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I am always envious of those girls who have radiant looking skin that always looks fresh and healthy. Now I'm sure a proportion of this is due to eating healthily and fresh air but I suspect a portion of it is also due to make up. I bought Strobe Liquid by Mac in a bit to get my own beautiful complexion.
What does the product do?
This product is a moisturiser with a difference. It promises to give the skin a radiant look that glows with health and vitality. It also claims that it will hide imperfections and it works because it contains 'soft focus diffusers' and 'irridescent particles'. It contains botanical ingredients and vitamins which give dull and tired skin a boost while brightening the complexion. The end results is skin which looks fresh and healthy.
How do you use the product?
You can use the product in a range of different ways. You can use it alone without make up by dispensing it from the body and applying it all over the face in the same way as you would apply a moisturiser. You could also just use it on targeted areas to highlight different parts of your face such as on your cheeks bones or on your brow bones. You could also use it mixed in with your foundation to make the effect more subtle but still there. There's not that much point using it underneath a thick foundation as it will cover up the light reflecting effects.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a transparent bottle and you can see the product inside. It has a black screw top lid, and Mac and the product name is written on the front. The product is expensive, as you would expect from a Mac product and it will cost you around £20 for 50ml of the strobe cream.
Application and Performance
This product has a light scent to it that it not over powering and it has the consistency of a moisturiser. It feels hydrating on the skin and it doesn't make my face feel greasy or oily which is good as I have an oily complexion anyway. It goes onto the skin smoothly and doesn't pull or drag my skin. You can blend the product in and you have plenty of time to work with the product before it dries. The appearance of the product isn't sparkling or shimmering thank goodness but it does resemble a highlighter so I was a bit wary about putting it on my face after having tested it on my hand. The finish is still fairly natural though and the product catches the light really nicely, giving you a dewy complexion and a radiant glow.
It does fade some what when mixed in with foundation and the effects are dulled down slightly. I wouldn't wear this in the day as it makes you look a bit made up but I do like wearing it on an evening out. I do usually like my skin to look matte but this make my skin look healthy rather than shiny. It do particularly like to pat some of this product on to my cheek bones and brow bones as a highlighter. It hasn't caused my skin any irritations and it hasn't made me develop any blemishes. You really don't need to use much of the product at all in order to achieve the finished look so the bottle won't run out any time soon.
The headline I've given this product is a little unfair and is actually not a negative. I just mean that if you are looking for that ethereal, pearlescent vampiric complexion then this product will see you right. As other people have mentioned it is a multi-tasking product which can be used both as a highlighter to accentuate your good bits, or a complexion enhancer by mixing with your foundation/tinted moisturiser (I general mix half and half). I prefer the latter as other products are arguably better at highlighting, the benefit beam range in particular, but it is handy that it can be used for both. I use this product mainly in winter as it renders my skin paler and gives my skin a nice even shimmer without being too sparkly. I don't want to look member of an abba tribute band.
The product is reasonably priced and it does last for ages, even with daily use for 6 months I'm still yet to make a significant dent in the bottle. If you find the cream a bit heavy then Mac does offer a lighter version called Mac strobe lotion which may be worth checking out if your skin is prone to break-outs. My cousin wears this and it gives her the same effect as mine.
I would recommend it as a lot of make-up artists seem to use it on shoots and they're the experts after all.
This is a highlighter which is meant to catch the light highlighting facial features and giving an all round healthy glow.
After applying my foundation, blusher etc I apply a little bit over my cheekbones, a little bit down my nose and on my brow bones which gives a lovely glow to my face.
If my foundation is a bit too heavy and matte and I am in the mood for a dewy look I mix in a bit of this with my foundation and then apply. This gives a radiant healthy look to my skin.
It can even be used on barefaced skin after moisturizing as it makes it easier to go without foundation as it makes your skin look a lot better.
It can also be applied across shoulder bones or legs to give a nice sheen.
It is not greasy or sticky at all. It doesn't make you face look like an oil slick either. It also doesn't break me out in spots which is a big plus!
It costs £21 but it does last a long time. I still have mine after 10 months and I use it pretty often.
MAC is a relatively newish name in the cosmetic industry and they are more geared towards the fashion world, often providing the cosmetics on run ways and fashion shows. It has only be more recently that they have focused their attention on the average person. I wouldn't be surprised if many of you hadn't heard of them before, hopefully this will tell you a little more.
MAC are known well among their groupies to sell high quality, innovative cosmetics, and this Strobe Liquid to no exception.
Basically, Strobe Liquid is a fancy name for a highlighter and it gives your face a natural healthy glow where and when it is applied. The liquid is pearlescent in colouring. It is a smooth cream and on a scale of 1 to 5, If 1 is like water and 5 is like foundation MAC Strobe Liquid would be 3.
I personally use it in a number of different ways:
To just highlight- A single pump onto the tip of your finger is usually more than enough, and then OVER your make up apply lightly onto the cheeks lightly spreading. This leaves a healthy radiant looking glow without looking shiny or sweaty.
As a base - If I'm having a particularly bad skin day, after moisturising but BEFORE applying any makeup I take a few pumps of the strobe liquid and use all over my face, this not only leaves a healthy glow to the skin without over doing it, but reduces the appearance of skin imperfections. Frequently I just us this on its own as it just looks so darn good.
The liquid is absorbed into you skin really quickly and as long as you don't use too much require very little rubbing.
Using Strobe Liquid can seem a bit of an alien thing to do, but once you've applied it a few times and got the knack, it is easier than applying a foundation as you don't have to worry about it going streaky or 'orange' (Yikes)!
I can't comment on it suitability for sensitive but I have had no issues my self.
It is sold in a 50ml bottle with a price tag of £21, ouch right? I have had the same bottle for over a year and I use it on a daily bases so I think it is great value for what you get. The bottle itself has a pump on the top which I have never had any problems with, and can also be 'locked' so not to be pressed down by accident. As I just said, I've had my bottle for over a year and it has never dried out or changed consistency since purchase.
It is a top quality product and I have seen it on sale at Debenhams and Harvey Nichols. It is also sold through MACs official web site:
and that is probably the easiest way to find it - there is also a store locate function on their site.
So overall I would definitely recommend MAC strobe Liquid to any one who wants a natural healthy glow. It is a religious part to my make up routine now and although seeming a little weird at first It has won me over hands down.