Thursday, July 23, 2015

Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop: Thoughts & Swatches


I don't think I often succumb to limited edition products but I quickly surrendered to the hype around Becca's newest Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. Many of you will probably know that Becca collaborated with Jaclyn Hill to create this shade and the constant exposure to raves and swatches of this on Instagram finally compelled me to place an order soon after this went up for sale on Sephora's website. I've swatched the other Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors in store and always made a mental note of getting one so this wasn't a totally impulsive buy.... At least that's what I tell myself.


Champagne Pop is a beautiful golden highlighter that looks very bright when a light source hits it directly but can look quite orange and tan otherwise. This looks lovely on my summer bronze skin and on anyone darker than me but can look possibly look orange on very fair people. The texture of the powder is lovely and you need the tiniest amount to get a full-on glow.


The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors are much larger than their blushes which I find quite strange since the highlighters are so pigmented that you really only need a tiny bit. The Becca Mineral Blushes contain .2 oz of product and retail for $32 whereas the Shimmering Skin Perfectors contain .28 oz of product and sell for $38. Yes, I cringed a little when I realized how much I had paid for a shimmery powder. I really wouldn't mind if Becca made the highlighters the same size as the blushes and dropped the price a few bucks.


I don't think I've added a new highlighter to my collection for quite some time which is one of the reasons why I felt it was forgivable if I bought Champagne Pop. The closest highlighter I already own is the Balm's Mary Lou Manizer and even then, the two are noticeably different. Champagne Pop is darker and has more of a rose gold tone whereas Mary Lou Manizer is a white gold.


But swatched side by side, the differences in shade are minimal. The two swatches look almost identical and when you wear these on the skin with a light hand, you'll be hard pressed to spot the difference. However if you swatch these heavily on the skin, you will easily notice that Champagne Pop looks more natural on the skin whereas Mary Lou Manizer looks stark and not as refined. Mary Lou Manizer is significantly cheaper, retailing for $24 and containing a bit more product at .3 oz. The Balm also does 50% off sales a few times a year so it's a budget friendly highlight. These two aren't dupes and I have to say I like the texture of Becca's highlighter more but considering the price difference, you're not missing too much if you have the Balm's Mary Lou Manizer already.

Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfectors are cult favorites for a reason. They illuminate the skin without highlighting pores and imperfections and the shade range has something for everyone. I'm very happy with Champagne Pop and I'm glad I got my hands on it. Is it a total must-have for everyone? No, not really. But it sure makes a nice collector's product that I can use to my heart's content and still have a heaping pan of.

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