Light It Up | Smashbox Cosmetics X Casey Holmes Spotlight Highlighting Trios | Review & Swatches

Light It Up | Smashbox Cosmetics X Casey Holmes Spotlight Highlighting Trios | Review & Swatches |

Hey Beauties! 

I am a firm believer that makeup is a form of creative expression, it is an art that is designed to be fun, vibrant and exciting! I love that makeup gives you the ability to discover who you truly are, figure out what works for you and customize your look to best represent you! That’s why I’m such a massive fan of brands that look at makeup as an art form and create products that allow you to play, create and discover. 

Smashbox Cosmetics is right at the top of my list because everything from their brand identity to the products themselves are created with individuality and customization in mind. Their new Spotlight Highlighting Palettes are an incredible example of just that!

The Spotlight Highlighting Palettes ($40 CAD/$35 USD – 0.30 oz) were created in collaboration with youtuber Casey Holmes who I have been a massive fan of for years! When I heard that Casey was coming out with highlighters I knew they would be amazing because she has always been an advocate for makeup that covers redness and imperfections but never accentuates textures, pores or fine lines. 

Light It Up | Smashbox Cosmetics X Casey Holmes Spotlight Highlighting Trios | Review & Swatches |

(gold palette)

The Details

Their collaboration created two highlighting palettes designed to help you “customize your glow, add dimension, and let your features pop with layers of light”. 

The palettes come in two shades, Pearl (for fair to light skintones) and Gold (for medium to dark skintones) but I definitely think you can mix and match depending on your preferences because makeup has no real rules.  Each palette contains 3 coordinating powders (turn it on, crank it up & blow a fuse) in the specific shade range and each powder has a different finish that ranges from a subtle glow to a super sparkle. 

This trio design gives you the freedom to build and control your glow. You can smooth on the first shade (Turn it On) for a soft all over glow, you can layer on the next shade (Crank it Up) for an intense spotlight effect, or lastly you can top it all off with the third shade (Blow a Fuse) to add a sparkly strobe. I love this system because it truly gives you the chance to play and create your perfect glow all in one small, sturdy compact. 

Light It Up | Smashbox Cosmetics X Casey Holmes Spotlight Highlighting Trios | Review & Swatches |

(pearl palette)

The Formulation

The formulation of the powders is another wonderful aspect of these palettes, they are so incredibly well made and they are the only illuminating powders I have tried that work on every skintone and texture. 

The 1st and 2nd shade in each palette are so incredibly smooth that they almost feel like a cream to the touch. The powders are velvety smooth and super soft with an ultra-blendable texture that melts into the skin. They are also very nicely pigmented with the perfect amount of colour for a subtle glow in one swipe but it can absolutely be built up to a stronger, more intense gleam. 

The 3rd shade in each palette is a different formula entirely with a stiffer, drier texture that delivers a more subtle dose of colour. The reason it is less pigmented is because it’s designed to be a delivery system for the mega glow sparkles that will take your highlight to the next level. I love to use the shade as a topper for my highlight and sometimes my blush!

The most magical aspect of these powders is that truly blend and melt into the skin effortlessly. They do not emphasize texture, pores or fine lines AT ALL and that is almost impossible to achieve with any sort of powder product. 

Light It Up | Smashbox Cosmetics X Casey Holmes Spotlight Highlighting Trios | Review & Swatches |

(L-R – Gold 3, 2, 1 Pearl 3, 2, 1)

The Shade Range

Smashbox really nailed the shade range for these palettes, both the Pearl and Gold palettes were really well thought out with shades that work for any skintone and undertone. Pearl is light enough for the fairest of complexions without looking muddy but has enough colour to it that light to medium skintones can pull it off as well! Gold has a range of tones that work beautifully on almost any skintone even darker, richer complexions. 

Gold Palette 

– 1 Turn it On – light golden peach with a pearly sheen

– 2 Crank it Up – medium golden copper with a frosty sheen

-3 Blow A Fuse – medium dark copper brown with golden glitter

Pearl Palette

– 1 Turn it On – light creamy yellow with a pearly sheen

– 2 Crank it Up – medium champagne with a sparkling frosty finish

– 3 Blow A Fuse – light to medium golden peach with sparkling glitter

Light It Up | Smashbox Cosmetics X Casey Holmes Spotlight Highlighting Trios | Review & Swatches |

Wearing Pearl 1 – Turn It On

Light It Up | Smashbox Cosmetics X Casey Holmes Spotlight Highlighting Trios | Review & Swatches |

Wearing Pearl 1 & 2 

My Final Thoughts

I was honestly so impressed by these palettes, Smashbox and Casey Holmes created the perfect customizable highlighting palettes with an incredible formula that doesn’t get enough credit! I really love that Smashbox encourages creativity and individuality within this platform. They understand what makeup is all about and they aren’t afraid to create products that might be a little outside of the box. 

Pin it!

Light It Up | Smashbox Cosmetics X Casey Holmes Spotlight Highlighting Trios | Review & Swatches |

*press sample but opinions are all my own*



  1. cuppiesncream
    September 5, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    I totally agree that makeup is a form of creative expression. When I have a girls night out one of my most favourite parts is getting ready and I always save time for doing my make-up. I've not used Smashbox before as I prefer to stick to cruelty free products but the colours are lovely.

  2. Susannah
    September 5, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Awesome pics! I'll have to try this stuff!

  3. Emily Chaumont
    September 5, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Those eyeshadow looks are gorgeous!

    September 5, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Highlighters are so much fun to play with. Love your picks!

  5. Celeste Wright
    September 5, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    This palette is beyond pretty! I really want to try it now.

  6. Style Domination
    September 5, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Lovely colours on you! Love those pale golds!

  7. Tori
    September 5, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    These colors are so beautiful and great for Fall!Tori

  8. Jessica McAlexander
    September 5, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    I am loving that brands are collaborating with YouTubers more and more. I have heard a lot about these highlighters – thanks for your insight and thoughts on them!xo, Jessy |

  9. Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
    September 5, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I love when the shadows and other makeup enhance natural beauty. Sometimes it seems as if it is just trying to cover up.

  10. amanda
    September 5, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    I'm so clueless when it comes to makeup – but I'm sharing with my 13 yr old who is a total pro!

  11. Amanda Faber
    September 5, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I love the colors on the first palette! They are so pretty for Fall

  12. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    September 6, 2017 / 12:03 am

    The colors are so pigmented, yet still so natural. Love it!

  13. Breakfast at Lillys
    September 6, 2017 / 12:06 am

    These palettes look gorgeous1 I love a good highlight palette.

  14. Oh to Be a Muse
    September 6, 2017 / 12:49 am

    I don't own either of these palettes, but the swatches look good and the eye shadows also look really good on you.

  15. Donnica Smalls
    September 6, 2017 / 1:01 am

    "Makeup has no real rules" One more time for the people in the back. 🙂 I love the gold trio. The colors seem great for fall (or all year). Thanks for swatching! Donnica

  16. Maegan Clark
    September 6, 2017 / 1:11 am

    Oh my gosh this is beautiful! I love watching Casey's YouTube videos.

  17. Nancy Lustri
    September 6, 2017 / 1:17 am

    I have got to try the pearl palette! The shadow colors look beautiful with your hair and really complement your skin tone.

  18. Style Queenie
    September 6, 2017 / 1:42 am

    The colors you picked are really cute…I love earth tones. I will definitely give these a try!

  19. Nicholle Demag
    September 6, 2017 / 2:04 am

    I've heard so many great things about these palettes, I need to try!

  20. Allison
    September 6, 2017 / 3:09 am

    I love these colors! They are the prettiest neutrals!

  21. Beth Shankle-Anderson
    September 6, 2017 / 5:16 am

    I have a couple a highlight palettes, but I really like the looks of this one! Great review!Beth ||

  22. Primetime Chaos
    September 6, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Those products look lovely! Smashbox just got released here in Austria so I'll see if those palettes are also available in Europe!Thanks for sharing, I love trying new highlighters!Love from Austria, Theresa

  23. Ivana Jeknić
    September 6, 2017 / 11:33 am

    I am loving this look, and the shades are very lovely

  24. Simone Hjulmand
    September 6, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Thank you for an amazing review!

  25. Bella B
    September 6, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Girl you look so pretty!!! I love smash box!

  26. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    September 6, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    This is a really great review. The pics are amazing and the colours look great. I have always been a fan of Smashbox cosmetics 🙂

  27. A Pint-Sized Life
    September 6, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Love these gorgeous shades!

  28. Michelle
    September 6, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    These palettes look amazing! I will have to try it out.

  29. RKCSouthern
    September 6, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I love shades from both palettes! I wish they did a mash-up and called it a ROSE-gold palette!

  30. Zoe
    September 6, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Oh my god, such beautiful shades! I think I need both of them cause a girl can never have too many highlighters, right? Thanks for sharing xx

  31. Jiawun -
    September 6, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I love highlighters even though I probably have wayyyy too many haha. I love Smashbox and I've been a longtime fan of Casey, so I can't wait for this to be out in Malaysia! We get things too slow here 🙁 thanks for sharing your review!

  32. Collectively Christine
    September 6, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous highlights! I'm obsessed!

  33. Rachel Catherine
    September 6, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    These are really pretty colors. I'm not great with highlighters and could use some practice before I try this kit.

  34. Nicole Simonetti
    September 6, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    I've been using a liquid highlighter throughout the summer, but want to switch to powder for the fall/winter so I'm definitely checking this out – I love smashbox's products! x, nicole //

  35. Rachel
    September 6, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I'm absolutely LOVING these looks!

  36. Jasmine @ The Jasmine Maria
    September 6, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I have wanted to try this one but haven't purchased it yet. Need to soon.

  37. Samantha @ The Life You Love
    September 7, 2017 / 12:25 am

    Smashbox makes such quality beauty products. Those swatches are to die for 😍

  38. Amy Dong
    September 7, 2017 / 2:26 am

    The neutral colors here look so pretty and natural. Those are my favorite types of colors to try.

  39. Stephanie Jeannot
    September 7, 2017 / 5:58 am

    I love the colors. The problem I have is I never know which shade I'm supposed to Use. I wish I was better at applying makeup.

  40. Felicia Renee
    September 8, 2017 / 12:05 am

    I love highlighters! Those are such beautiful colors! I'm going to have to check them out.xxThe Felicia Renee | a minimalist lifestyle & beauty blog

  41. Angie The Freckled Rose
    September 8, 2017 / 4:34 am

    That pearl palette looks amazing! I am a huge fan of Smashbox products. Definitely going to check it out!

  42. Jovana Markovic
    September 8, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    They are so beautiful! I was thinking about getting one of them to try out, but after reading your post I will for sure 🙂 Thank for sharing this detailed review!

  43. Deborah
    September 8, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Great review! They're so gorgeous I'll be trying out the highlighters! xo DeborahCoffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  44. Elena
    September 9, 2017 / 10:26 am

    I love these palettes. Lately I use natural shades only because they look more natural for the summer.

  45. Nicole Flint
    September 9, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    I love Casey Holmes! She is one of my favorite YouTubers. I have the spotlight palette and I'm obsessed with it!

  46. Beauty and Curves
    September 9, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    The swatches look pretty good. I have never tried any highlighters from Smashbox, but definitely adding them on my list of products to try this year

  47. Steve Walters
    September 11, 2017 / 12:28 am

    I love the names they use: Turn it On, Crank it Up and Blow A Fuse! The color palette is awesome. I showed my fiance, she loves it.

  48. Ithfifi Williams / IthinityBeauty
    September 14, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    I love smashbox, this palette looks amazing! I've never tried their highlighters/bronzers before but I'd certainly give it them a go based on your post!

  49. Candy Rachelle
    September 14, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I don't think I have any Smashbox products although I've heard an aweful lot about them. I am loving this highlightr palette.These days, I never go without highlighter!My Favorite Fall

  50. Befitting Style
    September 19, 2017 / 2:39 am

    Congrats on the wedding girl! Love that you included too face bronzer. I use it as a face powder & absolutely love it.

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