I like using highlighters when I wear makeup and had heard this particular Mac product spoken about online by beauty bloggers. I usually wear powder highlighters (with the exception of Benefit's High Beam) which I find easy to apply, but thought it might be good to try a new liquid highlighter as well to compare.
The Mac strobe cream is a white highlighter with a pearly pink tone to it, which is of relatively thin consistency. In order to apply you simply squeeze a very small amount out of the tube and then using my ringfinger I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones. It's important to ensure only a small amount is applied, a little goes a long way with this product and too much will make the effect a little bit too much! A small amount gives a nice dewy highlight which is subtlety noticeable when the light hits it. This gives a nice natural highlight, there isn't any glitter, only slight shimmer, so it doesn't give a disco ball effect!
In terms of longevity this highlighter does last a good amount of time, although I have noticed it can fade a little after a few hours, however it fades evenly so there doesn't end up with any patches being highlighted whilst others have worn away.
This product can only be purchased from a Mac store or the online Mac website, it costs £12.50 for a 50ml tube, which I think is quite good as this tube will last me years as only a tiny amount is needed! I would recommend trying this product if like me you are a little obsessed with cosmetics and highlighters in particular!
So I recently purchased a few items at MAC and at the till the lady gave me some good size sample pots which I was quite pleased at. They had MAC strobe cream and MAC face wash in which I amgoing to reviewing as part of a new series of reviews of sample products I get.
The cream is in MAC skincare under moisutrisers, it is designed to be worn alone of beneath foundation to give a subtle shimmery glow to your skin.
This is what the cream looks like, it's a very pearly and has sheens of pink in it too. Its got a really nice smooth texture when you put it on and looks really glowy aswell.
When the cream has been rubbed in it sinks in very nicely but still has the nice sheen to it. Although it is slightly moisturising I find the main job it does is to provide a nice glow / sheen. It gives my skin a really nice look, like I've just had a facial and my skin is very rested.
A great thing about MAC strobe cream is that in photos it makes your skin look really nice, it makes it look reflected slightly but in a good way so your skin isn't really matte looking.
It's not greasy or oily either, it has such a nice texture so it feels nice to wear.
You can find Strobe Cream at MAC counters and at Mac online. It's £21.50 which is quite pricey for some people but it is a very nice cream so its highly recommended from me !
I love highlighters, just to clear that. I love how they make my dry skin look glowy and flawless. I ALWAYS have to have one in my make up bag.
I had tried quite a few MAC products in the past and really liked them. So i asked for the Strobe Cream as a christmas present one year. Simply because i couldn't afford £20 for a highlighter.
So when i got it i was delighted and couldn't wait to try it.
The amount of product there is in the tube is really really good, it lasts for ages. I am still no way near half way through and have had it since last christmas.
HOWEVER, i was not impressed with this product., I mean, it's okay, but for the money, and MAC's amazing reputation, i definitely expected more.
Don't get me wrong, the application is lovely, goes on smoothly, doesnt clog pores or cause me spots. But for the highlighting effect, it just gives a teeny tiny sublte sheen i mean, you struggle to see any difference whatsoever. You can get more of a glow with vaseline for gods sake :/
So yes, very disappointing. MAC also do a strobe liquid, the reviews for it on here seem to be much better, so if you were gonna go for a MAC one, i'd definitly go for that one.
However, if you DON'T want to be spending this much money on a product which isnt great, my reccomendation would be Boots No. 7 Skin Illuminator. Its half the price and absolutely BEAUTIFUL. (See my review on it)
I am a big fan of MAC Cosmetics and so last time I was in my local MAC store I decided I would give the 'Strobe Cream' a try. The assisitant in the store told me how fab it was, and while I initially baulked at the £21.00 price tag, I was soon taken along by the flow of the sales pitch and before I knew it I had paid for it, and walked out the store £21.00 lighter.
Looking at the website, it described the cream as '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' - the assistant talked in the same vein, telling me how great the Green tea is for the skin, and how I would have luminous skin if I used it. I had high hopes for this pot of miracle cream - would it love up to the hype or would I be dissapointed?
It comes in a white bottle, with a black lid, its an upside down bottle so the lid is at the bottom. To be honest its quite a plain bottle, I suppose its supposed to be understated, but its quite boring really. If you looked at it you wouldnt think it was an expensive cream.
The cream itself it quite shimmery, and quite thick. It looks more like some highlighters rather than any other moisturiser I have seen. Luckily as its thick you do have control over how much comes out (you wouldnt want to waste any of this at that price!) It has a slight perfume smell which is pleasant and not overpowering in any way. It doesnt smell synthetic which is a real plus for me - I hate it when my moisturiser smells like chemicals!
It absorbs easily and doesnt leave my skin feeling greasy or heavy, but thats just it, it doesnt leave my skin looking or feeling anything really. It feels smoother, and it doesnt look dry, but I cant see any of these fabulous results I had hoped for. My skin just looks like it usually does when I have used my normal moisturiser.
However to give it credit it goes well under make-up, and doesnt make the powder slide off, plus I dont need to use another highlighting product when I have used this underneath powder or foundation, the trouble is that I didnt buy it as a highlighter ( I have lots of those!) and I dont wear foundation that often either.
So all in all I am a bit dissapointed. Its not as greasy as Nivea, which is a plus, but for the price I was expecting something a lot better. It doesnt really seem to moisturise. I dont know if its doing things to my skin that I cant see, but I wont be buying it again. It has lasted quite a while as you only need to use a small amount, so thats another positive.