Recently, Sephora finally restocked the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. I had my eye on it what seemed like forever in the eyes of a serious beauty addict. I got Topaz in the fall and rose gold late fall during Becca’s holiday release. Then, I found Moonstone at a random store in the middle of nowhere. Then, Opal came like a gift from the heavens. Ok, so I’m being dramatic, but I do love me some Becca highlighters, can you tell?
I bought the liquid versions (those were the first to come out) because everyone raves & raves about them. Now, they are really nice highlight products, so don’t get me wrong – but they are hard to pump out the right amount, come in huge bottles and I recently discovered that due to the SPF in them, they will eventually spoil. Lame. They are perfect, however, if you want to mix them with a foundation. I feel like it’s a little too dewy for me, so I only do it on rare occasions. But they do have SPF 25 and they do give a great glow. I’m just lazy. And that seems like a perfectly good reason to me.
Lets get on with the stars of the show! Shown above in rose gold, opal, moonstone and topaz. They are all so smooth, you might actually confuse them for a cream product, but they are just that freaking soft. I could rub my finger over them all day. That translates on the skin, too. I find them highly pigmented with serious highlight payoff. These bad boys (or girls, however you see them) are not for the faint of highlight heart. They do last all day and though I can see glitter in them, it just adds a pretty sparkle. It doesn’t settle into my larger pores on my cheeks. It doesn’t really blur them, either. Just blends nicely.
Even though I do have moonstone and opal in liquid versions, I did get the pressed (obs). Mainly because it’s easier to control than the liquid and hopefully won’t spoil quickly. I use all the pressed versions as eyeshadows or on my eyes to blend out colors. I find that the pressed has a little more noticeable glitter, but less of a metallic effect. I personally think the shine is pretty, but it should be noted that they are not a 1:1 comparison, even though the tones are very similar in the pairs.
The brush I’ve been using for awhile to apply them is the Hakuhodo G5537BkSl brush. It’s a great little brush for pigmented highlighters and only costs $34. I won’t get into the $9 shipping or anything, but the reason this brush works is because it’s light and not densely packed. It’s got a lot of bend and it’s made of goat hair so it picks up the product and applies it nicely. You can even lightly buff in product with it. I will say when I first got this brush I had no idea what to do with it – it’s almost like dusting on product with a feather! But if you have super pigmented products that need a light application, this is working really well for me.
So I hope that helps you a little bit. I prefer the powders because I think they will last longer and I can control the product better. I think if you are mixing something into your foundation for a super dewy look, the liquids will be a nice option. I love these, but they can be a really bold highlight. I say: go big or put something else that you prefer on your face but I like it bold.