Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Pressed) in Opal - review and swatches


I introduced this product to my Project Dent series over a week ago now (see intro post here) and I'm back today to review it.

I did review Becca's Champagne Pop a few weeks ago (see here) and while in many ways it would have made sense to review them together, I'd used Champagne Pop more so I was more familiar with it and I do also find it easier to photograph and review coloured products like this separately. I have given you some comparison swatches though, so you can see them alongside each other.

Aside from Mary-Lou and Cindy-Lou from the Balm (which I've re-pressed into one pan and am currently focusing on as part of Pan that Palette), this is the oldest highlighter I own. I must have had it for almost three years now, and while I did use it a lot when I bought it, it's been one of those products that I didn't quite forget about but I generally stopped using.

Why? Becca's formula for highlighters isn't my favourite because it can emphasise texture, and of Champagne Pop and Opal, I think Champagne Pop is a prettier colour so I tend to reach for that one if I'm reaching for Becca - even though I think Opal looks more natural on my skintone.

Becca claims/product details:
  • A creamy highlighter powder to light up your best features with a high-shine finish
  • Like a spotlight for your skin
  • With a high-impact, ultra-reflective shine
  • This iconic formula is enriched with ultra-fine, luminescent pearls that absorb, reflect and refract light to amplify your natural radiance
  • The multi-toned pigment pearls adjust to your skin’s natural undertones
  • Unlike traditional pressed powders, this formula blends pigments with liquids to create an unparalleled, creamy feel that applies seamlessly for a silky finish without caking
  • For an elegant finish that doesn’t look glittery
  • RRP $68 AUD for 8g

I do like Becca's flying saucer packaging and a large section of my makeup collection is populated by those familiar UFOs.

Aside from Champagne Pop and Opal, I also have one of the new bronzers, a split pan (half blush, half highlighter), Prismatic Amethyst and four blushes. That's a lot. Plus I have two Becca primers, two foundations, one liquid highlighter (I used to have three) and two of the brand's eyeshadow quints.

Like many, when I find a brand that works for me, I tend to stick to it!

One of the reasons why I like Becca products is because they work for my dry, thirty-something skin.

The powders are generally finely milled and creamy so they don't look drying or ageing on me, and they're easy to blend.

There's Opal in direct sunlight (outdoors):

Natural light (indoors):

Natural light (outdoors):

Now for swatches.

Below I've given you a heavier swatch and a lighter one of Opal by itself, and after that I've given you some comparison swatches so you can see how it looks alongside other popular highlighters.

Direct sunlight:

And again for good measure:

Now for comparison swatches. 

Below I've swatched it alongside Becca's Champagne Pop, Kevyn Aucoin's The Celestial Powder in Candlelight and TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer.

Direct sunlight:

* L-R: Champagne Pop, Opal, Mary-Lou, Candlelight 

Indirect sunlight:

* L-R: Champagne Pop, Opal, Mary-Lou, Candlelight 

Natural light (outdoors): 

* L-R: Champagne Pop, Opal, Mary-Lou, Candlelight 

Natural light (indoors):

* L-R: Champagne Pop, Opal, Mary-Lou, Candlelight 


I do really like this highlighter, but it's not my favourite formula and I don't often reach for it these days - especially after buying Champagne Pop and also my Hourglass highlighters.

As you can see above, Champagne Pop is more peachy and sunny than Opal - which by comparison looks more beige and almost a little brown in the above swatches. And although Opal looks more natural on my colouring, I find that Champagne Pop lifts and brightens my face a little more because the colour is just, I dunno, a happier one.

Opal is a beautifully soft, creamy powder that feels divine in texture. Almost like a powder cushion. This texture is just how I like my powders to feel: like luxury to the touch.

Worth noting is that I didn't buy Becca's Opal for years because I thought it would be too intense for my personal tastes (I prefer a natural highlight), but eventually I got sick of hearing everyone rave about it so I caved. I was happy to discover that you can go in really carefully with these so a natural highlight is achievable - it's just that you can barely touch your brush into the pan if that's the look you're going for.

Also worth noting is that I can see super tiny flecks of glitter in this - including when I apply it to my face. Sure, they're hard to see and probably only I am aware of them, but they are there.

The reason why Becca doesn't make my favourite formula for highlighters is that both Opal and Champagne Pop can emphasise texture. Even if I apply the smallest amount, my pores do look more noticeable when I wear either of these shades. If you prefer a stronger highlight then the problem will be even worse, but if you use a tiny amount, it's not too bad.

Perhaps my favourite use for Opal these days is on the eyes. I find a lot of my shimmer shadows to be a bit too much for an everyday inner corner highlight, but with Opal I can get some glow happening without looking overdone. 

Indeed, I'm considering depotting this into a self-made palette because I think I'll use it more when it's alongside other shadows. As it is, I'm unlikely to open a separate compact just for an inner corner or lashline highlight, so I think that would be a wise move for me personally.

The product applies and blends well, and it lasts well on me too. I have no complaints about the formula overall, except for the can-emphasise-texture issue.

All in all, this is a beautiful highlighter and I do like it. It's just not perfect so it's not my favourite, but I still recommend it and it contains so much product that I'll likely be passing it on to my grandchildren.


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