By Contributor: Vanshita
Indian monsoon boasts of a novel experience each year (giddy combination of rain, clogged drains, traffic jams and fritters) but our skin unfortunately reacts each year the same way. Oily/Combination, normal skinned girls like myself look sweaty with unintentional smudged up make up. At least this has been the reality for me. After wearing makeup during monsoon my expectation is dewy, soft glowing skin, but the reality is sweaty, sticky and oily skin that no one wants to touch. Then you might ask why I went out to purchase another highlighter in this weather. Well, I think the answer lies in the name of MAC Strobe Cream which I will review and swatch today.
The meaning of the word Strobe as per the dictionary is an electronic flash. Any product containing the name strobe logically has illuminating properties. It comes in a white tube with a black cap, a basic MAC affair. The carton is also white with luminous pink highlights. The tube is easy to carry in a purse or a makeup kit. Strobe Cream also comes in a liquid bottle named Strobe Liquid which I guess it targeted towards oily skin. Let’s see how I use the strobe cream from MAC and if its worth buying.
MAC Claims: 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.
My Review of MAC Strobe Cream:
The mac cream comes out easily with just a slight pressure on the tube; in fact, at times it is difficult to manage the quantity of cream that comes out. It has a hint of mauve color and a mild flowery smell which doesn’t last long. A little product goes a long way. In fact, too much of it on the skin will make it look greasy and oily. It is packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins, green tea leaf extract, various fruit extracts and other skin friendly stuff. The MAC Makeup artist advised not to wear it every single day but can be worn twice or thrice in a week. The reason given by him was that if the skin is given too much of vitamins it will stop producing its own.
Did I tell you that this strobe cream is marketed as a subtle highlighter? The glow that comes after applying it is very, very subtle and lasts for about thirty to forty minutes. I have been using for only one month but it has been a MAC permanent. I would describe the look as pearl glow of perhaps a pink fairy dust that gives just the right amount (a bare hint) of luminosity and glow to make the skin look vibrant, fresh and really lively. It is a quick fix for a dull tired face.
The strobe cream is light on the skin and I use it in many ways. The best way to apply it is with a flat paddle brush and not a sponge or fingers as the iridescent particles end up on the finger tips or the sponge instead of on the skin where you want them to be. They are very finely milled and you can barely make out their presence. It gives a sheen or a glow rather than a in your face sparkle.
How to Use MAC Strobe Cream:
Price in India: Rs.2500 (It used to be Rs.1950 in 2014)
VNA Rating: 3.5/5
Dupe: L’Oreal Magic Lumi primer
My take: I am a bit disappointed as the sheen does not last very long no matter how I apply it. In the big strobing versus contouring debate, this cream does not get too many points to win.
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