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MAC In the Spotlight Strobe Creams and Extra Dimension Skinfinishes

November 19, 2016

MAC In the Spotlight

MAC recently launched new Strobe Creams ($33 each) and Extra Dimension Skinfinishes ($33 each) in their In The Spotlight Collection. I’ve been such a huge fan of the original Strobe Cream (now called Pinklite) and the scent is something that calms me. It has a soft opalescent pink tint to it that I find suitable to use all over the face over moisturizer and under foundation to give the skin a smooth natural glow. MAC describes it as a moisturizer and it does hydrate the skin although I find I still need to use my regular moisturizer. I’m thrilled they launched more shades as it really does give the skin a nice but subtle brightening effect.

A look at the five new shades which include different undertones in the shimmer:

  • Silverlite has a cool-toned silver sheen
  • Goldlite has a warm yellow gold undertone
  • Peachlite has a soft flesh peach tone
  • Redlite has a pink red flash
  • Pinklight is the original with an opal iridescent color

MAC Strobe Cream New Shades Silverlite Goldlight Peachlite Redlite Pinklite

Swatches below straight out of the tube and then blended for you to see how the sheen looks on the skin. Note if you blend all the way it almost disappears into the skin for a very natural non-frosted sheen.

MAC Strobe Cream swatches

MAC Strobe Cream swatches

My favorite is Peachlite with Goldlite in close second. I still really like the original one Pinklite, but I’ve forever been searching for highlighters like this with a warm beige or warm peach undertone that I can wear all over the face. The Peachlite color is similar to the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow but I prefer the MAC for all over the face while I prefer the Charlotte Tilbury for mixing into foundations.

Up next are the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes. I love this formula and have collected most of the shades in previous launches. This launch has highlighters that are significantly more strobe like with a duochrome like shimmer. Upon first swipe I was almost 100% sure that these would be too shimmery or sparkly for my skin.

A look at the four colors, my favorites are Show Gold and Double Gleam:

  • Show Gold looks like it has a gold base but it pulls more pink when swatched
  • Soft Frost is a cool violet blue white shimmer
  • Beaming Blush is a pink gold sparkle
  • Double Gleam is a beige in the pan but pulls more champagne like

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatches

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish

As you can see from the Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatches this collection as shades that are more trendy and sparkly. I really like the finish of Double Gleam on the skin, especially as a soft highlight on the cheeks or on the eyes. But I do suspect they will be a bit too sparkly for some.

Overall I love that MAC added new Strobe Cream Shades. I usually apply just with my fingers or palms of my hands but you can also use a cream product brush if you prefer. If you haven’t tried it before I highly recommend you do! For the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes I’ve found the best way to apply is with any skunk brush – the MAC 187 is my favorite because of the size and it also holds up well with regular washing.

You can find the MAC In the Spotlight Collection out now, also online at MAC and Nordstrom.

Press samples provided for Strobe Cream and two Extra Dimension Skinfinishes. Beaming Blush and Double Gleam purchased by me.



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  • Lily November 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

    It’s really hard to see the swatches or colors clearly…the lighting is off

  • Candice Petersen November 19, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Omg these are really beautiful

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Claire Talks Beauty November 19, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Mac strobe cream is my favorite highlighter ever ! i am so glad they extended the collection !
    i think that this product is a hidden gem and no one really talks about it!

    Claire From http://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

  • Tanja November 19, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    These look fabulous. I like the Beaming Blush color.
    A quick note on your blog: since the switch, I am unable to zoom in/extend the picture or text when I am on the iPad.
    I love all the holiday gift posts and purchased the Kiehl’s mask trio based on your recommendation.
    Thank you, Tanja

  • fannyanddailybeauty November 20, 2016 at 5:14 am

    I’m a huge fan of the original Strobe cream as well and I have to admit that these new shades are particularly lovely (especially Silverlite and Goldlite) which, as you said, I prefer to the Extra Dimension Skinfinish ones as they are more trendy and therefore perhaps less wearable!


  • fannyanddailybeauty November 20, 2016 at 5:15 am

    I’m a huge fan of the original Strobe cream as well and I have to admit that these new shades are particularly gorgeous (especially Silverlite and Goldlite) which, as you said, I prefer to the Extra Dimension Skinfinish ones as they are more trendy and therefore perhaps less wearable!


  • Laila Riaz November 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

    OMG! This sounds amazing! This will be an excellent alternative to the Pat McGrath Skin Fetishes ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  • jonirae November 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I went back and forth in the store for aaages trying to decide between Show Gold and Beaming Blush — they swatch so similarly, but kind of opposite each other… peachy gold–>pink and pink–>peachy gold. I wanted the one that looked more pink on the face, so I ended up choosing Show Gold, but i’m still not sure I made the right choice because I had myself so confused! (not to mention the MAC girl, lol!)

    do you find that beaming blush looks more warm toned on the skin? I feel like it has more of the duochrome effect than Show Gold, (which I think is sparklier), and while I love a shift-effect, I’m afraid it’ll pull too warm on my pale skin… curious your thoughts on the distinction between those two.

    and the blog is much smoother today for me, I can zoom in on photos again without it paging me back to a different post, (I couldn’t the past few days), and it seems like it fits mobile devices nicely! good work 🙂 xx

  • apak January 17, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Hi! We only just got them in Australia – I love the Soft Frost and Show Gold, both of which I’ve bought. I’ve also bought the Redlite strobe cream because I thought I would use it mainly on my cheeks, but I’m starting to think it’s the wrong shade for me if I want to use it all over my face. I’m Chinese so I naturally am a little bit yellow but I’m also moderately tanned. Do you think I should exchange it for the Peachlite, or even Pinklite, so I can use it as an all-over base? Thanks!

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