BECCA Afterglow Palette Review

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin

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I’ve missed you guys so much! I’ve been away for a little while but I’m determined to get back into the swing of things. My makeup addiction has not abated in my absence and I have a ton of new stuff to show you.

First up is my newest addition and it’s the BECCA Afterglow palette. Now BECCA have released two highlighter palettes for the Christmas season with one being exclusive to Sephora and one being exclusive to Ulta. The Sephora palette is a trio of highlighters which includes “blushed copper, “champagne pop”, and the new “pearl” highlighter. Since I already own two of those highlighters in the full-size, it was a no-brainer for me to choose the Ulta exclusive.

The Afterglow palette consists of mini versions of moonstone”, “rose gold”, and “topaz highlighters in addition to blushes in wild honey” and flowerchild”. The palette is very small and it’s the same size as the usual BECCA eyeshadow palettes. This makes it great for travel but it may prove problematic if you like to use big brushes. The packaging is a dark rose gold plastic case which is definitely a fingerprint magnet but it is nice and slim, which is a bonus.

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BECCA afterglow palette on dark skin swatches

From L-R: “moonstone”, “rose gold”, “topaz”, “wild honey”, “flowerchild”

I think this palette will be especially good for those who haven’t tried BECCA’s highlighters before or those who want something for travel. I actually intend on mainly using this in my makeup kit as I don’t really feel comfortable de-potting/ carrying around my full-size BECCA highlighters. However, my main problem is how small the palette is (each shade is the size of a typical eyeshadow pan) and I also think the colour selection is a little iffy. I don’t understand why having “moonstone” (the lightest shade) and “topaz” (the darkest) in the same palette would appeal to the average buyer. I do however intend to play around with mixing shades to see how it looks on my dark skin. I also definitely can’t use “wild honey” on my skin but I can just about get away with “flowerchild”.

Reservations aside, I really recommend this palette and I think almost everybody will get some good use out of it. You get to try 5 BECCA products for the price of 1 and you can’t really beat that! The BECCA Afterglow palette is available at Ulta for $39.50. 

It’s good to be back!

Nana Adomah

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Colourpop Highlighters: A Review

“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.” – Henry Green

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Colourpop highlighters on dark skin

From L-R: “Sticky Sweet”, “Tasty”, “Avalon”, “Monster”

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“Avalon” & “Sticky Sweet” Top- indoor swatch w/ flash , Bottom- outdoor swatch

Colourpop tasty monster highlighters on dark skin swatch

“Monster” & “Tasty”: Top- indoor swatch w/ flash, Bottom- outdoor swatch

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“Tasty” layered over NARS “Liberte”

I was a complete saddo and stalked the Colourpop website in anticipation of their new highlighters. Highlighters are in my top 3 makeup items of all time so these were a no-brainer. I restrained myself however, and I only bought 4: “Monster”, “Tasty”, “Avalon”, and “Sticky Sweet”. 

Colourpop’s newest additions are similar in texture to their amazing shadows in that they’re not quite cream but rather more putty-like in texture. Pictures truly do not do these justice as they appear much more shiny and pigmented in living colour.

The colours are described by Colourpop as follows:

“Monster”light pink with [a] highly opalescent duo chrome finish

“Tasty”candy coloured coral with multi-dimensional pink and copper duo chrome finish

“Avalon”a true golden bronze with golden pink duo chrome finish

“Sticky Sweet”a deep violet with pink duo chrome finish

All the shades (aside from “monster”) can be worn as a blush when built up or applied as a sheer wash of colour for a highlighted effect. “monster” and “Avalon” apply as true highlighters on me whilst “sticky sweet” and “tasty” straddle the line between a blush and highlighter. “Avalon” reminds me a lot of BECCA’s “blushed copper” but I do not own any colours like the other shades.

All 4 colours are beautiful but “monster” was the real surprise. It looks scary and pasty in the pan but it really comes alive when swatched on the skin. It’s like a cool/ pink- toned version of NARS’s “Albatross”.

“Monster” (and another shadow I ordered) came to me damaged as the product had separated itself from its container but Colourpop’s customer service was fantastic and they mailed me another one about a week later.

If you are familiar with Colourpop, these provide the same high quality as their other products and if you’re not, well what are you waiting for?! These babies are only $8 a piece and they are worth far, far more in my opinion.

Colourpop are currently offering a free eyeshadow with any purchase (while supplies last) and there are a few free shipping codes floating around too.

Have you tried any of these new highlighters? Let me know in the comments!

Nana Adomah

A Tale Of Two Highlighters: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured & Pressed Review

“All that glisters is not gold; often you have heard that told.” – William Shakespeare
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BECCA shimmering skin perfector poured

Yet another BECCA review today! I was so excited when I heard that BECCA was coming out with a cream version of their best-selling Shimmering Skin Perfectors (SSP). I already have topaz in their pressed version and I often mix the liquid version of their SSP with my foundation for some extra glow. So when the “poured” (cream) version of the SSP came out, I snapped up topaz without a thought.

However, I have to say that the “poured” version of topaz is the first BECCA product I’ve been disappointed in. I expected the poured topaz to be much more pigmented on my skin than it actually is- a cream version of the pressed topaz if you will. However, this is far more in line with the liquid version of their SSP as in it’s very sheer. This will be perfect for somebody who just wants a light and subtle highlight but that’s not what I’m looking for at $38. Highlighters are my favourite face products and I looooooove me a blinging glow. This just didn’t deliver for me personally.

On to the product itself: poured topaz comes in smaller packaging than the pressed SSP and it’s the same size as BECCA’s blushes. The colour in the pan initially looks very dark but it’s the same colour as the other versions of topaz when swatched. The cream is neither too wet or too dry and it blends very easily. It looks beautiful before blending but disappointment quickly sets in when you do so.

Topaz poured on dark skin

Poured topaz swatched and blended. Not very blingarific 😦

I took some comparison shots of topaz poured and topaz pressed and there’s just no contest. The pressed version just melts into the skin and blends beautifully. A little bit goes a long way and it just gives the most gorgeous golden glow. It’s my all-time favourite highlighter and I wear it almost every day. The dark gold colour looks stunning on dark skin and I don’t have a single criticism about this product (wish it was cheaper though!).

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BECCA shimmering skin perfector in topaz- pressed and poured.

BECCA topaz poured pressed on dark skin swatch

L-R: poured swatch, pressed swatch

BECCA topaz shimmering skin perfector on dark skin

L-R: poured swatch and pressed swatch blended out

So if you’re looking to nab yourself one of BECCA’s highlighter, I’d highly recommend any of the pressed versions. They come in 6 different shades and there’s one to suit every skin tone. If you’re looking for a cream highlight however, I’d give these a miss and check out the offerings from Cover FX or Benefit instead.

The BECCA shimmering perfectors can be found at Ulta or Sephora (poured is exclusive to Sephora) for $38. It’s pricy, but the pressed is worth every single penny and it will last you forever.

Has a trusted brand ever failed you? Let me know in the comments!

Nana Adomah

Cover FX Contour Kit: A Review

I’ve been pretty vocal about my general dislike of contour palettes. I really don’t think that the average, non-make up artist needs a palette with three or more different shades of contour. I think I was just tired of people bringing me that picture of Kim Kardashian and expecting that they would automatically look like her with a bit of contouring and lashings of banana powder. I’ve also been generally unmoved by the numerous contour palettes on offer as they tend to ignore us darker-skinned women. However cue Ginuwine’s “Differences” when I laid eyes on this beauty. My whole life has chaaaaaanged since you came in….”

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Sturdy cardboard packaging.

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Colours included in the the N Deep kit.

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Kit includes a handy “how-to” guide.

 I’ve been a huge fan of Cover FX since I first came across the brand 3 years ago and I have a few (unpublished smdh) drafts waiting in my post editor. I was all about their cream foundation for a couple of years until I transferred my affections to their liquid foundation. The Canadian company focuses on face make up only and they do their job fantastically well. They produce stellar products without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, etc. etc. Look out for a “Brand Focus” post on the brand very soon.

Now onto the contour kit: the kit comprises of three shades of their cream foundation in N60, N90, and N120 in addition to their illuminator in “Candlelight”. The contour kit comes in 6 shades for very fair skin all the way to deeper skin tones. I wear N90/ N100 in the cream foundation so the contour kit in “N Deep” was perfect for me. I can highlight with the N60, contour with the N120, illuminate with candlelight and use N90 as a foundation in a pinch (or mix it with the other colours to tone them down).

The creams are very full-coverage so a little bit goes a long way and the cream dries down to a very natural finish. However, those of you with very oily skin will want to use a good mattifying primer to avoid grease face.

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True colours of the creams in the contour kit after the top layer has been rubbed off.

The contour kit comes with numbers so you can easily follow the “how-to” guide included with the kit. I was apprehensive about how orange #4 looked when I first opened the kit but the true colour of the shade was revealed once I rubbed off the top layer.

Cover FX Contour kit on dark skin swatch N Deep

Outdoor and indoor swatches from L-R: N60, Candlelight, N90, N120

The contour kit retails for $48 and this is well in line with the price of most high-end contour kits around. It initially reminded me of the Laura Mercier contour kit but I like that this kit is specifically tailored to my skin tone. I can easily use each and every shade in one application and that alone makes if very worth the price tag.

It’s so refreshing to see a well-thought out product that doesn’t seem to be a desperate money grab these days so I’m thankful for this kit. It’s already available on the Cover FX  and Sephora websites and look for it in Sephora stores from this week onward.

Contour palettes: yay or nay? Let me know in the comments!

Nana Adomah

P.S. Check out these swatches of the other contour kits I found on the Sephora website:

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