Hello everyone! Today’s post will be the second of a collection of highlighter reviews. Like I mentioned in my Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter post, I am working through my personal stash of highlighters and making a dedicated post for each one over a period of a few weeks. At the end, when I’ve gone through all of them, I am planning on doing a round-up post ranking them in order of least favorite to favorite, and the hope is that these posts will be helpful for you if you are on the hunt for a new highlighter. 🙂
So, without further ado, it’s time for the second post of my highlighter series: L.A. Girl’s Strobe Lite Strobing Powder in 110 Watt!
L.A. Girl is a brand that recently started being stocked by Ulta.com, which is where I purchased this product. Ulta’s website has a limited shade selection for the L.A. Girl products, which I found out when I was looking for swatches when trying to determine which shade of the Strobe Lite Strobing Powder to buy for myself. Ulta carries 50 Watt, 80 Watt, and 110 Watt currently, and I picked up the shade 110 Watt because it was the lightest of the three available shades.
L.A. Girl is a very affordable brand on par with drugstore prices. Each Strobe Lite Strobing Powder retails for $7.99 USD on Ulta’s website (it is $9.00 on L.A. Girl’s website but they have 12 shades available). The Strobe Lite Strobing Powder comes with 0.19 oz / 5.5 g of product.
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liqiudum), Tin Oxide. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 774992, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).
L.A. Girl states on their website that they are cruelty-free: “Please be assured that we do not test on animals. Beauty 21 Cosmetics is a proud member of the cruelty-free PETA organization.” This product is paraben-free and fragrance-free.
I could not find a clear statement on whether their products are vegan or not, so for readers where that is very important, I encourage you to check the ingredients listings on each product.
The Ulta and L.A. Girl websites both give the following description of Strobe Lite Strobing Powder:
L.A. Girl’s Strobe Lite Strobing Powder highlights your facial features by creating more depth and dimension where light usually hits. The soft and silky powder adds a fresh glow to highlight cheeks, brighten eyes, sculpt nose, and enhance pout. Strobe Lite can be applied alone or over makeup for a perfect glowing complexion.
How does it perform?
So, when I first swatched this with my finger, I immediately felt this powder edged more on the dry end of the spectrum. Stila’s Heaven’s Hue Highlighters are undeniably creamy due to their unique formulation, so the L.A. Girl formula naturally feels drier in comparison. There’s little to no kickback due to the formula being more stiff overall.
The way I’ve worn this is I’ve taken my fluffy, tear-drop shaped brush and roll it lightly over the product to pick up a little bit at a time. My brush has black bristles so it’s very easy to see how much product is getting picked up, which helps me avoid overloading the brush. A dense brush will make it much more difficult to avoid over-applying, so try to find a fluffy brush in your collection.
So how does this powder translate to the skin? I initially was hoping for more of a white-gold effect, but it has more of a buttery, yellow-gold effect. (There’s another shade offered by L.A. Girl called 120 Watt and I’m thinking that would have been closer to what I wanted, it’s just that Ulta does not offer that shade.) It blends out pretty easy and evenly, and there’s no noticeable chunks of glitter. I didn’t experience any fall out but that could be due to my method of applying just a little at a time. That being said, this is a buildable highlight: it will start out sheer but it will build up quickly. If you apply wet, you’ll have an instant metallic sheen that is very reflective.
It wears all day and all night without issue. I have worn this with both a light face of makeup as well as heavier “going out” makeup, and have been happy with the results each time. I mentioned the following in my last highlighter post, and I’m certain this will be an issue with all highlighters I use: I get oily through the day, so after 8 to 10 hours, it’s much harder to distinguish between the highlight and the natural oils of my skin. But, as far as I have been able to tell, this highlight has never faded away to the point where I wonder where it has gone.
The downside to this product, which is the downside to many powder highlighters, is that the texture I may have on my skin (fine lines around the eyes, any bumps, overall dryness, etc) will be accentuated by this formula. With that being said, if you’re careful to not be overzealous with your application and you use a fluffy brush instead of a dense one, you will be able to blend and build as needed and hopefully avoid accentuating things you don’t want to accentuate.
I wish I had a full face photo of me wearing this with a full makeup look, because I’ve been wearing just this highlighter the past week alone. Moving forward in future posts I will be making an effort to try and include full face shots with the product in action, I just need to figure out my lighting situation.
Swatches were taken in natural light on the inside of my wrist. There is no primer underneath, and the product was applied with finger tip, one swipe. First image is intended to show you its tone straight on, second image is taken at an angle, and the third image is an animated gif so you can see the how the product reflects light. Also important to note is that in the third image, I had just wiped my arm with a makeup wipe during a little swatch session, so when I applied the strobing powder, it applied with a more metallic sheen.
Straight on shot, natural light, no primer
Angled shot, natural light, no primer
Animated shot, natural light, no primer
I think this is a really good highlighter if you’re looking for something that is budget friendly and has buildable coverage. If you apply it dry, you can get a sheer highlight perfect for everyday wear, and if you want to be “blingy”, then you can apply it wet for an intense highlight. This is a good highlighter overall.
If you’re very fair, you’ll likely want to purchase 110 Watt or 120 Watt. If you have a light-to-medium skin tone, you have a lot more options to choose from, and for those with deep skin tones, there a lot of choices for you as well. Just about anyone will be able to find at least one or two shades they can wear!
If you’re interested in this product and okay with the minimal shade selection Ulta has, I would encourage you to purchase from Ulta so you can earn Ultamate Rewards points. Plus, if you keep an eye on their weekly deals, you may be able to purchase during a Buy One/Get One 50% sale, and you can of course stack Ulta coupons (like the $3.50 off of a $15 purchase) on top of it to really make it worthwhile. If none of the three shades are what you are looking for, you can buy from L.A. Girl’s website and choose from their much broader selection, but it will be $9.00 each.
Hopefully you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment for me and I’ll do my best to answer. 🙂