If you’ve been reading for awhile then you will know that I can never get enough of a good highlight. I seem to have no boundaries when it comes to applying a shimmery powder to my cheekbones and I’m always adding just a little bit more – it’s addictive what can I say?
Well it’s been killing me because I go on and on about how much I LOVE to glow to the spaceships and how important I think it is for you to add a little glow to your life but I haven’t been able to truly recommend an affordable option.
I won’t even talk about something I don’t think is 100% worth it but I won’t truly recommend something if I don’t use it myself on a regular basis. So I made it a mission to find the perfect drugstore powder highlight (there are plenty of liquid ones that I LOVE) and I finally found it!!!
Down To Basics
The NYX Cosmetics Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette retails for $27 CAD/ $19 USD (2.4oz) and includes 7 highlighting powders designed to work for every skintone and every highlighting need.
The palette features 3 large highlights (0.14oz) and 4 small highlights (0.07oz) that are meant to be mixed together – or worn alone – for the ultimate customized highlight. The powders are housed in a simple, slim, black palette with sleek lines and a transparent lid so you can see the product held inside. There is no mirror or brush but the palette is sturdy, attractive and just great quality overall.
Down To Business
This coordinated collection of must have illuminators provides everything you need to master highlighting and that whole strobing trend. Some of the shades offer a more subtle glow while others are out of this world intense, so you can mix and match to find what works for you.
The quality varies a tiny bit by shade but all of them are velvety smooth with an ultra creamy texture that glides right onto the skin. They apply like butter and blend out seamlessly, almost melting into the skin. They also layer really well never getting chalky or heavy only more and more beautiful. (To keep things looking natural no matter how much you apply, lightly wet a beauty sponge and dab over the highlight to blend it in with the skin)
They are all highly pigmented and it’s easy to get a subtle glow in one swipe but if you want a bigger punch then just add a couple layers. The most obvious difference in quality is that the 3 larger pans and the purple toned highlight have much better colour payoff.
Down To Details
Each shade in the palette has a name and a prescribed function. In the top row from left to right is a True Yellow Gold with Gold Pearl (great for darker complexions), a Cool Toned Light Pink with Shimmer (great for fair skin), a Duochrome Lavender with Shimmer (a brightening pop to amp up the glow factor), and a Golden Pink with Shimmer (a rose gold for darker skin or a beautiful blush for light – medium complexions)
(L-R True Gold, Light Pink, Lavender, Golden Pink)
The bottom row from left to right is a Light Gold with a Peachy Undertone and Shimmer ( flattering on all complexions), a Bronze with Gold Pearl (stunning on darker skin or as a blush for medium skintones), and a True Champagne with Shimmer (gorgeous on fair and light complexions).
(L-R Peachy Gold, Bronze, Champagne)
All 7 shades are beautiful but my personal favourites are the Lavender, the Light, Peachy Gold and the True Champagne. They are all so incredibly gorgeous on the skin, they are richly pigmented, blend like a dream and don’t accentuate much texture. They also last for hours on end.
I was so incredibly impressed by this palette and I have found myself reaching for it time and time again. It can seem pricey at $27 CAD but when you break that down you are only paying about $4 for each shade. I also love that you can find a use for every single shadow in the palette whether you use them as eyeshadows or blushes so you definitely get a big bang for your buck.
I could not recommend the NYX Cosmetics Strobe Of Genius Palette more and if you are thinking of buying a new highlight or venturing into the world of highlighting then look no further. (I also think the bottom three shades are pretty awesome dupes for Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop, Bronzed Copper and Moonstone)
You can pick up the NYX Cosmetics Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette online or in your local NYX, Ulta, Target or Shoppers Drug Mart.