Mar 26, 2011

liquid highlighters. II: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector.

this is the Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca in "Pearl".
i got it last spring because Lisa Eldridge stated it as her favourite liquid highlighting product. i haven't heard much of this brand before. Becca is an australian cosmetics brand founded by make up artist Rebecca Morris Williams. the range is very down-to-earth and consists many products for everyday and work appropriate wear, but at the same time quite unusual with many interesting cream products, which i still need to discover more about.
i ordered this off back then, but they don't seem to stock on Becca anymore. however you can still order from (at 45€) or (for 32£).
the official website says about this product:

"A water-based moisturizer with an SPF of 20+ and light-diffusing particles of shimmer that creates instant radiance and vitality and reduces imperfections.
Contains ultra-fine mica to reflect light, making the skin appear healthy and glowing
The shimmering properties also help illuminate darkened patches of the skin and even out skin tone
Contains broad spectrum SPF 20+ to protect against 96% of both UVA and UVB rays
Contains anti-oxidant vitamins A, B, D, and E to aid in tissue repair, increase collagen renewal and moisture holding capacity, while simultaneously protecting against pollution and free radical damage
Contains soothing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients
Make-up Artist Tip:
Apply as a base over the entire face and add a touch of Compact Concealer to blemishes if required.
Set with Fine Loose Finishing Powder for a natural looking glow.
Mix with a small amount of Luminous Skin Colour for a radiant complexion.
Use to highlight cheekbones, brow bones, and temples by dabbing over foundation and powder for an extra-dewey look.
For maximum shimmer and radiance, apply over a BECCA Primer and leave skin unpowdered."
it comes in a matte plastic bottle with the typical metal Becca medal on the cap. it has a second cap inside. the pump is good, you can control the amount you get. the bottle contains 50ml.

the double cap system is very hygienic and especially convenient if you want to take it with you and leave the big cap at home to have more space in your make up bag.

there are 5 different shades, i got it in Pearl which Lisa Eldridge recommended for lighter skin tones (but still am quite curious about Opal).
the consistency of this is creamy, it's white with a white pearl and tiniest multicolour shimmer, which you can't detect as this when it's on your face. it blends out beautifully and leaves a silky glow.
i love it most to mix into rather matte or dull foundations to make them a little bit more sheer and to give my complexion a very natural but beautiful illuminated sheen. there is no visible shimmer or greasy silverish cast, but a soft glow that evens your skin and make you look awake and healthy.
for the purpose of mixing in with foundation, i'm glad that the bottle contains so much product (50ml).
sometimes i also use it as cheekbone highlight and for the cupid's bow with a dense synthetic brush (i usually do stippling motions rather than swirling), but it looks a tad too white for my colouring. in the winter this effect is quite nice, though.
so far i haven't tried to apply it as a primer type product all over the face before foundation like Becca also recommends.
it's great that they packed this full with antioxidant ingredients and an SPF of 20, but please remember not to rely on this because you'd have to pack on quite a lot to get this spf. with a very thin amount mixed into foundation or even only local application (on cheekbones, brow bones, ... ) the spf doesn't help much. for me (with my oily skin i don't look good with shimmer all over) i don't see it as a skin care but a cosmetic product predominantly. although a wonderful one.

please don't get bored or be disappointed of it if you swatch it and don't see iridescent shimmer and sparkle. for a natural and beautiful highlight, it's not the sparkles and the frosty effect, but it's that subtle sheen that this product provides. i also thought: "and where is the highlighting effect?" when i first swatched it, but using it from time to time and especially in comparison to other liquid/cream highlighters, i learned to appreciate it more and more.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector sheered out

this is how it looks worn: i used it with MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NC20 in the following photos.

without (only foundation&undereye concealer) - with Becca SSP Pearl mixed into the foundation

pure foundation (+undereye concealer) with Becca SSP used as cheekbone highlight.


  1. This looks wonderful. It's been on my list for so long now - I shall have to pic it up! :)

  2. Vielen Dank und perfektes Timing :)

  3. This looks lovely- I have it as well in pearl. Lookfantastic still stocks Becca, but one of their links doesn't work. You have to use the scroll-down list of brands on the left on the home page.

  4. I have one and it's a lovely product :)

  5. Soo schön! Lisa Eldridge empfiehlt es ja auch immerzu. Leider so schwierig zu bekommen, da ich nicht im Ausland bestellen mag und nicht in Berlin wohne :-(. Dort gibts nämlich Becca, ich glaube, im KaDeWe?

  6. Thanks a lot for the review! I have also been interested in this product.
    Do you know how it compares to Mac Strobe Liquid? Cheers!

  7. Aloha!
    I've not heard much about Becca at all so far and don't own anything by them, but this sounds really awesome! Maybe worth a try once I get around to buying some Paul&Joe.

    When I read your sentence about at first wondering where the illuminating effect is at all, you reminded me of my my Body Shop Glow Enhancer I got as a goodie. The extremely fine glow is very subtle, more so than with any other liquid highlighter that I got and it can seem invisible.. but your post made me give it another chance and I hope I'll be able to appreciate the subtle glow enhancement it gives too, my first impression is good.

    I don't know what it is, but you somehow manage to get me hooked on things much more often than others :D


  8. thank you all for the feedback :)
    @2espresso: it's always a pleasure for me to be the enabler ;)


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