Most cut outs in this particular lantern were covered with transluscent paper which made the lantern dim and it does not "sparkle" like the others with clear cut outs.
Merchant Response:Thank you for sharing your experience with this item and are sad to hear it did not quite work for you.
We do have other stars such as the light lime sold star which does not have tissue paper covering: http://www.paperlanternstore.com/soligrstla.html.
Feel free to contact our customer service team with any questions. Have a great day!