Zoeva Strobe Gel Corona and Halo: Review & Swatches

I remember coming across these Zoeva Strobe Gel Highlighters on Cultbeauty’s Instagram. It looked interesting so I looked into grabbing them. However, they are unable to be shipped to the US per Cultbeauty’s website. Same with Beauty Bay. The only place I could find them that would ship to the US is Zoeva’s website. They were $15.80 each with $9 for airmail shipping.

A weightless highlighting gel ideal for adding a touch of dewy luminescence to the complexion.Melting seamlessly into the skin, the Strobe Cream is a flawless way to add a soft, light reflecting iridescence to the skin. Lightly pressed into the base using your fingers or a sponge, the innovative sheer gel formula blends effortlessly so you can create a range of looks varying in intensity, ensuring you have a highlight for every occasion.

There are three shades:

  • Halo – Pearl gel with silver shimmer for fair to light skin tones.
  • Corona – Peachy gel with rose gold shimmer for light to medium skin tones.
  • Aureole – Bronze gel with gold shimmer for medium to dark skin tones.
  • They come in glass jars and have a gel like texture. You can use your fingers to apply, or a brush. After I dip the brush into the pot the gel will fill back in and it looks smooth again like glass. They feel cool and refreshing when you apply them. Very nice for summer. They are sheer but buildable. They work more like a liquid highlight than a cream. When you apply some liquid highlighters on top of blush and foundation it tends to rub off some of that base makeup. It’s one of the reasons I prefer cream to liquid highlighters.

    The shimmer is soft and not an obvious glow nor is there any glitter present. It’s a subtle effect but can be built up to more intensity. However, the more you apply the better chance you’re going to remove some base makeup. They have no discernible scent and I got no irritation from use. I haven’t had these long enough to know if they dry out, but I’m sure they would eventually like all products of this nature.

    If you love liquid highlighters, subtle sheer shimmer and products that have a cooling water feel to them these are for you. Corona is a warmer peachy champagne shimmer suitable for light to medium even deeper skin tones. Halo is a cooler pale silvery pink nude shimmer suitable for fair to light medium skin tones. Both work fine for my light medium skin tone. I’m a NC25-27 and borderline light medium to medium in foundations. I think Halo was fine for me, definitely cooler and paler but doable. Corona I think would work on lighter skin tones, as well as skin tones in the medium to medium deep category. They are quite shimmery when you pack them on, but rarely can you get as much pigment on your cheeks as a swatch on your arm.

    Sunlight: Top Corona, Bottom Halo:

    Top to Bottom: Zoeva Halo Sheered out, Heavy; Zoeva Corona Heavy, Sheered Out:

    Top to Bottom: Pat McGrath Nude Cream Highlight from Kit, Zoeva Halo, Zoeva Corona, Topshop Glow in Polished, Natasha Denona Face Glow Cream Shimmer Light:


    Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Mica (Ci 77019), Peg-240/Hdi Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Potassium Laurate, Tocopherol, [May Contain. +/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)].

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