Is this real life? That’s what I asked myself as I opened a package containing Becca and Jaclyn’s latest and greatest – the entire Champagne Pop Collection! Following Champagne Pop’s huge success, Becca Cosmetics and YouTube sensation Jaclyn Hill have collaborated to create two beautiful limited edition palettes, and have extended the permanent line with the poured and liquid sisters of Champagne Pop. I’ve been playing around with these beauties for a few days now, and I couldn’t wait to share with you what I think of the line so far, along with lots of swatches!
I purchased Champagne Pop as soon as it released last year and it’s a highlighter that I always go back to; so the fact that they have extended the line is very exciting indeed! I won’t go on about it too much as I’ve reviewed it in full here.
The official release on Sephora.com was on May 26, and surprise surprise – the two limited edition palettes have already sold out. The entire collection will be available in-stores and re-stocked online on June 16. Australian beauties hopefully won’t have to wait too long to get their hands on these goodies, as its unconfirmed release date is July 7.
Let’s start with the star of the collection – the Champagne Collection Face Palette* (US $52). This palette is absolutely striking – the white and gold packaging looks and feels luxurious, and I appreciate that its quite sturdy and has a bit of weight to it. It houses five powders – three blushes and two highlighters, each pan being a generous size which makes it comfortable to use an array of brushes. The two mineral blushes included are Amaretto, described as a toasted almond shade; and Pamplemousse, an insanely bright coral pink. Becca mineral blushes are one of my all time favourite formulas – think super bendable, creamy, and pigmented with a satin finish (review here). Amaretto has already become a firm favourite. On my medium skin tone it makes for an easy-to-throw-on blush/bronzer hybrid that warms up the cheeks like a dream. Lastly, there is the gorgeous luminous blush in Rosé Spritz which is described as a soft peach pink with gold particles – this one reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm, but on drugs – HA! I hadn’t tried the luminous blush formula until I received this palette, and it’s everything Becca promises – the perfect cross between a blusher and a highlight; it’s all about the glow. All three blushes are insanely pigmented, so I would recommend barely touching the product with your brush, then tapping off excess. We then have two generously sized pans of highlighting goodness – Champagne Pop, a warm peachy-gold, and a new true yellow-gold addition – Prosecco Pop.
I really like the concept of being able to mix the blushes and highlighters to create a custom look. The quality is splendid as expected; and the palette offers amazing value for money (it contains $136 worth of product). Do you need it? Well, that depends. If you’re a Jaclyn fan and a sucker for anything limited edition, I’m sure you won’t want to pass this up. But if you’re someone who already has Champagne Pop plus a few Becca blushes in their collection, then you can probably skip this.
Next up is the Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette* (US $40). Is it me or no one is as excited about this eyeshadow palette? I must admit when I first saw a photo of the collection I was really drawn to it – I don’t own a heap of mauve shadows and somehow the shade selection really seems to work. There are two shimmery shadows, and three matte shadows.
Again – is it me… or do the Becca folks really like their wines and liquors? Keeping with the theme, we have Chardonnay, a sheer gold with flashes of pink and soft yellow; Champagne Toast, a reflective peach with a dash of cinnamon; Cordial, a matte rose with warm undertones; Cognac, a warm matte coffee; and Bordeaux, a rich matte wine with chocolate undertones. It was my first time trying Becca eyeshadows and I wasn’t disappointed one bit. However, it’s worth mentioning that these shadows don’t necessarily pack a punch in the pigmentation department – they’re more on the sheerer, dryer side of things. I still found them to be buildable and very easy to work with. And quite frankly, I’m happy with that. Chardonnay makes for a beautiful highlighter not only on the brow bone and inner corners of the eye, but also on fair skinned beauties. Champagne Toast is stunning but really only packs a punch when applied with a finger as opposed to a brush.
Do you need it? If you don’t already have some dupes in your collection and aren’t expecting crazy pigmented shadows, then you’ll enjoy this. The palette will help achieve some seriously romantic and soft eye shadow looks and is very travel friendly. I’ve been getting lots of use out of it so far!
EDIT June 10, 2016 – BECCA and Jaclyn Hill have decided to discontinue the Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette due to quality inconsistencies. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this; people were quick to point out the eye palette was manufactured in China, while all other BECCA eyeshadow palettes are made in the U.S. Many have pointed out this palette’s quality does not compare to the BECCA eyeshadows they know – the US manufactured shadows are allegedly more buttery and pigmented than the ones in this palette. As I mentioned in my original post, I haven’t tried the other palettes as of yet, so I don’t have a point of comparison like others do. Again as per my original review, I quite like this eyeshadow palette – it’s decent but it’s not “incredible”. It’s been a welcome addition to my collection and I’ll continue to get a lot of use out of it. If you have any further questions about my experiences with this palette, leave them in the comments!
The Champagne Collection is completed by the addition of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid and Poured Créme. The liquid formula is the most versatile, as it can be used before foundation on the areas you wish to add a bit of glow (or all over the face if you’re about that life), or it can be mixed with your foundation. It can also be applied to the body (it looks extra delicious on the décolletage/collar bones) and even be mixed with your sun screen for a serious summer glow. Lately my favourite of the three though, is the Poured formula which delivers a subtle, powder-like matte finish. This cream formula is perfect for oily or combination skin types, mature skin, or those with enlarged pores. It’s very day time appropriate, lasts all day and doesn’t move or break away your base of choice.
It’s a long post already (sorry not sorry), but I thought I’d share a few comparison swatches. Hopefully they’re useful!
Are you planning on picking anything up from this collection?
* Eternally grateful to the BECCA Cosmetics team for providing these press samples. All opinions are my own – read my disclaimer here.