Is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector worth the money?
I've had my eyes on the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector for years, pretty much ever since I saw Lisa Eldridge rave about it - repeatedly, I might add. Finally I had the chance to acquire it at a recent Sephora PH shopping spree. It wasn't as easy a decision as it sounds; apparently, aside from its famous liquid formula, this highlighter also comes in cream and powder. So many shades, too!
I ended up grabbing the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal (P1,943). I thought I might use it occasionally, since highlighting is really not my jam, but now this powder is pretty much part of my routine! It's this unbelievably gorgeous golden champagne shade that reflects light on the skin the right way - meaning, it will only flash in a certain angle and will only look like silky satin otherwise. Imagine a freshly washed, still slightly damp face. That's how I feel it looks like on my skin.
I've tried oodles of other highlighters in the past, all of them quite likable and easy to work with. But many of them ended up too white, beige, or pink, so they stand out unnaturally on my warm skin. They also have this tendency to be gritty and uneven which makes the surface look bumpy. Opal is the perfect color and texture I didn't know I was looking for! See how tightly it adheres to skin.
It also stays in one place for about 5-6 hours. Once I pat it on my lids, brow bone, cheekbones, nose bridge, or cupid's bow, it sticks there. If I want to concentrate light on an area, this powder will not budge. I use a finger, the MAc 217 or the cheaper equivalent to get a concentrated highlight. I use a fan brush if I want a more diffused finish.
When I want to use it as an overall illuminator, I get a big fluffy brush, pass it through a translucent powder, then pass it over the Becca powder before sweeping it on my face. This gets me the same effect as the Guerlain Meteorites. When I do quick no-makeup makeup, I always put some of this on my eyelids (to brighten my eyes) and nose bridge.
Overall, I think the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal is worth the money as it will take me FOREVER to finish a pan. I love how it makes my skin look; I can see why it's become such a cult favorite over the years.
However, this is not worth the purchase if:
- You're all about the matte look.
- You don't see how a highlighter can fit into your routine, for lack of time, interest, or skill set.
Give it a try though. You just might find a new way to elevate your look, as I have. ^_^ Let me know what you think!