A couple of weeks ago, Sephora had a promo code for deluxe samples of BECCA Opal highlighters. There were three choices of the Shimmering Skin Perfector formulas: liquid, pressed, and poured, all in their best-selling shade Opal. I’m a big fan of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors but I had only ever tried the liquid formula (and I’ve actually got quite a few samples of Opal in my stash). I decided to go with the pressed formula and now that the promo is sold out I really wish I tried the poured version as well.
BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed is a pressed powder (the original Shimmering Skin Perfectors are liquid and the poured formula is a cream). Opal is a golden opal pearl shade that makes for a great highlight color.
BECCA Opal has a fantastic texture. It is finely milled and not powdery. It glides on nicely and evenly and feels super creamy. This is a gorgeous golden shade that adds just enough warmth and is shimmery without being over-the-top. This is not your frosty, glittery highlighter.
I love how well Opal applies and the color is great. A lot of people suggest the color Moonstone for fair skin but I’ve found that I prefer Opal. Moonstone is a little too pale and can look more like an obvious highlight. Opal’s warmth makes it look more natural but it still makes a big difference.
I’ve written a few times before about BECCA’s Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfectors (see my posts here and here). I was never much of a highlighter fan until I discovered these. I love how subtle and natural they look while still making an obvious difference. The liquid formula really melts into skin. I’ve tried quite a few shades and Opal is still my favorite for a dewy, glowy look. I wanted to see how the powder version would stack up to the liquid formula.
Opal is the same color in both versions but the formulas make a huge difference in how they apply and what the end result looks like. BECCA Opal Pressed is shimmery and shows pores more. The liquid Opal has more of a sheen to it.
I really like both versions but for different reasons. The pressed formula is great for looks where I want a more obvious highlight. Light really reflects off the powder and this is best reserved for cheeks and brow bones only. It would be very easy to go overboard with the powder. I use the liquid version when I want more of a natural, dewy look. I use it in several spots on my face and it really gives me an “inner glow” look. The liquid version also lasts all day for me while the powder formula wears off after several hours. Safe to say, I’m addicted to both, although I still prefer the liquid formula. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal is $38 here. The liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector is $41 for a full size and $19 for a travel size here. I’m also dying to try BECCA Opal in the Poured formula for $38 here.
What’s your favorite highlighter?
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