Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion

by Smashbox  
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Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion has a very silky, fluid feel and produces a shimmer that’s softly metallic. It’s an OK option for shine, but because this stays moist it is prone to rubbing off and fading. For this amount of money, there should be no drawbacks, and overall this isn’t worth considering over better, longer-lasting options from Lorac or Make Up For Ever.

As we know in the studio, lighting is everything. The gorgeous shimmer of Artificial Light softens the way light reflects off of the skin and hides wrinkles when mixed with foundation or applied alone, it's like a soft focus lens for the skin. Contains ginkgo biloba and Japanese green tea to add a vitamin-packed natural glow.

Deionized Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Propylene Glycol, Isostearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Steareth-21, Fragrance, Dimethicone Copolyol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Triethanolamine, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lecithin, Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Pca, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Laurate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Laurate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ultramarines, Blue 1 Aluminum Lake, Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, Chromium Oxide Greens, Aluminum Powder, Manganese Violet, Red 30, Red 27 Aluminum Lake, Red 7 Calcium Lake, Red 30 Lake, Red 6 Barium Lake, Red 21 Bromo Lake, Red 28 Aluminum Lake, Red 33 Aluminum Lake

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeup—their great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. However, this seems to be a case where the proverbial apple didn't fall all that close to the tree. It is apparent that Dean and Davis are better at their respective careers as CEO and photographer, respectively, than at creating a cosmetics line. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, many of the colors are too sheer to register on medium to dark skin tones, shiny products abound, and several of the complexion-enhancing products just don't look as natural on skin as they should. In fact, the foundations and concealers could use some updating; they haven't kept pace with what other makeup artistry lines are launching, and don't demonstrate much longevity under normal conditions, as in day-to-day casual makeup.

Realizing that celebrities sell products better than the product claims themselves, Smashbox steadily capitalizes on its ties to Hollywood and often mentions several famous faces who wear their products. Their counter brochures follow suit, tempting women to sit down with a Smashbox artist to get the star treatment. It's easy to get caught up in the hype, but as a comprehensive line Smashbox doesn't have what it takes to create A-list glamour, at least not if you're looking for cutting-edge textures and finishes.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit

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