A highlighter, that doesn’t emphasize skin problems

maybelline strobing stick review

highlighter for problematic textured skin

maybelline strobing stick review

Highlighters – a threat or an opportunity?

I know, it might sound silly. What bad has tiny pieces of glitter ever done to you? What’s wrong with some shimmer? If your skin type is normal and your skin is straight from the heavens, the answer is: nothing. Keep on glowing and maybe skip this one. Or actually don’t, ’cause I have found a product, that looks beautiful on every skintype.

The threat, the problem, that I’m talking about it is this: with problematic skin such as oily skin or acne-prone skin, there are imperfections and therefore texture on the skin. Texture is glitter’s worst enemy. I mean – they love each other, but just can’t seem to get along that well. They highlight each other’s bad sides, all those bumps and wrinkles. So actually the same goes for mature skin – you don’t want to enhance your wrinkles with glittery products. So hear me out.

highlighter that suits problematic acne oily skin

As you may well know, my skin is oily and I suffer from acne. I also suffer from texture, badly. So I’ve had not-so good experiences with most highlighters, usually the powdery ones, which look chalky and chunky on my skin, highlighting my skin issues. Though I’ll admit, I’ve still used those highlighters. Because I am a woman after all and I need to glow.

My dear sisters had noticed this and with all the love they got me a highlighter, that doesn’t highlight any texture. They said it loud and clear: “This doesn’t highlight your skin texture”. Gosh, I love them.

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maybelline strobing stick review

maybelline strobing stick nude glow swatch

Swatches of Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in Nude Glow.

The product that I got – and what I’ve been binge-using (is that a thing?) lately is Maybelline Master Strobing Stick. My shade is Nude Glow, which is a bit warm beige colour. There is another shade available, which is more pink and beautiful on fair skin, I bet.

What makes this strobing stick wonderful and suitable for all skin types is it’s unique texture. It’s not a powder, but not a cream either – it’s the perfect in between.  It’s not chalky in glitter. It reflects light beautifully and it almost makes your skin look wet. As stated before, it doesn’t highlight skin texture, but makes you look glowy and beautiful. Obviously it doesn’t hide your skin texture either, so if you have uneven skin, you’re still gonna have uneven skin after applying this. But it looks way better than most highlighters.

I usually add it with my fingers, but if I want a heavy glow, I just add it straight on my cheekbones with the stick.

What else? Well, I feel like it lasts well on my skin, I like the packaging and I like that it’s very affordable being a Maybelline product.

Have you had problems with highlighters? Have you tried this one?

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick (Ulta, $8,99)

highlighter and skin texture

highlighter textured skin
Bonus pictures of me on my birthday, after I received my present and wanted to show off my glow immediately.

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

sleek solstice higlighting palette

   

Sleek Makeup has some awesome palettes with very reasonable prices and this palette is definitely one of them.

Solstice Highlighting palette contains four highlighters – three powders and one cream. It has cool and warm tones mixed together which I absolutely love because I choose my highlighter based on my other makeup. Sometimes I need a golden glow and other times I want a cool shimmer.

You may ask yourself: Do I really need a palette just for highlighting?
And the answer is of course!!!  not necessarily, but..

.. the packaging is gorgeous! Especially compared to Sleeks’s usual black packaging this looks luxurious and I love to just look at it. I guess it just makes me happy.

.. the colors work well as eye shadows too. So really you get four highlighters as well as four pretty shimmery eye shadows. I feel like they work best on the lid or in the inner corners. The creamy color, Ecliptic works as a creamy eye shadow base for a glittery shadow.

.. it’s long lasting. The colors are really pigmented so you don’t need to use a ton of it at once. It’s still not crazy pigmented as some highlighters are – so you don’t have to worry about getting white streaks on your face. Of course you can pack it on to make it really intense but the glitters are quite fine so it looks beautiful  on your face.

For 12,49€ it’s quite a deal! What do you think? Do you have this palette or some other highlighting palette?