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Product Rave: Smashbox 'Baked Starburst'

As I hoped you would have seen in this Nordstrom haul, I recently got this Smashbox Lights on: Lips box set. I really wanted to try the highlighter since I saw it in a boutique shop in Jamaica but, if my memory serves me correctly, the price was a lil hot. Check out this keek for my initial impression and what I paired it with.

Nordstrom haul www.modenmakeup.com
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Sets are a perfect way to try a few items from a brand and usually I keep a few products from them for future giveaways on this blog.

Smashbox 'Baked Starburst' www.modenmakeup.com
Smashbox 'Baked Starburst' www.modenmakeup.com
Smashbox 'Baked Starburst' www.modenmakeup.com
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isn't she precious?

What I love about this product is the sheen it gives without looking "glittery". Highlighters with big shimmer/glitter particles can accentuate pores...and nobody wants that. I also appreciate the 'soft light' aspect since it isn't heavily metallic or frosty. This just gives the skin a very subtle healthy glow. Gorgeous!

Laura Mercier 'Pink Mosaic' Shimmer Bloc, M.A.C 'Centre of The Universe' Mineralized Skinfinish, Smashbox 'Baked Starburst' swatches www.modenmakeup.com
Laura Mercier 'Pink Mosaic' Shimmer Bloc, M.A.C 'Centre of The Universe' Mineralized Skinfinish, Smashbox 'Baked Starburst' www.modenmakeup.com
Laura Mercier 'Pink Mosaic' Shimmer Bloc, M.A.C 'Centre of The Universe' Mineralized Skinfinish, Smashbox 'Baked Starburst' 

Compared to the Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc and the M.A.C Mineralized Skinfinish, 'Baked Starburst' does give a "softer" finish. It isn't so much the texture of the product, although it is also very smooth to the touch, as it is the effect. I've had unpleasant fortune of using Mineralized Skinfinishes in the past that highlighted pores I didn't even know I had. This type of product is also more likely to blend with your blush rather than giving the appearance of just sitting on top of it. I applied it to my cheekbones with the Real Technique Contour brush but a natural haired blush brush could be used as well.

Only test left is to see how it looks with flash photography. We be on Instagram straight flexxin. 

What highlighter do you love?

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