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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  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!

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


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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.
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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 :)

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

  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!!

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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

  13. I am going to try the NYX one! =)

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

  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!

  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?

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

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

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


  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!

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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

  23. Love when you find affordable dupes!

  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!

  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!

  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?

  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!


  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 :)

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

  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! :)

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

  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 :)

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

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

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  41. Such beautiful Photos! I studied the photo of you wearing both before I knew which side was what and ai noticed the MAC side hides your pores better but the Illuminating effect is the same. Another dupe for MAC is the MAKEUP REVOLUTION Ultra Strobe cream: 50ml for $11.20 US/ $12.85 CAD.


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