MAC Strobe Cream Review, Swatch, FOTD

Posted on Oct 5 2014 - 7:35pm by poonam

MAC Strobe Cream Review

Hello Everyone,

I have been looking to find that perfect liquid illuminator for my skin and in my search I stumbed upon my first MAC product other than lipsticks 😉 , MAC Strobe Cream Hydratant Lumineux.

MAC Strobe Cream Look

Product Claims: The ultimate quick fix for the skin.

  • Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea.
  • Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants.
  • Enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight.

Ingredients:- Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Distearate, Trisiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Cholesterol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Steareth-10 Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera Fruite Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyalauronate, Panthenol, Ceramide 2, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose, Glycerin, Cyanocobalmin, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Linoleic Acid, Isohexadecane, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 4

Price:- Rs 1950 for 50 ml

Shelf Life:- 3 years from the Mfg date.

Available in 2 variants:

  1. MAC STROBE CREAM for Dry/combination skin
  2. MAC STROBE LOTION for Oily/ combination skin

Packaging:- MAC Strobe cream comes in a sturdy pearly white colored opaque plastic tube with a black screw cap. There is a tiny hole at the mouth to dispense illuminating lotion but I find it hard to control the amount to be dispenses. Also, it tends to get messier in the cap if its screwed tightly. I would have preferred a pump dispenser or a soft plastic tube with a nozzle.

My experience with MAC Strobe Cream:-

MAC Strobe Cream Review

MAC Strobe Cream is marketed as a skin care product than makeup but I consider it as a makeup product only with some skin benefits 😉 . We all love to flaunt bright glowing skin and if that is achieved without any sort makeup it is best but what to do on a “Bad skin day” when one wants that fresh glowing look… ?? Yeah, these illuminating lotions can come to the rescue.

MAC Strobe cream is creamy white colored liquid with pearlescent silver-pink shimmers blended in the formula. The microscopic shimmers are super fine and doesn’t look shimmery at all rather adds a beautiful radiant sheen on application

It absorbs quickly and sets really fast so make sure you do the blending speedily as it’s pearly pink undertones might flash white on warm Indian skin tones if not blended completely. It doesn’t feel heavy on skin and just 2 tiny dots of this magical liquid are enough for that naturally glowing look.

MAC Strobe Cream Swatch 4

Those with large pores don’t need to worry with this highlighter as it doesn’t have any shimmers which fills in the pores and makes them prominent.

It has slightly hydrating formula which is meant for moistening dry skin but if used judiciously, it will work equally well on Oily-combi skin giving that natural dewy look minus any unwanted shine or greasiness.

This brightening lotion can be used in many ways:

  1. Mix it with your foundation for a glowing and even toned skin.
  2. Apply it as spot highlighter for your cheekbones, Nose bridge, Cupid bow, browbone, forehead and throw up that sculpted face look.
  3. Wear it alone or under your BB cream just to brighten up your overall complexion

I am using it MAC Face and Body Foundation which itself has an illuminating formula but if you have some matte finish foundation, add 2 drops of this liquid for that gleaming  glow.

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Pros of MAC Strobe Cream:-

  1. Adds soft radiant shine to skin
  2. Free from shimmers
  3. Absorbs quickly
  4. Doesn’t feel heavy on skin
  5. Slightly hydrating formula
  6. Has skin care benefits
  7. Doesn’t break me out
  8. Little goes a long way
  9. Photographs really well
  10. Can be used in multiple ways
  11. Suitable for both day and night

Cons of MAC Strobe Cream:-

  1. Price is on the higher side.
  2. Needs to be blended completely
  3. Might not work for darker skin tones
  4. Have a weird smell but nothing troublesome.

Recommendation:- MAC Strobe Cream has ultra – fine pearlescent pink and silver shimmers mix which imparts a healthy dewy glow to the skin and doesn’t make you look like a disco ball even on a day time. It can be used as a makeup base as it has hydrating properties with an additional benefit of pearly sheen. Its light weight formula with no visible shimmers (that is why I love it even more) making it suitable for oily skin and ladies with large pores. It feels great on skin and brightens up dull looking skin instantly but if you already have a great skin, you might not find any significant difference to your complexion. Recommended!

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Rating:- 4/5

Have you tried MAC Strobe Cream? Which is your favorite liquid Highlighter/illuminator?

34 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. SangyOctober 5, 2014 at 7:45 PM - Reply

    this sounds like a great product, am surely going to check this out!

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 8:53 AM - Reply

      Yeahh.. I was amazed how subtle it looked on application.. absolutely undetectable.. but still that glow.. 😀

      You must!! 🙂

  2. krithiOctober 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM - Reply

    u r definitely glowing Poo
    sounds like good product

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM - Reply

      Thanks a lott krithi.. Glad i could show you the effect it had on my skin 😉 .. u shoudl try it at counters.. 😀

  3. nausheenOctober 5, 2014 at 11:08 PM - Reply

    This has really given you a glow..i am gonna chek this for sure 🙂

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 8:57 AM - Reply

      Thanks Nausheen.. I am sure you would like it too.. 🙂

  4. MakeupmirrornmeOctober 5, 2014 at 11:17 PM - Reply

    It’s on my ‘to buy MAC’ list I will getting this one for winters ;p
    You looking superb in the pics :))

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM - Reply

      woo..!! That’s great :).. I am sure your would love it!!

      Thankss a bunch! 🙂

  5. HarineOctober 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM - Reply

    Really pretty Poo.. I have read a lot about this strobe cream.. WOuld like to try it some day..

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM - Reply

      Thanks a lott harine.. I am glad i gave this a shot and it does really fulfilled all its claims.. 🙂

  6. IshaanOctober 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM - Reply

    Gives a nice natural glow to your skin!

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 8:58 AM - Reply

      Thanks Ihaan.. it does and look so naturall.. 🙂

  7. Shailja@BeABrideEverydayOctober 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM - Reply

    I like the effect it has shown on your skin <3

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM - Reply

      Thank uu..!! <3

  8. Lisha@HeartBowsMakeupOctober 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM - Reply

    oooh this gives you such a healthy glow! You look super pretty!

    • poonamNovember 16, 2014 at 6:06 PM - Reply

      Thanks Lisha.. the glow is lovely.. <3

  9. BhumikaOctober 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM - Reply looks super <3 I love highlighters!

    • poonamNovember 16, 2014 at 5:53 PM - Reply

      Thanks Bhumi.. I am in love with highlighters too.. they make such a diff to the look!! 🙂

  10. SwatiOctober 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM - Reply

    Gorgeous Poonam! 🙂
    I have tried this at the store once but I felt it was too oily for my skin. Will check it out once more now 🙂

    • poonamNovember 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM - Reply

      Thanks Swati.. I have dry skin so it worked just fine.. may be the SA used mor ethan reqd on u.. try it once more to check if you really like it.. 😀

  11. HeenaOctober 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM - Reply

    It’s Such a Subtle Illuminator!

    • poonamNovember 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM - Reply

      yeahh.. it makes those cheek bones picture perfect!! 🙂

  12. NieshaOctober 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM - Reply

    It does imparts a great glow Poo! I loved your makeup. :* :*

    • poonamNovember 16, 2014 at 5:57 PM - Reply

      Thanks Niesha.. I would give all the credit to the illuminator.. 🙂

  13. anubhuti@senseiteveOctober 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM - Reply

    great review..i want to give it a try 🙂

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM - Reply

      Thansk Anubhuti.. u shoudl try it!! 🙂

  14. SrinjlaOctober 7, 2014 at 11:50 PM - Reply

    wow what a lovely glow
    you look super super pretty poo

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM - Reply

      Thanks a lott Sri.. the glow really bowled me over.. subtle yet there! 🙂

  15. ArzooOctober 8, 2014 at 11:47 AM - Reply

    This is an amazing product, have heard a lot of things about it, you looking lovely in the pic Poo 🙂

    • poonamNovember 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM - Reply

      Thanks Arzoo.. The highlighter did impressed me.. !! 🙂

  16. purvaOctober 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM - Reply

    omg you look stunning poo.. that eyemakeup is so gooood

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM - Reply

      Thank you so much Purva.. I just save my eyes from being a complete failure .. had a tough time managing with that one!! 😉

  17. Swati ChinkyOctober 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM - Reply

    U r a diva..!!!

    • poonamOctober 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM - Reply

      Thanks a tonn darlingg.. :-*

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