I love blushes. I love highlighters. Put both together in a single, travel-friendly compact and you’re ought to have a winner! I was extremely excited when I saw the new BECCA Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duos*, which serve up a hefty dose of pigmentation and luminosity. I really enjoyed the BECCA Champagne Collection Face Palette, so I had high expectations for the newest kids on the block. How did they measure up? My answer may not be what you expect.
These are the same size as the regular pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors, however, the product inside is split in half. One side is a Shimmering Skin Perfector (pressed) in either Champagne Pop or Prosecco Pop, and the other is a mineral blush. They come in four delicious combinations:
- Amaretto + Prosecco Pop — dusky rose with a hint of gold pearl + a true gold highlighter (my favourite)
- Flowerchild + Champagne Pop — peachy pink with golden highlight + a warm peach highlighter
- Pamplemousse +Prosecco Pop — medium grapefruit pink with subtle shimmer and satin finish
- Hyacinth + Champagne Pop — vibrant poppy pink with satin finish
I really love the silver and gold packaging they have used for these limited edition items, and secretly wish they would replace their usual packaging with it… I’m sure it’s not just me!
Onto what you’re really here to find out more about – the formula. I’m really conflicted to say this, but I was a little underwhelmed. I once wrote an Ode to BECCA Mineral Blushes, and from the moment I ran my fingers through these, I knew they were different. What I’ve always loved about BECCA’s mineral formula was their creaminess (softest blushes ever!), but these felt a lot drier. Amaretto, the limited edition shade that first appeared in the BECCA Champagne Collection face palette, is a little bit stiffer than the palette counterpart. Flowerchild is possibly the closest to the original, full size pan. The worst offender is definitely Hyacinth, which is the driest of the bunch and feels borderline chalky.
Don’t get me wrong – the blushes aren’t terrible by any stretch of the imagination! I still think they’re workable blushes – the blendability and longevity are there, but the texture should have been on par to what BECCA fans have grown to know and love. I’m not sure if tightly pressing the powders into the split pans is what’s made the difference.
Despite the slight disappointment, I’m still getting lots of use out of them. I reach for Amaretto + Prosecco Pop on a daily basis; it’s the perfect combination for my skin tone and a combination that goes with just about every makeup look. My second favourite is Flowerchild + Champagne Pop, another gorgeous duo for everyday wear. Pamplemousse is one that I don’t reach for that often, due to the fine shimmer particles it contains. Dryness aside, Hyacinth is a shade that would best suit darker skin, so I don’t reach for it as often.
The highlighters? You guessed it, they too felt a bit drier than the full sizes, but they aren’t overly chunky and blend out beautifully onto the high parts of the face.
BECCA also released a synthetic Champagne Collection Angled Highlighting Brush, using the same gold and silver accents as the splits. This brush looks extremely luxurious, so I was expecting it to be a little bit heavier; but it’s quite lightweight. The bristles are densely packed but there is still a lot of movement, allowing for the product to be easily picked up onto the brush and seamlessly blended out. I’m very particular when it comes to blush brushes, because if they’re too big, you can get blush below the apples of your cheeks which can look aged. However, this brush is a good size to target the apples of the cheeks, and to use the angled top to highlight. It’s an all-round multi-tasker, having used it for bronzing and contouring. Although it’s a nice brush, it’s not a must-have, stand-out brush.
The Champagne Splits and Angled Highlighting Brush are available in-stores and online at Sephora AU. The Splits retail for AU$64 each, and the brush is AU$50.
You may be wondering about the Slim Lights that BECCA released, but I’m still testing them out. Bare with me as I will be sharing my thoughts soon, so stay tuned!
Are you planning on getting any? What did you think of these?
*Very grateful to the BECCA Cosmetics team for providing these press samples. Honesty as always, and all opinions are my own – read my disclaimer here.