Secret Kiss face fit strobe cream Review + Demo

MAC strobe cream dupeI’ve never gotten into MAC’s hype and never really have fallen in love with any of their products.  Even before I got into KBeauty, MAC was never a brand I have paid much attention to since it is slightly a turn off that they have four to five collections in a month, it is slightly overkill in my opinion.  I have bought myself a travel size of their strobe cream since I have heard AMAZING things about it on the internet.  Honestly it isn’t that amazing -_-.  However I couldn’t help but think that this product by Secret Key might be a possible affordable dupe!  Secret Kiss is a brand from Secret Key, the same brand that makes my holy grail peeling gel.  I’m not sure why I can’t find any other make up products under the sub brand Secret kiss, but I will be reviewing this product and explaining if this product could possibly be a dupe.  Let’s go~ \(゜э゜)/

P.S  If you want to see what old Memebox I got this product from, click here to see my old blog’s post on the K-style box.

IMG_9709Full name of product:
Secret Kiss face fit strobe cream

Limited edition/ Permanent?:
Was permanent but I believe this might be out of production, however it is still floating around on the internet waiting to be purchased.

Description of product:
“This moisturizing makeup base/ starter smooths out skin texture and creates an ultra-natural radiance. Made from 6 kinds of gemstones powders and various floral extracts, it works to instantly correct a range of complexion concerns including dehydration, dullness, sallowness, and redness.  Prefect for wearing with a foundation or applying after makeup as a highlighter and recommended for all skin types, the lightweight, oil-free cream moisturizes and replenishes, leaving the skin, dewy, fresh and flawless.”

^Description from past Memebox description card.

Price:
8,900 won

Amount of product:
30 mL

Duration before expiration:
12 months (1 year)

Where to buy:
Well poo… LOL.  Doesn’t seem to be sold anywhere anymore.  Sigh I wish I knew this before I took tons of pictures for this product.  I guess you guys can use this as reference if you do ever find this product anywhere.

Shades available:
Only one “shade” available.

Ingredients:
Sadly I can’t find this out since they took the product off their site.

IMG_9711Product packaging:
Similarly to Mac’s strobe cream, Secret Key’s packaging has the same silvery tub with the sleek black lid.  However of course, Secret Key’s strobe cream’s tube is not as sturdy as MAC’s but I mean, you want to pay for the packaging or you want to pay for the product.  As long as the product comes out, and the formula is good, who cares!  It’s works, that’s all that matters.

How to use:
You can use this just as a moisturizer everyday if you want to go au-naturel to get a slight glow to the skin.  You can also use this as a primer to moisturizer your skin and get a glowy base.  Honestly you don’t have to go out and get a product just for these two purposes.  You can easily make your own strobe cream with some moisturizer and a liquid highlight like Benefit’s High beam or Shara Shara Aura liquid highlight (which is also another dupe I’d say for Benefit’s and it is cheaper!) and mix them together to get the same effect.

Color/ Pigmentation:
This strobe cream can easily be used by all types of skintone, whether you are super pale or super dark.  When blended into the skin, the cream leaves a slight glow to the skin with very fine light pink, purple, gold and sliver shimmers.  I don’t like tons of shimmers on my face but this cream’s shimmer is fine enough for me not to puke glitter.  Thumbs up.

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IMG_3114I sadly don’t have the MAC strobe cream anymore since I’ve used it up a long time ago, but here is an old picture from my old blog as a comparison.

IMG_9715If you can catch it, you can see my hand is slightly glowy on the right side.

IMG_9716Texture/ Finish:
The cream is lightweight and absorbs easily into the skin no problem.  Again, the finish is a fine shimmer and gives the skin a nice subtle glow.

Lasting power:
I have no problems with this cream lasting and I do still have a slight glow at the end of the day.  If you have oily skin, I’m not sure it will be able to last all day if you don’t use a primer before this.  I’d just stick to highlighting afterward with a powder highlight or liquid highlight if you do have oily skin.  Dry skin people would love this product since it will give us that glow-from-within look which is usually what we lack from our skin being dry sadly.

Fragrance?:
There is no fragrance that I can detect with my nose.

Demo time.IMG_9748Here is my bare face.  Please ignore the scar on my nose, there was a white head that was deeply embedded in the skin and the only way I could get it out was to slightly puncture it.  Sadly it left a scar but it will take time to faint it.

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IMG_9755All you have to do with this product is to blend some into the skin.  Easy peasy.

IMG_9756Hopefully you can see a difference.  It isn’t a dramatic difference but you can see there is a difference.

IMG_9759Before…

IMG_9757After…  It is like someone turned the lights on!  Love me some glow.

IMG_9764So is this a MAC strobe cream dupe?
Honestly I can say this product from Secret Key is definitely a dupe for MAC’s at a more affordable price.  Sadly they don’t make this anymore and would be a little hard to find.  The texture and finish that it offers are so close that if I were to do a blind test, I would think someone is playing a prank on me to say these are two different products from different brands.  If you can find this or you have this laying around in your mountain of past Memebox purchases, you might want to whip this out and incorporate it into your make up routine!

Pro:
-offers a moisturizing formula
-beautiful subtle/ natural glow to skin
-easy and straight forward to use

Con:
-discontinued

Repurchase?:
No.

Stars given out of 5:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall thoughts:
As much as I do like this product, it is not something I would repurchase.  I don’t really find the need to add an extra step into my routine if I can easily just use a liquid highlight as the finish touches when I’m doing my make up.  Yes the glow is subtle and really pretty, but it is not something I would die if this product was discontinued (which it is).  I could easily get the same effect by just mixing some moisturizing and liquid highlight, no need to go out and spend more money on something I can easily DIY.  Overall I think this is a good product but my feelings for it is neutral, I don’t hate it nor do I love love it.  I would recommend this product (if you can still find it) if you are looking for a more affordable product for the MAC strobe cream.

Have you tried the MAC strobe cream and what are your thoughts?  Do you think this is a dupe?  Let me know in the comments down below what you think.

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