Not only is this a picture heavy post, but it might also end up heavy on the text…so, let’s just jump right in!
Price, Size, and General Info
I’m late to the highlighter game because it’s not exactly something a girl with oily skin would gravitate towards. However, not that it’s the summertime, I’m interested in establishing a summer glow routine. I purchased two highlighters–Topaz and Rose Gold–from Becca Cosmetics around two weeks ago because I couldn’t decide which one I wanted. I did extensive research (because the price point is so high) on the Becca Cosmetics Shimmer Skin Perfector products for a long time before I took the plunge.
- Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Pefector comes in two options: Pressed and Liquid
- Both products offer 4 color options: Opal, Moonstone, Rose Gold, and Topaz
- The pressed version currently offers a new shade–Champagne Pop–available for a limited time
- The pressed version retails for $38 and comes with 0.28 oz
- The liquid version retails for $41 and comes with 1.7 oz (Also available as a travel size, 0.68 oz, in Opal and Moonstone for $19)
Regardless of the shade you choose, I’ve noticed they thankfully all have the same consistency. Sometimes when you purchase an item in multiple shades, the formula can vary. With Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector (which I’ll refer to as SSP through the remainder of this post), they all have a rich, smooth texture. It’s also worth noting that while the price point is very high for a product that isn’t a necessity, the SSPs are so pigmented that you truly can just tap your brush lightly to obtain a nice glow. Now that you have a quick overview of all three, let’s get to my opinion on each shade.
BECCA Cosmetics SSP | Topaz
Topaz is the original shade I wanted because of the deep tone. I’ve worn this one a few times already and of the three, Topaz is the most natural for women close to my skintone. It’s a beautiful golden bronze shade that looks subtle and effortless when lightly applied to the cheekbones. I’m someone who likes to apply makeup lightly even if I have a lot of products on my face, which is partly why I like all of the shades I picked up. For those of you who love to go glam and pack on the highlight, I would say Topaz is the shade for you if you’re within the NC40-NC50 range. It’s deep enough to pack on without looking like a beam of light is sitting on your cheeks.
For those of you with a lighter skin tone, I wouldn’t recommend this one. While it’s beautiful, it will definitely look like a shimmery bronzer as opposed to a highlighter.
Becca x Jaclyn Hill SSP | Champagne Pop
I wasn’t someone who was anxiously waiting for the release of this product. I didn’t want to or even plan on purchasing the product until I saw how gorgeous the shade was in a few snapchat stories of various YouTubers. This is the product I was waiting for yesterday, which if you follow me on Twitter, know that it’s what caused the delay in this post being published. I ended up getting it late in the afternoon, but I haven’t had it long enough to provide a mini review.
As a first impression, the color is stunning in the pan. It’s a beautiful white gold with peach undertones. I do wish–since it’s limited edition–that Becca Cosmetics would have glammed up the packaging of the product a bit more than changing the box. My guess is that it’s being marketed as a limited edition product, but may eventually turn into a permanent shade, which is why the packaging is the same as the others…but that’s just my guess. I’ll admit that although beautiful, I was a little hesitant because it looked like it might be too light for my skin tone. Luckily, that’s not the case.
I think that Champagne Pop will look best on light to medium skin tones, but it still works for deeper skin tones such as myself. If you’re into packing on the highlight, I think this will be the shade for you if you’re in the fair to light range. For medium to deep skin tones, this shade works best with a lighthand. It is extremely pigmented, so I know this will last a long time in my collection because it isn’t one that I can accidentally go overboard with and not notice. I tested each cheek with a light and heavy hand, and the heavy hand side absolutely looked like a beam of light just wiped across my face.
BECCA Cosmetics SSP | Rose Gold
Last but not least is Rose Gold. I was torn with this one because of the pink undertones, but after walking around the store with it swatched on my hand, I had to purchase it. I’ve had this one for around two weeks, and it’s the shade I’ve worn the most. Based off how it looks in the pan alone, I didn’t expect to love Rose Gold as much as I do. I usually stay away from anything with a pink or warm undertone because it turns into an exaggerated red on my face; however, this coppery shade finishes to a nice sheen with a rose undertone.
As far as applying it with a heavy hand, this one is also a good option for tan to deep skin tones looking for a buildable highlighter. While I can’t speak to fair skin tones, based off the deepness alone I would think Opal or Moonstone would better suit fair complexions.
The below pictures were shot in natural light with minimal editing so as not to alter the color of each highlighter. As you can see, they are very pigmented even against my skintone.
Overall, I’m glad I purchased the Shimmering Skin Perfectors. Did I need to buy 3? Of course not, but I will say they all give a very different finish so it was worth every penny. If you’re close to my skintone and would like just one recommendation, I would say to either go with Topaz or Rose Gold. While I like Champagne Pop, it’s reserved for days where I want to go full on glam. If you’re looking for a golden glow, Topaz is the winner. If you want a highlight with a little rosiness, Rose Gold is the winner. It’s all about personal preference, but I recommend swatching them in store and walking around in various lighting before making a decision.
If you want a highlighter without breaking the bank, I’ve heard great things about ELF Baked Highlighters, which retail for $3. I wanted to try them out for a comparison, but they’re currently out of stock online and my local Target didn’t have any either.
Do you own any of the Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfectors?