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5 February 2013

MAC Strobe Cream Review

I don’t know about you but this weather is really taking its toll on my skin. Central heating, the cold wind and lack of daylight, let alone sunshine! The weather, coupled with a month of overindulging in too much processed food and alcohol over the festive period and boy, do I look my age! Fine lines are appearing left
right and centre, my skin is dull and uneven, I have dry patches on my cheeks.... you get the picture! 

Being a bit of a skincare addict that was my first port of call for tackling these problems (more on that coming soon) but for a quick fix while trying to get the condition back into my skin, my go-to product has to be MAC Strobe Cream.

This was one of the first things I ever bought from MAC and I haven’t been without it since; it will definitely be featured in my MAC must-have’s post (coming soon). Strobe Cream is listed as a moisturiser on MAC’s website but it’s really much more than that. Not only is it packed with botanicals, vitamins and antioxidants that moisturise and calm the skin but it contains iridescent particles that  enhances the effect of both natural and artificial light on the skin producing a pearly glow wherever the light hits and instantly masking imperfections. 

There are a couple of ways I like to use it; in this post you can see the more subtle effect of using it as a base for foundation. I like to do this with heavier coverage foundations that can be a little drying if I still want a long wearing finish and I just avoid my t-zone, which can become a bit shiny throughout the day. 

If you want a really glowy finish with good coverage, mix one part of this with one part high coverage foundation such as Estee Lauder Double Wear, Chanel Perfection Lumiere or even Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation before applying it for the best of both worlds. 

I also like to apply this over my base to highlight my brow and cheek bones and cupids bow. You can use it sparingly for a subtle effect or layer it up for a noticeable highlight that is not dissimilar to Benefits High Beam. It can also be applied to the décolletage area or just along the collarbone and on the shoulder cap. I tend to do this to give my skin a bit more dimension after fake tanning which can sometimes leave it looking a bit flat.

I have lots of highlighters in all formulations but i probably get the most use out of this one because it can give as much or as little highlight as you want and it looks very natural and not sparkly at all - just like your skin on a VERY good day!

The only negative point i can mention is that i don't find it to photograph under flash very well, i have been told by quite a few people this is a favourite with brides but i avoided it on my wedding day and opted for a powder highlighter instead because the flash can really exaggerate the effect of the Strobe Cream. 

MAC also make a lighter version of this product called Strobe Liquid. They both cost £22.50 for 50mls for the MAC website.

Do any of you use Strobe cream or liquid? How do you like to use it?


  1. Ooooooh this sounds really lovely! I'm on the market for a liquid highlighter/glowy type product at the moment, I'll be giving this a swatch this week :D xx

  2. let me know what you think if you do :) Its along the same lines as Clarins beauty flash balm but a bit pearly-er if you know what i mean!xx

  3. Thank you for this review- I love this as well and I've heard the L'Oreal Lumi primer is a good dupe for it. I want to try the L'Oreal one to see. Thanks for your comment xoxo, T

    1. ooh i'd be interested to see what the L'Oreal one is like, let me know if you try it :)

  4. This looks like a fab product, definitely adding it to my wish list :) x

    1. It is great, really wakes up tired skin :)

  5. With all the glitz and buzz i am hearing about MAC products, i sometimes think that some of them are just overhyped. ~ New York dermatologist.

    1. I don't think i have tried anything from MAC that i havn't liked, i think they are top of their game and get a lot of good press because of it :)

  6. The fabulous Wayne Goss (YouTube) has just done a video (yesterday!) suggesting a mix of Estee Lauder and Strobe Cream. You were there first!


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