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 review. 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 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 a brush instead of my fingers.
I had also read great things about Becca Luminous Skin Color ($42). There are so many color choices--especially for pale (and cool!) 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 chose Porcelain, which is recommended for light to fair complexions with pink undertones. It turned out to be a good choice.
Coverage is very sheer and quite dewy. Oily skins might not care for this, as it has quite a lot of slip. If you want your foundation to cover imperfections, this might not be up for the task. Luminous Skin Color is ideally for skin that hasn't got much to hide, as it, at most, blurs minor imperfections.
This tinted moisturizer contains broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 25), as well as vitamins that supposedly fight free radicals, enhance tissue repair, bind moisture, promote collagen production, and protect against environmental damage. The moderately gooey finish makes me wonder if this product contains some of the ingredients from the Shimmering Skin Perfector. Unfortunately, something in the ingredients reddens my skin. It could be the sunscreen or the fragrance or that the excess slip makes it hard to blend without streaking.
Below are swatches of the Pearl Skin Perfector and Porcelain Luminous Skin Color on the back of my hand. You can see liquid (silicones?) pooling around the Pearl splotch.
|Pearl is a shimmering clear color; Porcelain is a pinkish beige|
|Blended a bit more|
Bottom line: Lovely for that youthful summertime glow. Sensitive skins should try to sample first.
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Talc, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Myristate, Kaolin, Cocoglycerides, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Glycine, Fructose, Urea, Niacinamide, Inositol, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Fragrance, may contain: +/- Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Red 36, Red 7