Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer Review, Photos, Swatches

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very pale yellow with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Gold FX (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Star Reader (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). J. Cat Beauty White Goddess (-, $9.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Pearl Flashes Gold (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gold Radiance (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Frozen Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Burst (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Pure Strobe Light (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Sky's the Limit (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (PiP, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.” I think it can be really lovely on the skin and yield a beautiful sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It’s not what I’d consider to be subtle glow, but it’s not a brilliant, high-shine highlighter either. The texture was smooth, but it ran a little dry and kicked up excess powder in the pan with ease. Luckily, it did not look dry or powdery on the skin, which is where it counts the most. The highlighter wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

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Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer
Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Eyeshadows: Up at Dawn
  • Suspiciously Sweet
  • Ruddy
  • Oh My Mocha!
  • I'm Into It
  • Fashion's Field Day
  • NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner
On lips:
  • MAC Clear Water Lipglass

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I like that this is a cooler, pale yellow highlighter, and very reasonably priced. In winter, when my skin is more matte and dry, I might be able to use as finishing powder

This was one of the first highlighters I ever bought and I loved it! Wore it almost every day for about a year and a half until I lost it on a trip ๐Ÿ™

I still feel as though Sephora Collection products go underlookedโ€”definitely going to give these a try, they seem promising! Would you say these are in the same realm with the excess product floating around the pan as the MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, Christine? ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s why I chose Sephora’s house brand as one of the ones that has pleasantly surprised me (in that question from earlier today). Whilst this powder is a bit yellow toned for me, I might still get it or get the pinker one (I can never tell, in the store lighting, how things actually look on me and usually end up going to the mall atrium or the ladies’ room to check in better light). But they make some truly excellent products and at really affordable prices (and I warrant that some of them are probably made in the exact same facilities as many high end products).

Stardust is really pretty! Def not pore emphasizing, thank goodness. Reminds me of e.l.f. Gotta Glow, possibly even CP Lunch Money. Both of which I have and love for just a touch of white-gold glow, if applied lightly.
However, ABH Marshmallow blows all of the aforementioned away!?

Actually, it’s too much of a pale yellow on my fair/pale skin. But it like a more gold version of Kat Von D’s ThunderStruck eye shadow. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great for highlighting.

I agree that many of the Sephora products are very competitive including the brushes. Although this is very nice on you, I am over supplied with highlighter of all types through purchases and GWP. I don’t seem to go through much product even though I use it frequently.

Oh I love it. very discreet but pretty. I could certainly see it as a finishing powder too. Might look nice under the eyes.

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