I’ve been using the Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion for over a year now and I’m down to only a few more drops left . I absolutely love this highlighter — it’s definitely a must-have product for me. I’ve tried some other highlighters (Benefit High/Moonbeam, Josie Maran illuminizer, NARS illuminator) and this Smashbox one is still my favorite. Sometimes I will use powder highlighters — but because I have dry skin, liquid/cream highlighters work best for me.
The Smashbox Luminizing Lotion is available in 3 different shades: diffuse (light, pearly color), flash (irridescent pink), and glow (a deep, warm, golden bronze). I am around an NC25-30 in MAC foundation shades and the color “flash” suites my skin tone the best.
Read on for some pros/cons and photos:
extremely natural/dewy glow
not overly frosty or glittery
instantly brightens my face, making me look more awake/healthy
works great for all occassions: day, night, flash photography!
a little bit goes a long way (I just use a small drop to each cheekbone)
easy to blend (I apply this using my fingertips with clean hands; you can also use a small brush)
long-lasting (all day! It even holds up in humid/hot weather)
may be worn alone or on top of foundation The label suggests mixing with foundation, too; however, I personally don’t use it this way because I only want to highlight certain areas of my face. Since the color “flash” has a slight pink tint to it, I only use it on my cheekbones.
has a pump (more sanitary application)
price: 0.7 oz for $27 <– this is totally worth it for me, though! However, because you only need a little, this one bottle will last a long time! I use mine most days of the week and my 1 bottle lasted me 1.5 years!
the black coating around the pump starts peeling off after a few months (see photo below) this really bothers me because some of the black will flake off and can get on your hands/face.
the color “flash” has a slight pink tint to it, so it may not be the best for highlighting the bridge of your nose/forehead/cupid’s bow
This is what a fresh bottle from the box looks like:
Here is the black flaking off the pump:
(an how much I have left after 1.5 years of routine use)
Some photos of me when wearing the luminizing lotion on my cheeks:
Overall, the Smashbox Artifical Light Luminizing Lotion is the best highlighter I’ve tried thusfar!
I will definitely be repurchasing another bottle soon!