This is going to be a quick review because there’s not much to say about this, but what I do have to say is that I ADORE these strobing sticks.
I’ve been shying away from highlighting and getting on the strobing bandwagon because it’s just so messy and it’s pretty hard to find a highlighter that just works. Not everyone is an experienced makeup artist and highlighting isn’t always the easiest. In my experience, here’s what went wrong:
- Wrong highlighter tone.
- Highlighter sinking into your fine lines and ageing you (MY personal favourite).
- Highlighter falling onto other areas of your face or into your contour making you look like a star, which isn’t the ideal look.
- Being unable to blend the highlighter properly before it dries making it look pretty obvious that it’s *not* your cheekbones, but rather glitter.
- Applying a swatch of highlighter to widely so you end up with 2cm of cheek under your humongous cheekbones.
- Looking like a grease ball and your husband commenting that your face looks ‘shiny’.
You all know that I’m a skincare-first woman, so I tried to stay away from talking about highlighting as much as possible. I promise you, I’ve probably been sent over 30 highlighters over the years and it’s been a challenge to use them. Finally, these Maybelline Master Strobing Sticks arrived and made my life easy. I am so serious about how amazing these are.
All you need is the stick and your finger, there’s no fancy brush needed and practically no technique. All you do is lightly rub the stick across the areas you want to highlight and then blend it in with your fingers. It glides on and blends in perfectly. I love it. There’s also the issue of tone. I received three shades, but I lost shade 100 so it’s not pictured here, but 200 (Medium Nude Glow) is what I use. It’s on the left in the swatch below. I’m thinking of using 300 (Dark Gold) soon and applying it more liberally to create a ‘glow’, but I like 200 to just highlight my cheekbones and the eye area. I apply it just under the edge of my eyebrow and blend downwards towards the cheek. If I’m feeling extra fancy, I’ll apply a light amount to my cupids bow to enhance my lips.
So, at Maybelline’s price-point I don’t think you could go wrong by trying these out! P.S They also stock these on Takealot, but only shade 300 is in stock at the moment, maybe if you check back later they will have restocked the other two shades.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have noticed that I’m on a big travel kick at the moment. I’m not sure how I’m going to fully translate it to the blog but I’ll definitely be talking more about my experiences and what beauty products I feel are best suited for travel. I’m going through a big life-change and I’d like to bring the blog along. Complete Disbelief and you have been with me for over half a decade now and I’m going to keep going. 🙂