MISSHA STROBEAM STARTER REVIEW
Looking to get the glow that all those K-drama stars are famous for? We’ve got a cheat way to get it!
Today, we’re taking a look at Missha Strobeam Starter – Missha’s new-look K-Beauty primer that offers seriously glossy, glowing skin – in a bottle.
Read on for SS Founder Lauren Lee’s review!
WHAT IS IT?
It’s a K-Beauty primer (that’s crossed with a traditional CC Cream formula). This product was designed to replace Missha’s old BB Boomer.
Strobeam Starter comes in a 30ml pink squeezy tube that has a hygienic applicator dispenser.
WHAT DOES IT CLAIM TO DO?
“Strobe + Glow + Moisturize”‘
That’s the claim Missha makes about it’s Strobeam Starter.
It also claims that ground-up jewel extracts – ruby, amethyst, pearl, diamond and sapphire – give the skin a soft glow. Missha emphasises that this primer won’t give you an unnatural cyborg glow, but rather a “sophisticated gloss”.
WHAT’S IN IT?
The full ingredients list includes:
“Water, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylyl Methicone, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Triceteareth-4 Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-2 Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carbomer, Fragrance(Parfum), Polysorbate 80, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Tin Oxide, Silica, Iron Oxides, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Erythritol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Pearl Powder, 1,2-Hexanediol, Amethyst Powder, Ruby Powder, Tourmaline, Diamond powder, Sapphire Powder, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Homarine HCl, Pearl Extract, Lecithin, Arginine, Acetyl Glutamine, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Glycolipids, Ceramide NP
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
I apply mine as the first step of my makeup (after I finish my skincare). Of a morning, my skincare routine involves cleanse – tone – essence – ampoule – serum – moisturiser – sunscreen and then I apply a thin layer of Missha Strobeam Starter (Pink Light).
Once I’m done, I pat in my April Skin Magic Stone Cushion (White) over the top, and I’m good to go.
There are a few other ways you can use Strobeam Starter though, including mixing it with your BB Cream or foundation in a 2:1 ratio (which gives you that “lit from within” look). If you prefer even more glow, you can mix it in with your BB Cream or foundation in a 1:1 ratio.
Alternatively, apply it as a highlighter by dabbing a small amount of the product on the top of your cheekbones, forehead, chin and the tip of the nose. I usually also put a little around my cupid’s bow to accentuate the shape of my lips.
WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY DO?
Everything that it promises!
This is base makeup at it’s best.
It makes my skin look better before I even get started on my BB Cushion. In fact, it makes my skin look so good I often end up skipping makeup entirely, particularly on days when I don’t have meetings or an event.
This primer creates a three dimensional base that acts as a primer, helping my makeup to stay put for longer, while also refining the shape and texture of my pores, making them appear smoother and less obvious.
The formula itself also enhances makeup when you do wear it, making it look less cakey and more transparent.
Funnily enough, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Missha’s old BB Boomer (which this product was intended to replace) – I found it a little too thick and gluggy. This new and improved version is miles ahead of the old formulation and I love it!
I’m about to start my second tube.
WHO SHOULD USE IT?
Those with dull skin – if your skin is looking lacklustre, dark or lacking in vitality, this primer will instantly give it a bit of glow.
Those looking for a light shimmer – Strobeam Starter adds dimension to your face, also giving it a light, pink pearl shimmer.
It contains particles of white, gold and pink pearl that blend together to give your skin a really soft, rose shimmer. It’s not over the top or disco ball-y; rather it makes your face look more radiant.