I didn’t just miss the bus with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal but several busses after that too. Yes I am late to the party but the main thing is, I’m here now and came bearing gifts – well the gift of review. I’ve mentioned it before, that in my eyes Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector is just that perfection, and as such I’ve never really felt the need to branch out into new shades. Sure there was my misguided dabble with Champagne Pop – a beautiful shade on everyone apart from me so it seems – but other than that I have remained faithful to the almost silver glint of Moonstone. Well all of that has changed. I have seen the light and it is Becca Opal tinted.
It’s been some time since I’ve sat down and offered up a stand alone make-up review so excuse me if I am a tad rusty. I’ll keep any notes on packaging, short and sweet: the compact itself if approximately palm sized, has rubberised packaging (a little like NARS) and inside it features a large mirror. I don’t particularly find the packaging design to be pretty but it isn’t exactly offensive either; the one thing I will point out is that it doesn’t do a great job of protecting the physical highlighting powder – I kid you not, Instagram is awash with shattered pans of Opal, Moonstone and all the other available shades. This is one of those products that you will want to treat with kiddie gloves whilst in use – one accidental drop and it is curtains for your Becca powder.
I can’t recall who first drew my attention to Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal but I can wax lyrical as to when and why, I caved and made a pan my own. It was in Sephora, I swiped it onto the back of my hand out of curiosity and my knees all but went weak. Right there and then, I knew I had to make the almost-bronze tinged highlighter my own.
My guess – and it is just that as I haven’t conducted any research – is that Becca Opal is in someway influenced by the gem stone of the same name? If so, it would explain the multifaceted effect this highlighter achieves; in some lights it gleams golden, others silver/lilac and in some instances, it is almost salmon pink. In my opinion, Becca Opal is fairly neutral toned and an almost golden colour (at least in the pan), however a lot of its final appearance is dependant on your own complexion. I personally find I reach for this more when I’m tanned, opposed to when I am ghostly pale in the Winter. There is no doubt that this is an entirely universal shade but you may find that the deeper your skin tone is, the more stark Opal translates.
The real question is why should you had over £32 (yep really) for another highlighter (because I know you have more than one)? Real talk, it is truly special: from the difficult to dupe shade, all the way down to the finely milled texture that is a dream to apply. If like myself you have enlarged pores and have to be discerning with your highlighter choices, this is one you can apply free from worry – the same rule applies with fine lines. The texture is soft, forgiving and a dream to blend – I recommend teaming it with a fan brush for optimum results. Becca Opal is what I’d deem to be a fairly bold highlighting choice in that it is noticeable on the skin, and yet it manages to be striking without a hint of glitter or shimmer particles. I liken the end effect to molten metal or foil, frankly words nor images will do this justice until you are able to try it out for yourself.
Believe the hype and then treat yourself.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal £32 via Space.NK – link
or $38 via Sephora – link.
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