MAC Strobe Cream

4.0

436 reviews

72% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Spring Water (Aqua), Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cholesterol, Jojoba Esters, Steareth-10, Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Whey Protein (Lactis Proteinum), Panthenol-Pro-Vitamin B5, Cyanocobalamin Vitamin B12, Tocopheryl Acetate, 7-Dehydrocholesterol Pro-Vitamin D3, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ceramide 2, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pyrus Malus Extract, Lactic Acid, Sucrose, Linoleic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, Glycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Sulfite, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Citrate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 4


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Am I the only person that breaks out from every single MAC liquid product?!?! Seriously every single one. I love their stuff but can only wear the lip sticks, liners, or powders without lasting scars from the cystic acne I get.
This was no different Im afraid. I love how it makes my skin feel, so soft dewy and plump. It's shimmer dissipates under makeup so it's not much of an illuminator but I loved using it as a primer or to thin out foundation. But then.. my face erupted and I banished it to the unusable makeup bag. : (



on 6/15/2015 3:04:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Other

I bought the travel size and so far, so good! I like to apply it after my moisturizer to my face (not to T zone where I get oily throughout the day) and it just gives me a subtle glow. I'm really impressed. By the way, the MUA told me not to use this 2 days in a row because it contains a lot of vitamin B. If you are sceptical, buy the travel size and try it out :)


on 6/9/2015 12:38:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I bought a travel size tube of this and was sent a little mini along with it for free. I've had the mini for over a year now, maybe heading to two years, and I just finished it. I kept it in my travel makeup bag at all times. So now I have the travel size to work on and I'm sure it'll last me a long time. I LOVE the smell of this. I don't know what MAC puts in their stuff but it must be powdered angel wings and unicorn tears. I wish they made this smell in a perfume. I am oily, and very oily in the summer so I just use this under my eyes. It is very moisturizing and does seem to brighten up my eyes when I use it before I apply makeup.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


on 5/28/2015 9:11:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I have the travel tube.The cream itself is very light, emollient, just slightly silicone-y and smells very clean, almost like a milled soap. Personally, I love the smell of it. It spreads very easily and absorbs very quickly.
The glow it gives is subtle and dewy. Pearlescent pinky and no glitter, period.
I primarily use this mixed about 70/30 with my organic, zinc-based SPF and a dash of foundation. When mixing it with other products the glow is really so, so subtle. Sometimes I wear it alone, but the effects don't last. Other times I'll pat it on as a highlighter, and I absolutely love the natural, glowy effect, but it doesn't last beyond 30 mins. Occasionally I'll pat it on my cheekbones and then go over it with Lightscapade or Mary Lou Manizer.
It took me a while to figure the best ways (for me) to use it.

I DO like this. No glitter at all. Subtle and mature effect, perfect for everyday wear at my age. The glow is lovely but can appear greasy. I find the sheen to fade away after a short time, no matter how I'm using it, this is where I'm most disappointed. This really isn't something you swatch and decide on. It needs to be practiced with. Might possibly repurchase the travel tube. I dunno..

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


on 5/21/2015 10:17:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I probably wouldn't purchase this item again if I ran out, I think it's really expensive for what it is.
I used to apply on my cheek bones but it honestly didn't make a difference.
Before I used pro longwear foundation I used studio fix, if you mix the strobe cream with the studio fix it does give you a very luminous glow, kind of look. However mixed with pro longwear, I dont think its as effective.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: Unknown

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I really like strobe cream. I use it mixed in with my foundation, underneath my eyes, or on the tops of my cheekbones. It's not an in your face highlighter, but it brings a softness and light to my face that just makes me look better. I like that it is luminizing without being sparkly or obvious. I use this for special occasions or when I feel I look a little tired. Looks beautiful with Face & Body Foundation. For reference, I have dry skin (combo in summer).

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This is a cream with a sheer pinky peach irredesecent glow. The packaging is very pretty and the travel size is enough to last for awhile. It feels light and lasts for the day. You can mix it into foundation for an all over dewy glow or wear it on top of foundation as a highlighter. You can even wear it on bare skin, it really wakes your face up! It's really pretty on the browbones and looks so fresh paired with cream shadow and blush.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 5/9/2015 5:34:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Tan, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I feel this product has a cult status, but personally, I found this illuminator disappointing. The packaging is the basic MAC plastic tube, hard to squeeze and not great controlling how much product is coming out.
I also found the thick gel-like texture gloopy, and plastic, it felt like a film on the skin, instead of gliding on smooth. I have tried this product before foundation on a clean skin, mixed in with my foundation, and stippled on after foundation. I didn't like it in any of these ways.
The highlight in the actual gel is also white, so can leave a bit of a white-cast, going slightly grey when I put fake tan on my face (which I do often.)
I recommend the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer or Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer instead of this overpriced, cheap quality product!

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


on 5/6/2015 3:58:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is one of the main things in my make up/skincare routine. Strobe cream is packed with anti oxidants and green tea extract what makes is very beneficial for the skin.

I mix a drop of strobe cream with a drop of avene light hydration cream. It works as a charm on my normal/slightly combination skin. After that I start my makeup routine

I get compliments everyday on my flawless and glowing skin!

Btw Buy the TRAVEL size!

One lippie of for the packaging. I would prefer this in a not clear packaging. Light and oxygen are bad for the anti oxidants in the cream:) keep it in a dark cool spot

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I recently purchased strobe cream by mac after seeing it recommended by a beauty blogger. It is amazing! Firstly the packaging is pretty and also practical, just the right about of product comes out. It enables me to apply my foundation evenly without it sticking to dry skin on my cheeks. I don't use this in my t-zone as mine is oily, I just use a primer here. This is great if yo are wanting a glowing dewy look

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


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