When it comes to the beauty industry, keeping up with trends can be a daunting task. While some trends linger well beyond the average shelf life (contouring), others are gone as fast as they came (clumpy lashes). Then there are the trends that aren’t new at all, but are simply old ideas that have been been revived or reinvented.
In this week’s Fab or Flub review, we focus on an old but new trend called strobing. If the word sounds foreign to you, don’t worry. Strobing is essentially just another term for highlighting, a well-known makeup technique. Just like highlighting, strobing works by manipulating light to create the effect of a sculpted, luminous face.
Thanks to the trend’s popularity, there are more strobing products now to choose from than ever before. One of the most popular options available is Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38, Sephora). Developed with photoluminescent technology, the powder works by mimicking the way that strobe lights capture and reflect light on the face.
Applied to the apples of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose and the cupid’s bow of the lips, the product can capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light to help improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Packaged in a sleek, silver compact, the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder comes in four shades that are described on the Hourglass website as being “universally flattering.” The shades are Iridescent (illuminating pink powder/soft highlight), Incandescent (opalescent pearl powder/celestial highlight), Euphoric (pearlescent beige powder/neutral highlight) and Brilliant (shimmery gold powder/lustrous highlight).
For this review, I tried the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Euphoric. Of the four shades, it is the darkest option.
Running my fingers over the pressed powder, I could immediately tell that the product is high-quality. Not only is it extremely fine, but the powder is soft and blends effortlessly into the skin. The product is shimmery, but not in an intense way that would make it unsuitable for daytime wear.
To apply the highlighter, you can use either a regular makeup brush or the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor ($22, Sephora). Designed to be used specifically with the lighting powder, the dual-ended sponge features an angled side to sweep perfectly over the high points of the face and a velvety-flocked side to blend the powder to a natural finish.
Fab or flub?
Fab! Looking for a foolproof way to try out the strobing trend? Then look no further than the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders.
With the help of the Sculptor applicator, applying the highlighting powder turned out to be easy and effortless. While the powder is designed be used wet or dry, I found that the product worked best for me when I applied it dry.
Compared to other highlighters that I’ve used, the Ambient Strobe powder line is more on the subtle side. The powder creates a beautiful, natural glow and (compared to contouring) it does an excellent job at defining facial features without looking too harsh.