Holy mother of sweet Jesus, I love this product. I fell in love with using highlighters in general a few months back, though I only like using liquid highlighters. I find the glow they give really makes your face looks so much healthier and beautiful, accentuating cheekbones and all that jazz.
But, you know when you look back at old pictures of yourself and say, 'God what was I thinking?' This is the way I feel when I look at myself before I bought Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter. I used the pinky ELF highlighter whip only along my cheekbones, and I see now that it was way too intense and unnatural.
I find that when I use the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter all over my face, the effect is much more natural and subtle. And without any sparkles or glitter, people really do assume your face just naturally glows that way, even on problematic acne-prone skin like mine. Just good ole' dewy goodness. I think it's one of the only liquid highlighters on the market without the glitter crap.
I also just love putting this stuff on my face with a buffing brush. It's cool and light and scentless, and just feels like putting on a good moisturizer. After I put on a bit of foundation over it, I do have to powder my T-Zone to stop from looking overly-dewy or oily.
It's pretty damn expensive, but I think it's going to last me a very long time. They definitely don't cheat you out of any product.
I was torn between buying Pearl and Opal, but I am very glad I went with Pearl. It's ideal for lighter skin tones, and I am really not sure if Opal would look as natural on me. It is not so much white as is it translucent.
By far, BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector is the best highlighter I have ever used. Seeing as I am extremely dry skinned, powder highlighters and cream highlighters don't look that natural on me. And believe me I have tried. That being said, I have tried several liquid highlighters and none (both high and low end) have matched the natural but luminous finish that this highlighter gives. I have it in Pearl (for the winter months) and I just ordered another in Moonshine. Yes, it is a hefty price tag ($41) but the product lasts FOREVER - I have had mine for roughly six months, have used it every day, and I have yet to make a dent in it. From what I have researched on YouTube, other reviewers have said that this product lasts forever too. Also, a whole pump of this is good enough for your entire face. I usually use a half a pump. So a little goes a long way.
The most underrated makeup product in my opinion. This should have a cult following!
I mixed this in with my #220 Revlon color-stay foundation then buffed it into my skin with one of those flat topped E.L.F. powder brushes. I absolutely love love love the results which is a healthy looking all over subtle glow that appears as if my skin is lit from within. It looks like I am not wearing makeup, I just have this all over healthy glow. If you put this stuff all over your face first then you will look like a grease ball (even if you follow with foundation). The trick is to mix it up into your foundation before applying--holy cow what a huge difference it makes. I find that I don't need any additional highlighting anywhere when using this method. It's expensive, but for me, it is worth every single penny and I will repurchase again and again.
Fantastic product. Best highlighter on the market in my opinion.
I've found that glitter-free, natural-looking, day-light-friendly highlighters are exceedingly difficult to find, and this product is among the few that I like.
The Good: I use this as a highlighter (cheekbone, brow bone, cupid's bow, etc.), and it gives a dewy sheen with some very fine glitter particles. The glitter particles are fine and sparse enough that I think the product still looks very natural. I have light-to-medium skin (Chanel 30, Laura Mercier Nude), and Pearl just barely works for me (Moonstone looks more natural). I think Pearl would be a better match for lighter skin tones. This shade has a more silvery tint, and will probably look most natural on cooler undertones. Moonstone has a golden tint, and will probably look most natural on neutral and warm undertones.
The Bad: I'm giving this product 4 instead of 5 stars because it doesn't last until the end of the day. Another complaint I have with this product is the dispenser, which pumps out entirely too much product. I've started storing what I don't use in a travel pot in order to avoid wasting so much product!
Overall: Great highlighter! I'd definitely recommend it to those looking for a natural looking highlighter to use during the day.
Alternatives: For natural looking highlighters, I also really like Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color (High Beam White and Soft Beam Gold) and Mac Cream Color Base (Luna). I've also sampled MUFE Uplight and really liked it as well (but can't remember which shade).
Value: Retails for $41 and it should last at least 6 months (if not more) even if you're using it everyday. Although it is pretty pricey, I really like this product and think it's worth it. I got it for 20% off during a promotion at b-glowing.
For others also looking for more natural looking highlighters, here are the ones I've tried or sampled so far:
No glitter: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color (High Beam White and Soft Beam Gold), Mac Cream Color Base (Luna)
Some very fine glitter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, MUFE Uplight (can't remember the exact shade, which I do think matters), Mac Cream Color Base (Pearl)
Higher glitter content (what I personally found to be too much for day): Armani fluid sheer (02 shimmering beige), Benefit Watt's Up, Benefit High Beam, Nars Blush (Albatross), Nars Multiple (Copacabana, Orgasm), Nars Illuminator (Copacabana, Orgasm)---although based on the many glowing reviews for a lot of these products, the ideal amount of shimmer/glitter in a highlighter is clearly a very personal opinion!
I use this and love it. I blend it into my skin the way I use Benefit High Beam and get the same, maybe slightly better results. I want to try Opal to see if it'll be a more natural color on me. Like a previous reviewer said, I wish this came in a smaller bottle to keep the cost down.
I LOVE this. I saw Lisa Eldridge use this product for the "no make up make up" look, and bought it. i have similar products in light bronze/gold (Josie Maran) and Opal (LM Illuminating TM). This just makes me glow, and you get alot product for the money. I wish they did sell this in smaller amounts of product for less money as who can use up the entire bottle before it goes bad less a make up artist? I have a palatte by Tom Ford (highlighting and low lightine) or white shimmer like this with bronze darker cream. Basically does the same thing and after a year I have about 2/3 of it left. I think the Becca is nicer though - the coloring is better. I have tried many of the BECCA make up products and have not liked many. I am really happy to have found one that I love. The Foundation / TM was a huge miss as it was more for my pre teenager who wants to wear make up (when you don't want her to wear much at all), and took much too much to even do my face with excellent slip with great moisturizer but NO coverage. This I can say - does lightly light up your face beautifully and is non drying. The perfect highlighter
I was lemming about this product for the longest time n I was very glad I didn't buy it. I bought rouge bunny rouge instead. having not able to swatch rbr, I was very worried it didn't meet my expectations. but I trusted blogger drivel about frovel n the becca was oos for the longest time.
tried becca at the counter. the beautiful glow on hand swatch doesn't translate on skin. it makes me look oily. n I need more product compared to rbr to make the glow more visible. when u use becca, make sure your face is not oily looking. else the oil n the becca highlighter will make it look like an oil field. lasting power is relatively good on me. becca actually looked too natural on me. it looks like a layer of oil. if u have dry skin, go for it. I think the shimmers on rbr is more beautiful on skin. with no doubt, my first choice is rbr although becca is the 2nd nicest concealer I have ever seen.
Had a baby six months ago, tired, cranky, dullish skin. Desperate for a product to make me look like I have slept, I have money, and basically give me some love! Bought this and cannot believe how beautiful it is. Incredibly sheer, yet effective, creates a sheen that make you look like you've been drinking virgin Pimms on a tennis lawn in a white starched dress.
Will I buy again?
I got this stuff after seeing a video by youtube guru Lisa Eldridge. I love this stuff so much! My favorite, HG highlighter!
--Gives you a gorgeous natural GLOW to the skin! It's not shimmer or glitter, just a glow! The shimmer in this thing is so finely milled that it's insane and just reflects for the most natural, amazingly beautiful finish!
--Makes your SKIN look glowy! There are many highlighters that clearly look like makeup and you can clearly tell you're wearing highlighter and make your MAKEUP glow, while this makes it look like your skin is glowy!
--Comes with a lot of product (50ml/1.7 fl.oz), which will last forever as you only need the tiniest bit of this product! I use about half a grain of rice for my cheekbones, under my brows, down my nose and cupids bow.
--So versatile. You can mix some with your moisturiser to make your skin look glowy, mix it with your foundation to make it a little sheerer and look luminous, or use it as a traditional highlighter
--The consistency is great! It's a liquid, but not too runny! You have plenty of time to blend this stuff out.
--Comes in 4 shades I think. Pearl is the lightest, creamy white one. Beautiful for light-medium skin tones!
--Has an SPF of 25! (Can also be a con)
--I'm not the biggest fan of the pump. I like the way the packaging looks, but the pump on mine always gets kind of jammed (I can't pump a little), it always pumps out a whole pump which is way too much and wasteful!
--This stuff is so expensive and hard to find! I bought it for around $60 (including shipping). I couldn't find any on ebay or anything! To find where you can buy them, go to google's 'shopping' option, and type in the product name.
--Even though the SPF is nice in this product, it means I can't wear it out where there's going to be pictures as the high SPF in this will reflect in pictures (will give you a white cast. We want a glow, not a white cast)
I recommend this to everyone who's looking for a natural glow! It's not oily and sparkly, just glowy! It's an investment, but a little will go a long way and this product will last you ages! I like applying it with ELF's small stippling brush (best one for it as the bristles are short and it doesn't disturb the foundation) but you could definitely use your fingers! LOVE this stuff! Will definitely re-purchase if/when it runs out!