Good drugstore highlighters are hard to come by, especially for fair-skinned beauty lovers. Most of the time, the shade selection doesn’t go light enough for the product to be a true highlight. You end up with a weird, noticeable colored streak on your cheeks, and nobody wants that. So when Milani came out with a bunch of new highlighting product, I picked one of the Strobelights to see if it could be a good drugstore highlight for people with a skin tone like me. Let’s take a look!
The Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder retails for $10 USD on the Milani website, and the compact holds 0.30 oz. It’s up there in price for a drugstore product, but not unreasonable.
The gold compact is elegant and makes the product look more expensive than it is. It feels hefty and a little bulky. I feel like they could have made the packaging a little thinner, because there is no mirror inside. Or Milani could’ve added a mirror for convenience. Overall, the packaging is just average. I don’t hate it. I don’t love it.
Where to buy: Milani
I picked up the shade 02 Dayglow and when I opened the package, I immediately knew that this was too dark for me. Milani also offers a lighter shade in 01 Afterglow, but I’m not a fan of pinky highlighters for my yellow skintone. I’d rather sacrifice the “lightness” for the correct undertone. Not sure if I regret my decision or not, because there’s no way to build up Dayglow without a pigmented streak across my cheeks. For some reason, Dayglow has an almost bizarre orange undertone on my skin.
Here are some comparison swatches next to some Wet n Wild highlighters and the standard mid-range highlighters.
As you can see, Dayglow swatched on my arm is a little darker than my skintone. If I apply it lightly, you can’t really see the highlight on my skin. But if I build it up, the underlying pigment shows through. Sometimes I could get away with it by being heavy-handed with my blush, but still, the color isn’t conducive for wearing the product alone on my skin.
Setting my poor choice of color aside, the formula is good. You don’t think it’s going to be that pigmented, because the powder feels quite dry and a little gritty. The finish reminds me a lot of Wet n Wild highlighters, except there is little to no shimmer in the Strobelight powder. The product shines nicely on the skin. Although I find that when I get carried away, it starts to emphasize my pores more than your typical metallic highlighter.
I like the pigmentation. One finger swatch, and you almost get the full pigmentation of the product. It’s not powdery, especially when you compare it to the Wet n Wild highlighters or even Physicians Formula highlighters. The powder is tightly pressed in there.
Finally, it lasts okay on my oily skin. After work (around 9-10 hours or so after application), I can tell that my highlight faded considerably. Though this just might be due to me being conservative with applying it because of the color issue.
At the end of the day, would I repurchase it? No. Even if Milani comes out with a lighter, golden shade. I prefer my highlighters to have a soft, metallic sheen (think the Becca formula), not intense like the Strobelight powder. Again, this product seems to emphasize my pores more than its competitors do. I just don’t get excited reaching for it.
There isn’t much to complain about the formula. It’s pigmented, but not powdery. If you apply the Strobelight powder moderately, it gives a nice metallic sheen to the skin. At the same time though, if built up too much, the powder emphasizes pores and lines. Most importantly, I’m not impressed with the shade I purchased. Because I have fair skin with warm undertones, it’s difficult to find a good highlighter, because most brands equate fair skin with cool or pink undertones. If you struggle with this issue as well, you’ll find the shade selection of this product disappointing.