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M.A.C: Strobe Cream | Review

I don’t think MAC Cosmetics has left any stone unturned in marketing this product! All Beauty Influencers and Makeup Artists alike can’t stop talking about it. You have to give it to MAC for some very potent advertising due to which I was (for the lack of a more appropriate word) coerced into buying this highlighting cream, ambitiously named – Strobe Cream!

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin

MAC: Strobe Cream | Review and Swatches

They have a few colour variations in this but I went for the original called – Pinklite  because that is the only one that they offer in the smaller sized package. I really do wish they would make a smaller size in other colours as well because I think the Goldlite variant will suit my colour better.

Buy Online: here

Cost: 1200 INR for 30 ml

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin Cost and Quantity

MAC : Strobe Cream | Cost and Quantity


The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals to refresh and moisten. Boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with nutritious vitamins and a mega-dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Enhances the effects of light on all skin in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight. This on-the-go essential is totally tote-able in an airport-friendly size of 30ml.
  • Smoothes skin
  • Improves clarity
  • Adds radiance
  • Hydrating
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Non-acnegenic

Directions of Use

  • Apply Apply with fingertips or a 109 Brush.
  • For an intense glow, apply on top of foundation.
  • For a subtler glow, apply underneath foundation.
  • For a natural glow, mix with liquid foundation.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Distearate, Trisiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Cholesterol, Steareth-10, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Ceramide Ng, Cyanocobalamin, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Silica, Tin Oxide, Sucrose, Polysorbate 80, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Linoleic Acid, Panthenol, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium Edta, Edta, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Red 4 (Ci 14700)]

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin_ Ingredients and Shelf Life

MAC: Strobe Cream | Ingredients and Shelf Life

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin Packaging(3)

MAC: Strobe Cream | Packaging

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin _ Packaging

MAC: Strobe Cream | Packaging | FLip Top Cap

This cream comes packed in a plastic tube with a flip top cap. The size is definitely travel friendly (will be allowed in cabin luggage on airplanes) and I have been able to take this on many of my trips. The opening is designed well to regulate the flow.

The cream is of a thick consistency and is white in colour with pink micro pearls mixed within, which is the material that actually catches the light and reflects it.

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin Creams colour and Consistency

MAC: Strobe Cream | Colour and Consistency

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin_ swatch pinklite (8)

MAC: Strobe Cream | Upon spreading the product

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin _pinklite upon blending(9)

MAC: Strobe Cream | After Blending

My expectations from this product was a healthy luminous glow with a dewy finish and it didn’t quite meet it! The cream goes on sheer and gives a pretty nice pearlescent look immediately upon application. The effect is subtle and unlike the glittery powder highlighters. Unfortunately it doesn’t last at all!

My skin is not the very dry so it’s not like it is soaking all the cream right away so I am not sure why this isnt working for me. It looks great upon application but soon after one cannot make out anything! The effect lasts for barely 10 minutes.

The brand also claims that this can be put under the foundation but its not evident as is and with a layer of foundation above it the effect is absolutely lost. I have also tried building it up by using a lot more product which has helped ever so slightly but not something sustainable for a natural day look, let alone an actual makeup look for an event.

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin_ before application (10)

MAC: Strobe Cream | Skin Before Application

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin _product applied(11)

MAC: Strobe Cream | Application

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin_after blending.

MAC: Strobe Cream | After blending – The effect is not as perceptible as advertised.

The brand calls this product a,

“moisturizer that boosts the look of dull skin and luminizes with iridescent particles.”

but unfortunately it is not a very hydrating moisturizer, nor does it provide any sustainable glow/ highlight to the skin.


  • The cream consistency makes it easy to apply to high points of the face.
  • Not very glittery.


  • Very Expensive.
  • Extremely poor staying capacity.
  • Not very hydrating.
  • Contains Fragrance.
MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream Review and Swatches on Indian Skin (2)

MAC: Strobe Cream | FInal Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

This might work in situations where folks are getting a photoshoot under studio light & makeup artist at hand but let’s be practical that does not sound like most of us! This wont work for anything else that requires the product to last even slightly longer. Unless I am doing something absolutely wrong I believe it is an over-priced, over-advertised & over-hyped cream which in all honesty I cannot recommend to anyone!

Let me know in the comments if I may have missed something or your opinions if you have used this before. Also join me on Instagram for more product-feedback and stories!


18 thoughts on “M.A.C: Strobe Cream | Review

  1. it’s aptly named strobe for all the radiance it gives… doubt the green tea is a potent antioxidant mixing it with other equally potent natural ingredients will give one a properly hydrated skin…….


  2. I know M.A.C is one product that is one of the famous ones. Yes it is over priced and I have never used it honestly to see if it is value for money or no. But thanks for your detailed review, I think I will give this cream a miss.


  3. aisasami says:

    I never heard of strobe cream before but your post piqued my interest in it. I would love to try it to see how it affects my skin.


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  5. Dar says:

    Finally someone with similar thoughts to mine! I’ve read EVERYWHERE only hypes about this product and every time I use it (I own a full product from some time now) I am so, so disapointed! It looks really nice after you put it on your bare face or under/on top of a BB cream but if you use it under any kind of foundation it dissapears! Also – as you’ve written – the staying power is so poor 😦 The whole idea is great, the smell is great, the consistency is great, the first impression (immediately after application) is great but in the end you’re left wondering if anyone sees ANY difference on your face 😛

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    • Hey there, thanks for your comment. I bought this before lockdown…in a matter of few months it developed a strange smell. There is no way it can expire so soon. Overall I am super unhappy with it and cannot recommend it to anyone. I keep posting periodic updates on my Instagram so if it interests you watch out for those. 😊


  6. Neha says:

    Every bit of what you have written is true. Tried and tested. Moral of the story, never trust a product which is widely promoted by almost every influencer.

    Liked by 1 person

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