Lately I’ve had to rely on my highlighters and concealers more than usual to try and look a bit more awake than normal. Having a not-quite-3 month old will do that to you 😉 I still use my Bobbi Brown Concealer and Corrector (which are still my Holy Grail concealer items) but have been layering on the highlighters too. On my trip to Ulta to get the Gwen Stefani nail polish, I picked up a new highlighting set from Becca Cosmetics. I’ve been wanting to try their Shimmering Skin Perfector liquid in Pearl for a couple years now, since it’s been all over the internet and Lisa Eldridge recommended Pearl on Youtube. I’m just cheap and haven’t wanted to shell out a ton of $$$ for a highlighter (even though I use it almost daily), so I’ve been making do with my Benefit Watts Up sample and waiting for the new Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights set.
The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights set is a new, special edition set for Holiday 2014. It has 3 tubes of liquid highlighter in the shades Pearl, Opal, and Champagne Gold (each containing 0.5 g/0.17 fl.oz) and retails for $25. Along with their liquid Perfectors, they also have pressed powder versions of the Skin Perfector that retail for $41 each that you can find at Sephora, Ulta, or on the company website (http://www.beccacosmetics.com). The liquid Perfectors come in pump containers that hold 50 mL/1.7 Fl. Oz and are also $41.
The set has doe foot applicators, which I’m on the fence about- the pump applicators tend to dispense too much product and the doe foot applicators allow you to dot on the cheekbones easier, but you have to blend quickly or the little spots of highlight dry and you end up having a polka dot highlight (not hot!)
For size reference, here are the Perfectors in the kit sized according to my hand, and I have small hands. They’re tiny and not actually a good deal- you get a total of 0.507 fl oz of product in the tubes which is about $14 worth, but you pay $25. I was willing to do it to test out all 3 colors but it’s still something to keep in mind. On the left is the sample of the Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector that I also got.
For reference, I’m an NC20 in MAC, so pretty light. The Bronzing is on the left, Pearl, Champagne Gold, and Opal. The Bronzer is a warm orange-based bronzer, Pearl is white with tiny silver particles, Champagne Gold is a very yellow-toned gold, and Opal is a pinkish-yellow.
The Opal is WAYYYYY too pink and dark on me, the Champagne Gold is tolerable if I blend really well (and it’s obvious when you don’t- I’ll post a pic of that below), and the Pearl is amazing. In the pic below I have Pearl down the bridge of my nose, chin, eyebrows, and forehead. It gives a gorgeous glowy shine without looking like a greaseball and actually makes it look like I slept! On my upper cheekbones I have the Champagne Gold, blended well on my left side/your right in the pic and not blended as well on my right side/your left in the first pic. See the splotch of yellow when I turn my head? Not hot.
It’s pretty but definitely too yellow for me, which is odd, because I have neutral/yellow undertones. I don’t even have the Opal on, because yeah… it’s bad. Same with the Bronzing Perfector- I’ll either gift it to my mom (who has darker/olive skin) or throw it out eventually. Great texture, but WAYYYYY too warm as a contour and I prefer powder bronzers.
I’ve had the set for 3 days now and my initial impressions are still the same- Opal is pretty much useless, although I may be able to make it work as an inner eye highlight or on the eye lid and I won’t use Champagne Gold much, except for a tiny bit on my upper cheekbones. Pearl I’ve used every day, I love it, and I most definitely will be purchasing a big pump of it when I run out. It’s amazing and I seriously think it would be worth the $41 price tag for a full size (although I tend to use giftcards to help bring the price down). It makes me look SO much better and is definitely worth taking a few minutes to put on in the morning. I’m completely in love with the Pearl and it actually lives up to all of the hype!