Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer Review, Photos, Swatches

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam (02) Microsmooth Baked LuminizerSephora 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. Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (95% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% 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.

Light Beam (02)

PPermanent. $14.00.
B
B
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
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Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

86%

Average

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
  • Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder
  • Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
On eyes:
  • YSL Rosy Contouring Eyeshadow Palette
On lips:
  • Kat Von D Lolita Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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I know the swatch looks “meh”, almost invisible, but as I get older and drier (esp. during winter), I use these kinds of products as all-over face powders. I use a full coverage foundation, so I don’t need a full coverage powder, just something that sets the foundation a little, doesn’t settle into lines/pores, and gives a subtle glow.

Yeah, I totally understand, Katherine! I think these could use some more claims/better descriptions – only two shades but they are pretty different in coverage!

Probably not going to do much for my skin as a highlighter. And I do have the LM Matte Highlight 01, which does give me a perfect highlight for the cooler months, so I think I’ll pass this one up.

Sephora really does have some incredible products. $14 for this or upwards of $40 for some other products…I know what I’d choose! I’ve nearly caved and bought both this and Stardust but promised myself I’d make a dent in at least one of the highlighters I already own before buying another. My Hourglass Ethereal looks like it’s got a hole or crack in it….almost like I’ve hit an empty spot below the surface where there was no product. I imagine it’s only a matter of time til it crumbles and it’s not something i’d repurchase so it’ll probably be one of these beauties (or both) when that happens.

Great daytime product and great price!!! If only I could get the money I wasted on all the highlighters and browsers except for my Laura Mercier #1 and a couple browsers. My granddaughter is 22 and has a darker complexion. She loves the gifts.

I like that it’s a subtle highlighter – more natural and easy to use for every day makeup. This would probably work for my pale skin too.

I really like this! I will swatch it for sure, and it might just find a home here, where it can play with the other highlighters. What fun!

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