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smashbox + VLADA Petal Metal Highlighter
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smashbox + VLADA Petal Metal Highlighter


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4.55 / 5 based on 315 Reviews


A collection of gel-powder highlighters that wrap skin in ultra-flattering, rose-gold radiance. Each features a clear base formula that allows for the purest possible reflection of light with a super-smooth feel that won’t emphasize uneven skin texture. They’re available in 2 brilliant finishes that can be used on face and eyes. 

Ingredients: Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Alumina, Squalane, Glycerin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Dicalcium Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Carmine (CI 75470), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)] 

-Lightly swirl a dense brush over embossed rose to activate pigment.
-For sheer application, use a precise highlighting brush and sweep product over brow bone, bridge of nose & cupid’s bow.
-For more targeted application and an amplified highlight, apply with fingertips.

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smashbox + VLADA Petal Metal Highlighter
smashbox + VLADA Petal Metal Highlighter
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Amber F.
10 reviews
was hesitant at first to purchase my own because it seemed that a lot of people were disappointed. After I thought about it for a few days I decided to take the risk and purchased the last Gilded Rose in my local Ulta store. I'm glad I did. Like others have said, it's not "Wow, I can see it from all the way over here!" highlighter. It swatched with much more pigment payoff on my hand that it did on my face, but I was able to build it up to get it to be more noticeable. I tried with both a brush and my finger, finger worked best for me. I do tend to prefer more "robust" highlighters, but this is a good one for just an everyday look, especially going into the sunnier months. I don't doubt the quality of the product, it's just more sheer than I expected it to be. That said, I wore it all day (literally twelve hours, I'm in finals right now and the days are LONG) and it didn't fade too badly. I've seen other reviews complain of too much glitter, but I didn't notice much glitter at all, it really seems to be more of a glow and catches the light very nicely. I am very fair skinned (with cool undertones) and I thought that the golden-toned Gilded Rose choice looked nice on my face. I'm always nervous to try gold highlighters as I fear they often clash too much with my natural skin tone, but I certainly didn't have that problem here. There's a bit of fa subtle pink pearlescence that sometimes peeks through the gold, which is nice. I am satisfied enough to keep it (despite the slightly higher price point), but would say if you're looking for a big and bold "Holy highlight, Batman!" look that this may not be the best first choice. This is definitely for a more subtle, natural look. Also if at all helpful to your decision making, I am 18 years young and have very dry skin. No chalkiness issues at all for me with this product either.
Svetlana S.
Walnut Creek, CA
58 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Rosemantic, Other more...
I pre-ordered this highlighter and had very high expectations for it. I received it and I fall in love with it! You get it in a gorgeous rose gold box with VladaMua's lip design printed on it. So beautiful! The packaging itself is gorgeous. It made of plastic with a beautiful rose on top of it. The highlighter is so creamy! Mine is in shade Rosemantic. This is gentle rose gold blush-highlighter with a creamy texture. It looks amazing on me! Love it so much!!!
Deborah T.
Toms River, NJ
415 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
So far this is my favorite highlighter! The shade Prismatic Petal is both rose and gold!! Looks amazing on both my cheek bones and my collar bone. Shoulders, lips, and eyes!! Can be used in so many places!! Makes it worth the price! I truly love the reflection and doesn't emphasize texture or fine lines. Start with a light hand then add where it is needed. I am loving it as a lip topper to a boring lipstick that I havent used in a while. I am goinf to try it everywhere this week! After swatching it yesterday I went right back and bought it today!! Get it while you can... You nevee know if they will stop making it. No filter was needed. Just used sunlight foe the photo... smashbox + VLADA Petal Metal Highlighter
Sarah J.
390 reviews
Review for: Gilded Rose more...
I purchased the Petal Metal Highlighter in Gilded Rose which is a stunning gold with pink/gold pearl. Vlada is a renowned makeup artist who is perhaps best known for her dripping metallic lips. I’m a big fan of her work, so I knew that I had to add this to my collection. Plus, I love all things rose gold.

First of all, the packaging is out of this world. It looks gorgeous sitting on top of my vanity. If you have a fair to light skin tone then Gilded Rose is the shade for you. Rosemantic and Prismatic Pearl (a Sephora exclusive) are way too dark for my complexion even as a blush or blush topper. However, I’m sure they’d look beautiful on deeper skin tones.

The downside to this product is that it really has to be built up. This is not a blinding to the gods glow. Surprisingly, it’s pretty subtle. You will need to use a dense brush and possibly a setting spray to see true color payoff. I wouldn’t even bother trying to use this product with a fan brush. This highlighter has more of a wet look on the skin. I deducted a star because I don’t think you should have to do so much work for the $39 price point. I’d give it five stars for packaging and presentation and three for performance. I will hold on to this product as a collector’s item, but I don’t expect to use it much. I’m a bit underwhelmed.
Katie W.
Sterling, VA
94 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Rosemantic more...
I wanted to love this highlighter so much, but it did not work for me as if ended being too much like a blush. I used both my fingers to tap the highlight on and a brush but it was too pink for my skin tone. The product itself is absolutely beautiful. The packaging is cute but it's made of plastic so it felt cheap to me. It has a smooth feeling to it which is nice, but again, goes on more like a blush for me. U did not try the other shade as this product turned me off and is why I only gave it 3 stars. The price itself is a bit much for a small compact highlighter in my opinion at $39. You can get more highlighters for a dollar more with ABH and receive 6 highlighters to use compared to just one with Smashbox.
Sandy H.
144 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Gilded Rose more...
I was so excited when I saw that this beautiful highlighter was going to be coming out. I bought it as soon as it dropped online at Ulta. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous and pretty much the reason I wanted this. I’m a makeup collector and I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. The highlighter itself is a bit underwhelming for me. While the design is gorgeous to look at, it’s pretty subtle on my cheekbones. I like a blinding highlight, and this one is more natural. In fact it’s pretty much nonexistent on my face. If you like a more natural looking highlight you will love this. It’s truly beautiful. But if you’re looking for that blinding, glow to the gods highlight, keep moving!
Mayra N.
Valencia, CA
53 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: Rosemantic, Gilded Rose, Other more...
These highlighters are amazing. I have steered clear from smashbox for many years because i felt the quality of products had decreased. However this collection has got me to purchase it all again. The quality is amazing of these 3 highlighters. The original two and the sephora exclusive. The light highlighter is very universal to a lot of skin tones, the pinky one i believe for me since im light skin that it would be more like a blush. Im not usually into purple highlighters but their duo-chrome purple highlighter sephora exclusive is very wearable ! I am obsessed! I recommend these to everyone! very pigmented and the packaging is to die for. Belongs on every makeup vanity
Cheryl W.
Louisa, KY
273 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: Gilded Rose more...
I love the new Smashbox X Vlada collab. Every product I’ve tried has impressed. These highlighters are stunning! It’s very intense but can be blended to a softer glow if that’s what you prefer. The Prismatic Petal (exclusive to Sephora) shade does have a slight glitter effect but not like full on glitter. The formula is smooth without the chalkiness that a lot of highlighters tend to have and doesn’t emphasize texture. Highly recommend. smashbox + VLADA Petal Metal Highlighter
Danielle M.
Marietta, GA
41 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Honestly, I’m obsessed with this highlighter. I have it in Gilded Rose, which is beautiful. The base color is champagne with this slight, subtle, peachy-pink shimmer/sheen. It’s wonderful for a subtle highlight and I don’t find it emphasizing any texture I have. It does have that baked powder feel, but getting through the very top layer, it becomes easier to pick up on brushes. Lasts quite nicely and let’s be honest, the packaging is amazing. It speaks tomes about Vlada’s taste and creativity. I can’t say anything bad about it.
Mikaelah N.
102 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I thought the smashbox + VLADA Petal Metal Highlighter was ok. The packaging was stunning, but very bulky. I bought this highlighter in Gilded Rose, gold with pink/gold pearl. It felt stiff in the pan, but applied nicely. I found it to be very similar in color to the color Lyra from the ABH Aurora palette. I actually ended up returning this item, primarily because of this factor, as well as how cumbersome it was.
I have a question, how can I get a sample of this item?
Jessica L.
New York, NY
100 reviews
This product looks amazing, anyone else tried it?
Bre R.
Stoneboro, PA
345 reviews
Loridana P.
10 reviews
Does it fit this highlighter to all types of skin?
Ree J.
11 reviews
Is this highlighter highly pigmented? 

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