If there’s one product that has changed my mind about using highlighters, it is this – the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. I bought this on a whim a few months ago, when I was doing yet another SpaceNK haul (Yes I shop a lot there!) and for some reason, I got it in my head to try this liquid highlighter.
I don’t talk a lot about using highlighters, here on the blog, because I don’t use them a lot. I never got the hang of it, and it wasn’t something I was terribly interested in, as in hot weather, it has a tendency to make you look sweaty and oily as opposed to glowy and healthy.
This one however, changed my mind and had me reaching for it often. A true sign of a keeper!
The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is a cult product that has its place in many a makeup artist’s kit. I’d come across it during my makeup research for years and years, but because Becca was no longer sold in Malaysia, I never had a chance to try it out for myself. I’ve read that Becca will be, or is available in Sephora stores soon but I cannot confirm anything, so don’t quote me. It’s also available on the Sephora.my website, but I won’t shop there, so I’m sticking to my overseas sources which are infinitely more reliable 🙂
But what is it about this Becca highlighter that had me changing my mind about using a highlighter?
Well, I think it’s to do with its texture. Despite the name, the Shimmering Skin Perfector is not very shimmery at all! When I think of highlighters, I tend to think of products with glitter or shimmer or something highly reflective.
The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is a soft liquid, with very fine shimmer that seems to meld with the skin, and reflects only a hint of shine, but gives skin a soft glow. As the “Skin Perfector” tag implies, it does seem to make skin look even better than it already is!
The shine imparted by this product is very subtle, which is basically how I like it. I don’t need to shine like a torch in the night. I just like to have luminous looking skin and this works perfectly.
The only problem is that this comes in different shades, that will reflect light a little differently, so it was a little tricky for me to decide which to get. I eventually settled for Moonstone, a pale gold that promises a golden glow. Luckily for me, this was great for my needs!
The Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector is a pale gold with very subtle shimmer to it. The texture is very lightweight and does not feel sticky on skin at all. I do find that the pump does pump out quite a lot of product in one dollop, so I always have to be extra careful, as I only use very little of it each time.
When blended thickly, the golden shine is quite noticeable, as you can see in the picture above. But once thinned out and blended out even further, all there is on the skin is a very subtle sheen of golden glow, that is very flattering.
I’ve learned that there are a few ways you can use this, which I’ve tried to see which I like best:-
- Use the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector under foundation – if you use a slightly sheerer foundation, you can apply some of the product onto the skin before you apply the foundation, like a base. This gives a lovely glow, especially if you use a sheer foundation or BB Cream over it.
- Use the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector as a highlighter – Use this on top of foundation where you want to highlight, tapping a little bit of product onto where you want it to go and blending it out gently with your fingers. The effect is much more subtle and flattering than many powder highlighters that seem to shine in the dark.
- Blend the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector with foundation for an all over glow – This is my favourite way to use this product, and which gives a little magical boost to your complexion. I usually drop just 1 little drop into 1 pump of foundation (I don’t do a 1:1 mix as that’s too shimmery for my liking, so I only use a tiny drop for just a bit of radiance), blend it on the back of my hand and then apply to my skin. This works especially well with medium-full coverage foundation or foundation that has a satin or matte finish. A foundation with a glow finish might end up being too glowy.
I like how Moonstone gives my liquid foundations a little boost in the radiance department, so foundations don’t look too flat. Skin looks luminous and I’ve gotten numerous compliments, especially if you’re headed somewhere with soft lighting. Sure winner every time! 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is a popular liquid highlighter with a very lightweight texture, and very fine shimmer that gives skin a subtle, luminous glow. The texture is not sticky, nor does it turn oily on skin, and the shimmer is very finely milled, so you do not detect chunks of glitter, only very subtle glow. There are numerous ways to use it, but I like it best blended with my liquid foundations to give them a little boost of radiance, especially for foundations with a more satin texture. It makes skin look beautifully glowy without looking shiny or oily, just perfect. There are a few shades to choose from, and I picked Moonstone, a pale gold that is very flattering especially for warmer toned or Asian skin.
PROS: Very lightweight texture, Not sticky on skin, Not shiny or glittery, Very fine pearly shimmer gives skin a nice luminous glow, Moonstone gives skin a bit of a warm glow that is flattering under yellow lighting, Blends easily with foundation for a flattering radiance on skin
CONS: A little pricey, Pump dispenses quite a lot of product each time so control is essential
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who does not like highlighters that are very obviously shiny, Anyone who wants a multi-purpose highlighter product that gives skin a glow instead of shine
PRICE: US$41 | £34 for 50ml Comes in 5 shades: Pearl, Moonstone, Opal, Topaz, Rose Gold. Opal and Moonstone are available in travel sizes on Sephora
If you’re interested about what’s in the ingredient list, here it is.
Now that I own one, I totally get the hype it deserves and it absolutely lives up to its cult status! If you’re afraid of using highlighters like I am, then I think you too will thoroughly enjoy this. The tricky bit is to figure out which shade to get. Opal, Topaz and Rose Gold are a little deep so will add more colour to the skin. Pearl is a pale shimmer while Moonstone is, I believe the most universally flattering. But as always, it will depend on what you want 🙂
Have you tried the iconic Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector? Do you use highlighters a lot?
These come in a pressed powder version as well as a cream version, both of which, I’ve read have more shimmer payoff. For me, this liquid version is perfect, because I like how subtle it is. I’m more about glow vs shine so I think I’m good in terms of texture and colour 🙂 If you’ve tried this, which shade did you pick?