Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with a frosted, reflective finish. Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (P) is darker. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Star! (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Belightful (LE) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an intensely pigmented, ultra-soft highlighter where a little goes a long way. There’s a definite sweet spot with application, and both your technique and your tool of choice will be key, as too much product can emphasize pores. When it’s applied lightly and buffed into the skin, it looks really lovely and luminous on the skin. I liked using a stippling brush or a moderately dense, tapered highlighting brush and dusting it along the tops of cheek bones. It’s not a foolproof highlighter, though, but it’s not difficult to use, especially if you know that it’s very pigmented so you start with less. The powder’s texture is incredibly soft, almost creamy, and finely-milled with a smooth–not powdery–feel. Applied, the highlighter lasts for almost nine hours before fading, but it never looks patchy.

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9/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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4/5

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Friday, June 20th, 2014

Becca Fig Beach Tint
Becca Fig Beach Tint

Becca Fig Beach Tint ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “tea rose pink.” It’s a muted, neutral brown with a hint of rosiness and a saitn finish. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is warmer, powder. MAC Peachtwist (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is similar but more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For a more detailed overview of the Beach Tint formula, check out my previous review here. To summarize, the formula is supposed to be a cheek-and-lip stain with sheer, natural-looking color. The formula separates inside the tube, so you can get an almost oily-like clear liquid squeezed out either with the color or before the color, so it needs to be mixed up. I like to turn it upside down and right-side-up, leaving it in each direction for about five minutes. This is, however, frustrating to deal with every time I squeezed product out (five separate occasions). It has a sweet, fruity scent that is strong while the product dries down, but it dissipates once dry. It is better as a cheek stain as a lip stain, as it is thin and clingy on the lips, looks dry, and emphasizes every imperfection on the lips. On cheeks, it has a much more natural finish that adds glowiness without being oily or dewy. Fig is a color I would recommend to fairer complexions than mine, as it takes three layers to get visible color to show on my skin tone (it’s just too close to my natural skin tone, it seems like it has the right pigmentation, but it’s the wrong color for my skin tone). The consistency is thin, liquid-like, almost watery but not quite. On lips, the product is noticeably tacky, though not thick, so at least it doesn’t feel glue-y, and lasts for three hours. On cheeks, it dries down after two to three minutes and has almost no tackiness once it sets, and the color wore well for seven hours on me.

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8/10

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10/10

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8/10

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8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Becca Guava Beach Tint
Becca Guava Beach Tint

Becca Guava Beach Tint ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a natural finish on cheeks, near-matte finish on lips. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is a powder. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer, powder. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $20.00) is pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is more matte, brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is slightly warmer. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Becca’s Beach Tint formula has been around for awhile, but when the Souffles came out, I thought now might be a nice time to check out one of the individual components behind the Souffles. It’s supposed to be a stain for lips and cheeks that gives a “natural wash of color.” It’s described as “water-resistant,” “oil-free,” and “streak-free.” The consistency is thin, almost watery, and the formula separates within the tube, so that can be annoying. If you turn it upside down and leave it that way for a bit, it usually helps to mix the product. It also has a sweet, tropical fruit scent–the scent is a bit over-the-top and reads a little syrupy, but once it really dries down, I don’t notice it whether it’s on cheeks or lips.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a formula that performs better as a cheek stain than as a lip stain. It’s clingy and looks drier on the lips, so the lips look worse-off than they would bare, and it has a tackiness to it despite being very thin–press your lips together, and they slowly peel away from each other. It was slightly drying, though it wasn’t as drying as I anticipated, given the way it felt on It was fairly blendable on cheeks, and it has more buildable color, too, so if you have a medium or darker complexion, you can still get visible color on your skin that still has that stained finish. It takes about two minutes for it to dry down, and there’s a very, very slight tackiness to it after that. On lips, it has a mostly matte finish, but on cheeks, there’s a slightly more luminous sheen. It leaves sheer color, just as promised, on cheeks and lips, which lasts seven hours on my cheeks, four hours on my lips.

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8/10

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10/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Sunday, June 8th, 2014

A few of the new coral blushes that I’ve recently reviewed, plus one long-time favorite that I always reach for when I want a coral blush. I am a fiend for coral blush, I’ll have you know! :)

  1. Becca Lychee/Opal — a shimmery, light coral that can be used as a highlighter or blusher
  2. Clinique Peach Pop (02) — a medium coral with a luminous finish
  3. Tom Ford Love Lust — a warm, orange-coral with a luminous finish (if there could only be one coral in my life, this would be it)
  4. IT Pretty in Peony — a rich, vibrant coral-pink
  5. NYX Pinched — a coral-pink with a soft shimmer

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Whether you’re looking for shimmery, dewy, luminous, or matte, this round-up of my current top picks for peach blushes to try this summer has you covered!

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper — a soft, shimmery peach
  2. Becca Fig/Opal — a luminous, peachy-beige
  3. Make Up For Ever #225 — a warm, pop of peach in a cream format
  4. Hourglass Dim Infusion — a muted peach with a soft sheen
  5. NARS Sex Appeal — a light peach with a matte finish

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Becca 24/7 Tints Kit
Becca 24/7 Tints Kit

24/7 Tints Kit ($44.00) (Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive)

24/7 Tints features a blendable kit with two Beach Tints and two Eye Tints to give natural-looking color to eyes and cheeks. They’re infused with vitamin E-rich, oil-free formulas to soothe skin, and they’re water-resistant and streak-free for stay-put hues. $98.00 value.

  • Romanticism Mauve bronze (Eye Tint)
  • Gilt Golden bronze (Eye Tint)
  • Raspberry Deep berry pink (Beach Tint)
  • Grapefruit Pale coral pink (Beach Tint)

Availability: Now online for VIBs at Sephora (not sure if/when it will open up to Beauty Insiders)