Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Snapdragon and Tigerlily

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

This past Spring, Becca released a new blush range called Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blushes. As a blush fiend, of course, I needed to get my hands on these and picked up the two shades Sephora had released early for VIB Rouge members: Snapdragon and Tigerlily. They are described as "multi-dimensional, versatile blushes to create a subtle, shimmering flush. Specially designed to flatter all skintones, this collection is inspired by the fan favourite Shimmering Skin Perfector — just the right balance of colour and light. Wear them alone for subtle blushed luminosity, or as a blush topper layered on top of your favourite matte blush for an added pop of radiance." Initially, I thought Becca was going to replace their original Mineral Blush formula, which is my all-time favourite, with this new series of blushes, and I was ready to weep in despair... but they decided to keep both formulas permanently (yay!). There are currently six permanent shades of Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush, and they are packaged in a chocolate brown rubberized mirrored compacts with airbrushed metal lids. Each blush contains a total of 6 grams of product, and retails for $41 CAD at Sephora.

Snapdragon and Tigerlily

Snapdragon and Tigerlily

Snapdragon is a medium-dark warm brightened coral pink with a gold shimmer-sheen in a luminous radiant finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is brighter and pinker than Becca Songbird, darker and brighter than Becca Flowerchild, brighter and more coral than MAC Peachykeen, more pink than MAC Fleeting Romance, darker and brighter than NARS Orgasm, brighter and more pink than NARS Torrid, and darker than Tarte Blissful.
Tigerlily is a medium warm brightened cantaloupe orange with a gold shimmer-sheen in a luminous radiant finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled, almost buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and more yellow than Becca Songbird, brighter and more orange than Becca Flowerchild, lighter and more yellow than MAC Modern Mandarin, darker and more orange than MAC Style, brighter and more orange than NARS Luster, lighter and more muted than NARS Taj Mahal, and darker and more reddened than Surratt Beauty Cantaloup.

As with all my makeup, I hoard and hoard and hoard and then spend months going through new products, so yes, it's taken me over half a year to finally post a review about these, but better late than never because this formula is stunning. With the success of Blushed Copper last year, Becca decided to expand their Shimmering Skin Perfector range into blushes. Becca's Mineral Blush has been my favourite blush formula for a couple years now, and while I don't necessarily like these more, they are definitely tied for #1. The Luminous Blush formula has incredible pigmentation that gives full colour pay-off, and leaves a gorgeous illuminating glow. Like Becca's bestselling Shimmering Skin Perfectors, the Luminous Blushes have a very soft, buttery formula, so they blend beautifully and effortlessly. Plus, it has a long wear-time to boot, at least eight hours without fading. I must also note that a little really goes a long way here; I've often found that a gentle tap of my brush into the powder is more than enough to give sufficient colour to the cheeks, so if you're especially fair, you'll want to use really light layers when applying these unless you want to veer into clown cheek territory.

Comparing these with the original Mineral Blushes, I'd say that these ones are a bit creamier in texture, slightly denser in consistency, and a little more pearlized in finish — no massive differences overall, but they are there. Now, I will say that these are definitely expensive for blushes (more than MAC, NARS, Tarte, and Too Faced), but the quality is absolutely worth it and they are in line with Becca's pricing as a whole. That having been said, I would only get the shades that I'd use most often to lower cost per use. My only wish now is for Becca to expand their colour range. The six permanent shades now are lovely and encompass all skintones (an issue I had with the original Mineral Blush line-up which has now been revamped to include darker shades), but I do wish Becca would come out with softer and more neutral shades: a rosy bronze, a gilded peach, a golden nude, a plummy brown. Other than that, if you love shimmery blushes, I cannot recommend these enough.
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