Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Light Beam (02) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft shimmer. Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more pigmented, more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
The formula is supposed to give a “natural, seamless luminescence” to the skin with “natural-looking color.” The texture was smooth, firmer, and had no powder kick-up like Stardust, but it had less color payoff, too. This shade had medium coverage, and on my skin tone, it didn’t impart noticeable color and lightened the area I applied it slightly. When applied, it gave the skin a luminous glow that did not emphasize pores, and I think it is hard to overdo. On my normal-to-dry skin, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably. This is going to be ideal for someone who is very fair to light-medium in complexion and likes a subtle, but noticeable, highlight.