Product Review: Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights (Baked Starblush)

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As I’ve probably mentioned before, I don’t indulge in every cosmetics category as deeply as I do in lipstick. I own just two blushes, for example, and a few single-serving samples of bronzer and highlighter, and I usually find that’s enough for me to have on hand.

However, when I received an offer of this combination blush-highlighter from Smashbox, I was so taken by its rose-y colors and its fun pinwheel effect that I had to accept.

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The product description for Baked Fusion Soft Lights reads, “Get a gorgeous lit-from-within glow with this radiant silk-like powder. The innovative baked formula imparts a soft veil of shimmer and keeps your skin looking luminous.”

This palette of shades, Baked Starflush, includes wedges of white, light pink, rosebud pink, dusty neutral rose, and warm medium pink. (The other shade option, Baked Starburst, is a set of warm nudes and peaches.)

On skin, these shades are definitely sheer. If you’re looking for a full-on blush or bronzer, you’ll need to try a different Smashbox product, but Soft Lights is just what its name says it is: a subtle way to add a delicate, glow-y wash of color to your face.

These powders are finely milled and very blendable, and the shimmer is muted (no disco sparkles here!).

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I’ve been using my flat-headed Jane Iredale “Handi Brush” to swirl Soft Lights Baked Starblush in a “3 and E” pattern on each side of my face (down along the temple, across the cheekbone, back towards the ear and down along the jawline) or just around the apples of my cheeks. By itself, Baked Starblush adds a very gentle flush. Over blush, it adds a hint of shimmer.

I’ve also tried targeting just the pearly white and palest pink shades, with a smaller brush, and then highlighting the bridge of my nose and the very tops of my cheeks. I’m not into the whole “strobing” thing, but this is an easy and discreet way to add highlights.

This product is a perfect pick for me to take on the go, for long days or workdays that turn into evening events. It’s versatile and flattering without making an obvious statement—just my kind of makeup.

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights is available at Sephora and through the Smashbox website.

Product source: I received this item as a press sample.

Images: top photo via Smashbox website, second and third photos by Tinsel Creation.

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