L-R - Light Iridescent & Nude Glow (tilt your screen back for a better view)
- either swipe directly onto the skin and pat with fingers (more intense)
- use a finger or brush to apply softly (less intense)
Master Contour Face Contouring Kit
The Master Contour Face Contouring Kit is a fantastic drugstore option for all of your contouring needs but the real gem in this palette is the highlighting powder.
It retails for $14.99 CAD/$12.99 CAD and comes in 2 shades - light/medium and medium/deep. It features a bronzer, a blush, and a highlighter. The bronzer is a warm natural matte shade, the blush is a mid-tone rosy brown with a slight sheen and the highlighter is a gorgeous champagne gold with shimmer.
The powders are all very smooth and creamy and they blend well. They are all very nicely pigmented but they sheer out as you blend so they appear very natural and never overdone.
The highlight gives a beautiful sheen to the skin with a subtle golden undertone. It helps you look healthy and radiant with no obvious glitter. I love to apply this highlight over top of the cream for an added level of shine or alone to give an all over glow.
L-R - Bronzer, Blush & Highlight
Highlighting is intended to bring dimension and light to the face by drawing attention to certain areas while detracting attention from others. Typically highlight is applied to the high points of the face when the sun would naturally hit (cheekbones, temples, tip of the nose, cupid's bow, brow bone and chin). Contour (bronzer) is then applied to other areas of the face to help that highlight pop even more.
Highlighting can be achieved with powder, cream, or liquid as long as it is a shade or two lighter than the colour of your skin/foundation. Typically liquid is mixed in with foundation or added as extra pop, cream is often a lighter concealer used under the eyes and powder is a final step to bring a look to life.
Highlighting is really not as difficult as it may seem and with these two products from Maybelline, it is not only easy to achieve but also easy to afford. Whether you want a subtle glow or an intense sheen Maybelline has just what you need.