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Friday, March 24, 2017

Smashbox + Casey Holmes Spotlight Palette (Pearl) Review & Swatches

Hey everyone! I want to start off by saying that I purchased the Smashbox Spotlight Palette myself and I am giving you my honest thoughts. If you don't agree with anything that I say, that is completely fine because we are all entitled to our own opinions. This is my blog and my feelings on the highlighter palette that I am choosing to share with my readers. Now on with the review!

I love Casey Holmes and have been watching her for many years. When I found out that she was collaborating with Smashbox, I had to support her and purchase the Pearl Palette! You are getting 3 shades for $40 CAD with a total net weight of .30 oz or 8.61 g total. I purchased mine from the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique but you can also purchase it on the Sephora web site or on the Smashbox web site too! There is also the Spotlight Palette is Gold which looks gorgeous on deeper skin tones!

I like that it comes with a mirror, there is a very protective exterior to house the 3 shades and it is great for travel. You can also take it with you in a clutch on a night out and you can touch-up wherever you are! She also included some tips to get her signature highlighted looks in a little pamphlet inside. I really do like that she included the names of all the shades on the back of the compact!

These are meant to be toppers which means that they are to be applied onto another product to achieve the desired look. She also made these so that you won't be able to notice texture underneath your healthy glow as she has roscea herself and she kept that in mind when helping to design this palette. Also, my swatches were taken in natural light and I have not adjusted the saturation of the photos. I wanted to give you realistic swatches and that is why I did not pack on the highlighter to show you.

Turn It On: Is definitely 'ultra-blendable' like the description suggests and it reminds me of the same consistency of a ColourPop eyeshadow or highlighter. It had the best pigmentation and felt like butter when I did a finger swatch! This is a soft champagne shade that is perfect to wear during the daytime. 

Crank It Up: This is a peach shade that is quite frosty. This shade is quite nice but isn't as quite as pigmented or as soft to the touch as Turn It On.  

Blow A Fuse: This one went on very chalky, powdery, dry, it had way too much glitter and I did not like how it looked on the face. This shade is definitely the worst in the palette and is a warm copper shade with an abundance of glitter.

My problem is that all 3 of these shades look extremely similar when swatched on my hand. The swatches in the photos on the Sephora web site were HEAVILY swatched and a lot of product was used for those swatches. To get the same intensity, you will need to use a lot of product which means that you may hit pan pretty quickly. I like an intense highlighter and for my brush to barely hit the high points of my face to achieve a glowing look. Perhaps this is the wrong palette for me but just know that you will need to dip into your pan multiple times to get a super highlighted look!

This palette would be great for someone who is just getting into highlighters and for someone who doesn't love a blinding glow! That is not me at all and I love to have a strong glow on my face at all times! I also have a lot of other highlights that I much prefer over this one and the Spotlight Palette would be great for someone who doesn't already have an arsenal of highlighters in their makeup collection!

Until next time,



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  1. Awww lovely review, it looks so pretty and great to use for a more natural look :D I love the look of the first two shades! Love your blog, following you on GFC! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

  2. Thanks very much and they are great toppers! I appreciate it!