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MAC Cosmetics – Strobe Photos, Swatches, and Full Review

Strobe launched today (United States, Canada), and I believe it is already available internationally (as is next week’s Beauty Powder Blush launch, lucky ducks!).

OVERALL, Strobe offers a new line of Tinted Lip Conditioners with both UVA/UVB SPF-15 protection ($14.50) that come in sheer, shimmery shades. They’re soft, moisturizing, and give just a hint (or tint, HA!) of color. I found Strobe Liquid to be exactly that–liquid–compared to the original cream version.  If you have oily skin, the liquid version may give you reason to check it out, whereas the cream is thicker (but I prefer it, still).

Read a detailed review of each item…

Strobe Cream is a pearlescent/iridescent cream that can be applied to face beforehand to help add “glow” or give a subtle sheen. At one point, I was using Strobe Cream regularly underneath foundation, so I can easily say that it isn’t an over-the-top sheen or shimmer at all.

Strobe Liquid is exactly like Strobe Cream, only in a liquid formula.  It almost seems a little runny to me, but perhaps it needs to be shaken before used (didn’t think to do that when I was testing it!).  However, for those who wanted to add Strobe to other creams, foundations, etc., the liquid makes that much easier to do.  Go easy on this, as it spreads nicely, and you don’t want to overdo it!

Tinted Lip Conditioner Stick SPF15

  • Strobe Kiss is a coral-pink with golden sheen that looks very natural and pretty, with just a light touch of color.  Anyone who’s wanted to get into lip products, but finds lipglasses and the like too much, these are a great introduction.
  • Strobe Rays is a bronzy shimmery shade that has just a touch of peach in it (from what I could tell).  It’s a good, wearable color, especially for deeper skintones, for a natural look.
  • Strobe Blossom is a pretty medium pink with a touch of cool undertones; the sheen is more of a pearl color. This would be lovely on less pigmented lips, just because the color is nice. I think it would still be very sheer on my pigmented lips (and therefore not give me that nice pink color!).
  • Strobe Current looks raspberry and dark in the tube, but it goes on more as a very sheer mauvey-plum color, not so much raspberry actually in it when swatched. This is one of the more “pigmented” of the bunch, but they are meant to be sheer, so you can’t hold that against it.
  • Strobe Beam is shimmery, pearlescent, and just a very nice addition of seamless shimmer to the lips–if you want color, this isn’t the one, as it is “clear.”  I do find it lightens my lips a bit, though, despite being “clear.”

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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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i really want to get the strobe liquid. but i am fearful that I might breakout – a lot of people say the strobe cream with foundation is too thick and it will add the the oilyness – but if the liquid is too clear, then what’s the point?

what do you think christine?

It’s probably one of the ingredients in Strobe Cream, but I don’t have the ingredient list for Strobe Liquid so I can’t compare.

The liquid isn’t clear, though, so I wouldn’t worry about that!

Yeah, they are definitely sheer, but nice for some moisturizing lip balm with just a little bit of color. Not my fave product ever, but I picked up one.

I’m totally disappointed with this collection. Just went and checked it all out. The cream is too heavy for my skin so I’ve never used. I tried the liquid, and it literally sat on my skin and CAKED! I don’t really have lines, but we put it in a sort of U-shape around my outer corner and down on the top of the cheek…it looked terrible and you could totally see it.

As far as the lip conditioners…I have pigmented lips and these were SUPER sheer for my lips…nothing changed the color to give it a little bit of color even. Some shine, but that’s it. I know they’re supposed to be sheer, but man this is SHEER for my lips.

Oh well…money saved for beauty powder blushes and Heatherette!

Hmmmm…I wonder what the lip conditioners would do for dry lips. The thought of strobe cream in a lip product is tres intriguing…..

Next time I go to MAC I’m asking for a strobe liquid sample.

I saw these today and bought a Beauty Blush Powder in Eversun (a very pretty peachy-bronze with golden shimmer) but i’m sure there will be a detailed review of them on here eventually. I thought the lip conditioners were very pretty colours and liked the colours, Blossom and Kiss. I didn’t buy one though because I’m quite happy with my mac lip conditioner.

Wow, these strobe lip conditioners don’t have any color at all! I think Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color lipstick is so much better than a tinted balm… better staying power, and shea butter for the creamy factor!

I think I would get one of these lip balms are 2…no time ..maybe when I go for my BPB..

are these good only if you use liquid foundation??

I ordered one of these the other day, Strobeblossom, it will be in monday, but from the swatches I wish I would have gotten Strobe Kiss! Ah well, two won’t hurt 😉 can’t wait to see the new blush reviews/swatches!!! When do you think you’ll have those out?

Definitely, Nell. They’re pretty and good for no makeup or light makeup – or even just beachy kind of days.

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