One of the coolest things about Smashbox is that it’s not just a cosmetics brand—it’s also a photo studio in L.A. (I’ve been to visit once, and it’s basically the Rolls-Royce of shooting spaces). What that means? Some seriously big names in fashion and beauty roll through on the regular.
When YouTube star Casey Holmes was there to film videos for her beauty channel’s 1.3 million subscribers, Smashbox founder Davis Factor noticed her expertise in using light to shape the face, and quickly decided they needed to collaborate on products. The result? The new Smashbox Spotlight Palettes ($35), two new highlighting kits that allow you to customize your ultimate glow.
Like most of Smashbox’s cheek palettes, the Spotlight ones each include three powders in round pans, inside a black case with a mirror under the lid. For these limited-edition beauties though, the outside features a bubble overlay that encases an image of photography lights over a metallic background. The slim design makes them great for getting your glow on while traveling as well!
Originally, the plan was to create just one palette, but Casey was so torn between golden hues and pinkish pearly ones that she ended up creating two, aptly named Gold and Pearl.
The Pearl Palette
Both palettes feature a progression of intensity: two finely milled shimmery hues (the first being the lighter Turn it On, and the middle pan holding the slightly deeper Crank it Up), plus a third more intense and glittery shade (Blow a Fuse). The shade names are the same in each palette, but with “Gold” and “Pearl” added to the end, accordingly.
The Gold Palette
One of Casey’s main goals was to make sure the textures were fine enough that they wouldn’t accentuate enlarged pores, fine lines or acne—something she definitely achieved. I was amazed at how smooth and buttery the first two shades in each palette applied to the skin, leaving just a glowing sheen rather than visible shimmer. The chunkier Blow a Fuse shade in each palette is better reserved for smooth areas and used sparingly, like the tops of the cheekbones, since the dusting of sparkle is noticeable on the skin.
With the progression of shades, it’s easy to gradually build up your highlight (even the shade names suggest increasing brightness). If you’re new to strobing, there’s a handy illustrated pamphlet inside with tips from Casey herself on getting three different looks. If you want to see her apply the shades on herself, check out this tutorial where she walks you through the palettes.
The shades are quite pigmented (as you can see each of them swatched above), so remember a little goes a long way! I’ve been using this new highlighting brush to apply the powders and it has been working beautifully! Whether you’re going for a everyday glow or an intense super-strobing effect, these palettes have everything you need for the look you want.
The Smashbox Casey Holmes Spotlight Palettes retail for $35 each and are available online at sephora.com.shop this story