Before I finally got my hands on one of their products, I was beginning to develop an irrational hatred of Becca. It was one of those brands that seemingly popped up overnight and had everyone raving about how amazing their stuff was. If one of my friends wasn't evangelizing about the benefits of the Backlight Primer, then I'd still be guaranteed to see at least one Youtube beauty guru reviewing their new foundation or blush or palette from the brand. It was infuriating! I was trying to save money and buy fewer beauty products, which meant I couldn't pick up any of the internet's many, many recommendations for Becca products until after I'd used up a few of my old favorites.
After almost a year, though, most of my daily favorites finally ran out. You can already guess what happened, right?
Based on word of mouth, highlighters are the number one product everyone should try from Becca's range, which suits me just fine - my superhero name could easily be the Highlighter Hoarder. They come in three versions: liquid, powder, and poured cream. All of the different formulations and shades had amazing reviews, so I headed to my home-away-from-home (Sephora) to check them out and see which version would be right for me.
I already have a phalanx of liquid and powder highlighters, but the texture of the poured cream highlighters was very distinctive and completely unlike any of the highlighters I already owned. And even though I promised myself I'd only go home with one, I ended up opting for both Topaz and Moonstone.
I've been wearing Topaz non-stop this week, so an in-depth review of Moonstone will have to wait. The packaging isn't anything to write home about - it comes in a hard plastic compact that fits perfectly in my hand. It's durable and easy to carry, but there are no purely aesthetic design choices to get your heart beating a little faster (think Charlotte Tilbury's Bar of Gold for an example of this) which, as most makeup lovers already know, can make a good product feel like an amazing one.
If I hadn't gone to Sephora to see the various shades in person, I don't think I would have bought Topaz. It looks unforgivingly dark in the pan both in real life and in photographs, but once some of the product has been used the true color of the highlighter shows through. The tester at the Sephora I went to was almost empty, and the color of the Poured Cream in the pan and when applied to my face was enough to guarantee my obsession.
The texture is very hard to describe. I've seen some people describe it as halfway between a liquid and powder highlighter, but I don't think that's completely accurate. It feels like a lightweight cream highlighter. It has a very subtle sheen - not overtly shimmery, but when blended out it produces a really nice, warm golden glow on the skin. Considering how intimidatingly dark it looks in the pan, I was surprised by how understated the finish was. It also filled a gap in my highlighter collection that I hadn't been aware of - I didn't have any warm, golden highlighters!
If you pat it on with your fingertips or use a thicker brush, the coverage is surprisingly opaque. I ended up applying it most frequently with my fingertips on bare skin to my cheeks and blending out with a beauty blender to add a subtle glow. I tried applying it as more of a "true" highlight to the tops of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, the bow of my lips, and underneath my eyebrows with a MAC 163 when I was in a rush and the result was very illuminating (heh). It's very blendable and can be sheered out very easily. I have very dry skin, especially in the winter, so I loved that the formula was smooth enough to wear on my bare skin without emphasizing all of the dull patches.
Wear & Longevity
For the first few hours, I found that Topaz really livened up my dry, dull winter skin. It held up for a little over 7 hours on bare skin without noticeable changes, but by hour 9 it was only present as a light splash of color on my cheekbones. On the day I wore it under my tinted moisturizer it seemed to fade a bit faster, and on the two days I wore it over my foundation it stayed in place for around six hours before starting to fade.
Scroll down to see some swatches of Topaz and my final thoughts!
Color & Pigmentation: 5/5
Do you have Topaz or another Becca highlighter? What about other products from their range? I'd love to hear what you think of them, or any of your other favorite cosmetics. Comment down below and don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter so you can stay up to date on all of the latest posts here on Thirteen Octobers!