Monday, December 30th, 2013

love a good finishing powder.  I love an ethereal, lit-from-within glow.  There is a very high likelihood of me trying any new formulas or shades that hit the market–I’m just a total fiend for them. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings in this department!

What highlighters and finishing powders have you been reaching for in 2013?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector
Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector ($38.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a warm-toned, light-meidum peach-brown with rose, gold, and copper shimmer. Urban Decay Glint is lighter. MAC Soft & Gentle is lighter, more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper is lighter. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is pinker. Not a dupe but because it does come to mind, Benefit Rockateur is significantly pinker. See comparison swatches.

This is a new–and limited edition!–shade for the holidays, and it also has a raised pattern/design in the pan. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable. It gives a noticeable but not over-the-top glow to the skin when dusted lightly over it–the finish doesn’t turn metallic. On my skin tone, there’s almost no visible color, but on fairer complexions, I would expect to see some warmth and color, not just a sheen. Like Moonstone, it’s not a totally foolproof highlighter, because it is incredibly pigmented, so it can be easy to over-apply and get a finish that emphasizes pores. I had the best luck applying with a fan brush across the high planes of the face. Rose Gold wore well, though, and stayed on my skin for eight and a half hours and only started to show signs of fading afte rnine hours of wear.

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Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

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Longevity

9/10

Application

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a shimmering, golden champagne with a frosted sheen. theBalm Solid Gold is nearly identical. Illamasqua Aurora is a cream product. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat can be darker, more golden. See comparison swatches.

Just released, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed is supposed to be a “creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow.” The texture is a dream: soft, smooth, incredibly finely-milled and silky against the skin. It had excellent color payoff, and to get the most natural, barely-there glow, I highly recommend using a light hand with a fluffy or fan brush. It has such a high shimmer content that a denser brush tended to apply it too heavily, which resulted in emphasized pores. On my medium complexion, too much washed me out and acted like neon, flashing lights for Pores’ville, but applied lightly–especially over blush–it worked beautifully.  Moonstone wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade around nine hours.

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It can be very, very beautiful and ethereal when applied just right, but it's not as foolproof as some highlighters on the market. It does wear well, though, and the texture is amazing.

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Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Becca Valentina Sheer Tint Lip Colour
Becca Valentina Sheer Tint Lip Colour

Becca Valentina Sheer Tint Lip Colour

Launched with the Balearic Love Collection for the spring, Becca Valentina Sheer Tint Lip Colour ($24.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “nude pink.” I have to disagree on the description–there’s nothing about this that says “nude.” It’s a medium petal pink with a subtle frosted finish and healthy shine. Guerlain Rose Ensoleille is a bit pinker. Guerlain Bloom of Rose is rosier, a little less warm-toned. Chanel Paradis is a touch less warm. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is warmer.

If you’re unfamiliar with this formula, Becca says it’s supposed to be sheer, hydrating, and is finished with a subtle shine. It has a burnt brown sugar scent to me–lightly sweetened, not too over-the-top–but I didn’t detect any taste. The consistency is soft, smooth, and lightweight; the texture is more akin to a lip balm than a lipstick. It doesn’t have the heavier slip that a lot of sheer and moisturizing lipsticks have, which is nice. It hangs on for about three hours and fades away naturally and evenly.

With this particular shade (which is the only one I’ve tried), the color coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque depending on how heavily you apply it. I like that there’s enough color to noticeably change your natural lip color but there’s no heavy or opaque look, so it retains a softer, more natural appearance. I love how moisturizing the formula, is, too–not quite as luxurious as a true lip balm, but it’s very close! It’s definitely one of the more moisturizing products I’ve come across.

It’s packaged in a metal case with an interesting clicking mechanism where you actually have to twist the lid to lock it in place.  If you often tote your lip products around with you and find caps come off, you might like this type of packaging!  It will hold fingerprints, even though metal cases always feel more luxurious and look more elegant! Ah, the game of packaging is riddled with trade-offs.

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Becca Valentina Sheer Tint Lip Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

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For semi-sheer lip color in a formula that keeps lips feeling lush and hydrated, definitely check out Becca's Sheer Tint Lip Colour! The only downside was the shorter wear time, but it wasn't too much below average.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012


Becca Balearic Love Collection for Spring 2012

Stolen glances with an enigmatic stranger, a forbidden embrace in the fading sunlight; this season BECCA invites you to dream of distant shores and unguarded temptation with the Balearic Love Collection. Eyes are undeniably sexy, shaded in rich, sensuous hues of bronze, plum and violet while lips are nude with a soft hint of pink. A warmed complexion is sculpted by natural matte bronze for shape and definition.

Balearic Love Palette ($65.00)

  • Atlas Mauve taupe
  • Romal Bronze plum
  • Marcella Deep bronze violet

Eye Tint ($24.00)

  • Romanticism Mauve bronze

Line and Define Pencil ($23.00)

  • Cabrera Metallic bronze / deep violet

Mineral Blush ($32.00)

  • Bolero Natural demi-matte bronze tone

Sheer Tint Lip Colour ($24.00)

  • Valentina Nude pink

Nail Colour ($15.00)

  • Pasa Doble Black plum
  • Tempranillo Wine red
  • Cala Blanca Sandy nude

availability: Now @ Becca Cosmetics

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Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil
Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.013 oz.) is described as an “intense black.” The formula is supposed to have intense pigmentation, be long-wearing, waterproof, and smudge-proof. The level of intensity is pretty good; it’s definitely a rich black–not a soft black here–but there are more intense blacks on the market. It is a cool-toned black, which means it doesn’t have any brown tones to it.

I really wanted to like the formula, because it feels very creamy going on–it applies easily with a nice glide across the lash line that never pulls or tugs–but it just doesn’t last for me. It migrates and smudges faintly below where I’ve put it after four hours or so. If you love an eyeliner that stays creamy and is incredibly smudge-able, this might be a formula you’d want to work with, but for long-wearing, stay-put eyeliner, not so much. As far as waterproofing goes, it doesn’t dissolve into tracks of gray-black down your face instantly, but it does breakdown a bit and smudges further.

Becca has usually been a quiet but well-done brand in my experience, but this product really fell flat for me. I’m definitely curious to hear if others had better results! I feel like maybe it’s just me, because the brand has nailed so many formulas, it’s hard to believe they’d put out such a disappointing eyeliner.

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Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

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After four hours, it's already migrated and smudged quite a bit--enough where I'd want to remove it entirely and start anew! It doesn't live up to the waterproof/smudge-proof claims it makes, unfortunately.

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4/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

3/10

Application

4.5/5

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