Sephora Collection – MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer (Stardust – 01)

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Online Description:

A must-have luminizer to add a youthful glow. MicroSmooth is made with ultralight, micronized advanced pigments that blend effortlessly into the skin to enhance your skintone and give a flawless no-makeup look and feel to the skin. It adds a natural, seamless luminescence to cheeks, temples, and browbone for a healthy-looking, radiant, and gorgeous glow. The breathable baked formula applies smoothly while the unique, airy texture perfectly melts into skin for a natural finish.

It is formulated Without: – Parabens- Sulfates – Phthalates

 

My Thoughts:

This was the 1st luminizer I ever used and I genuinely love it. It works so well on any skin complexion and over various foundation formulas. There is no scent to it which is a nice feature because a lot of Sephora’s products usually have a chemical scent to them. I have had this for some time and still haven’t made a dent in it. It is annoying that any time I dab or swipe my brush on this to pick up product, it dusts up way more product around the compact making a shimmery mess. Fortunately, the mess isn’t too wild and it’s easy to clean, it’s just a bummer because that wastes product. I have experimented with shaving some off and mixing with foundation and foundation primer and they all gave great results. I was really bummed that Sephora discontinued this product because it seems like every time I fall in love with one of their products, they discontinue it and launch a new one. Someone needs to pass along the message that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This was the best luminizer I could’ve had for my first experience with the product. A lot of luminizers nowadays pass themselves off as highlighters so I think if I had waited to try out luminizers until then, I would’ve been irritated. I learned in my makeup artistry course that highlighters are supposed to be matte and bring natural light to an area, not shimmer. Shimmer products for the face were called luminizers. At the end of the day, a company can call a product they made whatever they want, but I give kudos to Sephora for naming this correctly. Shout-out to the Sephora associate who actually introduced me to this and suggested I take it home. I know that is their job, but if I didn’t give it to his convincing, I wouldn’t have this amazing product that’s lasted me so long for a fraction of the price of competitor brands with less product. What I love most about Sephora’s (the collection, not the retailer as a whole) products is that they work just as well, if not better, than competitor products for way cheaper. Luxury brand makeup is already expensive as it is, but Sephora takes those amazing products and makes them more affordable for those of us who need better quality products, but don’t want to pay the hefty price of a lot of other products.

 

*This is currently discontinued, but they have a luminizer product with 4 colors to choose from on the Sephora website.

Performance/Wear:                          ★/5

I cannot stress enough that this is the best luminizer. It comes in this snow-white color, but is universally flattering for all complexions, I promise. I used to use this on so many clients and they all loved it. This adds shimmer and dimension to our most flattering areas, without looking ashy or enhancing pore sizes. A few other luminizers on the market only wear well on people with clear skin and everyone else looks like the moon took a vaca on our face. Not exactly cool when we’re trying to feel confident, you know? This blends so well and seamlessly everywhere I put it, from my face to my eyes and even my chest and shoulders. This is a versatile product because I’ve mixed it with foundations, primers, lip products, and body lotions and every single time, this powder gave the most angelic-looking shimmer, while still looking more on the natural side. Now, this is buildable if you want your highlight to be seen from the heavens, but I think this works so much better used for a natural luminizer. A little goes a long way with this product, but as I said, you can build it as much as your heart desires.

Skin Swatch

Price:                                                   ★/5

I recall actually spending $11 on this, but I found the mentioned price tag below from various sites because Sephora doesn’t keep a link active for discontinued products. Either price, this product was quite the deal because I have had this for years and have yet to make a decent dent in it.

Packaging:                                          ★/5

The packaging stays true to Sephora’s simple, yet chic packaging, which I have no complaints against. What did bug me is the way the product is shaped, because it causes a lot of kickback for product making small messes every time I use it. Another thing is the clamp broke really easy so now I have to use a hair tie to hold it shut or it’ll open up in my bag and get everywhere. The outer packaging is generally sturdy because it has wrestled around in my bag against numerous objects that I thought might break it, but it always made it through. The clamp breaking was actually because I was doing my makeup drunk and yanked it open to aggressively and so that happened. Not my proudest moment, but I wanted to be honest that the product damage was of no fault to the company.

 

Pros:

  • This lasts FOREVER (not really, obviously, but it’s been years)
  • Universally flattering color
  • Multi-purpose
  • No scent
  • Works well over all skin types
  • Doesn’t amplify the look of imperfections (large pores, uneven texture, fine lines, etc.)
  • Great value

Cons:

  • The shape it was molded into is annoying because it causes product waste
  • It was discontinued (insert Kim K crying face)

Texture:                                  Pressed powder

Scent:                                      None

Recommend?                         Yes

Repurchase?                           I wish, but it is discontinued

Retail:                                     $14.00

Size:                                         0.12 oz.

I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊

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