Review/First Impressions: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector

I have always been a bronzer girl for as long as I could remember but despite my obsession with face products, I never really thought about highlighters. After viewing countless of videos of highlighters and glowy skin, I still never really thought to apply it to my own face. For my sisters birthday, I had asked her about what she may have wanted as a gift and she said she really wanted the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Pressed Powder in Champagne Pop. I have actually heard of this brand before with their other shades (Moonstone etc) but when this particular shade actually arrived in the mail, I knew it was love at first sight. I quickly went online and ordered myself one and today I will be doing a little mini review/ first impressions!

The powder itself resembles a very fine shimmer shadow and is very pigmented. The swatch shown below is what it looks like on my skin, so you can truly see how pigmented it is. Of course if you are uncomfortable with its pigmentation, a fluffy brush or fan brush will easily blend it on the skin just as easily as it can be built up. The color is a very pale rose gold, so it tends to suit either tanned or olive complexions (feel free to wear it otherwise!). 

For the wear test, I decided I would try it for a full day at work to test its longevity on my cheek bones, nose and above my eyebrows. After around 3-4 hours I did notice a few shimmer bits around my arms and neck but nothing too messy. Around 5-6 hours later, the shimmer did lose its opacity, so I definitely needed to reapply. Overall, I have to say... I love this highlighter. It is buildable, and this particular shade is just so flattering on my olive skin that I can see myself using this on a regular basis. If you guys have been considering trying out Becca Pressed Powders, DO IT!

Overal Score: 9/10

Too Faced: Chocolate Soleil Review

I admit it... I am addicted to bronzer. It is almost impossible to leave the house without at least applying some to my cheeks. Why you ask? Because it looks absolutely amazing! Bronzer warms up the skin without the harmful effect of sunrays and you have the ability to bronze the skin selectively. Who wouldn't love that? When I saw myself running out of my shimmer bronzer from Sephora, I knew it was time to switch it up a bit and grab myself a matte replacement.

I have been eyeing Too Faced's bronzer in Chocolate Soleil for awhile now but I hesitated simply because I was unsure of wether to go down a shade to Milk Chocolate since I am actually quite pale (NC15/20). I went ahead and stuck with my gut on Chocolate Soleil and was happy I did. It is the perfect shade for my pale/medium skin and compliments my yellow tones wonderfully! I suggest if you are an NC/NW 15 or under, to go with the Milk Chocolate.

My first impressions of this bronzer was that it was not as orange I am used to! Although it does have a warmth to it, it is much more subdued that a lot of bronzers on the market today. The feel of the bronzer is very smooth but still a bit powdery. Definitely not a buttery smoothness that you would feel with extra fine pressed eyeshadows. or loose setting powders. Also, I have heard it smells like chocolate (I'm anosmic, kiddos)!!

When I first applied the powder to my face, it looked beautiful! It's very natural (and buildable) and it very blendable. There were no splotches of bronzer where it wouldn't blend, although a good brush can help with that. Over time though, it did seem to wear off a bit so a setting spray would be much needed, or perhaps a creme bronzer underneath.

Overall I give this product and 8.5/10 and I would definitely repurchase again!
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