MAC Strobe Liquid Review, Swatches: Faking the J-LO Glow or No?

by mehak on April 18, 2011

in Highlighters, MAC

I think we need to replace the term J-LO Glow now, cos well… lets face it…she has had her moment in the sun for about a hundred years now ! She is still one gorgeous (and glowing)  lady, but lets give some of the younger ones a chance eh!  When i think of a glow i want to emulate today i would say i want a Jessica Alba glow- soft focused and innocent and golden…or a Leighton Meester glow- fresh faced , dewy and glowy all over. Does the MAC Strobe Liquid fake the ‘Albaglow’ for me? …………..Okay that just sounds  wrong. I guess somethings  you cant mess with… like J-Lo and Glow (No wonder she released a fragrance with that name!)




What MAC Says:
Blending soft-focus diffusers with iridescent pigments, this ultra-fluid strobe formula produces a soft, radiant light on the skin, reducing the appearance of skin imperfections by providing a natural-looking glow. Refreshing. Spreads on smoothly and absorbs quickly. Leaves the skin looking healthier and more radiant. A lighter-weight addition to the popular Strobe Cream

Strobe Liquid – a tiny bit
Completely blended- Enlarge this to see the shimmer


My thoughts & How i Use it :
Though this is aimed at being an all over face illuminator of sorts, i dont really like using it that way. Many people mix this with their foundation and use it all over the face, or they just apply it like moisturizer but personally i find that doing that makes me look slightly like a disco ball in the sunlight or in photographs. Sure, at night in a dimly lit party, it gives me that soft  illumating glow which i absolutely love , but the moment any kind of bright light hits my face, the shimmer is a bit of a giveaway.
The way i do think it really works is by using it is sparingly…on the bridge of my nose, apples of my cheeks…kind of like a highlighter for which it does a really nice job, except  it doesnt last too long. 

Overall Verdict : 3/5 or B

Price: Rs 1500/- (I think! My mom bought it for herself a while back after the sales girl told her she could fake the J Lo glow with this!)

Would i Repurchase: No. I dont think its worth the amount it costs. Maybe had it been cheaper.

Overall Recommendation: Designed to provide you that ‘swallowed a bulb’ glow,  I dont particularly like using Strobe Liquid all over the face or mixed with foundation because i feel the shimmer is overpowering in direct light. However  It is nice to use as a highlighter  sparingly , and i can imagine cooler skintones carrying this off really really  well. As a personal choice, i prefer highlighters that are gold  or champagne colored, but keeping personal preferences aside, Strobe does a decent job…its just not worth the money it costs  me.

*3/5 is the 5th grade from top in a total of 8 grades. 

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