I’ve tried a lot of cream highlighters in the past, however, time and time again I keep going back to my Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm. I find their texture either too oily or way too drying, there’s no middle ground. I loved the design of the Speedy Highlighting Stick by Collection because as much I love Mary Lou, I find that it will eventually shatter into iridescent fairy dust before you hit the pan; it’s still usable but extremely messy. The stick applicator is just a really convenient packaging idea, and as many also promise to give the perfect highlight in just one stroke, they are perfect for applying or topping up on the go.
My problem with the Collection Speedy Highlighter was that the formula was too dry. When applied directly to the face using the stick, it would drag and remove the top layer of foundation along with it, leaving it patchy and uneven. The Master Strobing Stick by Maybelline in 100 Light promises to give a dewy glow, but I find it’s actually a tad on the greasy side unless you really blend it in. The formula is very lightweight and easy to apply, however, I still find it moves my foundation. The best way to avoid this is to apply it onto your fingers first and then gently blend it in, I find this way you get a much more natural looking coverage.
Light 100 (which I’ve heard is a dupe for Benefit’s Watts Up!) adds a very soft silvery pearlescent shimmer to the face. It gives a subtle, very pretty glow to your chosen area and is great for everyday use, if you’re looking for an intense highlight this isn’t the product for you.
The texture is so soft and as it contains mirco-fine pearls, it’s not as chunky and glittery at the Speedy Stick. Unlike the Speedy Highlighter, I will definitely use this product again. Don’t get me wrong, the Mary Lou is still my all time favourite as I love the warm golden honey-hued glow it gives, but I will reach for the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick when I want an icier dewy glow.
The Maybelline Master Strobing Stick is also available in 200 Medium Nude Glow.0