Average Rating 4.0/5
Review by syeung2
Product - Smashbox.com lists this as a sheer cream highlighter in sheer coral red, but (1) since this shade is predominantly red, it is better used as blush than as highlighter, and (2) the formula feels more like a gel than cream. This is a vivid cherry neutral-to-cool red shade - not a true fire engine red, but more like a bright red with pink-coral tones. Though intimidating in the pot, it is a sheer gel and thus quite wearable. After I swiped my finger in it, it looks as though there is silver shimmer in this, but the shimmer didn't show noticeably on my cheeks or lips. The texture is smooth and silky, and being a gel it is very easy to work with and blend in. I tried this on my lips also, and the color works fine for me (AAB/NC25), even seems to stain my lips, though the color becomes more of a cool-toned I-ate-a-cherry-popsicle red-pink.
Comparisons - The texture reminds me of Smashbox Skin Tints, but obviously this is in pot form instead of stick. The color reminds me of NARS Cactus Flower, but Cactus Flower has golden shimmer, is more coral-toned, and is a shade lighter than Smashing Transfer. Also reminds me of Jelly Pong Pong Supermodel Stain in Nymphette - but in a side by side comparison, Nymphette is definitely more true red, and Smashing Transfer clearly has more pink-coral tones to it.
Packaging - The packaging is the usual rubbery exterior with a clear screw-top lid; overall it is the same size as Smashbox blushes and eyeshadow trios.
Overall - Seems odd that Smashbox made a "highlighter" in this shade; it works better as a gel blush.