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M.A.C. Cosmetics Strobe Liquid Lotion and Cream

The M.A.C. Strobe Collection consists of a number of tinted lip conditioners (read Girl Gloss Review), a re-release of M.A.C.’s Strobe Cream, and a new Strobe Lotion Liquid.

strobe 390 thumb M.A.C. Cosmetics Strobe Liquid Lotion and CreamI tried M.A.C. Strobe Cream years back and found that it broke me out something terrible. I heard similar reports from a good number of other women as well. I can’t speak for the new version because I did not try it, but looking at an ingredient list at Spektra.net, I see a number of suspect ingredients, such as Glyceryl Stearate SE, Steareth 10, C13-14 Isoparaffin, and Propylene. So I plan to just avoid trying that one again. I did, however, try the new lotion.

The ingredient list for the lotion is not overly scary, but I did notice that it contains Hexylene Glycol, which is on some lists as a moderate risk for causing acne. It also has Bismuth, which is an irritant for some people, although I have never had an negative reactions to it.

The Strobe lotion is very light. This is quite a contrast to the cream, which I remember as being particularly thick. It provides a nice luminizing effect, that can add radiance to your look as long as you don’t cover it up with a bunch of foundation. I like the liquid for just a bit of cheek highlighting when I am only wearing powder mineral makeup on my lower face. I have not broken out from it, but I also have not used it on my entire face and have been restricting it to areas where I don’t typically get acne.

If you like illuminating lotions, you might want to check this one out. I does have a very nice effect.

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  1. Just tried the new Mac Strobe Liquid Lotion. Used it on Sat. and 2X on Sunday. Monday morning my face was a horror. Incredibly swollen, horribly red w/ blisters. As it’s not getting better, I’m seeking medical attention today (Wed.). While the lotion did give me a nice glow, it has also made me cancel meetings and will probably cost me a couple of hundred $$ to get this cleaned-up. My face looks terrible, it hurts and itches and is still swollen + red w/ blisters.

  2. Carleenp says:

    Mary, that sounds awful! I wonder if you are sensitive to Bismuth? That is the ingredient that jumps out at me in the lotion that could cause irritation and some people are more sensitive to it than others.

    Hopefully the ingredient can be pinpointed so that you can avoid it in other products. Bismuth in particular is included in many cosmetics, especially in powders and some mineral makeup brands.

    I hope it all heals soon!!!!!

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