I have a very special place in my heart for L.A. Girl, and over the past couple of years I’ve fallen in love with quite a few of their products i.e. this eyeshadow palette (check out this blog post to see if it’s a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette), this lip liner (a dupe for MAC Whirl), this amazing concealer, this super pigmented eyeliner pencil, this nourishing cuticle oil, and these travel-friendly eyeshadow palettes.
I patiently waited for a solid 4 or 5 months for the L.A. Girl Strobe Lite Strobing Powders to arrive in South Africa – I was really looking forward to buying a couple of them because good quality drugstore highlighters are not easy to come by. And being able to pick and choose from a variety of TWELVE different shades of highlighting powders, is like finding a unicorn chilling in your backyard. Yep, you heard me…there are 12 hues in this strobing powder collection ranging from pearlescent whites, to golden champagnes, as well as soft pinks and glowy bronzes.
Side note: Keep your eyes peeled because I have a ‘Review, Demo & Check-In Wear Test’ video coming up where I’ll be putting the new L.A. Girl PRO Coverage Illuminating Foundation to the ultimate test. I have combination skin, so we’ll see if I end up looking like a greasy donut ball by the end of the day – you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here.
As mentioned there are 12 shades available in the Strobe Lite Strobing Powder collection, and I’m so happy to see this range caters for so many different skin tones. I also love the whole wattage scale – 120 Watt being most suitable for fair skin tones, and 10 Watt being your best bet if you have a deeper skin tone.
What is strobing? It’s basically a fancy term for highlighting. Adding a highlighter (powder, cream or liquid) to the areas that catch light i.e. your cheekbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bone, and above your cupid’s bow will enhance your natural features and give you a dewy, more youthful glow. BUT remember: Shimmery products tend to accentuate texture, so avoid highlighting areas on your face that have breakouts, unless you want to shine a big ol’ spotlight on your blemishes.
The Strobe Lite illuminators are free from parabens and fragrances, making them suitable for even sensitive skin types. The texture of these is a good mix between dry and creamy – it’s hard to explain, but they’re not powdery, nor do they feel very silky to the touch. The powders are very finely milled, and I’m happy to report there are no glitter chunks in sight (well, at least in the 4 powders I currently own). I will say, however, that some blend a bit easier than others. For example, 110 Watt can look a bit unblended if you apply it with a brush like this one (try as I might, the first time I applied 110 Watt I ended up with a stripe across my cheeks). It’s almost as if the pigment & shimmers adhere to the skin almost instantly if you use a dense highlighting brush, and it’s often times difficult to create a seamless blended highlighted look (if you use a dense brush). Because of this, I only use a fluffy highlighter brush like this one, or a fan brush (like the one I used in this video) to apply these Strobe Lite highlighters from L.A. Girl – because the bristles are so fluffy, it’s literally impossible to end up with an illuminated stripe on your cheeks.
What I like about these is that they don’t accentuate texture too much on the skin, like some of my other powder highlighters – but I also feel it’s important to remind you that I don’t have a lot of texture on the areas where I apply illuminators (except for some wrinkly bits i.e. smile lines towards my cheeks).
I’m not going to go into too much detail describing each shade, because I think the swatches below speak for themselves. The swatches have been applied to clear, bare skin – no primers or sticky bases involved here, folks!
The above swatches from LEFT to RIGHT: 120 Watt; 110 Watt; 90 Watt; and 80 Watt.
As you can see they swatch really well, and the pigmentation is definitely there. If I had to choose, I’d pick 120 Watt and 90 Watt as my favourites. Because some of these strobing powders have colourful undertones i.e. peach, pink, bronze (20 Watt, 30 Watt, 70 Watt, 80 Watt etc.) – I do think they are more blush toppers than traditional highlighters (especially when applied to fair skin tones). A blush topper is something that you apply on top of a matte blush in order to transform it into a more luminous blush.
Some people seem to think the L.A. Girl Strobe Lite Strobing Powders are dupes for the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors (pressed) and although I agree with that statement in terms of pigmentation (I own Becca ‘Opal’), I can’t say that I agree with them being dupes in terms of formula / texture. I find the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors are just a tad easier to work with (easier to blend) – but considering the rather large price difference, I’m more inclined to recommend the Strobe Lite Strobing Powders.
To end this blog post off, I wanted to show you what some of the L.A. Girl Strobe Lite Strobing Powders look like when applied to the face (please note, I did apply them with a heavier hand because I wanted the shades to show up in the photo). I used a mixture of 120 Watt and 110 Watt to highlight my cheekbones, because I found 110 Watt was a bit too yellow-toned to use alone. I also applied 120 Watt to highlight my inner corners (I love how it brightens up the eyes), and focused a light dusting of 110 Watt down the bridge of my nose. To end off the makeup look, I used 80 Watt (the peachy shade) as an eyeshadow on the first half of my eyelids – I really like how it complemented the other brown & bronze eyeshadows in the eye makeup look.
Going forward, I’m really going to make a point of including a makeup look whenever I review a makeup product (if possible) because I think it’s important to see exactly what it looks like as part of a cohesive makeup look. What do you think?
Top Tip: Choose a highlighter shade that best matches your skin tone. Pearlescent and champagne tones complement fair skin tones, pink or peach tones look beautiful on light to medium skin tones, golden hues enhance olive skin tones, and bronzes or teracotta tones look fab on dark skin tones.
The L.A. Girl Strobe Lite Strobing Powders retail for R149,00 each at Dis-Chem stores nationwide.
I’m keen to pick up a couple more of these strobing powders – have you tried any other shades that you think I need in my life?