Sep 11, 2015

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Color in Venice Beach Bronze

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip Cheek Color Venice Beach Bronze Review
Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Cheek and Lip Color - Venice Beach Bronze ($29) at Sephora
Product provided for review

For a while now, the makeup world has been all about strobing - a makeup trend that ditches contouring and relies on highlighter placed strategically over the high points of the face to create a glowing, fresh look and enhanced natural bone structure.  I love the idea of luminous, highlighted skin, but because I have oily-combination skin and a lot of acne marks and visible pores, especially over the cheeks, highlighters don't always work well for me.  The few that do are ones that have low levels of shimmer and have a base color that either matches my skin tone or at least doesn't contrast too much with it.  One such highlighter that I recently got to try is the Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Cheek and Lip Color.  This is a multi-tasking lip and cheek color product that gives a natural-looking glow to the skin and, depending on the color, adds a subtle hint of color or a deeper flush.  Available in 5 shades, the color I am reviewing today is a soft shimmery bronze shade - Venice Beach Bronze.  Scroll on for more photos, swatches, and my thoughts on this multi-tasking product.

Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip Cheek Color Venice Beach Bronze Review Swatches Makeup Look
Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Cheek and Lip Color - Venice Beach Bronze
The double-ended design features a flat buffing sponge on one end and a curved dome on the other for blending on-the-go looks.
Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip Cheek Color Venice Beach Bronze Review Swatches Makeup Look
Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Cheek and Lip Color - Venice Beach Bronze
Color is described as a soft bronzey shimmer
Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip Cheek Color Venice Beach Bronze Review Swatches Makeup Look
Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Cheek and Lip Color - sponge at one end for easy blending

Smashbox LA Lights Venice Beach Bronze is a soft shimmery bronze shade with a brownish bronze base and fine gold shimmer mixed in.  The warm bronze base shows up quite easily on my darker skin and has enough warmth and depth to it that it doesn't look muddy on me.  The shimmer in it is very fine, and the highlighter effect is quite subtle.  It can be built up easily to a more intense color/highlight, but I prefer a softer effect.  The chubby cream color is easy to apply and blend either with fingers or the sponge that's provided.  I haven't used the sponge so far because of my obsession with keeping sponges clean :P  Here's a look at the swatches of Smashbox Venice Beach Bronze.

Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip Cheek Color Venice Beach Bronze Swatches
Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Color in Venice Beach Bronze - Swatches
Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip Cheek Color Venice Beach Bronze Makeup Look
Wearing the Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Color in Venice Beach Bronze

This is a multi-tasking product and can be used both on the lips as well as the cheeks.  The shade Venice Beach Bronze is a warm bronze that works almost as a highlighter on my darker skin tone but still has enough color that I can use it on its own without any other blush.  I have also used this over my lips, applying a dab of the color on the center of my lips to add a bit of warmth to my lip color.  The shimmer is quite subtle on the cheeks, and on my lips, it translates to a warm sheen rather than chunky glitter.  I haven't used this color on it's own on my lips so far (I love pairing it with pink/plum lip colors), but on cheeks, the color has lasted the whole day.  For added lasting power, I would recommend dusting a bit of powder over this - the highlighting effect would still show through.  Smashbox L.A. Lights Cheek and Lip Colors are available in a couple of other colors, and the ones I am eyeing next are Malibu Berry (rich berry) and Beverly Hills Blush (peachy pink with gold shimmer), but I think I already found my favorite in Venice Beach Bronze.

Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip Cheek Color Venice Beach Bronze Ingredients
Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Color in Venice Beach Bronze - Ingredients

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable and Cheek Colors in Venice Beach Bronze definitely lands a spot on my list of makeup favorites.  I am generally a bit skeptical about multi-tasking products - I much prefer a product that does one thing but does it perfectly - but I was quite pleasantly surprised this color/product worked quite well both as a cheek cream as well as on my lips.  I don't know if the other colors in this range would perform just as well, but I do like that there are a couple of different options available for different skin tones.  I also like the packaging and design, with the double-ended chubby stick and sponge design making it perfect for travel and/or keeping in the bag.  If you are new to highlighters and/or prefer a soft, subtle glow - or like me, have skin issues that don't take too kindly to shimmery products - do give the Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Colors a try.

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