|Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Opal ($19-$41) at Sephora|
I have oily-combination skin that usually does it's own highlighting, and any additional highlighting only helps to advertise skin issues and makes my skin look very greasy - not a good look at all. For the most part, I stay away from highlighters, but the few that I use are ones with very fine shimmer in them to add only a glow to my face without the chunky glitterfest. One of my favorites is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. I have never gotten around to buying a full-size bottle of this because of all the samples I have hoarded. In fact, Sephora has a GWP of this going on right now with the code PERFECTOR ($25 purchase), and I am adding in a quick review of the liquid version.
The tube in the photo is a Sephora sampler. The original Becca packaging is a long bottle with a pump and has a ton of product. I don't know if I could ever use it up considering I still haven't finished the smaller sampler tubes. Anyhow, on to the product, this has a thick lotion-like consistency and is very easy to blend into the skin. I use my fingers to apply, but a flat brush would also work for this. Opal is a golden opal pearl highlighter with very very fine shimmer in it - well, I call it shimmer but it's actually some kind of a glowy magic in a bottle. Opal has a neutral base color that matches my skin perfectly, and the highlighter gives a natural-looking glow to the skin. To use, I dot a small amount of product on areas that need to be highlighted and blend in with fingers. A little goes a long way with this highlighter. Even when I go overboard, the shimmer particles don't really stand out, though I look like an oily catastrophe :D Here's a look at the swatches on my darker Indian skin tone.
|Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Opal - Swatch|
|Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal - Swatch from earlier photo blended in. |
You need only a tiny amount of product to get a natural-looking glow. This was obviously way too much!
Becca Shimmer Skin Perfectors can be used on their own as highlighters or even mixed into a foundation or a moisturizer for an all-over glow (not something I would do on my oily skin). I use this only as a highlighter, applying it usually to the tops of the cheekbones and any other places that the light hits and illuminates my skin naturally. In the photo below, I have applied this as a soft cheek highlighter.
|Wearing Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal as a highlighter over the cheek.|
Becca Opal is a must-have for me and might be the only highlighter I would ever need. It blends easily into my skin and has never irritated my skin or caused any breakouts. Becca does make a couple of other colors in the Shimmering Skin Perfectors which are also available in Pressed Powder as well as Poured formula. The latest one is a collaboration with Jaclyn Hill - Champagne Pop Pressed Powder - which I am sure is just as amazing. I haven't seen it at my local Sephora, though, so resisting the temptation to buy it without trying. A while back, since I am darker skinned, I assumed Topaz (a warmer/deeper golden bronze pearl) would look good on me and bought a full-size bottle of it. Turns out the color looks very dark on me - which is why I feel the base color of the product is really important if the highlighter has to look natural on the face. Or you should have a good idea exactly what your skin tone is :D :P
With strobing becoming the new trend in the makeup world, highlighters are having their time in the spotlight, and if you are looking to dip your toe into the shiny, glowy world of highlighters, do give Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors a try - they are fabulous and with a lot of colors and textures to choose from, you are sure to find something you love.
|Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal - Ingredients|
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