MAC Strobe Liquid Lotion vs L’Oreal Lumi Magique Base

MAC Strobe liquid lotion is one of those product that seems to have the ‘cult product’ label attached to it – it was one of the products that caught my eye when I first started blogging… as I’m such a sucker for the claims of a glow and radiance…


So when the new L’Oreal Lumi Magique Base Primer hit the market recently I had a bit of a gut feeling that it might be a more affordable version of the famous MAC Strobe Liquid.

Both products are lightweight liquids with a pearlescent finish, texture wise they both feel really similar, perhaps the Lumi Magique being slightly more liquid like – but this could be partly down to the face that the MAC one is a little older. The main difference (which isn’t huge) is in the shimmer finish as you can see in the pictures below.

L-R: MAC – L’Oreal
L-R: MAC – L’Oreal

When the two are blended more (obviously heavy above) the MAC has a pink toned shimmer, whilst the L’Oreal doesn’t and is more neutral/white. Both products to deliver a glow, and are ideal either mixed with a little foundation or as a base – personally I use on the cheeks/under-eye area rather than all over, but that’s a personal choice thing.

Overall, the only difference is the tone of the finish – if you’re not fussy about the shade then the cheaper version will appeal but if it’s the pinky tone of the MAC Strobe Liquid that you want then stick with the classic as they aren’t identical.
On a slightly separate note, I’ve only tried the liquid version of the MAC Strobe range – what’s the Cream like? Are they that different?
MAC Strobe Liquid available from the MAC website (£22.50)
L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer available from Boots (£9.99)

L’Oreal is PR sample. MAC bought by me.


  1. July 17, 2012 / 8:41 am

    They both look great!

  2. Steph
    July 17, 2012 / 1:01 pm

    I recently bought the L’Oreal Lumi Magique to mix with my Double wear light which leaves me looking incredible dull but mixed together it looks lovely. I also prefer warmer foundations as any sort of pinky toned face product makes me look like ive been attacked by a blusher so after looking at these swatches i’m very glad i didn’t shell out for the MAC one! 🙂 x

  3. July 17, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    They both look great, I don’t think that LOreal one has made it to the US though yet!

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