MAC certainly know their stuff. I’ve loved every MAC product that I’ve tried (and that’s a lot, trust me), and nothing is different with their Strobe Cream and Fix +. I heard a lot about the Fix + spray and Strobe Cream on the blogosphere, and every time I got my makeup professionally done in MAC, these two products were used. I could never justify spending €32.50 on Strobe Cream and €21 on Fix + for a long time, so I bought both products one year after each other – but boy am I glad I caved in.
Strobe Cream is my most recent purchase of the two, and I am seriously impressed. MAC say that the cream is ‘the ultimate quick fix for the skin‘, and they’re right. It illuminates and moisturises the skin on application, with iridescent particles giving the skin a gorgeous glow. It doesn’t make the skin shiny or oily looking at all, it simply brightens and freshens your face. I always apply this before I apply my makeup for a night out – it just adds a little something extra to my face. It works well mixed into foundation before applying as well. Makeup doesn’t slip or slide when applied on top, and the formula isn’t wet or sticky so you don’t have to wait for it to dry in. If anything, I feel that it prolongs my foundation. The light particles are minuscule, so don’t fear that you will have chunks of glitter on your face. They actually reflect light in photographs and come across really well on camera. The cream contains anti-oxidants, green tea and vitamins, making it similar to a shot of energy for your face! Like most products, you don’t need to apply a whole lot, a pea-sized amount does the job (for €32.50 I’m making this baby last me a lifetime). I rub the cream in with my fingers, sometimes I apply over my whole face, and other times just across my forehead, nose and chin. The cream is also great for no-makeup days, as it makes tired skin look more awake and smooths the surface. If glowing, fresh-looking skin is what you’re after, I think this could be the cream for you!
Fix +, I suppose you could say, is like a liquid version of Strobe Cream. It’s a clear spray, exactly like water, which is why I didn’t swatch it. Fix + can be applied before and after makeup, and has many more uses than Strobe Cream. It freshens, revitalises and adds moisture to the skin in one spritz. Unlike Strobe Cream, Fix + can be applied before and after makeup application. Although it is a liquid, it dries in quickly after spraying an arm’s length from the face. I like using Fix + both before and after doing my makeup. I use it before applying when I feel like my skin needs a boost, and sometimes mix it in with my foundation for an extra glow. I use it after applying if I’ve overdone it on the powder and my skin looks 2D (it happens to the best of us). It sets my makeup and doesn’t cause it to run or slide. Fix + is also great for mixing with glitter if you want to apply it as an eyeshadow, mixed with powder eyeshadow it boosts the colour of the product and gives it a nice sheen, it can be used to freshen up dried gel eyeliners and cream blushes or simply used to refresh your face on no makeup days. The spray contains green tea, chamomile and cucumber which instantly brightens and freshens your skin. Some people think that setting sprays and facial mists are pointless products but, for me, Fix + proves them all wrong. This bottle has lasted me over a year, two sprays is all you need to revitalise your face and give your makeup a nice finish. Fix + is definitely worth a purchase, you won’t regret it!
I hope these reviews are helpful to anyone looking to invest in Strobe Cream or Fix +, chances are that if you’re like me you’ll love them both! My skin is combination, with the occasional breakout and dry patch but these products work really well regardless. Some people hate the thought of adding moisture to already oily skin, but applied correctly these products should work well no matter what your skin type is. I hope I answered any questions you may have about these products, if there’s anything I missed please leave it down below and I’ll do my best to help.
*Don’t stress the could haves. If it should have, it would have*