September 22, 2016

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed In Champagne Pop 

I remember stumbling upon Jaclyn Hill’s Youtube channel about 5 years ago. From the first video I was instantly hooked to her comprehensive and in-depth explaining tutorials as well as her contagious and positive demeanor. It has been an absolute delight and privilege to have watch her grow over the years not just on Youtube, but equally so in her professional endeavors. Besides being the face of a list of brands and collaborating with a number of others, perhaps the most high-profiled has been her partnership with Becca. What first started with a what has now reached cult status highlighter, turned into a full-blown mini line containing a face palette as well as an eyeshadow palette and more. The Becca x Jaclyn Hill Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop ($38 each / 0.28 oz) made its way into many makeup collections around the globe including mine and recently I purchased my second round of this super pigmented highlighter. Champagne Pop is described as a “soft white gold with pinky peach undertones" – to me it reads among the lines of a luminous light-medium peachy gold with a hint of orange undertone and has a frosted sheen that runs on the cool side. The color itself is quite complex and it shifts depending on what kind of light it is seen in. Naturally, pictures will do the overall shade no justice because there’s no good way of capturing the magnitude of gorgeousness as well as overall complexity of the color. I would say that the best bet is that you have to see it in person in order to fully grasp how beautiful and quite amazing Champagne Pop really is.

On the exterior, Champagne Pop looks just like the other Becca highlighters as it is encased in the sleek round compact equipped with a generous-sized mirror. It is a a “creamy powder luminizer” formula that delivers a “superb natural glow.” My experience with Becca’s highlighters has taught me that they have a very smooth and soft buttery consistency with really good color payoff and a high-shimmer, high-sheen finish. These highlighters are definitely not for the subtle-at-heart. The color is super pigmented so you’ll only need a little bit to get a noticeable highlight going. Champagne Pop is very easy to apply and depending on what kind of hand you use it can either be sheered out using a light hand, or can be applied at full intensity. The texture of this highlighter is very creamy and soft so it’s easy to blend and buff into the skin without emphasizing the pores or the skin’s natural texture. I like to use this using my go-to fan brush. It goes onto the high-points of my face very smoothly and blends into a soft luminous glow. I did experience a minimal amount of fallout, but that’s normal with most highlighters. On me the highlighter wore for almost 9.5 hours before it started to lose its intensity. And for a highlighter, that’s insane but considering we’re dealing with Becca here, that’s the standard.

Closeup image of the color:

Swatched on the arm by itself (taken in direct sunlight):

Comparison swatches – Champagne Pop vs Opal (taken in direct sunlight):

Comparison swatches – Champagne Pop vs Opal (taken in regular daylight): 

In conclusion, I give this highlighter two thumbs up. If you categorize yourself team #stronghighlight, then Champagne Pop is your holy grail awaiting. No worries, even for those who prefer a more subdued sheen can equally enjoy this highlighter. Although the powder is finely milled and very pigmented, it’s soft and smooth enough to where it blends out easily onto the skin for a more diffused but still delicious luminous look. You truly only need a little bit of product to get your face glowing and deposit + end result will depend on whether you use a light or heavy hand. In comparison to Opal, Champagne Pop definitely has a stronger sheen. Overall, it’s just gorgeous!

Have you tried any of the Becca highlighters? Which shade is your favorite?

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