Jan 062014
 

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Becca is well known for its liquid Shimmering Skin Perfectors–their legendary, sophisticated glow sets a beautiful standard for the perfect highlighter. Recently, Becca released a pressed powder version for those who prefer their glow from a pan. To complement my recent rose gold obsession, I tried the limited edition (and still momentarily available)  Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold ($38).

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I’ve looked at various swatches of the Becca Rose Gold highlighter online, and I wasn’t sure how it would work on paler skin tones. MAC’s Riri Diamonds is a rose gold highlighter that is relatively sheer, however the pan of Becca’s Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector seemed deeper in tone, akin to a neutral blush.

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As I suspected, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold applies as a soft peach-gold blush on my light skin tone. I have been using it with a touch of bronzer-as-blush to provide a soft touch of warmth, then use Becca’s Rose Gold on the upper cheeks, chin, and around the temples.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a bit hard to capture on camera, but it really modulates with the light. It shows as a soft glowing color, then (gasp!) this lovely sheen appears just when the light hits it right. It’s so pretty.

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Here are some comparisons.  First on the left, Laura Mercier Matter Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight #1 (golden nude) is a pressed powder with a much softer color.  The Laura Mercier lacks Becca’s Rose Gold stronger peachy cast. MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish is more metallic with a stronger highlight effect. MAC Diamonds (part of the Riri collection) is a cream finish, with a high shine but very little color.

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Here is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold on Liz’s upper cheeks. She is wearing this with Guerlain Crazy Terracotta bronzer underneath. The reflective quality is a little hard to capture on camera but we did our best. Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Overall, I like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold. It gives a very sophisticated glow, a pretty soft peach-bronzy wash of color, and a very pretty overall look.

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Oct 082010
 

A few years ago, Becca seemed to be disappearing from many of my standby makeup sources.  Nordstrom, Sephora… one by one my traditional sources seemed to be drifting away as locations for my next Becca fix.

Since then, I’ve found several online sources, including Becca’s own online site, Beauty Habit and the DermStore.

Those lucky enough to be near a Duane Reade Look Boutique have ready access to Becca.  Here is one that I saw while visiting New York City, across from Radio City Music Hall:

Not every Duane Reade has a Look Boutique, but those that do carry Becca.

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Oct 082010
 

Becca Sheer Tint Lip Color in Alina ($24) is a red that sheers out to a lovely soft warm red with a fair amount of pink.  Although the bullet looks almost fire-engine red in the tube, the color becomes much less strong on application.  As with Tatiana, Alina is packaged in an apparently indestructible metal tube with a twist closure.  Also, the formula feels highly moisturizing.

In all, Becca’s Alina is a beautiful color that has all of the qualities we expect from a high-end lipstick.  The color is very flattering, with a very subtle sparkle that is only visible at very close inspection.

This product was sent to Café Makeup by Becca’s press relations without charge for consideration.

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Becca Sheer Tint Lip Colour in Tatiana

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Oct 082010
 

Becca’s Sheer Tint Lip Colour in Tatiana ($24) is a heavy-duty, gorgeous dramatic sheer red.  The packaging is both modern and practical.  The bullet portion actually twists into place.  This mechanical action, coupled with the substantial metal container, means that this lipstick is going to survive almost anything that my handbag is likely to encounter.

Despite the word “sheer” in the name, Tatiana packs plenty of pigment.  Although not completely opaque, I can get nearly full coverage with a single swipe.  The color is creamy but with a decided sheen in the texture.  Quite honestly, the picture below is the best description I can possibly imagine for how beautiful this color looks:

Close inspection does not reveal any sparkle. The final effect:

Becca’s Tatiana has a very moisturizing and pleasant feel.  One can tell that this is an excellent quality lipstick, that somehow has not yet managed to escalate to the $30 price range of the other high end brands.  Highly recommended.

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Oct 082010
 

Becca Eye Color Powder (Demi Matte) ($24 for .03 oz) come in a delightfully robust, small compact that seems both modern and timeless.  The slightly rubberized finish, the soft brushed silver accent, and the construction make for a virtually indestructible, attractive and elegant combination.

Chinchilla is a color that becomes incredibly useful in a number of looks.  This is a very soft cool grey that works as a highlighter or inner corner brightener.  If used blended with a deeper grey crease color, it can also be used as a lid shade.

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Sep 282010
 

Becca is a brand that is getting harder to find, but is worth the search.  Lately, Liz and examined Becca Glossy Lip Tint in Daiquiri ($23 for 9 ml), a color that looks a little scary orange in the tube but delivers a sheer, wet looking gloss that looks very pretty.

I’ve always loved Becca’s sturdy, travel-ready packaging, and their Glossy Lip Tints are no exception.  The tube is clear so as to easily identify the color, the doe foot is a nice standard type, and there is an overall rubbery feel to the tube that resists fingerprints.  This same texture is very easy to hold on to without it slipping away from me.

This gives a warm peachy look when swatched.  The gloss has a faint fruity scent that I can’t quite identify–it’s pleasant and fades quickly.

Daiquiri has a pleasant, gel-like feel and gives a glossy, sheer sheen to the lips.  It’s one of those “just had an orange popsicle” colors that lets your natural lip color show through, but gives a pretty warm pink-with-a-touch of orange tint that enhances their natural color.

Overall, Becca’s Glossy Lip Tint in Daiquiri surprised me as a very nice, wearable shade.  Liz reported that she really liked the color and feel of the gloss.  As Liz goes through gloss as fast as, well–as fast as I do, I’m sure that she’ll wear this one as a good, everyday color for several months to come.

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Holiday Makeup for the Rest of Us, Part Two

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Dec 192009
 

This is the second post in a series about holiday looks for anyone who (like me) admires the glamorous looks of Lady Gaga and others, but wishes to modulate them for her own individual lifestyle.

A new decade is about to start.  I was so heartened to see this article describing H&M’s Paris fashion show at the Grand Palais.  It looks fun. The holidays are a great time to play.

What better way to play than to go out?  An easy way to add some shimmer and shine to your look is a wash of shimmer across the lid.   Using a liquid eyeliner adds more glamour.  Add two or three coats of a high-volume mascara.

My favorite eyeshadow of this entire year is Bobbi Brown’s Chrome Eyeshadow in Pewter ($22).  This is fool proof.  It’s neither a bright silver nor a harsh gold.  Rather, it’s a soft, warm glowy color that brightens the eye area without taking over your entire face.  In other words, you can still see the person, without being struck by the eyeshadow.  I am not alone in my love for this eyeshadow;  if you aren’t convinced read this review, or this one.  The texture wonderful.   Want to wear it to the office?  Pair it with a dark suit or dress–it really works, especially if you do a light sweep with your brush.  It’s limited edition, so if you want to try this one you should move fast.  Another nice choice for the holidays is Shu Uemura’s ME Silver 950, although I find this shade less daytime-friendly because it is both brighter and a little more difficult to apply sheerly.

Just for fun, I’m including some Becca Jewel Dusts ($24), which are subtle, grown-up shimmery pigments.  The colors are less vibrant, and so more wearable, than more striking color pigments on the market. Becca’s Jewel Dusts come in small, easily storable containers with square lids that don’t work themselves loose in your makeup drawer.  Also, Becca adds a sifter top to minimize spilling.  Because these are loose powders, try wetting your brush to intensify them.  In the swatch, they’re applied dry.  Applying them with a wet brush would give a perfectly even surface.  (If you’re still intimidated, here’s a quick primer from the Makeup and Beauty Blog that describes most of what you need to know about pigment eyeshadows).

I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season!  I have one more post on this topic before we move on.  Thanks for reading!

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