Review: Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

Today’s review is another pink product in celebration of Valentine’s Day: Huda Beauty’s Lip Strobe. This is my first foray into Huda Beauty; when the brand first launched, I had never heard of the influencer Huda Kattan. I’m usually not interested in products from influencers and have never really been enticed by anything from this brand, but regardless of my interests, it’s still a massive achievement for an influencer to reach such a big following that they can start their own makeup line.

Despite not really looking into Huda Beauty, I bought the Lip Strobe on a whim during the Sephora VIB sale in November. I’ve been solely wearing creme and matte lipsticks for a year or two, so I was in the mood to change it up with something shimmery. It’s been a few years since I’ve worn lip gloss and I’ve never been a big fan to begin with (too sticky!), so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it.

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The Basics

I purchased this during the VIB sale so I did get it on sale, but the full price is $23 CAD. It can be purchased at Sephora and the Huda Beauty website, which ships internationally. The Lip Strobes are made in Italy and come in 12 shades, varying from a pearl to a deep violet. Some of the shades are meant to be sheerer, while others are mostly opaque.

The shade I purchased is called Angelic, which is described as “a light peach rosé with gold reflections”. I would say this gives a medium opacity – not sheer, but doesn’t fully cover my natural lip colour either.

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A swatch of the Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in the shade Angelic

 

The Claims

From the Sephora website:

  • The ultimate add-on to your lip game
  • Some are beautifully iridescent, infused with pearls, and others are packed with rich pigments or have subtle, glimmering glitters.
  • Gives lips a sculpted and volumized gleam that’s visible from every angle.
  • Non-sticky, cushion-like texture make wear more comfortable than ever
  • The precision, heart-shaped flock glides on generously for an even coat.

According to the website, these can be worn alone or as a lip topper over a matte liquid lipstick. The “signature” way of using this is to apply it over a matte lipstick, and then blotting it so you get a more metallic look without the shine of the gloss. I’ll be testing out the various ways to wear this further down in the post!

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The Packaging

The Lip Strobe comes in a rectangular box in a transparent sleeve so that you can see the lip gloss tube inside. A lip graphic is printed on the sleeve so that looks like the tube is held between the lips. The box is holographic, which catches my eye right away!

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The lipgloss tube itself is a pretty standard square-shaped tube with a black cap, although coupled with the Huda Beauty logo no the front, it does have a nice, clean look to it. Unlike the usual doe-foot applicator, the lip gloss has an applicator which the brand calls “heart-shaped”; it’s the same shape as the applicator in the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème that I reviewed a few weeks back. I mentioned in that post that I really liked the shape for applying concealer, and I like it equally for lipgloss. One swipe gives you coverage for the entire section of your lip!

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The Formula

One of my main concerns was that it was going to be a very tacky lip topper, as a lot of shimmery lipglosses tend to be. I particularly dislike the ones that cause a string of lipgloss to stick between your top and bottom lips whenever you open your mouth – ugh, gross! The texture of the Lip Strobe is quite thick and a bit goopy, and it does have a bit of stickiness to it. Based on the texture, I thought this would be super sticky, but it’s actually nothing you wouldn’t expect from a lip gloss. It’s definitely not sticky to the point where it will cause the lipgloss string, but your hair will likely stick to it on a windy day.

Another worry of mine was that the shimmer particles would feel grainy on my lips, particularly after the lip gloss wears off. This is a frequent problem with shimmery glosses, and one of my beauty pet peeves! I was pleasantly surprised that this shade in particular did not have this issue, whether when it was freshly applied or as the gloss started fading. It also doesn’t leave behind glitter particles on my lips as it fades. To be fair, I’m not sure how the other shades compare in terms of the amount of glitter in each shade, so I can’t vouch that the other colours will not leave glitter behind. Overall, it wears similarly to what you would expect out of a typical lipgloss. It sits comfortably on the lips and lasts for about 4-5 hours and comes off when you’re eating.

This lipgloss has quite a strong, sweet vanilla scent. It’s not unique to the Lip Strobe at all, but is the same scent I’ve experienced in other lipglosses before and actually associate the smell with lipgloss. I’m not the biggest fan of the scent, but it seems to disappear once it’s applied, so I’m also not too bothered by it.

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Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Angelic on its own

 

Angelic looks a lot pink-peach swatched than applied on my lips. Although you can’t tell in the photo because it’s a close-up of my lips, this shade looks horrendous on me by itself – almost silvery on me and makes me look like the Tin Man. That’s not so much an issue with the lip gloss; it just so happens that it just doesn’t suit my skin tone. The formula also settles into some of the deeper lip lines, although the average person would not be able to tell from afar. The shade scared me a little, but I had high hopes it would look more flattering with a lipstick underneath.

I don’t own a matte liquid lipstick from Huda Beauty, but I think it’s reasonable to assume that they’ll work with a matte lipstick from any brand. For this blog post, I’ve paired it with several different shades from Anastasia Beverly Hills, including a nude, a brick red, a magenta, and a grey-brown. The first photo is of the liquid lipstick by itself, then with the gloss on top, then with the gloss blotted off.

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Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Hudson on its own, ABH Hudson with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Hudson with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted

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Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Dazed on its own, ABH Dazed with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Dazed with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted

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Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Sugar Plum on its own, ABH Sugar Plum with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Sugar Plum with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted

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Top to Bottom: ABH Liquid Lipstick in Bittersweet on its own, ABH Bittersweet with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe, ABH Bittersweet with Huda Beauty Angelic Lip Strobe blotted

You can see that the Lip Strobe changes not only the finish of the liquid lipstick, but also the colour itself. I can see why Huda recommends blotting the lip topper. The lip gloss applied on top of the lipstick looks very shiny and shimmery – exactly what you would expect from adding a lip gloss on top of a lipstick. However, when the lip gloss is blotted off, it turns your lip colour into an interesting metallic finish. Here’s a more in-depth review of the four shades:

ABH Hudson – Obviously, the Huda lip topper gives the matte liquid lipstick a shine, but you can’t really see much shimmer or metallic finish at all when it’s paired with such a light shade.

ABH Dazed – With this deeper shade, you can see the shimmer shine through, although I wish the photos did a better job capturing the metallic sheen of the liquid lipstick with the Lip Strobe blotted – it was essentially a metallic brick-red with golden shimmers. Adding the lip topper also made the shade warmer due to the golden shimmers in the gloss.

ABH Sugar Plum – Sugar Plum isn’t a completely flat matte shade to begin with, but has a blue shift running through it. It looks very metallic once blotted, but one thing that I noticed with this lipstick that didn’t happen with the others was that the blotting took enough of the liquid lipstick off my top lip that you could see my natural lip colour peeping through.

ABH Bittersweet – Interestingly enough, I felt like the shimmer and metallic finish was the most apparent with this lipstick shade, maybe because it’s such a deep shade.

 

The Summary

Pros:
-Formula is not overly sticky
-Does not fade patchily or leave glitter behind as gloss fades
-Can use it two ways – as a gloss or blotted for a metallic look
-Comfortable to wear

Cons:
-Expensive
-Sinks in to lip lines
-Scented (although may not bother some people)

These Lip Strobes are nice to have if you own a lot of liquid lipsticks and want to add a bit of variety into your lip looks without buying a ton of other lip products – you can just add this gloss on top of all your liquid lipstick shades for a different look. I’m not sure how unique these Lip Strobes are, though. Lip toppers have been around forever – can toppers from other brands be used in the same way where you blot it off for a metallic finish? I would be genuinely be interested in seeing if other lip toppers can be used to achieve the same look.

Overall, I really love the effect of these and am pleasantly surprised with this impulse purchase. They wear well and don’t feel sticky or gritty on the lips. I don’t think I’d need 10 of these or anything, but it would be cool to try one with a purple or magenta shimmer, or one with an iridescent shimmer, just for a different look to Angelic.

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17 thoughts on “Review: Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

  1. Oh wow! This is so pretty on, I actually surprisingly like it by itself!
    I really like it over ABH Bittersweet in your pictures (and that’s just a gorgeous colour by itself!).
    When ever I brave a gloss I find that it does end up getting windswept hair caught in it, which is why I tend to stay away from them more than anything!

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    • It’s actually quite pretty on its own in my lip swatch, but in the context of my entire face…it’s a no go, haha!
      You’re right, it definitely goes the best with Bittersweet – I’m too chicken to wear that colour out of the house, it’s a bit too grungy for me! Could totally see you pulling it off, though 😉
      Yes, getting windswept hair caught in lip gloss is terrible. It’s like lip gloss is for indoor use only!

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  2. Hey, both you and Rachael posted on Huda today! Jinx. 😛

    This product is akin to a nail polish topper! Although – don’t hate me – but I just detest the look of liquid lipsticks. It is not flattering on the lips!
    That said, my favourite combo of yours is the ABH Dazed with the Lip Strobe. The transformation is subtle but I like the resulting warmer colour and lowkey shimmer.

    Hey, what happened to your icon (beside your name when you comment)? It seems to have disappeared…

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    • Hah, I was thinking the same thing about us posting about Huda! And first product from the brand for both of us, too.

      Oooh, it totally IS like a nail polish topper! Haha, I don’t hate on you for thinking liquid lipsticks are unflattering – I didn’t get into them for the longgggest time. I definitely prefer crème finishes from a regular bullet. The liquid lipsticks look particularly unflattering in super upclose shots like these ones, and especially because I have wrinkly grandma lips. ABH Dazed looks so pretty with this one in real life!

      Thanks for pointing out the missing icon! I noticed it when I commented on Rachael’s post, and then promptly forgot about it. No idea what happened, but it’s fixed now!

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  3. I hate overly sticky lip glosses so this sounds great for that. I love how it seems to change the colour if the lipstick you use it on too, as well as adding the shine to it. I think it’s so pretty on hudson and bittersweet especially, but that might be because they’re the ones I prefer anyway. It just adds a new dimension to them.

    It does make me want to try one of my slightly more shimmery glosses on top of a liquid lipstick and see how it looks. I used a subtle one I got last year free and it did add a nice shine but made it transfer a lot more than without it.

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  4. Your photos are soooo beautiful! What camera do you use? I love the close up of the lipstick wand with the blurred background.
    I also hadn’t head of Huda before her makeup line launched, but all the hype makes me want to try some products now. It’s nice that you included photos of the lip topper over several different lipsticks so we can tell what it does over different colours.

    Great review!! 🙂

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    • Aww, thanks Cleia, you have no idea how much that means to me! Haha, I actually had no idea what camera I use and had to look it up. It’s called the Sony NEX-5T Mirrorless camera. Mirrorless cameras are kind of in between regular point-and-shoots and DSLR’s both in price and in function – perfect for people who want to take more professional photos but have no idea what they’re doing, like me! haha.

      Ohhh those lip swatches are painful to look at. It’s funny how you see every flaw when you look at yourself up close. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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      • 🙂 Thanks! I haven’t heard of that one. I’m looking into getting a camera soon so I’m on the lookout!

        Haha I don’t think they look bad! But I know what you mean, I hate seeing up close pictures of my lips 😂

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        • Good luck looking for a camera! All of the camera choices out there confuse me…it would be nice to get one of those Canon EOS or whatever those professional bloggers use, but I probably wouldn’t even know how to use it!

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          • Thanks! The learning curve is a concern for me, someone from my work brought in an old Canon model for me to play around with and I was lost! I’ll need to take an online course to learn about shutter speed and all that 😄

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