“Strobing is the new contouring” goes the saying. And while that was true a couple years ago, the trend has become more of a mainstream makeup technique. For today’s review, I will tell you everything about the latest strobing superstar in the market: The Maybelline Master Strobing Stick.This is one of those drugstore purchases I make without looking at reviews or anything, simple because I saw it in the “New” section at the German drugstore DM. Now that I’ve been using it for a period of almost 3 months, I think I have developed a pretty solid opinion to share my review. So here goes!
The stick format is practical and great for an on-the-go touch up. I don’t generally think Maybelline are very creative or artsy with their packaging, so the plastic on this can feel cheap.
The first time I swatched this strobing stick I thought it was SO creamy only because it was too hot at the store (we don’t use AC in Germany! lol). It has a soft dewy finish, almost wet as you can see in the photos, making it a perfect product for strobing.
The Master Strobing Stick comes in 3 different shade: The Light shade is a pink based highlight which makes it perfect for pale skin tones. The Medium shade has a yellowish-peach undertone, so it’s great for olive skin tones. And last but not least, the Dark shade is a deep chocolate that is perfect for deeper skin tones. This last one however seems to only be available in Europe.
Retailing for 8,99 Euros/ 9,99 USD for 0.24 ounces/6.8 grams, the Master Strobing Stick offers great value for money, for example compared to the Benefit Watt’s Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter which retails at 35 Euros/30 USD for 0.33 ounces/10ml.
–Longevity: The creamy texture eventually turns to powder and stays in place, which makes this highlighter rather long lasting. I’ve has it on for a whole hot day and barely noticed a difference at the end of the day.
-Ease of application: The format makes it so easy to use, and the creamy texture makes it also suitable to apply with fingers or a brush.
-Ease of blending: This is perhaps the best quality about this product. It doesn’t dry too fast, which allows ample time for proper blending and offer control over the effect you want to achieve.
-Wearable on top of powders: YES! You read correctly! This little thing actually blends really well and doesn’t cake up if you apply it on a powder product!
-Animal Cruelty: If you are looking for a cruelty-free highglighter, this is not the right one for you.
-Chemical scent: I am generally indifferent to scents, but this product actually smells like plastic (all the mica in the formula!), and I can imagine that might bother more than one.
Weighing the pros and cons, I think I can safely say this is a win. The finish is absolutely amazing, and I like that I can easily use this product alone; no blush, no bronzer, no contour! So if you’re looking to add an affordable highlighter with a natural finish to your makeup collection, I say go for this one!
Strobed Makeup Look:
I typically use this highlighter to strobe, like in this makeup look. In case you are wondering, I use the Medium shade. The strobing methods is really simple and quite straight forward; All you want to do is focus on the high points of your face.
I apply a layer on the top of my cheekbones, the center of my foreheads, down the bridge of my nose, on my cupid’s bow and on the chin. I also highlight the inner corners of my eyes and my brow bones. The trick is to not be afraid. As I mentioned, this one is very blendable, so don’t worry about going to far with it, you can always pick up excess with a makeup sponge, or add more product as you please.
That’s it for this review guys! Thank you for reading. I hope you found if helpful and informative! Have you tried strobing before? If not, would you try it? Let me know in the comments!
The Foundry girl.