Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Review and Swatch
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink"

I always wanted to see what exactly strobe cream does and how it adds to makeup but was never way too excited for it until MAC launched it and I saw YouTubers using under their foundation or mixing with a foundation for an Illuminating look. Then, I decided to give strobe cream a try and I went ahead and bought Maybelline Strobe Cream or Illuminating Cream in "Pink". Let us see how it performs on me. πŸ˜‡

Price: Rs.650/- for 18ml

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It comes in two shades, Nude and Pink. I decided to go for Pink as I have Pink Undertones and I thought in case if it is super pigmented, it won't look odd or off on me.
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Review
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink"

Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Review - Deatils
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink"

Product Descriptions

  • The 1st Blendable strobing cream that instantly creates an all over glow for a dimensional look.
  • Silky Texture glides easily for a dewy finish.
  • Micro-Fine Pearls create a subtle glow.

How to Use Strobing Cream

  • Apply all over the face a subtle and natural glow.
  • Mix ith with Primer or Foundation for an Illuminating Look
  • Use it as a Cream Highlighter


Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Review - Ingredients
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Ingredients

Review - Maybelline Strobing Cream in "Pink"

My Skin Type and Shade: Normal to Combination, Sensitive and Acne Prone Skin. Light to Beige Tone with Neutral to Pink Undertone.

Packaging: It comes in a squeezable plastic tube with a nozzle secured by a screw cap. The outer packaging is standard cardboard box packaging having all the details on it. The nozzle dispenses the controlled amount and I find the packaging totally easy to use, mess-free and travel-friendly.
Maybelline Master Strobe Cream "Pink" - Review
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink"

About Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Review
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink"

Review - Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink"
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink"

Fragrance: It has a light perfume kind of fragrance which is noticeable if you will sniff otherwise it isn't heavy or bothering at all. I have a sensitive nose and I like it when product fragrance doesn't irritate my nose.

My Experience with Maybelline Strobe Cream in "Pink"

Can be Worn Alone

I first tried it by applying all over the face to see if it can be worn alone and yes, it definitely can be worn alone with a moisturizer as it did provide me a glow from within kind of illuminating look. I thought it will make me look like a disco ball. πŸ˜ƒ But it really did a nice job of giving an illuminating look. Make sure you are using a teeny-tiny amount of it as it is always a great idea to build the product as per requirement rather than going overboard with it at once.


This pink variant has a very mild baby pink tint to it which went very well with my skin tone and provided a subtle glow from within. I searched swatches of Nude Variant and it looks like that has a more pink tint to it. πŸ’Anyhow, this pink variant which I am having is on the cooler side it was a great fit for me. πŸ’–

Texture and Feel on the Skin

The texture feels soft and it is light on skin and doesn't feel sticky, greasy or heavy at all after blending in. It has comfortable texture and is suitable for all skin types.


I dotted the strobing cream all over my face and blended with my fingers like we do with our regular face creams and it was no doubt, easy to blend but was being little patchy over some areas and it required slightly more time to blend the product in especially where I dotted the product. Hope I am making my point clear here. πŸ˜ƒ So make sure you are not striping it or using a heavy amount of it in one go as it can be little patchy and take some time to blend in if applied in excess.

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Applied before Foundation

A lot of people mix strobing cream with their foundation and is no doubt a great way to have an Illuminating look but I don't know why I am never able to do that mixing stuff with my foundation and I always feel like "ugh" when it comes to taking foundation on the back of your hand and mixing products. πŸ˜‚

So, I applied the strobing cream all over my face and blended it well before applying the foundation. After I blended in the foundation I could hardly see any effect of this strobing cream. I used my favorite FACES Second Skin Foundation in "Light" which is a medium coverage foundation. I didn't notice any glow from within kind of effect so I guess it didn't work that way. I guess I need to grab the courage and go ahead with mixing it foundation. I am sure it will do a better job that way or else purpose of buying a strobing cream will fail. πŸ˜‚

Used it as a Cream Highlighter

It works so pretty as a cream highlighter. I used this with my moisturizer as well as with my complete makeup as a highlighter and it really gave me a subtle, natural, glow from within kind of effect. If you are into a bomb or blinding highlighters and you won't feel this at all. πŸ˜‚ But I personally like subtle glowy highlighters so I really liked Maybelline Strobing Cream for that purpose. When I am going with just moisturizer on, I simply dot this over my cheekbones followed by a mascara, brow powder and a lipstick and it looks so nice and healthy. πŸ’–
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Review and Swatch
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Swatch

Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Review and Swatch
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream "Pink" - Swatch


Maybelline Strobe Cream is definitely buildable depending upon the usage. The Intensity of this can be increased by going in with a second or third layer totally depending on the purpose. If you are wearing it alone or as a subtle highlighter, a few dots will do the job. If you plan to increase the intensity as a highlighter, you can easily add in more dots and blend it. 

Any Breakout or Skin Irritation? No.

I gave Maybelline Strobing Cream a try lot of times before putting in this review and I can say that it didn't give me any a pimple, clogged pore or any sort of irritation. Usually, makeup products such as primer or foundation give me clogged pores, tiny bumps, and pimples in just one use. I am happy that I didn't face any issue with this.

In short,
Maybelline Master Strobing Cream in "Pink" did a great job of providing subtle glow from within kind of Illuminating look if worn alone or as a highlighter. However, it didn't do much when I wore it under my foundation. I feel mixing it with foundation can have a better effect. The "Pink" variant has a very mild baby pink kind of tint to it which I felt did a good job of provinding a glow from within. It is lightweight and easy to blend but can be little patchy if applied in excess. Intensity is buildable and caused no breakouts.

  • Can be Worn Alone
  • Gives a Subtle and Glow from Within kind of Illuminating Look
  • Mild Baby Pink Tint
  • Works great as a Cream Highlighter
  • Easy to use, apply and blend
  • Lightweight
  • Doesn't feels sticky or heavy
  • No Breakouts
  • Travel-Friendly and Mess-Free

  • Can be little patchy if applied in Excess
  • No Effect if used under Foundation. Need to mix it with the foundation to bring in some effect.

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