I’ve been lemming these since I first saw them in Sephora something like two months ago. They reminded me a lot of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes only in a cream/gel formula. But since I had just gotten two Ambient lighting blushes, I decided to forgo these until the itch got too bad, particularly since the two colours that I wanted were pretty much the same colours that I’d gotten in the blushes.
After the disappointment that was the Ambient lighting blushes, I almost went back to Sephora and picked these up. I didn’t though and kinda pushed them to the back of my brain. Then Ulta sends me an email that they were launching Becca and a deal on them. I picked up two of these from Ulta, the two that I had originally tested in Sephora, Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone.
As usual, I’m in love with the minimalist packaging of Becca. Glass Jar and silver tops that take up most of the outer surface of the package.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to get a brush inside these jars, unless it’s the tiniest of brushes like the ELF small stippling brush. So you will be using your fingers for application.
Inside is the soufflé, and as you can see from the pictures it employs the same kind of marbling tech that Hourglass did for their blushes. While this technique is really pretty to look at, it makes products like this a bit of a hit or miss thing. You can wind up getting a whole lot of colour or almost none at all.
The consistency of these is a very cushiony, highly whipped gel-like product, if all those adjectives can even apply to the same item.
I liked these soufflés initially because they eliminate the need for a separate highlighter since it’s basically built in with the sheer wash the coloured part of the soufflé imparts. All of the ones I’ve tried to date, also have a faintly fruity smell to them, which is most notable in the Raspberry/Opal.
The idea behind these was to blend Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors with the regular Beach Tints, which I suppose would save you on time and money.
Papaya/Topaz is a bright orange laced with topaz, which is a shade that’s midway between bronze and gold. I think this shade will look good on almost anyone, but will be especially stunning on those with darker skin or warm undertones.
Raspberry/Opal is a deep berry shade laced with Opal, which is just a very muted, almost beige version of bronze. This shade, if well balanced like the sample of gotten from Sephora, will look good on any skin-tone or complexion, light or dark. If it’s not well balanced, you’ll get something like I did that’s only suitable for lighter skin-tones, or something that swings the opposite direction.
I had the same issue with these that I had with the Ambient Lighting Blush, unfortunately the colour that I was really after was the one that disappointed. Although Raspberry/Opal was the one that I’d fallen in love with that drove the mad need to own them all, this was the one, when I received it, that wound up not being a very good colour for me.
When I had gotten samples from Sephora to take home, the dark plummy shade of the Raspberry showed up very well against my skin tone, and the Opal provided a flattering bronzing to the overall effect. Unfortunately, here when the colours combined I was left with a sort of pale pinkish shade that doesn’t show up very well on me, so I wasn’t actually able to capture it with the camera.
I hadn’t planned to get the Papaya/Topaz because Watermelon/Moonstone was the one that I’d gotten from Sephora, but even though I liked it, I decided that I wanted a deeper orange colour to compliment my deeper summer skin tone. I’m really very happy that I did, because this colour is so gorgeous.
On me oranges look very natural and at times can be almost indistinguishable from my complexion. You know how older folks always say that a natural blush shade is any colour that your cheeks would turn if they’re pinched? Well, if you pinch my copious cheeks, they turn something of a red orange, weird, I know.
Anywhoo, pictures of me wearing Papaya/Topaz below with flash and without, the picture may look familiar since this was the same session in which I tested the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream.
It does create a subtle flush to the skin and applies very lightly. I plan on going back for another one, unfortunately I’m not gonna be able to use the Raspberry/Opal unless I break it up and I really don’t want to. But I probably will.
I much rather these to the Ambient lighting blushes, probably more so because I prefer cream cheek products than any other concrete reason, but most likely because they’re much more pigmented than the blushes and I don’t have to work quite so hard to achieve colour. One good thing I found out was that using the Raspberry/Opal as a base gives the Mood Exposure Ambient lighting blush the colour and depth that it’s missing on its own.
These are awesome, if you can only pick up one do it, it’s so worth it, I think these will translate very well to the colder months when your skin needs a little glow pick me up. And I forgot to mention, the wear time on these is pretty decent for cream/gel product, I got about five hours in the Georgia heat and humidity. The only thing that I’d advise, the same as I did with the Ambient Lighting Blushes, check them before you leave the store (buy in store if you can) to make sure that they have enough colour in them.
Now, go forth and shop!