Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Stick/Liquid Illuminating Highlighter Review

I’m back with another review today, sharing my thoughts on the Master Strobing Illuminating Highlighter Stick & Liquid by Maybelline. I picked these products up at CVS for $9.99 each. I love liquid and cream highlighters so when I saw these I couldn’t resist.

Both of these products can be worn alone or together. Let’s talk about the liquid highlighter. If I’m not mistaken, there are only 3 shades. I looked in other stores as well as online and only found these 3, “Light Iridescent”, “Medium Nude Glow” and the one I grabbed “Deep Gold”. I tried this first by itself with my beauty blender and it completely disappeared as if I hadn’t put anything on at all. The next time I tried to blend it in with my finger and it still didn’t work for me. It looked like I had been wearing it all day and it had worn off. In order for it to show up and pop the way a highlighter should, you have to apply a ton of it which ends up making a mess. You’re supposed to be able to mix this in with your primer or foundation the same as most other liquid highlighters, but I really don’t see it working that way either. Worn by itself, this highlighter is a fail in my opinion.


Moving on to the highlighting stick. I picked up the shade “Nude Glow” and the other shade they have is “Light Iridescent”. I hated the way this looked. It dried almost instantly which made it hard to blend in with a beauty blender or my finger, and when I used a brush some of the product came off and what was left looked patchy and awful . It has a nice little sheen to it(before blending) but I would never choose it over any other highlighter that I have.


When worn together they provide a slight highlighting effect that is somewhat workable if you’re not big on highlight. Still not something I’d ever reach for. Another negative is that neither of them last long at all, they wear off very easily. Overall, I’m just not impressed with either of these products.

Have you tried either of these? Comment your thoughts!


10 thoughts on “Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Stick/Liquid Illuminating Highlighter Review

  1. This is Kat. says:

    They both look beautiful but look like they would be way too pigmented for just a bit of highlight on the face!I I was expecting them to last longer, but so disappointing to know they don’t. Thanks for sharing, looks like I won’t be purchasing these!


    • Makeup & Curls says:

      Looks are deceiving lol! They are not pigmented at all, especially the liquid. That swatch was after me squeezing an excessive amount onto my hand. There’s no way you’d be able to blend that out on your face and if you use a normal amount it blends out to nothing. Such a waste. Thanks for stopping by 😊

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  2. allthingsmakeupx says:

    Love reading highlighter reviews as I always wanna try out new highlights so I’m glad you’re shared your honest opinion about these as I’m not sure whether to pick them up or not now..


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