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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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.

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

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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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