I LOVE this stuff so much, an HG product. Strobe liquid is as MAC's website describes "Blending soft-focus diffusers with iridescent pigments, this ultra-fluid strobe formula produces a soft, radiant light on the skin, reducing the appearance of skin imperfections by providing a natural-looking glow. Refreshing. Spreads on smoothly and absorbs quickly. Leaves the skin looking healthier and more radiant". This is exactly what this liquid does, it leaves such a gorgeous finish on the skin. I mix one pump of this with one pump of my MAC studio fix fluid foundation and apply it. It gives me a beautiful dewey look to my face and also makes my foundation feel way lighter. You could also use this as a highlighter for above the cheekbones and under the brow bone.
You could even use this highlighter as a moisturizer, you really feel the difference in your skin with this since it has many antioxidants and it is so refreshing. It doesn't make your skin oily at all, and you don't need too much to get a glow. Which also means it is easy to overdo it is concentrated in shimmer, but a little goes a long way. The packaging is nice for this, it is the standard MAC pump bottle that is sanitary and dispenses enough product for a full face.
I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a dewey finish without having greasy skin. Love it
I have oily skin and tend to prefer a matte finish, however lately I've been wanting my skin to look a little more dewy. I have always been curious about the Strobe Cream, however I ended up purchasing the lotion instead because I feared the cream would be too heavy and look WAY shiny.
I usually mix this product with a medium coverage foundation. I've found it works great with Revlon Colorstay (Combination/Oily) foundation because it "thins" out the product a little and I find gives a more natural finish that I'm going for. I've gotten several compliments on how nice my skin looks when I've applied it this way. I usually do 2 small pumps of the lotion with my foundation. My main concern was since it is so shimmery it would make my pores look more pronounced, however since I use a highlighting brush to apply foundation and blend it in clockwise/counterclockwise motion over the areas where I have noticeable pores, it really diffuses them. I really like to use it as a highlighter as well, I go between using this and Benefit High Beam lately.
The highlighting effect is on the cool side, which I feel balances out nicely with my strong warm undertones. I do like to use this on top of my foundation as well in the usual places where you'd highlight. The effect is subtle, if I'm looking for a stronger highlighter, I'd use Benefit High Beam.
As a side note, I do not feel that this is an adequate moisturizer, nor should it be used as such. Then again, I feel like you shouldn't be able to see moisturizer once it's blended into the skin.
Overall, I feel that this is a great product and will last for a very long time since you don't need to use much product. It is a bit pricey, however I feel that if it takes a while to use up you're getting your money's worth on a quality product.
This is drier and more shiner than the Strobe Cream. It's definitely more of a highlighter than a moisturizer. I'm looking for another moisturizer to try.
Mac's hidden gem!! I love mixing this with my foundation and going over my cheeks, chin, and little on the top lip. By doing that and leaving the other places relatively matte it creates a subtle contouring effect, and my skin looks soooooooooo luminous, not shiny or oily but really just "lit from within." I'll continue to use this over any other highlighter because it's also loaded with green tea extracts and antioxidants that are really good for the skin. It just wish it wasn't so pricey, but I managed to get two on ebay for 35 bucks, was a great deal.
I'm actually on the fence with this. I've had both the cream and liquid and I do prefer the liquid in terms of consistency. I do use this everyday but I don't actually know why! I would repurchase just because i use it everyday so I've somehow convinced myself that it is a staple item. I do notice a slight difference when I've not applied it however I think any highlighter lotion works in the same manner. I just mix this in with my TM and apply together
I have used both strobe liquid and strobe cream. If your oily/combo I would say get the liquid-If your dry then the cream.
I like using strobe liquid under my MAC studio fix fluid, as it gives it a bit of a dewy look with out making me look to oily. I have dark skin, and found that the liquid is a bit to pink to wear on its own, but felt that the cream was more suited to be worn on its own.
I think this is a great product to give the skin a glow and also to stop foundations with spf looking ashy on dark skin.
I havent finished my strobe liquid, but im not sure if i will beable to get out all the product as its a pump, and you cant unscrew the pump.
I bought this YEARS ago but haven't used it for a while as back then I couldn't figure out the point of this product. It was sold to me as a moisturiser/higlighter and the Mac artist at Selfridges told me to use some on my cheeks and forehead. The result always ended up looking very overdone so I discarded for a while. However, recently I've been interested in getting the YSL Touche Eclat and I was about to buy it when I remembered the strobe liquid and decided to try it out as a highlighter. I put some on the top of my cheek bones/under eye area, under my eyebrows and the effect is sufficient enough. It definitely serves no purpose as a moisturiser so don't be suckered into belivieving otherwise. The liquid is rather luminous so you really only need a little bit. Just take the tiniest amount and dab to blend in the desired areas. I've used it without foundation but had to do more blending to remove the lavender tinge from my face. I don't use a finishing powder so can'r answer that dilemma and haven't tried it with my foundation yet but I would think that on top would be best. I'll use the product up but as soon as it's gone I'll be buying the YSL Touche Eclat as I think it does a much better job and it's packing is more compact. This bottle is a bit big for the make-up bag.
I finally found my HG skin illuminator! Lol I use it b4 applying foundation n gives me the natural luminous glow I cant wait till the summer to use it on my shoulders :) a lil goes a very long way. Also glad I got this instead of the cream cause this tends to be a lil thinner than the cream which I like since in the summer I do tend to get a lil more oily :/ overall very good product.
Ok so I can see that a lot of people don't like the product which is a shame but I still encourage everyone to try it as I think it's a fabulous product. I got a sample of this when I bought some other MAC products and having used Strobe Cream before I was skeptical at first. I find Strobe Cream really thick and greasy and too shiny. I have dry/sensitive skin.
This version of the Strobe is liquid, light and easy to apply. It glides on rather than having to be rubbed in like the cream.
I usually apply my daily serum, then moisturise and 10 minutes later apply the Strobe Liquid. I immediately follow this by either applying a tinted moisturiser or Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.
I like the healthy, dewy glow that it gives me without being shimmery and sparkly (my pet hate!).
After applying tm/foundation I sometimes apply a little more to the cheeks, nose and chin and blend it in really well.
I think it would react differently based on which foundation you are using with it. I can imagine that a high coverage foundation might not work very well with this.
I encourage you to get a sample before buying the full size as it is pricey however 1 - 2 pumps is sufficient - a little goes a long way - so it will last for ages.
MUCH prefer the cream! This gives a good effect but the creams just so much easier to mix and apply and it's better for the skin in terms of content and application.
Also, the price, for a lotion it's rather dear, especially if you live in america and can pick up boots no7 high lights luminating lotion! SO LUCKY! get it from target it's a MUCH better alternative.
If you're in the uk like me, ebay is your only source for the no7 high lights lotion which is basically a better version of this for less than half the price! I got mine for 3.99 on ebay :| BARGAIN!
I must also say, i'm a total lover of mac skincare and foundations, i choose mac over every other brand and own a bucket load, i'm a boy too so that says something haha! but this, is one of few products of mac i'm so so about and will use an alternative. save your money and either go for the cream, the lustre drops or if you're intent on a lotion then no7 high lights! cause that gets 5/5 for me where as this gets 3 :(