the highlighter chronicles: becca afterglow

Ever since Becca launched their Afterglow palette, I’ve been fighting the urge to snap it up. I already own individual pans of the Moonstone and Rose Gold highlighters, so it seemed really pointless to buy a palette for only 3/5 unique shades…

But then I left Moonstone in Singapore, and suddenly I had 1/5 more of a reason to buy this! Ok not really, but just work with me here.

Becca Afterglow Palette 1

The palette packaging is much prettier than their standard round compacts, and far less bulky which makes this ideal for travel. It includes 3 highlighters – Moonstone, Rose Gold and Topaz – as well as Wild Honey and Flower Girl, both classified as blushes but in reality more like a bronzer/blush respectively.

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One of the biggest draws for me was that I could use this as an all-in-one travel palette. Rose Gold and Topaz are too dark for me to use as highlighters, but I told myself I’d use them as eyeshadows.

Becca Afterglow Swatches

I put that to the test with this look and used the whole palette to do my eyeshadow, contour, highlight and blush.

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I was already familiar with texture and finish of Becca’s pressed Shimmering Skin Perfecters when I purchased this, so I’m happy to be able to confirm that the quality of this palette is exactly the same as their regular-sized highlighters. Which is to say, excellent.

It was my first time trying their blushes, but I thought they were great too: not powdery or hard, and pigmented without being so OTT that I had to worry about clown-face.

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Overall, I’m extremely pleased with my purchase and have already worked this into my regular rotation. I love palettes that have highligher, blush contour all in one place…but even if I had to dig around my vanity for individual pans of this stuff, I would.

I mean, that glow though.

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Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, Cle de Peau Concealer, Koh Gen Do Loose Powder // Cheeks: BECCA Afterglow Palette // Eyes: Becca Afterglow Palette, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Caviar Ink, Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara // Brows: MAC Mystery, ELF Clear Brow & Lash Mascara // Lips: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Nude, NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight

P.S. For all my Singapore peeps who have asked,  BECCA Afterglow is carried at Sephora Singapore! Woohoo!

 
 
 

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review: becca shimmering skin perfecters

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecters (SSP) have long been on my radar, but as the brand isn’t available in Singapore, it took me a while to get ahold of some. I like to think that the promise of dewy, youthful skin was worth the wait though!

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The SSP range comes in three different formulations – powder, liquid, and poured (a cream formula, which is brand new). I haven’t tested the poured ones yet, but if they’re as good as the liquid and pressed versions, I’ll probably end up with some in my collection soon. You can see a full look I created with both the liquid and pressed SSPs here.

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I believe the liquid was the original version of SSP. It’s also the most versatile, as it can be mixed in with foundation/tinted moisturiser to give you an all-over dewy glow, or applied just to the areas of your face you want to highlight. I like that you can really adjust these to your ideal level of glow.

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My favourite colour in the liquid SSP is Pearl, which imparts a neutral white-based sheen. It’s more translucent than Benefit High Beam and makes skin look very luminous.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a pearl pressed SSP – the lightest powder shade available is Moonstone. Though the pressed versions look more frosty when swatched and more sparkly when blended, the truth is that they don’t build up like the liquids and are therefore harder to overdo especially when you use a brush rather than your fingers (as you would). For the highlighting novice, these are going to be more forgiving if you’re accidentally heavy handed.

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I use the pressed version of Moonstone along the length of my nose and on my cheekbones, and layered over a liquid or cream highlighter if I’m really going for glow. Rose Gold shows up quite pigmented on my fair skin, so I can actually use it as a subtle blush on its own though I prefer using a light layer over matte blush or bronzer (as I did here)

In summary: Though the liquid is the most versatile, you can’t go wrong with anything in this range. A wide variety of shades and formulas make Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecters easy for pretty much anyone to find their perfect highlighter.
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the highlighter chronicles: becca

Glowing, highlighted skin seems to be the thing for spring, and I’m on board in a big way. If you recall, I’ve been more than a little obsessed with highlighters since Christmas, so it’s nice to know that the dewy skin I’ve been rocking is on trend!

I’m still sampling products and experimenting with different combinations to come up with the perfect glow, so you’ll be seeing a lot of highlighter babble on here for the next little while.

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It’s a bit tricky to photograph highlighter well, so forgive me for the slightly blurry photo but this particular shot just happened to be on the best angle to show the glow.

Today’s recipe consisted of 2 layers of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl, dabbed on my cheekbones and down the length of my nose (over my BB cream). After I set my base with loose powder, I went over my cheekbones and nose again with a thick layer of Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Moonstone. You can read my review of the liquid and powder versions of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecters here.

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On my eyes, I used L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Perpetual Purple, highlighted on the inner corners with a pale shimmery pink from my Revealed 2 palette and blended out through the crease with Make Up Store’s micro shadow in Glam Peach, a.k.a my favourite crease shade in the world. I use it so regularly that I actually have a brush reserved just for it!

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But back to highlighters. Becca SSPs are great at creating anything from a gentle glow to a moderate sheen, as you can see here. I’m working on a more detailed review on these products next for anyone who isn’t familiar with them or isn’t able to swatch them in person. Here’s are a double of darker photos from the same series which were underexposed to show off the SSP effect. The gleam captured here is actually very similar to the way it looks in real life (click photo to enlarge).

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Next, the search continues for something that is packs more of a punch and can be applied in a more concentrated fashion. Stay tuned!

Face:
Innisfree Anti-Trouble BB Cream
Cle de Peau Concealer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl (Liquid)
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Moonstone (pressed)
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Loose Powder

Cheeks:
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Eyes:
L’Oreal Infallible 24hr eyeshadow in Perpetual Purple
Make Up Store Microshadow in Glam Peach
Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette
Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara
Ardell Demis in Black

Brows:
MAC eyeshadow in Mystery

Lips:
L’Oreal Infallible 2-step Lip Colour in Berry Chic (beautiful colour, horrible formula. I’m returning this!)