While researching products for my MUA Kit, I noticed that a lot of MUAs rave over Smashbox Artificial Light. I just had to try it for myself so I ordered a few items back in February, and I am just getting around to reviewing them. Luminizers or Highlighters as some may call it, diffuses light and gives the skin a soft glow to make it appear younger and more vibrant. It can be used to highlight certain areas of the face or body, or mixed with foundation for an all over glow. Now let’s talk about Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizers.
I ordered the Artificial Light Luminizing Lotions in Diffuse and Glow, and the new Artificial Light Lumizing Powder from the Smashbox In Bloom Spring Collection.
The lotions are housed in convenient pump bottles while the powder has a sponge tip applicator, which is a bit messy.
Diffuse, Glow, Luminizing Powder
Diffuse: Glistening Pearl
Glow: Warm Golden Bronze
Luminizing Powder: Shimmering Soft Nude
The Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotions are thin in consistency and not greasy at all. Glow appeared to be a tad bit more thick than Diffuse. You have to be careful when dispensing the product because you only need a tiny bit. A full pump is too much (unless mixing with foundation) , so pump gently. They are very pigmented and dry fast, so you need to work quick. Once they dry, they stay put and don’t budge. You may use the luminizing lotions to highlight individual places such as your cheek and collar bone, or you may mix it with your favorite foundation to achieve an all over glow. As soon as I saw Diffuse, I thought about my Senna Liquid Ice drops…
Diffuse has purple undertones while Liquid Ice has gold. They are not too much alike and different enough to own both.
Glow made me think about my NARS Illuminators…
They are in the same color family and are all perfect for summer to add an extra glow to beautiful tanned skin.
The luminizing powder is a bit hard to dispense and easy to waste product, so remove and reinsert the applicator carefully. Not only can you use the luminizing powder in the same manner as the lotions, but it also makes a good highlighter for under the brow bone. The applicator is perfect for this. As soon as I saw the Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Powder, I instantly thought of MAC Vanilla Pigment…
They are not the same exact color as MAC Vanilla Pigment has a tinge of pink in it and the Smashbox Luminizing Powder does not, however they are still very similar.
Overall, I really like these luminizers. They are super pigmented, easy to use and stay put. The lotion also comes in one more shade, Flash (iridescent pink)
which was sold out when I made my purchase I now have Flash, see swatches here. I plan to add this shade to my kit as well. The Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotions retail at $24 for 0.7 fl. oz and can be purchased at Sephora and anywhere else that Smashbox is sold, and the Luminizing Powder retails for $20 for 1g and may be purchased from Smashbox.
So far, Glow is my favorite. Check it out on the cheeks…