2.18.2016

Is It a Dupe? MAC Strobe Cream VS. NYX



Y'all, I can't help it. I love a glow on my skin. I also love a good deal when I can find one, especially when it comes to beauty. For today's Is It a Dupe? I've got two similar products that deliver that glow. And they are both SO good.

First up, MAC Strobe Cream:

MAC Strobe Cream (pictured is travel size)
  • MAC stores and online
  • $33 full size (travel is $10, but currently unavailable)
  • 1.7 fl oz
  • Use this moisturizer as a pearlescent base before applying makeup to give skin a glow or on top of makeup to bring highlight to facial areas
  • NYX online, ULTA
  • $10
  • 1 oz
  • Use the same way as with the MAC Strobe Cream
So they both sound similar, but how do they look swatch-wise?

Here they are as applied and as rubbed in. 
  • NYX is a bit runnier in texture and is a bit more noticeable.
  • MAC is a cream as the name implies, and there is a bit more of that iridescent pearl finish
And here's how they look applied (flash is used to enhance the products):

MAC Strobe Cream is on your left, NYX is on your right. Since this delivers a natural glow, photos don't do it justice of how nice it looks in person, and I am wearing a dewy foundation to help! In person on the skin they look identical, so on me NYX is a dupe. MAC lasts a little longer, but overall you'd be happy with either. I don't recommend wearing them every single day (dimethicone can break some of us out), but they're great if you like a glow! I like them because they're one of the few that I can get to work on many skin tones.


What so-called dupe would you like tested out next?

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  • This week has been dragging for me--I think it's because I've been working until 7pm every night. I'm ready for the weekend!
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43 comments:

  1. I haven't tried a strobe cream before. I love the glow it adds! Your skin looks amazing! I'm going to pick up the NYX and try it!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  2. Oh I love glowy skin and NYX, so I'm super excited to try it! Great dupe!!

    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  3. NYX products are ones i always love, i have oily skin and can find these type of products can make me more oily, i do prefer the look of the NYX one though.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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  4. I haven't gotten in to the whole strobbing thing yet but I love that you found a less expensive dupe. NYX for the win! Might have to grab one :)

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  5. Gosh! That NYX does look like a great dupe, and at a fraction of the price to boot! TY for the review, Elle:)

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  6. Ooo, I'm going to have to get some of that NYX. Thanks Elle!

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  7. Thanks for doing all the field work!! I need to pick up the NYX primer!

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  8. Wow! You look gorgeous! I love the glow they both give you! And the NYX is such a great price!

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  9. That was the post rejected by the sponsor? DUMB... they missed out.

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  10. Your skin always looks glowing, but this seems like a great dupe! This week is dragging for me too, but hopefully it will be the weekend soon! Also your post on beauty was lovely, and I cannot believe it was rejected. So glad you posted it and shared it with us!

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  11. Cool comparison post! Glad they both worked out!!! I get Dr. Teals Epsom Salts from Target, and Target also makes their own brand, comparable to Dr. Teals, called Up&Up Epsom Salts. Wonder what the difference is!!


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Latest Post: Lattes & Lipstick...

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  12. That's a great dupe! I never tried a strobe cream, but maybe I will try the NYX one!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

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  13. I am going to try the NYX one! =)
    -Mireia
    http://www.thelittlesecretsblog.com/video-castillo-de-butron/

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  14. I've been loving the nyx lip products so why not try this?! You can't beat the price!

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  15. wow! I think mac looks a bit more natural but for the NYX price, it's worth to give it a shot!

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  16. That's nice that the travel size of the Mac one is the same price as the Nyx, and not that much less of product! These sound nice and I be they look beautiful in person!

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  17. So happy to read this! I can't get over how great NYX products are for the price. I will definitely be looking for this soon. Do you apply it to your entire face like foundation?

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  18. Both of these look so great on you! I love anything that gives me a little illumination too!

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  19. Yay! I love when you find real dupes!

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  20. I always enjoy this post. I have yet to try either of these product out.

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  21. This is so great to know, Elle! I've read a few reviews of the MAC, but I'm glad to know there is a cheaper alternative!

    Xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  22. I dig the MAC! Too bad they're out of travel sizes...I've loved MAC since they included Hello Kitty in 2009. You look gorgeous! That shine glows, doesn't have a greasy shine!

    - Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  23. Love when you find affordable dupes!

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  24. I love your dupe posts, I really could';t tell which side was which before I read. I can't believe that post was rejected!

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  25. I hadn't heard of the NYX product till last night when I was watching YouTube. I usually stay away from luminous things since I have oily skin, but it looks so good on you. You are definitely glowing!

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  26. I've recently been into the glowy dewy look. Which is so odd because even a few months ago I was like the matter the better. (; I would totally try this. I wonder how the NYX one would behave with combo skin?

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  27. I have never tried an illuminating cream before... I would probably prefer the MAC if it isn't runny when applying it, although I may be ok with that with the cost being more ideal. ;) They both look great on you!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  28. I tried one illuminating cream before, it was from Smashbox, however I really don't like shine on my face ... i've got enough oil. However, I've got to say this looks really good on you - you have the most beautiful eyes :)

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  29. Good to know, thank you! I've never tried a cream like this before but I might.

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  30. I love these posts Elle! I also love having a glow, so you better believe I'm going to be trying the NYX out. I love it when the cheapie works! :)

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  31. Is it bad that I have a sample of the strobe cream that I haven't used yet? lol

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  32. I love the glowy look as well. I can't see much of a difference in the pic between the two sides but your face definitely has that great lit from within appearance. Gonna have to check out the NYX :)

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  33. They look identical!! I love the glow, and the NYX version is a great price.
    xo,
    Angela

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  34. I haven't tried either of these, but now, I'm tempted by the one from NYX :)

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  35. That's awesome! I've never been too interested in the Mac Strobe Cream, but I will check out the NYX. I feel like NYX has really been upping their game lately.

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  36. I've never heard of either of these products, but wow your skin is glowing! The nearest MAC is a bit of a hike, but I think I could find NYX more easily. Thanks for the review-- these types of posts are one of my favorites that you do!

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  37. It's been months since I've sat down and read beauty blogs. Yours is the first I open and *bam*, I have a brand new lemming. I'll be checking out the NYX cream today. Great review, pretty lady.

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  38. I absolutely love my MAC Strobe cream. I wear it everyday that I leave my house. Even if I don't wear makeup, I still put on NY cream to make me look awake.

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  39. I cannot believe a sponsor rejected that post. Jerks.

    I want to start using primer on my face and the other day at Wal Mart I almost tried one. They only had the one color though. Is that how it works for all skin tones? Wish I could try Mac's travel size one first. Where can I find that? Your skin is glowing.

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  40. This NYX primer smells just like glue. Not a fan of that smell at ALL. I am on the fence about how I feel on the product. I think it leaves me a little too shimmery. Definitely wouldn't suggest this for flash photography.

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