Tuesday, 13 November 2012

MAC Strobe Cream - Review and Swatches

Hi all!

I have another product review for you today, and this one is on the much revered Strobe Cream by MAC. It is definitely not new on the market but it's relatively new to me- I picked it up at the end of a very wet and humid summer to give me some sort of healthy dewiness. One of my favourite Youtube Gurus, Goss, recommended this and spoke very highly of it's magical healthy powers, and it has been on my wishlist since I saw his video almost a year ago. I kept putting off buying it because, let's face it, at €31.50, it doesn't come cheap! 

 MAC promise:

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.

MAC classify this as skincare and not make-up because it is treated as a moisturiser with the added bonus of luminosity. It leaves a pink/purple sheen when swatched on skin and there is no trace of sparkle or glitter, it is more of an opalescent finish.

As you can see, the packaging is quite slick in a white tube with a black lid. There is no pump for this product, instead you give the tube a little squeeze. You get 50mls of product which is a decent amount. There is also a 30 ml version available in select MAC stores.

(Blob on my hand straight from tube- looks like moisturiser)

(Heavily swatched- can see how opalescent it is in natural light)

(Blended out on hand- leaves a sheen)

I had such high expectations and hopes, but in all honesty, I am very underwhelmed by this product. I have tried using it a number of different ways:
  1. All over my face for a dewy undercoat for foundation (barely even noticed to be honest- didn't break my skin out but did not make me look any more dewy)
  2. I mixed a squirt of this with a squirt of my MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NW20 over the summer to make the foundation lighter and give less coverage (epic fail- noticed absolutely no difference, even when I used 2 squirts Strobe Cream to 1 squirt Studio Fix)
  3. As a liquid highlighter on my cheeks, under my brows and down my nose (again, this was really underwhelming, it kind of just sunk into my skin and melted)
  4. All over my face in the place of tinted moisturiser (it left my face looking shiny in a greasy kind of way- I looked no brighter or more fresh faced when I had this on).

I am just so on the fence about this product- to be honest, I am very disappointed with it. I was just expecting so much more for the money I paid. I like drugstore cosmetics as much as the next person and some of my favourite finds have been in more inexpensive brands, but I am also a big MAC fan- I cannot get enough of their lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes especially. I can usually justify higher prices from brands like MAC because I believe they have higher capital to invest in the product in the research and development stages, but honestly, I cannot justify the price of this. I won't repurchase and I think I will struggle to find a use for this. Definite MAC miss for me unfortunately :(

Have any of you guys any tips on how to use up this Strobe Cream or have any of you had similar experiences to me? Would love to hear your opinions on this one because I feel it totally didn't live up to the hype.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Great post, I dont think my oily skin would be able for strobe cream, but its always something Ive wanted to try

  2. I have this and I prefer the loreal lumi primer. It's give me more of a glow. Great review :)

  3. Personally, I find it works better for brides- to give an overall glow for photo's. Really all I have used it for is photoshoots and to highlight the cupids bow on a lip (beneath lipstick). If you're wanting to get the same effect on the cheap nyc do a version of it for 2.50, I have both- i use nyc on myself. tried the chanel one too, they're all fairly the same.

  4. Thanks for the review :) I'm tempted to try this because of my dry skin but not sure!


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