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


I recently reintroduced this product to Project Dent and I'm itching to review it because it's my HG highlighter and I've been meaning to review it for ages. So here we finally are!

Indeed, I like it so much that it's one of the few powder products in my collection that I would consider repurchasing if I ever finish it, and I can't say that about a lot of things so that's definitely worth mentioning.

You may have heard me say this before but let me reiterate: this is the Becca highlighter that made me reconsider Becca's formula.

What I mean by this is, I own three other (older) Becca highlighters and while there's so much to love about them, they emphasise texture on my cheeks so I tend not to reach for them as much as my other highlighters (I'm more likely to use them on the eyes).

But I'd heard that this one was different and indeed it is: it doesn't emphasise texture, and it's not as intense as the others so I don't need to be as careful with it when I apply it. Happy days.

Becca claims/product details:

  • A creamy, highlighting powder with duochrome pigments that capture the light and transform with your every move
  • Get a prismatic glow in any light
  • Enriched with colour-shifting pigments that reflect and refract light for a multi-faceted, holographic effect
  • Infused with pale gold, violet and rose pearls, Prismatic Amethyst creates a chic, iridescent sheen that changes as you move
  • Unlike traditional pressed powders, this one-of-a-kind formula blends pigments with liquids to create an unparalleled, creamy feel that applies seamlessly, feels silky on the skin, and never cakes
  • RRP $58 AUD for 7g, but do wait for specials

I really love the packaging of this particular highlighter: it's just beautiful.

Becca took a while to release its limited edition powders in different coloured packaging and I'm glad it's finally done this. It makes a nice change from that old chocolate brown rubber that Becca has traditionally used.

I also prefer the metallic finish because it's easier to wipe down and clean.

There's the pan, direct sunlight:

And indirect sunlight:

Light and heavy swatches, indirect sunlight:

Below I've swatched Prismatic Amethyst (left) beside Becca Opal (middle) and Champagne Pop (right) so you can see the differences between them, direct sunlight:


As mentioned above, this is my favourite highlighter and that's why I've given it an HG tag. I love it, I'm so glad I own it, and it's often the highlighter I'll reach for if we're going out and I want to look my best.

Do note, though, that this isn't the same as Becca's other highlighters and some people don't like it for that reason. You'll see in the swatches above that it's not as intense and pigmented as the other two, and it also doesn't build as well (I've noticed this especially when using it on the eyes). It's also different in texture: it's not as creamy and dense, and the formula is slightly dry and dusty so I can see why some people prefer the originals.

For me, though, the originals are too intense and while I can get a softer highlight from them (which is my preference), I need to be really careful with my brush and concentrate while I'm working with them, while Prismatic Amethyst is more of a slap-and-go product and I prefer that.

Also, the original highlighters emphasise texture on my cheeks so I hardly ever reach for them, but this one doesn't and that's why it's my favourite. If texture isn't an issue for you then you may prefer the originals, but it's one of the main things I look for in my highlighters so that's why Prismatic Amethyst is more my speed.

The other thing I like about this is that it's super flattering and a lot more natural-looking than I was expecting it to be. I'm normally not one for duochromes because they can look so unnatural, but I don't get that feeling with this one. I was also worried that it might be too frosty on my warm skin, but it isn't so I'm pleased about that too. Instead it offers a pearly lilac sheen that looks interesting without looking odd or overdone.

In other news it blends and applies well, and while it lasts well enough throughout the day, the original Becca highlighters do last a bit longer - perhaps because they're creamier so they adhere better to the skin, while the dryness of this one means it's more likely to fall off.

Overall I reckon this is a brilliant highlighter and I absolutely love it. It looks beautiful on the skin, it's easy to use and it's flattering. I can see myself owning this for a long time.


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