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MAC Whisper of Guilt . . . . Becca Opal Dud? (Review and Swatches)

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Every makeup junkie has heard of the elusive MAC Whisper Of Guilt (WOC).

For years, people have been paying thousands of ZAR to get their hands on it! I missed it when it launched the first time but managed to pick up three other Extra Dimension Skin Finishes from the MAC Magnetic Nudes Collection that was launched in 2012. Last year, when MAC released the

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Jewels! Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Topaz (liquid and pressed)

Here I am again! with more Becca. Are you beauties tired of this? In my defense, I did a Becca haul and was really excited to show you what I got.

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I took a long time for me to get the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector on Topaz, because I always thought it could make me look sallow or red because of the bronze/coppery shade. Truthfully I thought it was going to be one of those, when yellow and red collide, you get ORANGE!!!!

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Rose Gold . . . enough said!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold.

 

If you don’t know me by know, you will never ever ever know me . . . ooooh . . . oooh . . . ooh . . .you know the song!

Ok, if you have been following my crazy self, you know I have a thing for highlighters (and I know many women do) and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors are one of my favourite highlighters. I have yet to find another powder highlighter with the soft, creamy and buttery texture that these have.

Becca says that the formula of these guys is unlike others because it’s not just power that’s pressed into a compact; the pigments are mixed with liquid binding agents that give it that soft texture.

They Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors have become somewhat of a cult favourite and they are definitely worth the hype.

 

This Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold is the newest edition to my Becca highlighter family and I‘m glad I gave it a home.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Rose Gold, the shade that totally captures my heart.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Rose Gold, the shade that totally captures my heart.

The colour is, well, rose gold   . . . if I’m going to be technical it’s a muted gold with rose tones.

Rose Gold gorgeousness
Rose Gold gorgeousness

It comes in the same chocolate brown, rubberised/plastic UFO metal top packaging as the others and I haven’t mentioned this

before but I really like the size of the mirror.

And the UFO makes another appearance!
And the UFO makes another appearance!

 

It’s rosiness makes you feel in full bloom while the gold adds a touch of elegance.

In my humble opinion, the rose gold shade is not some fad that will die like the Spice Girls, it’s a colour that everyone needs in their make up collection in any form, be it an eyeshadow or highlighter or nail polish. Why? Because it look suits so many skin tones. Why? I find that rose gold make up doesn’t pull too warm that it looks orange because the rosiness mutes the gold. Making sense?

Muted gold with rose accents, can we appreciate this beauty?
Muted gold with rose accents, can we appreciate this beauty?

That said, a rose gold highlighter will snap, crackle and pop on medium to deep skin tones. My beauties with lighter skin may find this shade a bit too intense to wear as a highlighter. But it’s a great blush topper, used sparingly and with the lightest hand, did I say use it sparingly and with the lightest hand? I cannot stress this enough. Dabbed onto the center of the lips this can also give you the appearance of fuller lips so you can pucker up and pout for that selfie! It also makes for a beautiful eye shadow.

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold will bring out the golden tones in your skin. Its rosiness adds enough colour that together with the gold makes for a glow that’s unparalleled in its beauty that absorbs and reflects light at every angle so you like an ethereal being whether you handing upside down from a tree or bungee jumping!

 

Love the mirror on the compact, just putting it out there.
Love the mirror on the compact, just putting it out there.

 

I would like to call these shimmering skin perfectors ‘adult shimmer’ because there’s no sparkle and glitter, just an amazing sheen that is so forgiving on skin with larger pores or fine likes. As you know metallic, high-frost highlighters can empasize large pores and fine lines by settling into them and drawing attention to them and no one wants that. And if you do, well you do you boo!

 

Sweep across the face or apply to targeted areas including cheekbones, brow bones and bridge of the nose and you’ll be ready to take on the world!!!! Ok, that may be a bit dramatic but you will definitely turn heads, actually no, you will stop the show!

Where to buy: www.beccacosmetics.co.za

Physical Address

4th floor

Fredman Towers,

13 Fredman Drive

Sandton, 2146

Phone: +27 (0) 11 881 1440

Email: sandton@beccacosmetics.co.za

Price: R450

Yes I say this all the time when it comes to Becca, it’s SSSSPENSIVE, but Becca is a luxury brand and it doesn’t come cheap. But if you are a highlighter junkie like me, you won’t mind spending the cash on this.

Ps: Some of you have contacted me and I have noted with concern that the Becca website is sometimes problematic, so I advise emailing or calling to check for availability of stock.

 

Until next time my gorgeous girls and guys, stay blessed and beautiful.

Love you all to the rose garden and back!

Xoxo

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

 

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Not star-struck by Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone)

The first time I held the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal in my hands, I looked at it and fell in love. I swatched it and I was star-struck. I was moon-struck when I swatched the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector pressed in Moonstone, but not in the one-leap-for-makeup-mankind kind of way.

 

The name of the Shimmering Skin Perfector pressed is at the back of the compact.
The name of the Shimmering Skin Perfector pressed is at the back of the compact.

It’s a muted white gold with a hint of champagne. If you don’t like goldie highlighters, you won’t like Moonstone.

Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone)
Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone)

The shade isn’t the most unique I have seen, it’s like a softer version of The Balm’s Mary LouManiser. It has a lot of kick back when you try to pick up product. I used a fan brush and it was like I was smoking some Moonstone. When I used the Real Techniques setting brush to apply the product, it gave the most opacity.

It comes in the same hard chocolate brown plastic mirrored compact with the metal UFO top that has the BECCA logo on top and bottom of the metal round.

 

Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone) is housed in a mirrored compact.
Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone) is housed in a mirrored compact.

 

The compact has the same metal UFO top that has the BECCA logo on top and bottom of the metal round that all the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors (pressed) have.

The UFO has made another appearance.
The UFO has made another appearance.

The formula is not as creamy as Becca’s Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector pressed and leans more powdery and chalky.

As you can see from the finger swatch, Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone) is pretty white gold and you can detect a hint of chalkiness.
As you can see from the finger swatch, Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone) is pretty white gold and you can detect a hint of chalkiness.

However, if you do spritz some MAC Fix+ over your face or any hydrating mist after you’re done with your make up, it does sit better on the skin and glistens like you are dancing in the Moonlight.

Swatched Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone) looks ashy on me, but it's still opaque.
Swatched Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Moonstone) looks ashy on me, but it’s still opaque.

I applied his to this the tops of my cheekbones, a touch on the tip of my nose and above my cupid’s bow, because mama loves full lips! This will no doubt suit lighter-skinned lasses better because it does leave a white cast if you are deeper in complexion. If you have golden tan skin, you may be able to pull this off

 

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with the formula and while the colour didn’t suit me the best, it is beautiful. It makes for a great eye shadow, and a brow bone and inner corner highlight. I think dusting it over the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone will add an extra oomph and va va voooom and perhaps take away the powdery feel and ashy look. Applied over a cream highlighter, like MAC’s cream colour base (Pearl, Hush or Shell) will also have a similar effect.

I still prefer Opal to Moonstone, because it is creamier, more intense, suits a wider variety if skin tones and I love the ‘wet’ look it gives with just one application.

 

Where to buy: www.beccacosmetics.co.za

Physical Address

4th floor

Fredman Towers,

13 Fredman Drive

Sandton, 2146

Phone: +27 (0) 11 881 1440

Email:sandton@beccacosmetics.co.za

Price:R450

Yes I say this all the time when it comes to Becca, it’s SSSSPENSIVE, but Becca is a luxury brand and it doesn’t come cheap. But if you are into highlighters, you won’t mind shelling out for these!

Dupes: I have yet to stumble on one that has the same formula but there are several golden highlighters on the market in term of getting the same shade.

Have you tried Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Monnstone in the pressed form? How did you find it? Would you go out and buy it?

Do you have a dupe? Let me know, down below!

Until next time, I love you all. Stay blessed and beautiful (with your highlighter on fleek!)

Xoxox

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wet n Wild’s bronzer that’s a highlighter!

Wet’n Wild’s Coloricon Reserve your Cabana bronzer is one of the most raved about Highlighters!

To set it straight, this isn’t a bronzing highlighter; it doesn’t warm up the skin as those products would.

All you have to do is look at the cream-coloured bronzer to realize that there is no bronze in there. I guess porcelain beauties can get a light golden glow from it.

The pattern of the bronzer is gorgeous
The pattern of the bronzer is gorgeous

But when this guy hits almost every other skin tone, magic happens, angels sing and cash registers go ca-ching!

I was apprehensive at first because when I swatched it, it was stark white. My thoughts were ashy, white cast, yoh, this guy is going to make me look 50 shades of grey.

Reserve Your Cabana looks chalky and ashy when swatched.
Reserve Your Cabana looks chalky and ashy when swatched.

But when I applied the bronzer to my cheekbones and blended it in gave off a very luminous, natural glow to the cheekbones.

The photograph doesn't do justice to the bronzer . . . er ... highlighter
The photograph doesn’t do justice to the bronzer . . . er … highlighter

The champagne shimmer is subtle. This photo barely captures it at all, but it’s there and it’s stunning. It has a sun pattern and Wet n Wild lettering etched onto the product.

 

Like the other Wet ’n Wild Coloricon bronzers, the powder is creamy and soft. also has SPF15 and is blendable. To set it straight, this isn’t a bronzing highlighter, it doesn’t warm up the skin as those products would.

But blended over the bronzer on dusted on the high points of your cheekbones, this will leave you with a sheen and luminosity like no other. If you have very deep skin tones, this may look a bit ashy.

Reserve Your Cabana works great as a brow bone and inner corner highlighter. Hell, put it, all over your body!!!

The staying powder of Reserve Your Cabana is good too, but not as good as the other two, in my opinion. There is also a bit more fallout that the other bronzers.

 

That said, you get a huge amount of product so, you won’t feel bad with it falling out a bit!

 

Price R100 for 3,5 g

Where to buy: Selected Clicks stores with Wet n Wild counters

 

 

 

 

 

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My fav MAC inner corner highlighter and its DUPE!

NYX Barely there (left) and MAC Nylon

All of us, I’m sure have at one time or another woken up in the morning with tired eyes. I have too, after a long night of over indulgence, a late night writing like I am this post . . . basically, the effects of fatigue.

Eye drops are a must have to get rid of the red, blood-shot eyes. Works like magic. But what about those tired eyes that age you and make you look like a hot mess?

Highlighting the inner corner of your eye is a fantabulous way to catch a wake up! This is not a new concept, its been around for a long time . . . not as old as kohl but as old as the Smokey eye. Get the timeline? I’m sure many of you know what this is, but many people don’t realize how this can make you look younger and wide-awake!

Placing a shimmery highlight to the inner corners of your eyes creates a bright, open, and youthful appearance. While some people think that highlighting the inner corner of the eye is reserved for glam nights out, don’t be afraid of wearing shimmery inner corner highlights for the day. How does it work?

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Basically, like with most highlight shimmers, it reflects light and diffuses darkness and this is one time you want to look like a deer in the headlights

How do you apply this? First, if you’re using a powder highlight, take your concealer over and up into the inner corner of the eye. This will give the powder something to stick to and increase the wear time. I like using a fine detailing brush, but any fine-tipped of small brush will do even a lip brush. You can also use your fingers. Just close your eyes and lightly press the powder onto to inner corner of the eye, with your eyes closed and once you’ve opened them, you have pretty peepers.

MAC Nylon is my favourite inner corner shadow highlighter. This product is highly pigmented and frosted so use with light hand, you have been warned. . . Did say use with a light hand? Yes, you have been warned . . . remember you want to be in the spotlight, not look like one!

MAC Nylon and MAC eye shadows in general are not the cheapest eye shadows but they are very good quality and of all the budget buys, I feel NYX single eye shadow is the closest in terms of pigmentation, wear-time and all-round quality.

The NYX vs MAC battle begins!
The NYX vs MAC battle begins!

NYX Barely There is almost identical to MAC Nylon

NYX Barely There eye shadow swatch. Gorgeous shade.
NYX Barely There eye shadow swatch. Gorgeous shade.

 

The biggest difference is the finish. MAC nylon is a frost eye shadow so the finish is different like a yellow/champagne with a white overtone.

As you can see, MAC Nylon ( middle finger) has a frostier finish and NYX has a more yellow but a highly pigmented shade. Pretty close, right?
As you can see, MAC Nylon ( middle finger) has a frostier finish and NYX has a more yellow but a highly pigmented shade. Pretty close, right?

The NYX shadow has more of a yellow gold shimmer and is a little chalky,

On the eyes, you can barely tell them apart and NYX does just a great a job!

 

Where to MAC Nylon: MAC FFS, MAC counters across the country or www.maccosmetics.co.za

Price: R195 (1,5g)

Where to buy NYX: Barely There: Clicks

Price R70 (2,4g)

 

You getting a little shy of twice the product with NYX Barely There. 1,5g vs 2,4? Tough call?
You getting a little shy of twice the product with NYX Barely There. 1,5g vs 2,4? Tough call?

A third of the price and double the amount of product . . . it’s a steal!

 

 

 

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High shine, Light hand! MAC Nylon

What is it? MAC Nylon is a frost eye shadow that works as great highlighter. It’s metallic and frosted. I like to use it on a Sunday morning when I know my man’s mum is coming round and on the inner corner of my eye.

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It gives a beautiful pearly shine that really brightens the eye area. It is probably the best yellow-based highlighter on the market and is a must-have for me in my kit. Apply with a pencil brush or detailing brush to the inner corner of the eye or lightly on the brow bone. Because it’s so soft in texture, It’s very beautiful and you’ll be tempted to overdo it. But  use a light hand, DON’T’ go overboard, this is a super duper insanely pigmented eye shadow . . . DON’T go over board, this a super duper insanely pigmented eye shadow, DON’T go over board, yes, I said it twice.

You have been warned . . .

In the pan, it doesn’t look intimidating, its looks like light yellow gold shimmer, swatch it and you will fall off your chair, pick your self up and try again, when you do, you’ll see it come off as a metallic, almost white shade.

MAC Nylon looks like a pale yellow cold in the pan. it looks very subtle.
MAC Nylon looks like a pale yellow cold in the pan. it looks very subtle.

 

 

Swatched, you can see that it is an a highly-pigmented frost almost white shade with an insane colour payoff.
Swatched, you can see that it is an a highly-pigmented frost almost white shade with an insane colour payoff.

It is truly a gorgeous shade for highlighting. I do love it, but always remind myself that it can go wrong, very, very , very fast!

Where to buy : MAC FSS stores, MAC counters across the country or www.maccosmetics.co.za

Price: R180 for 1,5g

Dupe: NYX Barely There (the finish is not that frosted but the colour is a near perfect match)

 

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Reflections! BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed highlighter in Opal has been taking the beauty world by storm since gaining popularity as a dupe for the limited edition Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

 

 

 

 

Description and directions on the back of the box.the back of the box
Description and directions on the back of the box.the back of the box

I own Heat Wave and it is my favourite highlighter of all time because it does make you look like a shot of summer all year round!

Heat Wave can only be bought off eBay or from a private seller at the cost of both your arms and legs , your BFF’s left eye and the spare tyre in your boot, if you’re lucky.

I’ve been to the BECCA store in Sandton a few times but nothing ever wowed me about this Australian brand, which since opening here in 2011, really hasn’t been given the oxygen it deserves.

I’ve never tried their range because at the time, I was looking for a full coverage foundation and their products are known to be one of those ‘enhancing a woman’s natural beauty’ ranges, which for me, my freckles and imperfect skin meant sheer coverage – and sheer was not what I was after.

On Saturday, I popped into the store to buy the highlighter to see if it was indeed the dupe that’s got everyone in a flap.

But after trying this guy out, I think it would be a shame if this highlighter gained popularity for being the ‘the dupe’. I don’t think it has to ride on the coat tails of the Heat Wave because this product is unlike anything I’ve ever tried and deserves a spotlight of it’s own

The packaging is simple. It comes in a mirrored compact. The compact is chocolate brown plastic with a metal circle covering the top part of the compact with the words BECCA engraved on it. The packaging is not wow, it’s got a kind of “army-weapon-grenade’ thing going on. But I can live with that because the product is AMAZING!

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The shade Opal is described as “golden opal pearl.” It’s a frosted , shimmery soft gold shade with a hint of champagne.

The colour in the pan is gorgeous.
The colour in the pan is gorgeous.

 

 

 

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector swatched
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector swatched

It is a ‘powder highlighter’ but is creamy texture melts into the skin taking on a life of it’s own, adjusting to your skin tone (the perfect for a brown girl like me). This product is definite not chalky and didn’t apply patchy. And you don’t have to stand under a strobe light or at a 45-degree head tilt to see the effect, the luminescent pearls show up in any light so you’ll be taking your natural glow with you wherever you go.

It glides on the skin and I like to highlight my face using a soft tapered contour brush for a soft shimmer on the cheekbones, brow bones and bridge of the nose. It also works great on the cupids bow to create the illusion of fuller lips (Love!) Using a small stippling brush or a fan brush is great too.

 

How does it compare Estee Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelee:

Estee Lauder Heat Wave and BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector
Estee Lauder Heat Wave and BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

 

Heat Wave is a tri-blend formula that’s a gel, powder, and liquid product in one. The formulas are unique to each product but both have the ‘wet powder feel’

The shades are a 99% match with Becca’s Opal being a touch darker.

Now there's the 99% match!
Now there’s the 99% match!

 

Both products wear well and do not settle into pores or fine lines. It has a lasting power of about 8 hours. The main difference I find with the two is that Heat Wave leaves a soft sheen on the skin when blended out while Becca’s Opal is has more of a soft shimmer gives the look that screams ‘ I woke up like this!’

 

Price: R450

Where to buy: www.beccacosmetics.co.za

They have moved premises, to Sandton Towers. Address to follow.

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Powder Power with a tender touch! MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish

I am in lust with MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes (MSF).

So what are they? MAC describes them on their website as: A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adding buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. Many people are confused about what they actually do.

Many Skinfinishes are on the lighter end of the spectrum, so for the majority of complexions, they’ll work more as highlighters than blushers or bronzers.

A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adding buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. New window compact.

There are 3 MSFs in the permanent collection:

Lightscapade (Soft candlelit beige with multidimensional shimmer) P

Soft and Gentle (Gilded Peach Bronze) P

Gold Deposit (Soft reflective golden bronze) P

These listed below were limited edition but at the time of publication, the MAC website did have them in stock)

They are: Perfect Topping (Pale Pearlised Pink) LE

Stereo Rose (Coral with golden/bronze shimmering nuances) LE

 

Soft and Gentle is perfect for every day wear. It’s my HG and suits everyone but can be too dark for very pale skin.

Depending on your skin colour, these mineralize skinfinishes can be light enough to use as a highlighter, dark enough to use as a bronzer or blush or right enough to use as a finishing powder for an all over subtle sheen. You can also use it to highlight your brow bone, as a full on lid colour, highlight the bridge of your nose, use in in the inner corner of the eye or to highlight your cupid’s bow.

I prefer to dust it lightly with a fan brush on top of my cheekbones for a beautiful highlight. This warm-toned, champagne beige with a frosted sheen has an intense colour pay-off and what you see in the pan is what you get. It’s not chalky and is finely milled and doesn’t cling to dry patches.

 

The special thing about MSFs is that each one is unique because of their veining. There won’t be a drastic change in colour, just a bit more of that and less of that if that makes any sense.

This is a beautiful MSF and they now come in a new, mirrored compact. I did a review on that when the Mineralize skin finish naturals came out.

Pick this one up, it will last you for ages and it’s beautiful, feminine and super sexy!

 

Price: R350 (The mac website list eth two limited editions at R305)

Where to buy: MAC FFS, MAC counters and maccosmetics.co.za

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