May is my birthday month and I decided to buy myself one of the products that have been on my wish list as a birthday present to myself. This is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pressed in Opal. I was umming and ahhing about whether to get the pressed version or the liquid version, but I thought I should start with the pressed (because I tend to use pressed products more often) and down the track I will buy will be the original liquid version.
I bought this from Adore Beauty where it retails for $60 (but right now it is on sale), but you can also now get Becca from Lipstick Republic (which I LOVE) and if you want to get 10% off your order you can use the code "kitschsnitch". Both stores are great and reliable, I find that Lipstick Republic ships much faster (I generally receive my products the next day) and I think Adore Beauty took maybe 4 days to arrive. Also note that Lipstick Republic stocks the shade Rose Gold, where as Adore Beauty doesn't.
Lets talk about some of the basics. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pressed comes in a total of 5 shades:
Moonstone (pale gold)
Opal (golden opal pearl)
Rose Gold (soft gold infused with rose tones)
Topaz (golden bronze pearl)
Blushed Copper (warm copper infused with rose gold tones)
...I think there was also a limited edition Champagne Gold which was a very bright yellow toned gold.
Moonstone, Opal and Topaz are stocked at both Adore Beauty and Lipstick Republic, but Lipstick Republic also stocks Rose Gold.
The packaging is a heavy brown plastic compact with metal detailing on the lid and a large mirror in the lid. The mirror and metal is so heavy that the lid won't tilt at an angle without falling over. The pan is really large and contains 8g/0.28 Oz of product.
Onto the product. I thought this was going to be an intense, but subtle highlight (if that makes any sense). From the reviews I thought that this would be a bold highlighter but be finely milled and look glowy instead of glittery... that must have been the liquid version instead of the pressed.
This is a soft, buttery, and very pigmented light rose gold bronze highlighter that really packs a punch. This is gorgeous applied with a light hand, but when you apply too much this can get very messy. Some people think highlighters like MAC's Soft and Gentle to be too glittery and unrefined... this Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed is very similar in intensity as Soft and Gentle. This is not a highlighter for the fainthearted, or for people who want a natural glow. Applied very lightly it's lovely, applied too heavily and it emphasises pores and bumps really badly! It's a lovely highlighter and I am glad that I have it in my collection, but I think I fell for the hype and thought this would be my holy grail highlighter, and sadly it's not.
I also think this is a lot darker than I expected, which is not a big problem, but it wouldn't suit very fair skin and I might need to give this a miss in the cooler months. I thought I should swatch this compared to some other well known (and extremely intense highlighters) MAC Soft and Gentle and The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer.
|Top: Becca Opal, Middle: MAC Soft and Gentle, Bottom: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer|