I was already a Becca fan when I first heard about the Shimmering Skin Perfector ($41), but I didn't know how to use it (I assumed it would turn me into a greasy mess) until I ran across a Lisa Eldridge. She demonstrates how to apply the Skin Perfector below, starting at 04:05:
I immediately bought Pearl, applied it exactly the way she demonstrated, and I could not believe the gorgeousness. After that, I was encouraged to try it other ways. I'd mix a tiny dot into my tinted moisturizer or foundation or sometimes I'd dab a bit into the center of my eyelid over eyeshadow. I cannot recommend that method for a long-term look because the humectants in the highlighter will eventually cause eye makeup to slide off, but it looks nice for a short while.
I want to be clear that his highlighter, even though water based, does leave a slightly tacky feeling on the skin, so if your skin is really oily (e.g., you use blotting papers on your cheeks by afternoon, not just on nose and forehead), you might not like how Shimmering Skin Perfector feels.
If you mix it into foundation or moisturizer, you need a tiny amount, about the size of a rice grain--you don't want your entire face to shine. For highlighting I use about the size of a pea and blend it in really well so there are no visible edges. The foundation brush eats up a lot of the product but I get a more flawless finish using one over my fingers.
I had also heard such great things about Becca Luminous Skin Color ($42). There are so many color choices--especially for pale skin tones, which is quite unusual. There are many brands where I cannot get a color match, as they are all too dark. I wrote to Becca customer service, and they recommended Cashmere, which is for fair complexions with neutral undertones. But I don't have neutral undertones. I have a decided amount of blue and pink undertones and beige overtones, so I bucked the suggestion and went with Porcelain, which is recommended for light to fair complexions with pink undertones.
I could not have chosen a closer match if the foundation were custom blended for me.
The first thing I noticed was that Luminous Skin Color is more a tinted moisturizer than a true foundation. Coverage is ultra-light, and despite being water based, the finish is quite dewy. Very oily skins might not care for this, and if you want your foundation to cover imperfections, you probably won't care for this. Luminous Skin Color is ideally for skin that hasn't got much to hide.
This is a hardworking foundation. It provides a hint of color, plenty of moisture, and acts as treatment. It contains broad-spectrum SPF 25, as well as vitamins A, B, D and E, which together fight free radicals, enhance tissue repair, bind moisture, promote collagen production, and protect against environmental damage. The dewy finish makes me wonder if it contains some of the ingredients from the Shimmering Skin Perfector. It makes the high points of my face glow, and if I were to set with powder, I'd use the lightest most translucent powder I own.
Here are a few swatches of the Pearl Skin Perfector and Porcelain Luminous Skin Color on the back of my hand.
|Pearl is a shimmering clear color; Porcelain is a pinkish beige|
|Blended into skin, both will become invisible and provide that second-skin effect|
Bottom line: Essential for that youthful summertime glow.