Wow, wow, wow. Can a cheek palette get any more beautiful than this? I feel like I am borderline
obsessive repetitive when praising Becca’s highlighters and blushes, so I will try to condense (in a few overused words from the blogosphere) how magical they are: creamy, super-pigmented, buttery, blendable, dreamy. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying them as of yet, then the Becca Afterglow Palette* is the perfect way to do so – featuring three Shimmering Skin Perfectors and two Mineral Blushes, you will totally get the hype.
The limited edition Afterglow Palette was released as part of the Holidays 2015 collection, but it is still widely available. You could say it features some of Becca’s “greatest hits” – Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, Rose Gold, and Topaz; and Mineral Blushes in Wild Honey (my fave!) and Flowerchild. Each shade contains a total of 1.4g of product, and it retails for AUD $70.
As I mentioned in my December Favourites, the only full sized shade I own out of these is Wild Honey, which is one of my favourite blushes ever (full review here). The rest I had been dying to try, and I’ve been very much enjoying mixing up my very own goddess-like highlighter concoctions. I particularly like Moonstone mixed with Rose Gold; but now that I’ve returned from a two-week sun-filled holiday, I’ve been loving Topaz ‘s bronzy goodness even more than before.
The shade selection with this palette is interesting as it’s a bit of a mixed bag and leans warm, something to consider when deciding to make the purchase. Moonstone is known to be a favourite amongst light-skinned beauties (the lightest shade in the range before Pearl came along), but Rose Gold and Topaz (the darkest) are more geared towards medium to dark skin tones – that’s a big jump in shades. Nonetheless I think lighter skin tones can still make these two shades work, either as blush toppers or as eyeshadows. The two blushes are great – Wild Honey looks amazing on medium skin tones, but it would also make for a fab blush/bronzer hybrid on light skin tones. Flowerchild is that Orgasm-esque medium pink with gold reflects (but better), suitable for a wide range of skin tones.
The only gripe I have with the Afterglow Palette is the size of it – each shade is the standard size of an eyeshadow pan, which can be problematic when picking up product as there is not much separation; especially where the two blushes are concerned. Once you find the right brushes, this isn’t too much of a problem – Real Techniques Bold Metals Blush Brush, Zoeva Cream Cheek Brush & Elf Blush Brush are all great suggestions. The amount of product you get is not a huge concern either, as you only need the tiniest bit (yep, again Becca powders are super pigmented!). The palette itself is sleek, slim and travel friendly, but due to the fact that the powders are so smooth, I probably wouldn’t risk taking it with me – can’t imagine opening up the palette to find it all crumbled up *insert heart break emoji*.
The Becca Afterglow Palette is an absolute beauty – a very welcome addition to my collection and I know I will continue to get lots of use out of it! If you’re considering getting it, it’s just a matter of deciding whether the shade range is suitable to your skin tone and whether or not the pan sizes would bug you. The quality is all there, my friends – no need to worry on that front! Now if Becca would come out with a blush palette, that would be amazing kthnx.
Have you tried any Becca products recently? Will you be getting your hands on this gorgeous palette? Leave me a comment below!
*Product provided for editorial consideration. Read my disclaimer here.