Essence | Strobing Highlighter

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit. After what had happened in Manchester, I kind of stayed off social media. I did post a picture on Instagram, but to be honest, it didn’t feel right doing so. Anyhow, I hope you guys are doing well! Before we get into the rest of the review, I just wanted to take a minute and just ask that you put some positive energy back into the world and today, you be the type of person you needed in your life during your darkest time.

Alrighty, so today’s post is all on Essence’s Strobing Highlighter. I saw this pop up on their website as a new product, and decided I had to pick it up. Now to be honest, I didn’t really know what strobing is, but according to the Huffington Post it’s illuminating your complexion using different highlighters.

What Is It?: “Apply to targeted areas of the face to illuminate the complexion or sweep over the entire face for a bright, natural-looking glow.” –
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Price: $4.49

Availability:, Ulta (stores and online), possibly Target


A part of me really wanted to like this product because of how affordable it is and I feel like it’s more user-friendly, especially to those who are intimidated with actual highlighters. I could also see it being great for someone like me who can be extremely oily. However, I really struggled to find a ton of positive points for this product.

The shimmer is extremely fine, so it’s not extremely noticeable. Even when I use a flat dense brush to apply it, I barely see any difference. I feel like it does provide a slight hint of glow, but other than that, I don’t really see much. Another important thing to note is that the shimmer is suspended in a white “translucent” powder. If you have darker skin, there’s a good chance that it’ll look chalky on you and like most “translucent” powders, if you take flash pictures, there’s a high probability that you will have flashback. Throughout the day I don’t really see it doing much for my skin. It provides a slight glow, but it’s nothing that’s extremely noticeable, but it doesn’t make me look oilier which is great when I have extremely long work days.
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It’s an extremely easy product to use and I feel like you can’t really go overboard with application. I take my flat dense brush and I sweep it back and forth multiple times and I get a natural glow. When applying the product, I don’t notice it bunching up on my dry patches and I don’t notice it applying extremely patchy. Like I said before, I think this is a great product for those who just want to dabble in highlighters without taking the full plunge.

Compared to Essence’s Pure Nude Highlighter, this is more subtle and has a white-cast to it. It’s not going to be the most universally flattering shade because it’s a “translucent” shade and like most “translucent” shades it will have a white-cast which will be more noticeable on darker skintones.


Pigmentation: 4/10

Longevity: 8/10

Texture: 8/10

Application: 5/10

Overall: 6.25/10
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This is an okay product that you could definitely pass on. It doesn’t offer much, but if you’re interested in having just the minimum amount of glow, this is your product. However, for me, it’s not enough. It’s a product that is unfortunately very unforgettable and doesn’t really provide much to an overall look. If you want a subtle highlighter that adds just the most natural glow, I highly suggest Essence’s Pure Nude Highlighter – it’s amazing and an absolute favorite of mine.

Have you tried out Essence’s Strobing Highlighter? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments down below! Also, if you’re interested in the products I’m testing out, go ahead and follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ciaociao808. I also post vlogs, express reviews, and more on my YouTube channel (click here).




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