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I am a big fan of the Becca; a cosmetic line from Australia, their products are focused on re-creating a flawless natural glow and they also work well for a beachy sunkissed look. This means a lot of products are often shimmery which is great for me as my skin which is normal to dry and can sometimes look dull.
I own this in the shade Pearl. All the other options contain some kind of colour. Upon first meeting, Becca's Skin Perfector it can be confusing; the website describes it as a 'water-based moisturiser' containing shimmery particles yet it doesn't sink into your skin like a moisturiser. Then it goes onto suggesting various ways to wear it. These include all over your face as a base with just concealor, mixed in with their Luminous Skin Colour (their foundation) or just as a highlighter. I have tried all of these! At first I wore it on its own all over my face and it was too shimmery- I resembled a disco ball. I then wore it as a highlighter and it worked well, but there are many highlighters available which are cheaper and work just as well.
Now I mix it into my tinted moisturiser and love it! The one I use is from Pixi (I purcahsed from ASOS), I use two parts tinted moisturiser, and one part Skin Perfector. The smallest amount is needed, I usually do half a pump and that covers my whole face. I then blend it in with my fingers as it's the easiest and quickest but I have used a MAC 187 brush before which also works really well. I have quite good skin to begin with, but this is enough to even out my complexion and make it naturally glow. It's not intended to mask or cake your face (like many of Becca's product). The first time I wore this my boyfriend even made a comment on how glowing my skin was! I have dyed my hair and he hasn't noticed, yet he noticed this!
If Skin Perfector sounds familiar to you, you might be thinking of MAC's Strobe Cream. The two products are very similar and the shade Pearl is pretty much the same colour. However, I have now thrown out Strobe Cream and use this instead. Strobe Cream is messier and greasier in texture. The shimmer from Strobe Cream can look more false and mine 'went off' so it started to smell really bad. However, I think Strobe Cream works better as a body shimmer as it spreads much easily. I have been using Becca's Skin Perfector since June 2009 (almost 2 years ago) and it hasn't gone bad yet or even run out and I still love it!
Becca products can be quite difficult to find, many places carry them and then have discontinued (ASOS, HQHair). Lookfantastic.com now offers the majority of the Becca range.
I have this product in the following shades:
*Opal - A shimmery golden-peachy toned mute caramel brown.
*Pearl - A shimmery white.
Also, my skin is fair toned and fairly dry.
Now, onto the products themselves. This is something that when I first got I wasn't actually sure what to do with . I wouldn't class it as a 'tinted moisturiser' as it has a bit too much shimmer for most people to use all over their face but now I've had it for a while I've come to love it and found many uses for it.
As well as not being sure what to do with the product I also realised I didn't know much about the brand 'Becca'. But thankfully it comes with a leaflet that tells you about the companys philosophy, the products they make, how you can use them and it also explains the various skin-tone categories they use at becca so you can find one that most closely matches your skin . It's actually a really interesting and useful to read.
After reading beccas philosophy it's clear that many of their products are made to work with your foundation or chosen face products for you to get the best finish possible. Becca do not believe that one product can achieve a natural, flawless look, as something full coverage can often look unnatural and something sheer coverage often doesn't cover imperfections. Becca instead believes that products can compliment each other to try and achieve this, and I have to say I'm a bit of a convert.
How I have used this product:
1) After moisturising and priming, I have applied opal all over my face to balance it out and brighten it up, I have then applied my regular foundation over it lightly or solely then just used a bit of concealer - looks great in summer.
2) Mixed in with my usual foundation. I've done this with both pearl and opal. It can help give skin just a slight glow.
3) 'dabbed' on over my foundation as a highlight around the top of the cheek bones. This gives a slightly stronger glow effect than if it's been mixed with foundation.
4) On the body. This product is also a moisturiser, packed full of vitamins A, B, D, and E and it has SPF20 (although I would be careful using this solely as sun protection!), you can dab it on the arms and chest to give you a bit of a summer shine.
Overall this is a nifty product to have, I feel it can really lift and brighten my complexion. I'd be wary of it if I had oily skin as I know shimmer is often the last thing you guys need. But for those with dryer/normal skin tones I'd recommend giving this a try.