There has been a magical meeting. Becca and Jaclyn Hill have come together and triumphed in a production of Champagne Pop. This shimmering pressed powder is a soft gold with light pink undertones and is wearable for all.
But here's the question, do you need it?
I have a thing for highlighters. It all started with Bourjois Diaphane Blanc, then graduated to Bobbi Brown Beige shimmer brick, since exploding into a sizeable collection. In buying each one the quest has been three fold:
- To add dimension
- To, dare I say it, make my chic-bones pop; and
- To give that candlelit glow.
After much product dabbling I have concluded that basically any highlighting powder on the market can do this for you. While the texture and degree of shimmer may vary from one to another they all can help you achieve what you are looking for. What makes a holy grail highlighter though comes down to two things in my book:
- A low glitter factor; and
You see not all highlighters are manufactured equal. Some impart a very subtle effect that consumers may complain isn't impactful enough for the price (Kevyn Aucoin's is a prime example) and others give a very glittery shine that makes pores huge and make up tragic.
I had never tried any of Becca's powder highlighters and excuse my ignorance, but it was only when this was released that they apparently appeared on my radar. Now of course all I hear are people citing the likes of Moonstone as their holy grail route to a glow.
If Champagne Pop is an indication of the typical Shimmering Skin Perfector consistency then I can say this:
- Cream-to-power like consistency - silky smooth on the brush and easy to blend on the skin.
- Concentrated - highly pigmented. Unlike the likes of Kevyn Aucoin, you will see this on your skin straight away.
- Delicate - I have to admit that my Champagne Pop has actually shattered. I think this may be a result of the long journey from NY to Dubai and so a couple of inches drop on a table destabilised it completely. The texture of this is incredibly delicate and for that reason I would never travel with this in my bag.
Tone-wise, Champagne Pop is a warm toast shade. Initially I worried that it might be too warm - particularly as I am eschewing fake/real tan at the moment - but it actually translates softly. When I examine the colour there is a careful balance of soft gold and pink to keep the tones balanced and wearable for all.
(I'm sorry I look so smug - I was actually frustrated at my inability to take a decent selfie)
Will it enhance your pores? Of course it will - any highlighter will do that if you apply too much and in the wrong position on your skin.
Are there any dupes? Well there are two that immediately come to mind. What is not helpful however is that these are both limited edition / probably not available but long time make up lovers may have one of these hanging around their stash. I'm talking about Bobbi Brown Copper Sparkle shimmer brick and Dior Amber Diamond.
(L-R: Champagne Pop/Copper Sparkle/Amber Diamond)
It is the latter one that feels like the closest dupe - close but not quite the same. Still, Amber Diamond has a balance of warmth, light pink and white tones that when mixed together create a similar finish once translated on the skin.
(L-R: Champagne Pop/ Amber Diamond - clearly bored of swatching at this point :)
So here's the question? Do you need it?
Well I definitely didn't. I have plenty of highlighters and once applied on the skin they seldom become distinguishable. It's not as if I couldn't walk around with Amber Diamond on my face and pretend it wasn't Champagne Pop - nobody would ever know.
However that being said if you have always wanted to delve into Becca highlighters this limited edition number is a great place to start. It is pretty on and I can't help but want to support such an immense collaboration by a great YouTuber. This is a quality product and even if you already have 100 highlighters, I won't judge you for picking up one of your own :)