Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) in Topaz - review and swatches

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Last month I posted on my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone (see here), and I promised myself that I would review the other two versions I own because I've had them for ages now and I keep forgetting to review them!

Next up is Topaz, which I don't use quite as frequently as Moonstone, but I love it just as much and there's absolutely a place in my collection for both.


Topaz is a gorgeous golden bronze colour, which will work beautifully on darker skins as a dedicated highlighter - and you can also use it as a base before foundation to add a slight bronze glow that's perfect for the warmer months.

While I don't use Topaz as a dedicated facial highlighter because it's too dark for my colouring, it's a sensational product for mixing with foundation to add a nice glow - and it has the double purpose of darkening any base that's a little too light for me when it's summer and I'm more tanned.


There's the dreaded pump above. I say dreaded because a lot of people have commented that the pump dispenses far too much product - unless you're using it all over your face, in which case the amount is spot on. 

While it's true that the pump dispenses too much product for application as a spot highlighter, this is an easy fix and it doesn't bother me at all:


Above is what one, gentle pump looks like. If I want to use it as a spot highlighter, I squeeze the product out into a container like this, use what I need and keep the excess. 

You'd probably want to use it all up within a week or two so it doesn't dry out, although I've never had it dry out on me because I can easily get through the amount within a couple of weeks, and I don't feel forced to use it every day to achieve this.

There's the colour below in direct sunlight:


Becca claims/product details:
  • The iconic highlighter that started it all
  • A sheer, crème-liquid that perfects skin with ultra-fine light-reflecting pearls for a soft, natural glow
  • Achieve a subtle luminosity
  • Melts into your skin for polished, natural-looking radiance
  • Water-light and sheer, it has a prismatic effect that allows it to adjust in any light, so your refined glow is never lost
  • To use: apply as a base over the entire face; mix with your foundation for a radiant complexion; use over makeup to highlight cheekbones, browbones and temples 
  • RRP $68 AUD for 50ml, but do shop around (you can easily find it online for around $50)


There's a heavy and lighter swatch above, photographed in direct sunlight.

Below I've sheered it out and left the shot slightly out-of-focus, so you can see that it doesn't contain any noticeable glitter chunks (which I'm not a fan of):


Same shot, natural light - you can see that it's not too dark once sheered out, and even medium skintones like mine could use this on its own to give a nice bronze glow to the skin:


Verdict

This is a great product and I've given the formula an HG tag because it's definitely the best liquid illuminator I've used to date and it's also reasonable value because you get so much product and the bottle should last for ages. If you were only going to use this as a spot highlighter, I'm convinced you'd never get through it!

The formula is a thin, light cream with no detectable scent. It's one of those products that just vanishes into the skin without feeling heavy/oily or drying, so I'd say it would suit all skin types and you shouldn't be aware of it once it's on.

Topaz is a golden bronze colour that's best for darker skintones if you're planning on using it alone or as a spot highlighter - but it's also a fantastic product for darkening your foundation a shade or two if it's a little pale for you in the warmer months. 

On that, I bought Moonstone so I could bring down the colour of some of my darker bases so they would suit my winter skin, and while it does this successfully, it doesn't make a dramatic difference so if the colour is really off, you may need to use something else. But Topaz packs a punch in terms of darkening your foundation (perhaps it's more pigmented because it's darker), so I really recommend it if you're after a mixer product that also adds a nice glow.

What sets these illuminators apart for me is both their versatility and also the effect they give on the skin. Liquid illuminators are more versatile in general, but these Becca ones don't contain noticeable glitter chunks and instead just give a natural, credible sheen to the skin. 

While you can certainly build them up so they announce themselves as highlighters, if you want a 'look at me' highlight you're better off going for the pressed or poured versions - but with so many big bang highlighters flooding the market, there's absolutely a place for products like this that are work-appropriate and suitable for day use.

Another huge plus with these liquid versions is that they don't look overly metallic on the skin, nor do they emphasise texture (a problem I've had with the pressed versions), so I feel these are the stand-outs in Becca's highlighting offerings and they're also the best value of the three versions on a per-gram basis.

All in all, these are the most versatile, best-value highighters I own and they also give me the best effect with very little effort. If you had to pick just one highlighter, I would recommend one of these - although of course do test them first to check that they give you the look you're after.

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