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Maybelline NY Bricks Bronzer and Master Strobing Stick

Friday, 17 February 2017
Maybelline NY Bricks Bronzer and Highlighter in 01 Blondes Master Strobing Stick by Face Studio Illuminating Highlighter review swatch swatches
I'm always keen to try out any Maybelline new releases because it is probably my favourite drugstore brand. If you would like to know if the new Maybelline NY Bricks Bronzer of Strobing Stick are for you, read on. 

Maybelline NY Bricks Bronzer and Highlighter in 01 Blondes
 Maybelline NY Bricks Bronzer and Highlighter in 01 Blondes review swatch swatches
The formula of this bronzer is actually really nice. It blends nicely, has enough pigment to do something but not so much that it is tricky to work with. It is also a really nice warm tone for summer but unfortunately, I think this might be a little too warm and dark for my skin tone but it would be great for any light to medium skin tones. You can see from the comparison swatches below that it is much warmer than Benefit Hoola and liable to pull a bit orange on some people - this is definitely not a contour bronzer guys. I was still able to make it work though which demonstrates the quality and how well I could blend it. As for the highlighter, it is really quite red/orange when mixed together and much too dark for most skin tone. I think you would need to have at least medium-dark skin tone to make this work as a highlight or you could use it as a beautiful blush topper for warm, corally blushes. The formula of the highlighter is great though and it gives a nice subtle glow but the shade would only be usable on very select skin tones. 
Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Maybelline NY Bricks Bronzer and Highlighter, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop and MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle comparison swatch swatches review
Left to right: Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Maybelline NY Bricks Bronzer and Highlighter, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop and MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle.
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick by Face Studio in Light/Iridescent
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick by Face Studio in Light/Iridescent swatch swatches review
When I saw this one I was really excited to try it thinking it might be a dupe for the insanely beautiful Benefit Watt's Up ($53) but it is quite different in shade and formula. It is more of a bright, pink-toned champagne, which would be flattering on most light and medium skin tones. The formula is very velvety and clearly has a silicone base like most cream to powder feel products as apposed to the creamier Watt's Up. As for the glow factor, I would say it is a more subtle everyday highlight that doesn't pack the punch of most powder highlights but is still really pretty. It seems to loose a lot of it's intensity as you blend it into the skin, but you can layer it a little. It did blend quite nicely even over my makeup but I would recommend using it before powder and even generously beneath your light coverage foundation for a lit-from-within glow. I quite like this for a different cream formula and it would be great for more fuss-free, light makeup days, but it doesn't quite beat my favourite powder highlighters.
Comparison swatches highlighter Maybelline Master Strobing Stick by Face Studio in 100 Light/Iridescent, Benefit Watt's Up, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop and Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlight.
Left to right: Maybelline Master Strobing Stick by Face Studio in 100 Light/Iridescent, Benefit Watt's Up, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop and Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlight. 
So there you have my thoughts on these two new offerings from Maybelline. I think the Strobing Stick is lovely as long as you are not expecting the intense pay off of powder highlighters. As for the Bricks Bronzer and Highlighter, I think the quality is good but the shades are just so warm (especially the highlight) that it just really isn't going to work on most skin tones. It is good to know that there is a drugstore highlight option out there for the deeper skinned ladies though.

What were your thoughts on these two products? Will you be hunting them down? Let me know in the comments below. 
2 comments on "Maybelline NY Bricks Bronzer and Master Strobing Stick"
  1. I swatched these in store and really felt the same you did! I felt like the highlight shade is definitely not meant to be for highlighting, like its so blatantly orange I just question why? Maybe they intended it to be for bronzing, but for a more shimmery bronze?

    Tash / becomingtashh.com

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    1. Yeah it is a bit weird because it does say highlighter in the description. Who knows what they were thinking but it certainly isn't a highlight. Thanks for reading :)

      Emma

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