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M.A.C Cosmetics Strobe Cream 50ml

4.5 of 134 reviews


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That perfect sun-kissed glow is easy to achieve thanks to the M.A.C Cosmetics Strobe Cream. Designed to banish dull, flat or tired skin, this unique brightening moisturiser will smooth skin, improve clarity, hydrate and promote radiance.

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SUPERIOR - 94% recommend

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Skin Concern:

  • Dull, dry or dehydrated skin

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry

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4.5 of 134 reviews

94% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive



This has been a staple in my makeup collection for years! Gives your makeup such a nice glowy/natural look

Most Helpful Criticism

3-4 stars


I don’t dislike this but it’s very pricey when you can get better Luminisers. Under make up or even on its own I love the pinklite but it works out cheaper to buy the travel size.
  1. A nice dewy finish.


    I really like this product as a primer. It is easy to apply and has a glowy, dewy and radiant finish!
  2. Staple


    This has been a staple in my makeup collection for years! Gives your makeup such a nice glowy/natural look
  3. versatile holy grail!


    Wow, this product is seriously good. I use as a primer before studio fix or mixed in for a more sheet every day look and both ways feel so Luminous and everything stays put! even just on by itself with a little studio fix powder is amazing! and a little goes a long way. new fav!
  4. Lovely glow


    I received as a sampleit gives the skin a nice natural radiance and hydrates the skin good . Highly recommend
  5. dewy dumpling


    I use after my moisturiser as a primer and i always am left looking glowy and gorgeous
  6. So glowy!


    Received this as a sample. I really like it. I use it’s a primer and it gives a lovely glow! Can’t wait to purchase!
  7. Beautiful, healthy glow


    Creates such a beautiful, glowing undertone. Can make me look bright and healthy even on my worst skin days even on bare skin. I found it was best to use it sparingly and with caution on oily skin
  8. Amazing moisturizer


    I’ve only tried Goldlite and Silverlite but they are both amazing! I have super dry skin, and the strobe cream is so nourishing and adds the perfect amount of glow. It is a lifesaver as it helps foundations not stick to any dry patches and it completely moisturizers them. I personally use it under foundation or sometimes mixed in with a foundation to sheer the foundation foundation out.
  9. Incredible product


    This product is amazing and has so many uses. Alone, or under makeup, it makes your skin appear to glow within. I mix it with my matte foundations for some extra glow. Love this product, in every colour!
  10. Beautiful glow


    The strobe cream is my ultimate holy grail product for whether I wear makeup or not because it is so gorgeous and gives the most natural glow which just makes the skin look super healthy. When I wear it under makeup I find my makeup lasts longer and applies smoother whilst looking dewy. Couldn't recommend this product enough. I also find used in combination with a powder highlight it'll give an absolutely gleaming glow. This is a very versatile product and a must-have​.
  11. Good


    These strobe creams are pretty good. Looks very glowy and pretty
  12. Glow booster


    I use this on no makeup days when I want a little extra glow, otherwise it looks amazing mixed in with foundation. I don't particularly love it layered over foundations, so I avoid doing this.
  13. Love the Peach & Gold


    This product really does give a subtle, sun kissed glow. It lasts for ages and is really pigmented so only need to use a small amount
  14. A must for a perfect glow


    I love this strobe cream. It really creates the perfect glow.
  15. Beautiful


    Such a beautiful highlighter! Very pigmented and a little does a long way
  16. Great product


    I received this as gift and loved it. It's a bit pricey though and I think for summer it's going to make my face too oily.
  17. Stunning to use by itself and with foundation!


    The Mac stobe cream is amazing! I love using it by itself, it hydrates my skin and leaves it feeling fresh and glowey, however it is just as amazing to use under foundation! It leaves my foundation looking flawless with a dewy affect. I definitely recommend this!
  18. Beautiful


    Love this under foundation. I generally use a pore filling primer first, then this. Gives a lovely glow
  19. great primer


    great primer, it has a nice shine to it as well so it changes your foundation finish! its very creamy and feels great on the skin
  20. Gorgeous product


    The strobe cream makes my skin look luminous on its own, however i’m not convinced it is seen under my foundation. It does work well as a primer though.
  21. Glow


    I love to use this after moisturiser and before foundation. Adds a natural glow. I wish you had redlite available also.
  22. Awesome


    great to go under the makeup, i have naturally dry skin and it can typically look quite dry but this product makes it look luminous
  23. Holy Grail


    I love this product I got a sample and have the larger version too and its just my go to under makeup on the top of makeup which doesn't move the product around, it has such a beautiful natural glow and is moisturizing but still very noticeable its genuinely one of my favorite products
  24. Highlighter and base cream


    it works as both a highlighter and a primer cream. I wish it is fragrance free but overall it is a pleasant product.
  25. Hydrating but really doesn't do much.


    I use this under my makeup and find that the dewy-ness just disappears when you apply foundation over the top of it. I have worn it alone with tinted sunscreen and it looked great!
  26. Amazing glow


    I love this primer! I don’t usually reach for primers very often but I do find myself reaching for this one! Even on days I don’t wear makeup after my moisturizer has settled into my skin I pop some of this on and I get the most subtle dewy glow. My skin looks healthy! Under makeup it peaks through got a nice glow and works as a great primer for my makeup. I’ve also used it to sheer down my studio fix when I’m having a good skin day. Coupled with the fix spray it’s a match made in heaven. I’ve used the original and the peach.
  27. Good under foundation


    This is lovely under my foundation but I wouldn't use it alone. Gives me a lovely glow
  28. My first primer


    I have this silver and pink both. I love the silver one to give the glow and radiance to my skin and pink one to give the healthy tone to my skin. I absolutely love both. I am keen to try on different colours too.
  29. perfect for a glowy look


    received a small version of this in the pink shade as a sample gives my skin a beautiful but subtle glow great under makeup or on its on easy to apply as well will definitely be purchasing this product
  30. perfect for a glowy look


    received a small version of this in the pink shade as a sample gives my skin a beautiful but subtle glow great under makeup or on its on and easy to apply will definitely be purchasing this product
  31. Best for glowy skin


    This is my 3rd bottle, love it so much. Use it under makeup and makes it look so glowy & beautiful
  32. avoid if you have oily skin


    not made for oily skin. looks good for a few minutes then you start to look like a grease ball. a beautiful product despite making me look too oily. defs recommend for people with dry skin types
  33. Great product


    Absolutely love this product. I use it for everything! I mix a little bit in with my foundation and it gives such a lovely subtle glow
  34. 3-4 stars


    I don’t dislike this but it’s very pricey when you can get better Luminisers. Under make up or even on its own I love the pinklite but it works out cheaper to buy the travel size.
  35. Lovely sheen


    I like this product to give a bit of a sheen and highlight. You can use it all over the face for a bit of a dewier look. Very easy to apply. Be cautious that it can be purchased in different colours though for different skin tones
  36. Love this product


    Beautiful cream, lovely under make up however I mainly wear on its own for a lovely dewy glow, now one of my faves, highly recommend!
  37. Love this product


    Beautiful cream, lovely under make up however I mainly wear on its own for a lovely dewy glow, now one of my faves, highly recommend!
  38. A hydrating highlighter


    I received this as a sample and loved it. Wearing it on your cheek bones give you an immediate glow. It doesn’t dry out because it’s so hydrating! Almost like a moisturiser!
  39. Amazing


    Great to put under foundation for a nice glow. Even shines through after powder. Only a little needed
  40. Loving Pinklite


    I recently picked this up as a new primer but have found myself mixing it with my studiofix and double wear to sheer it down a bit for winter wear. It leaves my skin looking fresh and dewy whilst still wearing fairly matte products. The pink suits my undertones but I would be interested to try the other shades out and see what finish they give.
  41. Peachlite is my fav


    I tried this strobe cream out for the first time when I got my make up done instore at Mac. I’ve never considered a strobe cream before and I absolutely love the finish it gave my make up. I love this and it’s not a staple in my make up routine.
  42. Love it


    Received this as sample on my recent order and I love to wear it especially now it's winter and my skin needs a boost of glow. It is subtle and adds healthy complexion without weighing down my skin. Love it.
  43. Awesome


    makes the skin look glowy under foundation but does get covered up under powder
  44. Subtle glow


    This gave a subtle dewy glow to my skin after applying it but I found it disappeared after applying foundation over the stop. I now just use it to sheer out some heavier foundations by mixing it in and it works wonders!
  45. Moisturiser booster and makes skin glow


    This makes my skin GLOW! Perfect to boost my current moisturiser during winter. Don’t be afraid to apply it all over the face!
  46. Replaced my moisturiser and primer


    Love this product and has replaced my moisturiser and primer! Gives a nice subtle glow under the base.
  47. Not a fan


    I was not a fan of this strobe cream. I found it was too shiny and did not look very natural. I only had a tester free from Adore Beauty but would not purchase.
  48. Wore it for my engagement party


    The make up artist used this on me for my engagement party and I loved it so much I bought it. It gives a nice glow, I use it as a primer under my foundation as it's also hydrating.
  49. Beautiful Glowy Primer


    I use this under make up as a primer. It makes my dry sling look dewy and healthy without being oily or glittery. It’s also very hydrating.
    I’m not sure about it making makeup last longer but with the finish it gives I don’t mind
  50. Beautifully radiant


    I apply this product before my foundation and also as a highlighter, and it gives the most natural, light from within glow! It’s so easy to apply, not greasy, and looks good on my medium to dark skin tone. Absolutely recommend getting this!
  51. Dewy skin


    Love applying this product to my face before I apply my foundation. I find that it gives the skin the most beautiful dewy look, without looking too shiny.
  52. Lit from within look


    This product is beautiful and makes the skin looks lit from within under foundation!
    It doesn’t make any of my foundations look different when placed ontop and really looks beautiful!
    Not too glittery and just the right amount of luminosity !
  53. Suuuuper dewy


    I am obsessed with this cream it makes your skin look and feel super healthy but it is SUPER glossy looking so not ideal for a hot summer day but so gorgeous for night time glow
  54. glowy and gorgeous


    this gives the skin the most gorgeous lit from within glow, i mix it with foundation and it makes my skin look radiant and glowing. i love this stuff!
  55. One of my favourites


    So many uses for this product. I love using it as a highlighter or even putting on with my foundation for more glow and shine.
  56. Glowy primer and highlighter


    I love this as a great versatile product. I use it as a primer under makeup, and also as a liquid highlighter on the high points of the face Gives a lovely sheen to the skin. Wouldn't recommend for people with very oily skin as it may come across as greasy. A little goes a long way.
  57. So many uses for one product!


    I love applying this on my cheekbones and on my cupids bow when I don't want to appear too "highlighted" I use it all over my face as a moisturiser for no makeup days and I've even used it as an eyeshadow primer. I own more highlighters than I can count and this is in my rotation of highlighters I deem worthy. I am a little confused that people use it under foundation (Unless it's being used as a primer?!) because wouldn't the foundation just cover up the whole highlighting effect? Anyway, I love this because it's so versatile!
  58. Beautiful!


    What a lovely product! Such a subtle glow to natural skin or under foundation, subtle but cute! I love it
  59. Glow lover’s best friend


    I loooooove this product. I use it while prepping my skin for foundation right after my moisturizer sort of as a primer. It also looks amazing on its own on no makeup days.
  60. Couldn’t say enough good things


    My god, this is so incredible. This looks amazing under makeup but just stunning over your skincare! It looks like a natural dewy flush on the skin and keeps it looking hydrated and plump all day. The besssst!
  61. More of a light primer


    This product just wasn't for me I usually love mac products but my skin just did not agree with this. It irritated my skin and I had to discontinue use.


    Love mixing this with my foundation!
    It gives such a beautiful glow and is super pigmented - a little goes a long way!
    I sometimes mix with my sunscreen on days when I don't wear makeup just to give me healthy glow.

    I have the shade PInklite and will continue repurchasing.
  63. Great as a primer


    I have used this as a primer. It doesn’t do anything incredible but it is shimmery and brightening with some moisturising properties. Blended well with my foundation and wasn’t too oily.
  64. Brightening


    Great to use under, over or mixed into your base products. I used the pinklite and it adds a natural bright sheen, but does lean towards a cooler/purple reflect so keep in mind if you have a really warm skin tone.
  65. luminous


    fantastic glowy product for multi-use. I've used it alone under foundation, mixed in with foundation, to highlight eyelids and cheekbones and even on the shoulders for a summery glow. even though it's pricey, it lasts forever.
  66. LOVE


    This highlighter is one of the best!! Only need such a small amount for blinding highlight but in the best and most natural way possible! The pigment is insane and it is super long wearing!! Absolutely obsessed - couldn't live without!
  67. so useful


    this is a a great multi use product. I can mix this in my foundation to create a very luminous look and its a great highlighter!
  68. Perfect glow from within


    This is for if I'm looking for the perfect glow from within look - it makes my skin looking so luminous and dewy and leaves it feeling so hydrated. A definite favourite that I highly recommend!
  69. Lovely on bear skin


    I love wearing this as a highlighter on bear skin. It provides a great glow that is natural yet completely mesmerizing. I've never tried it under foundation as I love a matte face but have heard great things about it providing a luminous glow when done so. Highly recommend!!
  70. Dewey and luminous


    This product is great for those days when you want glowing skin. I like to wear it underneath my foundation to give that glowing from within look. I have combination skin and do find that I can get quite oily in my T zone throughout the day with this product, but that is to be expected! So I would recommend touching up with a powder for those with oiler skin.
  71. very glittery


    This is really nice as a creamy primer under a foundation to give that sun kissed glow look, really nice under light coverage foundation. I used this under full coverage foundation and it sort of just hid the glittery look so probably works best under light-med foundation. It is also very creamy so use it in moderation to have the best effect, and the different colours to suit different skin types is also helpful, as the yellow and pink ones are really bright.
  72. very shiny


    This is great as a base primer for a dewy or shiny make up look! it has little sparkles in there and when the light hits your face it looks so good, especially in photos. Its very light It spreads very easily on the skin and doesn't feel or look cakey. I use the Mac foundations on top of it and they go on flawlessly as if it were any other of their primers. Its nice to wear lightly with a mineral powder or liquid on top for a beautiful no make up style look. I have oily skin and it works for me
  73. Nice but not special


    Nice cream used sparingly with skincare and light makeup but has been outstripped by newer highlighters on the market. I've used the original light pink pearls for reference which I would mix with sunscreen and light makeup. It was moisturising and had a soft smell but given it is comodogenic I switched to something more natural (FYI: I did not experience clogged pores with this).
  74. Subtle highlights


    I use this for a subtle highlight on my cheekbones and I love it! A little goes a long way and it's so easy to apply! I love this stuff!!
  75. Striking!


    Ever since using the ordinary’s coverage foundation in 1.0ns (which has silver highlight in it) i’ve been on the hunt for a highlighting option which used silver instead of the usual suspects like pink and gold, because silver seems to work so much better with my skin tone (i’m very fair, and for example I look better in silver earrings than gold - same goes on my face apparently!). I use ‘silverlite’ mixed into foundation and straight on my eyelids with a stipple brush, and across my collarbones. Great product, little goes a long way.
  76. Absolutely amazing


    This highlighter is one of the best!! Only need such a small amount for blinding highlight but in the best and most natural way possible! The pigment is insane and it is super long wearing!! Love it!!!
  77. A cult fave!


    I use this under my makeup, on it’s own, mixed with my highlighter to make it creamier, anything! It’s so versatile and makes your skin feel amazing as well. I use pink lite, which is great for my fair cool undertoned skin. Love!
  78. So good!


    I bought this in goldlite and am so impressed. It gives skin a glowy sheen without looking obviously glittery or pearlescent (unless you look really close up). I've mixed into bb cream for night time and worn it under tinted moisturiser for day time. Love!
  79. Nice when used in moderate amounts


    Very hyped product, and I used this with very high expectations. I like the glow that Goldlite gives - it's a golden sheen. It's not overly glittery so it has a more natural, "lit from within" look. I like to wear it under bb cream in strategic places (e.g. cheekbones) instead of all over the face, which I personally feel looks quite greasy on my skin.
  80. Good for subtle look


    As a fan of the minimal makeup look, I catch myself on too lazy to apply foundation on most days so I tend to opt for bb cream instead (since its quicker and can be more easily applied). However since some bb creams tend to oxidise after some time I find that with just that on its own, my face can look quite two dimensional. By layering the strobe cream underneath, I find that it somewhat evens out my skintone and brightens it a bit, this can be good for those who don't use highlighter but want to add a little glow
  81. Glowy Goodness


    I fell in love with this product when a makeup artist used this on me! It is the perfect balance of a dewy shine without the glitter or caked up makeup look. Just a beautiful lit from within glow!
  82. Brilliant for dry skin


    I absolutely loved this product. I have been on very strong medication recently and have found my skin has been looking dry and a bit dehydrated. I use this under my make up and it just looks amazing! Assists my foundation to look flawless and bright.
  83. A Glow Like No Other


    I’ve tried many illuminating primers over the years but this is by far my favourite! You only need a small amount to achieve a super human glow which radiates from under your foundation (should you even need any!) no matter if it’s a powder or full coverage liquid foundation. I have Goldlite, Pinklite, Peachlite and Silverlite (can you tell I love this product?) and love being able to switch up the base tone of my glow depending on my skin’s needs or to match my preferred makeup for the day. It just makes me happier being glowy and this is the best way to shine!
  84. Natural and glowy


    Strobe cream is like a glowy moisturiser, beautiful under or mixed into foundation. I also like it on my no makeup days to give my skin a natural glow. Surprisingly hydrating!
  85. A little goes a long way!


    I received this as a sample from adore beauty and it is a great highlighter but you only need the tiniest amount
  86. smells horrible


    not sure why but the smell is terrible! it does provide a nice glow when mixed in with foundation but im not sure if its worth it
  87. Love it


    I love this product. I don't wear a huge amount of makeup during the week and absolutely love this just on its own or mixed in with a touch of tinted moisturizer - gives the skin a gorgeous sheen
  88. Glorious Glow


    Love this product under foundation for a luminous glow, but also love to wear it alone or under a sheer tinted moisturiser during summer. Really brightens the skin and has a beautiful consistency.
  89. Not worth the hype for me


    This product is ok, but there are so many other new formulations of illuminators on the market that are better. It is a versatile product, can be mixed into foundation, applied on top of foundation or used with the moisturiser. It provides a glow, nothing new or amazing.
  90. Glow!


    I love using this all over as a base to make the skin glowing! On days I don't wear makeup I apply this all over to radiate the skin.
  91. Believe the hype !!!


    I love this product ! I mean I love love LOVE IT !!!
    I put it on my skin the minute my moisturiser has absorbed and it just gives me skin this beautiful glowy tone. You can wear it on its own or under a tinted moisturiser or foundation .its just the best primer ! I put a little down the bridge of my nose and on my cheek bones too. Buy it, you won’t regret it !
  92. Okay


    These are super great for no makeup days but kind of rub off when you apply makeup over the top.
  93. Goldlite - Great for skintones that have any redness

    Selin R.

    I love the glowy finish that this moisturiser provides. With my oily skin, I definitely have to use a primer over this to ensure my foundation lasts a long time on my skin and doesn't slide around but it adds a gorgeous golden luminosity. I own the shade 'Goldlite' and enjoy this one in particular as the yellow golden undertones seem to counteract some redness in my cheeks which makes me feel as though I can use less coverage.
  94. Soft glow


    This strobe cream gives a very soft, subtle and luminous, skin-like glow. If you're after an intense or blinding highlight then this isn't the product for you. But if you're after every-day work/school glow that will melt easily into the skin, this is perfect. It lasts on the skin and gives some beautiful dimension to your face when paired with a matte foundation. Smells really nice too. I love it.
  95. It's good


    It gives your skin a nice glow, but it really isn't all that special.
  96. Amazing


    This product is amazing. I apply it before my foundation and it gives me a dewy look. This is a must own product. I
  97. glow


    gives a good glow but thats about all the product does for the skin
  98. A favourite for dewy, fresh-looking skin!


    I love strobe and use it daily, with or without makeup! You only need a small amount for it to go a long way. I dab it across cheek bones, brow bones and dab a little along the bridge of my nose, bow of mouth and leftover on collarbones.
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