I've been hearing so much rave reviews about the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector but it wasn't until recently that I had a chance to try it. I have a sample size that I redeemed at Sephora with 100 points and there is no doubt in my mind I will purchase a full size once I run out, it's that good! No wonder it's a cult favorite highlighter. :)
As I mentioned, this is a sample size so it comes in a mini squeeze tube (the full size version comes in a pump bottle). There is 0.50 fl oz / 15 ml of product inside and I seriously think this is going to last me a long time since you only need just a tiny amount per application. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is not your ordinary sheer, shimmery highlighter. It has more of a thick creamy texture. It is also very opaque and packed with extremely refined shimmer. The shade that I have is Opal which looks sort of like warm golden sand on my medium skin tone of NC30. It is a perfect match for creating a subtle, natural glow on my cheeks without looking bronze-y or muddy. The opaque color can be sheered out to create a “barely there” radiance where you only notice the glow when you turn your face to certain angles.
The texture is on the thicker side but it's still creamy and blendable enough that you can use either a small synthetic brush or clean fingers to apply. My preference is to use fingers since it gives more of a natural soft glow and plus, it's just easier. I'd steer clear from using a loose/fluffy brush since it may absorb too much of the product and may spread to the unintended areas of the face. I still remember the feeling when I used it for the first time, it felt like it melted right into my skin and it took me a few seconds to see where I applied it! The glow was that subtle.
I like to dab this highlighter to the high points of my face such as the apples of the cheeks, under the brow bones, the bridge of the nose, and also on the cupid's bow. Basically anywhere where you want your skin to illuminate. I prefer to use it as a spot highlighter than an all-over glow because there is a thin line between the “lit from within” and the “disco ball” face. If you are going to mix it in with foundation, moisturizer, BB cream or any type of base product, be absolutely sure to use the smallest amount possible. One thing to consider too is, if you don't have a near-perfect skin to begin with, this may accentuate the imperfections even more so I really think for people with problem skin, this highlighter works better as a spot highlighter.
I like to apply this over foundation and then top with a setting powder to soften the edges. The glow seems to last well throughout the day and wow, what a way to perk up tired skin! It creates such a wonderful, sophisticated glow that makes you look like you have had an 8-hour sleep! It doesn't make my face oily in anyway and doesn't seem to clog pores or irritate my acne-prone skin either.
Definitely give Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector a try if you are looking for an illuminator that will give you the most natural-looking radiance. If you are unsure whether Opal is the right shade for you, check online for swatches as I believe it comes in four different shades, ranging from almost pearly white to bronze. Opal is somewhere in the middle and better suits warm, medium skin tones. I'll definitely purchase a full size when I run out but I doubt that's going to happen any time soon! I suspect this sample size is going to last me at least half a year with continued use! Totally worth the 100 points. :)