This was a sneaky CCO purchase a few weeks ago when I was supposed to be on a spending ban and obviously that went straight out of the window.
I mean, I didn’t own anything from Smashbox and ended up in a store with it discounted. It was fate!
Look at how shimmery and beautiful it is:
This is Smashbox’s Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst.
It’s a highlighter with a touch of colour, not enough for it to be a shimmery bronzer but enough to give you a warm glow.
We’re both massive fans of Mac’s MSF in Soft and Gentle, and I imagined this would be a similar kind of product.
It’s baked just like MSF and is a very fine powder that you can swirl on top of make up for a shimmer without being glittery. It sort of gives that ‘been in the sun for an hour at lunch and managed to catch some rays’ kind of look.
It is fragrance and paraben free which is always a good thing, as pointless chemicals are nassssssty.
Look at those colours! They’re so pretty and easily swirled together on top of any make up look. Just relax and check out the make up porn for a little while…
So how does it actually look on the skin??
You can see my skin has a shimmer to it, particularly where I applied it heavier on the cheek bones where the light catches. It’s a beautiful colour and perfect for day wear. It’s very subtle and doesn’t look too glittery on the skin that it’s over the top.
When comparing this to MSF, this is the much more subtle day wear version and I believe I have used this most days since I bought it.
I tend to save MSF for weekends now as to be perfectly honest that one is still my favourite. Though I think sometimes it’s too much for day wear especially work as it’s not the kind of place for lots of make up.
Ultimately I love them in equal amounts as they’re different enough with Smashbox having warm tones and MSF having champagne gold colours and both show up beautifully in photos.
What do you think? What’s your favourite highlighter?