One of the most popular posts I have written so far on this blog has been the one comparing Mac’s Strobe Cream to L’Oreal’s Lumi Magique Primer. I was once a girl obsessed with a flat, matte, totally sheen-free face but in more recent times, I have been all about the glow. A friend of mine mentioned that I might like the Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter and when I swatched it on my hand, I was blown away by its pearlescent finish so I had to give it a go. Even though I’m going to stick my regular disclaimer on the end, I just want to point out here that I noticed a load of bloggers were sent this recently by the PR company. I wasn’t! I genuinely owned and regularly used this product before it took over social media so I’m going to continue with this post anyway.
Mac claim that Strobe Cream is the “ultimate quick fix for skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight.”
Seventeen say “The ultimate skin pick me up! Mix it up with this 3 way liquid highlighter”.
I usually avoid the Seventeen brand like the plague. It’s a Boots own brand aimed at teenagers and while the packaging is cute and they are always really up to date with what’s trending, nothing on the display ever jumps out at me. It always seems so young. (Oh my God, I must be ancient!) If it weren’t for my friend convincing me I needed this, I definitely would have overlooked it!
Mac’s Strobe Cream is a white pearlescent cream while Seventeen’s Skin Wow is more pink-toned and definitely more viscous. Looking at them side by side like this, you would hardly get them confused! Strobe Cream has a light scent to it that I really don’t like. I’m not sure exactly what it is but it turns my stomach a little; much like the pong of fake tan. Skin Wow is completely odour-free.
Here they are both rubbed into my hand and you can see that Seventeen’s offering is actually sheenier than Mac’s! I originally started using Skin Wow as a primer underneath my makeup. I liked how moisturising it felt when I applied it and it dried down quickly so I could pop my foundation on straight away. More recently I have finished off a few of my foundations and have been left with L’Oreal’s Infallible Matte which I think is okay but a little too flat for my liking. My solution? I mix Skin Wow and Infallible Matte together for a more luminous base and the combination is lovely!
Because Skin Wow packs a punch in the shine department, when you apply it alone it can look a little terrifying – you’ll definitely look like some sort of robot! So Strobe Cream wins on that front – being a little more subtle, you can get away with it worn alone for a natural glow. However under foundation or mixed in, both of these do pretty much the same job.
I am really strict about what I would call a dupe and there is no way I could mistake one of these for the other but if you’re looking for an alternative to Strobe Cream, you definitely can’t go wrong with this one. And how does it compare to the L’Oreal Lumi Magique? I think Lumi Magique is a little closer to Strobe Cream in terms of duping but all three are pretty interchangeable when it comes to results!
When I worked out the product maths at the end of the L’Oreal post, I was astounded to find that Mac Strobe Cream worked out cheaper in terms of price per ml. Seventeen’s Skin Wow retails at €8.49 for 30ml (28c per ml) while Strobe Cream is €33.50 for 50ml (67c per ml) meaning Skin Wow is genuinely a great budget alternative! From what I can find out online, I’m pretty sure Seventeen are a cruelty-free brand unlike Mac or L’Oreal so it could be a good option for those concerned about that also. I highly recommend giving it a go!
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