Highlight Of My Life | NYX Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette | Review & Swatches

Highlight Of My Life | NYX Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties!

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!!!

Highlight Of My Life | NYX Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

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. 

Highlight Of My Life | NYX Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

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)

Highlight Of My Life | NYX Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

(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). 

Highlight Of My Life | NYX Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

(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. 



  1. Lee Benjamin
    March 23, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    That palette looks amazing and so does that brush! I need a new brush so bad! xoLee Annehttp://lifebylee.com/

  2. Breakfast at Lillys
    March 23, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    This looks just lovely!I definitely need to give it a try.xoxo, Jenny

  3. Rachel
    March 23, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I've never tried using a highlighter but I've been wanting to try! I love NYX products anyways so I'll definitely be purchasing this one!Rachel | http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

  4. Anna Hubbard
    March 23, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Oooh, this palette looks fantastic! I've been looking for a good highlight recently, so I'll definitely have to check this one out!-Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  5. Marissa Pedersen
    March 23, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I love the colors in that palette! I've been looking for something like this.

  6. Karin Rambo
    March 23, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    It looks really lovely! I love NYX because they are one of the few drugstore brands that are cruelty free! Karin | truncationblog.com

  7. cait - pretty and fun
    March 23, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    These shades look so pretty!

  8. Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)
    March 23, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    Wow, such a pretty palette. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Jasmine
    March 23, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Definitely need this palette in my life.

  10. Cara (Kindly Unspoken)
    March 23, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Such pretty shades! I will definitely be checking this out!

  11. Leslie Wilkie (PeachyKeen32)
    March 23, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I just added another thing to my wish list! This palette looks beautiful and perfect for spring and summer. I love the lighter colors!

  12. Kristine
    March 23, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I haven't heard much about this palette but your photos of it are absolutely stunning. Each powder looks beautifully shimmery!

  13. Jessica Ree
    March 23, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    This looks incredible! I've never tried anything like this from NYX. I might just have to give it a try, I love me a good highlight!

  14. Logan Cantrell
    March 23, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    These shades are gorgeous! I love trying new make-up! I'll be on the lookout for this one!

  15. Dollhouse Goddesses
    March 23, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    I love the title of your post! I LOVE bronzers, shimmer and highlighters!

  16. Caroline @ In Due Time
    March 24, 2016 / 12:12 am

    I love all those colors. What a pretty palette!

  17. Iryna Bychkiv
    March 24, 2016 / 12:54 am

    Those are interesting shades. I'd love to try this palette one day.

  18. Elaine
    March 24, 2016 / 1:16 am

    Wow that palette looks so complete for almost any skintone!

  19. Annaliese Lemieux-Kaplan
    March 24, 2016 / 1:34 am

    I've been needing to replace my highlighter recently so this post came at the best time for me to read!! :-)xoxo Awww.southernbelleintraining.com

  20. ELG
    March 24, 2016 / 1:59 am

    What a pretty palette!

  21. Allison Jones
    March 24, 2016 / 2:46 am

    I love NYX. The colors in this palette are so pretty. LiveLifeWell, Allison

  22. Cristina Mandujano
    March 24, 2016 / 2:49 am

    This looks great! I really love NYX products 🙂 I've only ever used their lipsticks, so I'll have to check this out. X,Cristinacristinawashere.com

  23. Danielle Randall
    March 24, 2016 / 3:15 am

    I just started using highlight! I'm currently using one from Anastasia's make up linexoxo Dani

  24. Chantal Bernard
    March 24, 2016 / 3:17 am

    I have been thinking about buying this palette for a while now. There are some great shades and the price is great too!

  25. Hi, I'm Susannah!
    March 24, 2016 / 3:29 am

    Those colors are gorgeous! I really want that palate now! <3

  26. Crystal
    March 24, 2016 / 3:52 am

    I've wondered about this palette. I'll have to try it out! Thanks for the great review. 🙂

  27. Mar Riney
    March 24, 2016 / 4:04 am

    I saw this palette at Ulta today but I didn't know how many tones I would be able to use on my fair skin! I am a huge fan of benefit highbeam though.

  28. Sarah Ricker: Sarah Emily Blogs
    March 24, 2016 / 4:14 am

    Girl. Preach! Nothing thrills me like a good highlight! I can sometimes get carried away for some but it is my obsession. I have been using the L'Oreal Lumi products but I did see this NYX palette the last time I was in Ulta. I will have to check it out!

  29. Bella B
    March 24, 2016 / 5:57 am

    These colours look fantastic and perfect for spring!

  30. Nicole
    March 24, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Gorgeous!! I have the same skin color as you so I will give this a shot! I love a good highlighter! Nicole // Chronicling Home

  31. trendy chickadee
    March 24, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Great post! Totally wanna buy that palette!XOMollywww.trendychickadee.com

  32. Chelsea Olivia
    March 24, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Soooo pretty! I am now considering this… as if I don't have enough highlight palettes already, haha.

  33. Ursula Ball
    March 25, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I like your illum palette and can't wait to try later!Ursulawww.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

  34. Alicia Snow
    March 25, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    This is going on my wishlist. Especially since my baby just got into my illuminator and spilled it everywhere. Haha.

  35. Daniela
    March 26, 2016 / 12:42 am

    So pretty! I need to take a make-up class at some point to learn what the h*** I'm doing. 🙂

  36. Monika k
    March 26, 2016 / 2:17 am

    I have been looking for a good drugstore highlighter since forever! I am definitely trying this out soon. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.Love,Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

  37. Preppy Mom
    March 26, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I need this in my life! I'm loving NYX more and more all the time!

  38. Kayleigh Adam
    March 26, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    I've never heard of this pallet but I love NYX!www.kayleighskloset.com

  39. Cheyanne
    March 27, 2016 / 1:46 am

    Wow – what a gorgeous highlight! Thank you for sharing – this is going to make an amazing addition to my makeup collection!xox Cheyannewww.CheyanneFulton.com

  40. Oksana Radionova
    March 28, 2016 / 2:06 am

    Oh, those shades are way too perfect! But I have to say, I'm a little surprised at the price! I've always thought of NYX as a budget cosmetics line, and even though I realize $18.99 is way less than $40-100 you'll pay for "designer" palettes, for some reason I thought it'd be no more than $10… But since you have so many good things to say about it, I think I'll give it a try. Thanks for the recommendation! XO, Oksana | FOXYOXIE.com

  41. Savannah Ward
    March 28, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    My sister just taught me how to highlight, so I might have to give this product a try!http://thealwaysblog.com

  42. Neely
    March 31, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I love Nyx so I need to try this for sure!

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