I like many Smashbox make up items, but they are Made In China. Thus, I think they are grossly overpriced and should not be priced as they are (more drugstore price....)
I do like this highlighter; it is super subtle and just gives you a very very sheer pick me up.
It is great for a no make up (make up) look, light make up, old and young that do not want to look overly made up with the intense pigmented make up that seems to be in style.
I do like the product but -- for this price (and China which they pay peanuts to make) -- Smashbox could put this into a really nice compact that was not cheap plastic. A flip up style firm container is what I expect for the price.
Overall, given the cheap packaging, and that I can buy similar for so much less - I would not re purchase (it would have to be at a huge discount)
Smashbox does make many really nice products that suit my skin and style; I just wished they would make in the USA, Canada, France or other country that I could trust and used high quality packaging materials
I bought this recently after looking to replace a really old discontinued blush. After being shown blushes and bronzers that weren't what I wanted, one store assistant finally showed me this product. She said it was meant to be a highlighter but that it might show up as a subtle blush on my pale skin. She was absolutely right! It gives me a beautiful glow and a little colour, but not enough that I need to be too careful with it in the mornings. I've worn it every day since I bought it and I couldn't be happier.
The highlighter is not bad but somehow da sheen doesnt work well with my nc30 skin tone…it can look very unnatural if u accidentally over apply…another thing is that theres something in there that my skin is allergic to …sometimes i get laZy and use my all over powder brush to apply this and around mid day my face got very dry and itchy…and it persisted for several days until i realize…moving on to albatross…
This highlighter was put on me by a MUA over a cream blush and I was in LOVE, so I ended up buying it immediately. This product gives you a natural glow from within look without looking like a sparkle fairy came to visit you. And bonus - you get a lot of product (10g/0.35oz). This will probably last me forever.
I agree with some other reviewers in that the packaging is not the most optimal, but I haven't encountered any problems with it yet. It's just not the most convenient to use because you have to screwed the cap on and off.
In my humble opinion, this is one of the best powder highlighters on the market right now. I cannot think of one flaw with this product.
First of all, the texture of this is VERY fine. It's almost like powdered silk! It picks up on a brush amazingly, and effortlessly glides across the skin. I recommend using a fan brush to dust this across the planes of your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose for a radiant, sculpted look. I also love applying this on my tear ducts and under my brow bones when I want my eyes to look bright and awake.
The color doesn't look like much in the pan.It's a nudish pink (almost like a pale champagne) shade with very fine shimmer. When the salesgirl first pointed it out to me I was iffy. However, after reading rave reviews, I decided to spring for it. Boy am I glad I did!
This highlighter is versatile enough to be worn on virtually EVERY skin tone (I've used it on many clients in my professional kit), and with every blush color and makeup look. It doesn't add much color when applied, just a soft, radiant glow like you are lit from within. And it does not look crazy or disco-ballish like some highlighters.
Another great thing about this highlighter is that Smashbox is VERY generous when it comes to quantity. This is the biggest pan ever for a highlighter so it will probably last forever!
Bottom line? I suggest this to anyone who is looking for a fool-proof powder highlighter that is guaranteed to be flattering!
BTW- This comes in a compact with a screw off lid, which many people don't like as it can be harder to access than compacts with attached lids that just open and snap shut. Just be careful that the lid is screwed all the way back on after each use.
In my opinion the best highlighting powder on the market. So soft, subtle and pretty! Being oily I stayed away from most highlighters because they would add unwanted shine or I found they were too glittery but this is HG status. I put it on the apples of my cheeks and it makes any blush prettier and gives a radiant glow. It also photographs amazingly. Being oily I use a lot of mattifying powders and foundations so I don't look like an oil slick, this silky powder keeps my skin from looking totally dull and flat. Try it!
Simply the best h/l powder on the market. It really is too bad that Smashbox does not get much attention on blogs, etc., but a Sephora rep told me it is b/c it is an "artists" brand. Whatever that means.
So this is so silky it is a creamy powder, and it goes on not too heavy, all depending on the brush you use - I use a fan brush. I wear it all ove my face as the "lit from w/i" fdnt is not one I use re acne prone skin.
For the amount of product that I need to apply to the top of my cheekbones and temples and nose bridge with a fan brush, this will last a while.
It gives a luminous glow, without being shimmery for my skin tone (Prescriptives Champagne). It does last awhile on my skin as well.
I am not a h/l person, but after buying Mac Lightscapde MSFN, which looked white and chalky (horrible with NC25-30 skin) I decided to try something else. I use this sparingly, sometimes in place of blush right on my cheekbones for a "no m/u" look and it is great. I think it works becuase it is the color of skin, i.e. it has some pigment of yellowish tones to it, or champagne, where as Lightscapde is all out white. It is not cheap but will last forever as you really, really want to just make one pass with a lightly dusted brush with this one. I prefer this over the Guerlain balz.
I bought this on eBay thinking I'd just try it out. I've had it since January and I've seriously worn it every time I've worn makeup since then. I have very fair skin (NW20) and this is the best highlighter I've tried. I have Nars Albatross and I've used it maybe twice because it isn't very flattering on fair skin in my opinion. I will definitely repurchase.