Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector is one of the brands' iconic products, and for good reason. This lightweight fluid formula looks stunning, whether applied on its own or mixed into another product (like a moisturizer or foundation). As this formula is so sheer, it is workable for any skin type—though we should note that it does contain a small amount of fragrance and synthetic sunscreen actives (more on that in a moment), making this iffy for those with sensitive skin.
Housed in a plastic tube with a pump-dispenser, Shimmering Skin Perfector is a unique take on a luminizer formula, as the degree of shimmer is well restrained—this won't add visible glitter onto skin. Rather, this is a much more subtle effect that adds radiance to skin and, when applied strategically, lends the "lit from within" appearance that so many highlighters promise.
Becca recommends experimenting with a range of application techniques to see what works best for you, but we found skin type to be a significant factor in determining which method worked best. Those with oily to combination skin will find that selective application works best, to areas such as the upper cheeks, temples, cupids bow, inner corner of the eyes or brow bone. We would not recommend, for this skin type, mixing this into your foundation for all-over application (at least, not during the daytime), because once your skin gets oily, the overall effect may be a tad more shiny than you would want.
For those with dry skin, mixing the Shimmering Skin Perfector into your foundation or moisturizer can give your skin a dewy, healthy glow. In addition, consider experimenting with wearing this mixed into a moisturizer under your sunscreen and foundation for an even more natural-looking effect.
Becca currently offers this in a range of 5 shades, "Pearl," "Moonstone," "Rose Gold," "Opal," and "Topaz" that vary in color from a silver/white (Pearl) to a deep bronze (Topaz). We found the nude-pearlescence of Opal and silver-hued Pearl to be the most universal, but each shade is sheer to the extent that we would encourage you to experiment with samples of any you like to find which you prefer.
We noted earlier that this contained a few non-mineral sunscreen actives—these are left over from a previous version that used to claim sunscreen protection. However, Becca removed this rating some time ago (perhaps the exorbitant annual expense of sunscreen testing was problematic). Nevertheless, those with rosacea or sensitive skin should take note, as non-mineral sunscreen actives can be potentially sensitizing for this group.
This also includes a small amount of witch hazel and fragrance, but given the amount present and the fact you're likely to use only a tiny amount of this to begin with, it's not something that we would be overly concerned with unless you have sensitivity concerns (rosacea or eczema).
Shimmering Skin Perfector doesn't disappoint, and for those seeking a "grown up" highlighter that avoids the potential tackiness of visible glitter, it's an exceptional option to consider. Though it may seem pricey, the fill weight coupled with the tiny amount needed per usage means you will probably lose this before you actually run out. For its unique take on highlighting, brilliant range of colors and, when used with restraint, exceptionally natural appearance, it earns our highest rating.
Australian import Becca is a complete line of color cosmetics from makeup artist Rebecca Morrice Williams. As the story goes, Rebecca, like so many women, was having difficulty finding the perfect foundation. It seems her professional experience making up women of varying skin tones and preferences shared one truth: all women wanted perfect skin. This set Williams on her path to creating what would become the Becca line.
While there are a number of excellent foundations here, what seems to have catapulted the brand onto the map is their numerous highlighter products. From liquids to powders, there are an incredible range of options in their luminizer categories, and many are superb.
Surveying the rest of this line revealed that Williams not only did her homework for foundation shades, the eyeshadows are amazingly silky, and many of their products for lips and cheeks are exemplary. Lastly, almost all of the makeup brushes from Becca are aces, and the options plentiful, especially for eye designs.
Strengths: Excellent concealers, foundations, highlighters and eyeshadows; good lip gloss; several outstanding brushes.
Weaknesses: Beats us, this is a strong collection of products.
Becca is available at Sephora, Ulta and via their Web site.
For more information about Becca, call (415) 553-8972 or visit www.beccacosmetics.com.
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