Some of Becca Cosmetics’ stand out, cult products, are by far their Shimming Skin Perfectors (Available from CultBeauty). This range of stunning highlighters is available in pressed (powder), poured (cream) and liquid formulas and in a pretty wide selection of shades to suit all skin tones. I’m a massive fan (of particularly the pressed kind), have used them for ages and often get asked about them by clients and friends, who are unsure of which to go for. Obviously, a lot of you guys reading this will be like me, avid collectors, complete with freak outs when a new shade launch is imminent, ha ha, but for those of you who want a hand choosing the one that best suits their skin tone/ colouring…this blog post is mainly for you!
The best way to see if something suits you or not, is to get it on your face. Sometimes though, it might not be doable for whatever reason (or you just might not want to, that’s perfectly ok too!)…no counter near by or you want to cut the counter/ store visit altogether and order online, especially if it’s a new launch or limited edition that you need to get your mitts on quick! There are so many videos and swatches floating around out there online and I’d still recommend checking them out, particularly if someone has a similar skin tone to you, seeing a moving swatch or application can be really useful, but I’m going to do some swatches and shade comparisons here for you to check out too and will hopefully make your choice a little easier to make!
I’m going to focus on the pressed variety for this blog post as not only do I currently have the most colours in this formula, but they’re also the ones that are suitable for every skin type, the ones I’m most obsessed with and they really are beautiful! The pressed version is available in seven skin flattering shades, four of which I currently own and use regularly on all skin tones. Since the launch of Champagne Pop, the exciting and hugely hyped Jaclyn Hill colab (check her out on youtube) colab, I haven’t actually replaced/ reperchased any of the other darker/ og shades – Champagne Gold, Topaz and Rose Gold, which are really pretty colours, but I find Champagne pop to be super universal and looks amazing on light to deep skin tones, I just wasn’t reaching for the other shades.
Becca’s cult Shimmering Skin Perfectors are finely milled and are without glitter for a luminous, backlit glow. They have such a creamy consistency and apply like butter on to the skin, so smooth and easy to blend! Described by Becca as ‘like soft focus lighting in a compact’ and I’d agree, the luminous finish is like no other! So these are my most used shades and the swatches for each. I’ll also include the closest MAC foundation tones, as they seem to be the industry familiar to most when it comes to swatches:
Pearl – Pale, silver/ cooler toned pearl shade.
Best suited to – Very fair to light skin, with warm, cool and neutral undertones (MAC NC15 and NW10, 13, 15)
Moonstone – Pale, champagne gold shade.
Best suited to – Fair to light medium skin, with warm and neutral undertones (MAC NC15, 20, 25 and NW15, 20)
Opal – Golden, pink toned light bronze shade.
Best suited to – Light medium to medium dark skin, with cool and neutral undertones (MAC NC20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and NW15, 22, 25, 30, 33, 35, 40)
Champagne Pop – Universal peachy gold bronze shade.
Best suited to – All skin shades and tones, even on a very fair skin tone, this works beautifully over or as a blush and has looked stunning as a highlight on gorgeous deep chestnut skin and is just flattering and pretty on all!
These are just guidelines and hopefully of some use, but if there’s one you like the look of in particular, go for it and rock it in a way that works for you…they’re great used as a luminous jewel toned eyeshadow too! Bellow are comparison swatches so you can see how they differ from each other. Which is your favourite?
PRO TIP – For a slightly more intense highlight, apply with a small, dense brush, I like this one, the MAC 109 Brush, after any cream/liquid products (foundation/ concealer), but before any other powders (setting powder, bronzer, contour etc)…the creamy, crushed pearl like powder will better adhere to the cream products for extra luminosity! You can either avoid the highlighted areas of the face altogether with powder, or dust it very lightly over the top of your highlight for a ‘lit from within’ glow!