I can show you the world, shining shimmering splendid, lalalala. Never mind my cat- in- distress voice, I am just channeling a Princess Jasmine vibe aboard an imaginary carpet. Truth be told. I love to sing but songs hate me, #cantcarryatune que horror.
But you can’t blame the singing gurl, shining and shimmering were my top-of- mind words the moment I laid eyes on Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed- Rose Gold ($38, 8g /0.28 oz), a holiday limited edition I snagged during Sephora’s VIB haul.
What the Sephora website says: “This creamy powder luminizer is like crushed gemstones in a compact for refined luminosity in any light. The formula features ultrafine luminescent pearls that adjust and become one with your skin so your perfect glow is never lost. Unlike the traditional pressed powder method, which simply mixes and compresses dry ingredients, this proprietary formula is a blend of wet and dry pigments ensuring a balanced application every time. “
Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isostearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Silica, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Synthetic, Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Sorbitan, Sesquioleate, Paraffin, Magnesium Stearate, Polyethylene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Chromium, Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Carmine (CI 75470), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).
First let’s talk about packaging. Does it look like UFO to you? The metal dome with BECCA imprint speaks to me like a martian from outer space would. But ET aside, there is something really extrrrra about this beauty that needs to be shared before it disappears from our planet that is Sephora (remember it’s a limited edition).
Salivate my lovelies. I hesitated swatching it to preserve its glory but I’m in it to use it. It looks absolutely gorgeous up close! I read your mind, can we get enough of rose gold? Honestly, with all these launches featuring rose gold-themed makeups (Urban Decay’s Naked 3, bareMinerals, MAC RiRi), it should have been 2013’s pantone instead of emerald green or possibly 2014 rather than radiant orchid, don’t you think so?
Texture-wise, it is buttery-soft and finely-milled. It applies and blends easily and I like that it has no chunky fallouts. It stays where you apply it, no migration of sorts.
At this point in my life (bring out the Kleenex, haha!), I really dread using illuminator, highlighter or anything that has shimmer on my cheeks lest I distract you with my annoyingly big pores. But it doesn’t hurt to try so my “go-ahead-just-do-it” attitude triumphed over this so-called triviality. Plus it’s the holidays, anyone can have an excuse to shimmer and shine!
So let’s cut to the chase, if you have acne-prone skin or big pores like I do, I say use it sparingly. It does accentuate craters if you go overboard. My tip is to tap your blush or angled brush first to remove excess powder before you apply it on your cheekbones. Skip highlighting your nose or forehead if your T- zone is a magnet for grease. Now if you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum, (meaning you have dry skin) I think this is a good product to add extra glow to your face.
For all its worth, you can wear it several ways! I like to use it as an eyeshadow and also to highlight my brow arch and cupid’s bow.
|worn on eyelids and cheekbones.
excuse the zit on my nose.
Do you like highlighters? Which one is your favorite?
Shine and shop!