Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/06

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette
Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Pearl

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three highlighters: a pale yellow, peachy brown, and golden peach. Smashbox describes the palette as having three finishes–subtle glow, moderate, and super sparkle–and that the texture is “ultra-blendable, velvety smooth.” The first two highlighters were better performing than the third, which had a drier, stiffer texture that made it harder to apply and much less pigmented compared to the other two shades.

01/03

Smashbox Turn It On Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Turn It On Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Turn It On Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Turn It On Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Turn It On Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Turn It On Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Turn It On Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Turn It On Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Turn It On Pearl Highlighting Powder

Turn It On Pearl

Turn It On Pearl is a light, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented while the powder was so smooth and finely-milled that it almost felt like a cream-based product. The powder blended out nicely on the skin without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading.

01/03

Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Crank It Up Pearl Highlighting Powder

Crank It Up Pearl

Crank It Up Pearl is a medium, peachy brown with warm undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. There was a hint of rosiness in the undertone that was more apparent when I blended it out on my cheeks. The consistency was soft, blendable, and just a touch powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly to my skin and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The pigmentation was fully opaque, but the texture was forgiving enough that it could easily be used with a lighter hand or blended out for sheerer coverage. On me, the highlighter lasted for eight hours.

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01/03

Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl Highlighting Powder
Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl Highlighting Powder

Blow a Fuse Pearl

Blow a Fuse Pearl is a light-medium, golden peach with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage. The texture was drier, stiffer in the pan, and I found it harder to blend out and diffuse. A lot of the sparkles did not bind with the base powder, so they did not translate onto the skin (often trapped in the brush or blended off the face), but the few that remained traveled throughout the day. This shade stayed on for just over seven hours on me.

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Product Availability

Smashbox Spotlight Palette $35.00/0.3 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Dior Star Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Anastasia Pink Champagne Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Blushing Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Labyrinth Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Cognac Eyeshadow
  • Stila Violet Vixen Eyeshadow
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Grape(vine) Highliner
On lips:
  • Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

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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Even if the third one didn’t rate a “D”, these are all awfully similar so I can’t imagine many people would find having all three of them would be the wisest purchase.

I think they wanted them more similar in color but differ in finish, but unless it’s a go-to shade, it is redundant to have three full pans!

So many highlighters, when will it end?? I’m so bored by them…much rather see eye shadows and lipsticks/glosses which are so much more interesting!! It’s not your fault and I know they’re very hot right now so you have an obligation to the readers. But it just seems every single company is rolling out so many types and variations of highlighters and they all look the same to me, lol.

I had heard that these didn’t perform that well, but this pearl palette is beautiful! I have a skin tone just slightly lighter and cooler than yours at my very lightest…so especially for the coming months, this will be perfect! So much better for my skin tone than the Nicole G/ Anastasia palette. Although, I am so so so happy that there are palettes for a wider variety of tones! My husband is African American, and I have 3 daughters that are mixed…so I’m always watching out for what they could use and need in the future!

Thanks so much for the review! Your level of depth is always so appreciated. Crazy how much variance there is in just one three-shade palette. I’m a fan of Casey Homes and the palette looks nice enough, but if one out of three shades is a dud, it feels silly to shell out $35. I could just buy another Becca highlight at that price, and at least I would feel comfortable knowing that I love the formula and color selection there.

Call me shocked, but I like this trio much more than the previous Smasbox highlighting trio you just reviewed! Very sunny!

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