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Strobe Cream by MAC

Strobe Cream

Variation: Goldlite (gold pearls)
Goldlite (gold pearls)Pinklite (pink pearls)Redlite (red pearls) (online only)

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super dry is what i am

- M·A·C User

this strobe cream is going to give your skin beautiful hydration and a subtle glow

- Ulta User



i got this for free in beauty loop and wasn’t expecting much but it smooths out my skin better than any primer i’ve used, and leaves no residue so the rest of my makeup glides on

- Mecca User

during winter is when i wear it the most and it keeps the skin hydrated and smooth

- Ulta User



this is such a nice luminous moisturizer

- Ulta User

definitely makes my skin look brighter and clear

- Ulta User

staying power


i use mac strobe cream paired with my natural radiance primer under mac pro longwear nourishing waterproof foundation in nc45 and it makes my face look flawless and radiant

- Ulta User

it's so amazing and my makeup stays on all day

- Ulta User



i apply this prior to applying my primer and foundation and it gives my foundation almost a dewy (not oily whatsoever) glow which helps prevent your makeup from looking too cakey

- Nordstrom User

really hydrates the skin and adds a beautiful natural glow without chunky glitter

- Ulta User


blends well

this gives you the perfect glow and is easy to blend in

- Ulta User

this gives you the perfect glow and is easy to blend in

- Ulta User


causes flare ups

i have an allergic reaction with red bumps all over my face now

- Ulta User

no more than 30 minutes later, my face turned bright red

- Ulta User
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ulta userSeptember 01, 2019

Strobe Cream Didn't Do It For Me!

I've heard everyone rave about this product...For years. I definitely expected more out of it when I purchased a bottle. I've seen it as moisturizer, as makeup primer, as a one-and-done for a makeup-less day. I was so excited! However...I was more than disappointed. I have oily/combination skin, so my greatest concern was the strobe cream making me even greasier. That definitely wasn't the case. The strobe creamed dried my skin out, it looked like all the moisture had been sucked from my pores! It made me feel chalky and tight, and made my blemishes stand out! As a primer, I was hoping for the best. Nope. Makes application harder. Makes foundation very streaky. Again, sucked all the moisture from my face, I was a dry, patchy mess! I don't understand the hype. Maybe it'll work for you. The only reason I'm giving it 2 stars, is because swatched on the hand, it's beautiful and perfectly pearlescent. Face? Different story.

- ulta
M·A·C userFebruary 21, 2017

Gorgeous strobe cream and variety of uses!!

I have read rave reviews about this strobe cream. I Initially got a sample of this from the MAC store and ordered it online later. This is one of the must have product from MAC for everyone especially the pinklite which is the original strobe cream. The cream is illuminating and hydrating. It has tiny pink pearls which is very subtle but adds a nice glow to the face. It feels light on my combination skin, does not break me out nor makes me oily. I am nc42 in mac prolong wear foundation. I use it all over as a moisturizer, mix it with my prolong wear foundation for a dewy glow, use it as a highlighter for my cheekbones too! It works amazingly well for all these uses! It does what it claims exceptionally! It surely adds a very healthy glow to a dull skin and you look naturally glowing! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

- M·A·C
ulta userSeptember 01, 2019

Life changing!!

After purchasing this it makes me wonder how ive been able to live my life without it. I've been using it both alone when im wanting a natural glowy look and under makeup. Its super hydrating for my dry skin and feels amazing on the skin. Not too heavy and goes on really nicely. It is now apart of my daily routine.

- ulta
M·A·C userJune 7, 2011

So far so good!

After trying various other products, this cream has helped revitalize my dry skin (caused by acne Rx's; retin-A and Benzoil Peroxide), that at 33 has met its match in a year's worth of adult acne. In just 24 hours (applied it 4 times) of using this cream, my skin was brighter and the patches of dry skin had greatly diminished. Hoping that it continues to work and that MAC doesn't discontinue it :)

- M·A·C
Nordstrom userAugust 7, 2015

Perfect amount of glow

In general, I am not a huge make-up person and not really a big fan of mac products so I tend to think they make people look "over done". However, as I am preparing to enter the job market again I'm trying to step up my game so I can put my best face forward. The cream is a little on the thick side so if you have very dry skin it may tug a little when applying, but it absorbs quickly and does not feel heavy on. I either mix a little in with my regular moisturizer to give an all over healthy looking glow or use it as a highlighter- I find it works equally well, and has slightly less pigment, than the benefit high beam. Also, strobe cream has really great ingredients in it for your skin which was a HUGE selling point for me, as I have sensitive, dry, reactive skin, and am 28 and looking for products that have antioxidants and nourishing ingredients that won't burn or irritate my skin which this product does not at all. All around, I think strobe cream is a fantastic product! « less

- Nordstrom


Overall safe Ingredients

Glyceryl Stearate SEacneirritant
Butylene Glycolacne
Sodium Metabisulfitehazard
Cetyl Alcoholacneirritant
Lactic Acidhazard

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