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Smashbox Soft Lights

What it is:A highlighting powder.What it does:These jumbo pots of silk-like powder add soft color and/or shimmer to the face and body.
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Questions & Answers for Smashbox Soft Lights

Question
What is a highlighting powder?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
on Soft Lights
5 answers
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answer 1
highlighting powder gives your face a little shimmer. It adds a little something to you look to make you sparkle.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
kplucky7
(Reedley, Ca)
answer 2
It is a great tool. You add it just to the areas of your face where you want the light to reflect the most (i.e. usually upper cheek bones and under eyebrows ) and it gives your face a light-reflecting glow, without shiny-ness. It helps to make you look fresh and polished.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Nicegrlmd99
(Columbia, MD)
answer 3
Highlighting products are often light colored and/or shimmery, and they are meant to reflect light, accenting contours of your face (ie browbone, cheekbones) and diffuse light, making your skin overall look smoother. This product seems more suited to broad application, with a large powder brush, although a pale shade could be swept under the brow with an eyeshadow brush.
I've used this product and like it, I have a peachy pink tone(not sure of the shade name) and use it like a blush. It is makeup, not skincare, so it doesn't do any miracles like shrink pores or improve skin tone, but the soft sheen is flattering.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ilovemarc
(New York, NY)
answer 4
I use a light highlighting powder to diffuse a brighter or darker blush, or to brighten complexion over forehead/nose so I don't look so matte-finish. I use a darker highlighter to add warmth. Good trick I heard was to do a "W" shape with tops of "W" hitting corner of eyes and on ridge of nose; bottom of "W" hits apple of cheeks.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
stelbell
(southern illinois)
answer 5
You would use it almost like a bronzer, focus especially on your cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Lain
(Buffalo, NY)
Question
best illuminizer
I am looking to purchase an illuminizer and noticed there are TONS at sephora! Any suggestions? I use the Laura Mercier mineral foundation and nars orgasm blush. I am thinking about either going with the Smashbox Illuminizer in Flash but just wanted some input first:)
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
jennapub
(Houston,TX)
on Soft Lights
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
10/17/11 My current favorite for the most natural/subtle look is Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating. I also love Benefit High Beam. You can lightly tap them with your ring finger over the mineral makeup. If you prefer a powder, I love Smashbox Soft Lights. Apply very lightly with the appropriate sized (for the area) fluffy brush.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
peacelovejoy4u2
(Centerville, OH)
answer 2
I would venture to say that it depends on your skin shade, skin type, and the look desired. Since I'm very light, most highlighters tend to appear as bronzers on me, not natural looking. I've had good luck with clear luminizers, such as Bare Escential's flawless radiance, or slightly even pink-tinted ones such as Laura Geller's etheral rose. Since my skin has become more sensitive and dry(was oily in early youth), I opt for more sheer and non-irritating formulas. If this is an issue, Sephora provides a good "naturals" catagory from which to choose. Lastly, this Smashbox highlighter would be a good substitute for a foundation. I found it heavier than desired, however, and the lightest shade was rather dark for me. If you're experimenting with highlighters for the first time, I might try a neutral luminizer, such as Lorac's Perfectly Lit in Luminous. it provides a colorless glow. Sephora sells in online.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
osilla
(Morgantown, WV)
answer 3
Hi,

All of them are actually pretty good. Even NARS has a new Illuminator, which is excellent. Instead of making a recommendation for you, I have a suggestion. If possible, go into a Sephora store, and look at all the possibilities. Some work better with certain skin types, and skin tones. I have friends who love things I hate, and others who hate what I love. For example, I like both Smashbox colors, and love the Stila powders (which were on sale at two for $10 for two huge cakes), and there are so many more. The Sephora consultants can help you narrow down your choices. Some are powders, some creams, so I guess you need to decide that, also. Additionally some products are more versatile than others, and do more than one thing. I know this is not a specific answer to your question, but seeing and feeling the products, if there is a Sephora near you could really help.

I'm sorry for not being specific. I hope this helps a little bit.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
dreamyone
(SPRING HAS ARRIVED IN THE SOUTH)
Question
How do you apply this?
Do you use your finger tip or a brush? What kind of brush?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
happiekamper
(New Haven, CT)
on Soft Lights
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
10/16/11
It depends on the area of my face I'm applying it.

HIGHLIGHTER (the lighter shades):
A fan brush (Sephora Pro #43) for tops of cheek bones, and center forehead.
A fluffy eyeshadow blending/crease brush (like Sephora Pro #10) around outer eye corners, between nose and inner eye corners, and above outer half of eyebrows.
A small eyeshadow brush (like Sephora Pro #15) or a pointier "smoke out" brush (like Sephora Pro #24) Around outer corners of the mouth, & nose, and just under eyebrow.
Eyeliner brush (l like the Sephora Pro #23, or Smashbox #21) dampened - for the inner corners of the eye.
Surprisingly I found the flat blush brush that comes in the Benefit blush boxes to be perfect for the bridge of the nose, top of cheekbones, and above brow bone.
In all applications, just touch the brush to the product - you can always add more if you need to, but this product works best as a subtle glow, you don't want it to be obvious!
Sometimes I use my ring finger and tap a little on the center of the eyelid.

BRONZER/CONTOURING
If I'm using a bronzer/contouring shade I usually use an angled blush brush (like the Sephora Pro #49) or the fan brush, or a kabuki brush, applying in the hollow of the cheek, face perimeter (hairline/jawline), and temples. Blend, blend blend. Once again, you don't want it to be obvious.

BLUSH
If you are using it as a blush alone, use a blush brush.
To add shimmer to a matte blush, use a fan brush and sweep across the cheek.

I recommend doing the contouring first, then eyeshadow, then blush, then highlighting.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
peacelovejoy4u2
(Centerville, OH)
answer 2
I wouldn't use my fingers because the oils would react with the powder. Just use a good blush brush..it doesn't have to be high-end. Sonia Kashuk (Target) designs good brishes that don't shed...Eco Tools brushes are also good and very affordable. I hope this helps! :)
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Tantoona
(LA, CA)
answer 3
I use a big bronzing brush
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
hollyanne0724
(Madison, WI)
Question
Which color would go with my skin tone?
I have olive skin tone, what product color would go on nicely without making me looked pale on highlighted areas?
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Fairbanks, AK)
on Soft Lights
2 answers
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answer 1
Prism is quite rosy, but the shimmer is a 'glow' Put on lightly, it should not be too light, but if it was put on more heavy, it could be light. Lightly applied, it would catch the light.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
ksweetie
(Texas)
answer 2
I would recommend that you either try TINT or PRISM.
But either way, you are going to look a little more highlighted when you apply a highlighter to your cheeks.
The TINT gives a nice warm glow, and so will PRISM.
I would also recommend that you try the Luminous Lotion in Glow.
I have both products (in lighter colours though because I am fair) and the lotion is the best. The powder however, is perfect for on the go makeup.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
smst
(Canada)
Question
Is it worth the money?
I am thinking of buying this for highlighting but I don't know if it would be a waste of money or not. I have fair skin, blue eyes, freckles, and brunette hair. I was thinking of buying it in the shimmer color since that seems to be the least harsh in coloring, but it's pretty pricey. How much use do you get out of it? Am I better off going with another product or should I get this?
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Palm Beach, FL)
on Soft Lights
2 answers
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answer 1
If soft subtle shimmer is what you are looking for, this one has been the best that I have used. I would say that you do receive quite a bit of product for the money and it will last you a long time.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
amy4255
(Chaska Mn)
answer 2
i think it is absolutely worth the money. i haven't finished my first pot but have put a dent in it, and already went and bought a second one, so as not to run out! absolutely worth it, not too much, but like it says, it gives a light color and some shimmer. and the shimmer color is perfect!
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
socalbby
(Ft Collins,CO)
Question
Is Soft Lights Tint still available?
Product #52705
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
koesq
(Rocklin, CA.)
on Soft Lights
2 answers
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answer 1
They have it at the smashbox website :)
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
wonjoo
answer 2
last time i checked they had it at store level.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
AndreaXoXo
(Mississauga, Ontario Canada)
Question
Is "Shimmer" a WARM luminiscent pink?
Have plenty of "cool" pinks. Very fair Irish skin and green eyes. Looking for a subtle, healthy, pinkish warmth. Bronzers look ridiculous on me.
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
osilla
(Morgantown, WV)
on Soft Lights
2 answers
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answer 1
if you have a sephora close to you, try and get the colour "tint" i have irish-light skin/green eyes. I experiment alot when bronzers and this was my first one, and I went through maybe 5 of them because i loved it so much!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
AndreaXoXo
(Mississauga, Ontario Canada)
answer 2
I have very fair skin, and I have shimmer. Not totally thrilled because I don't feel pretty with medium to light beige shimmer on my cheekbone which is what shimmer is for we fair skinned lassies. I think smashbox heartbreaker illum. or the peach one.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
figarotuna
(Quaker Hill. CT)
Question
I have soft lights in Tint. Do you still have it in that color?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Nutley, NJ)
on Soft Lights
2 answers
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answer 1
I have not seen it in the store, and it's not online at Smashbox.com. It could be temporarily unavailable, or discontinued. You could call the 800 number for Smashbox and ask if they have any available - I have done this twice with other retailers - and they sent the product to me! Sometimes if it is very recently discontinued, they will have extra quantities you can still order.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
katie1724
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
try store level!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
AndreaXoXo
(Mississauga, Ontario Canada)
Question
Which color should I choose?
I am Chinese, the color of my skin is a medium beige with slightly yellowish undertone. I would like to use this product to highlight the nose bridge and cheeks to make them stand out and my features are pretty flat compared with girls of other ethnicity.
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
AngelaWu
(El Monte, CA)
on Soft Lights
2 answers
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answer 1
I'm Chinese as well and this works really well with my skin tone and coloring.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
dotty11
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
hi there, im also asian and i would recommend benefit highbeam instead of this product because altho it has beautiful shimmers it makes your skin a bit darker. I'm very fair ( lightest foundation in every brand) but this product ( which i used only once and put them in somewhere in my closet) makes you look dark altho u put very little.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
bigbunnys
(New York, NY)
Question
Can this be a setting powder?
Does this work as a setting powder or just as a highlighter on certain areas? like cheekbones, nose, etc..
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
andreaj421
(Bend, OR)
on Soft Lights
2 answers
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answer 1
Given the fact that it does give color....I wouldn't use this as a setting powder but more as a highlighter/blush.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
chicagorn2
(Springboro, OH)
answer 2
I tend to think of setting powders as having no pigment (therefore depositing no color) - just providing a matte or luminous finish. This one definitely contains pigment, though, so I think it is best used as a highlighter or even a luminizing blush. I would not dust this over my whole face as a setting powder - it would be too bright.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
katie1724
(San Francisco, CA)
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