Friday, 13 June 2014

Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Lychee/Opal
BECCA is a brand I have long associated with a bronzed, beachy, and natural, yet glamorous, look. Two of my favorite offerings from the line are their Beach Tints (which are super long lasting!) and their Shimmering Skin Perfectors (Moonstone is one of my go-to highlighters!) One of the newest products from BECCA is the Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé, which is a cream product that essentially combines the color of a Beach Tint with the illuminating qualities of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors. 

TL; DR: Beach Tint + Shimmering Skin Perfector = Shimmering Soufflé. 

Out of fear that these would be way too frosty or shimmery for everyday use, I initially ignored the Soufflés when they were first released. The fact that they seemed quite similar in concept to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, which I didn't particularly care for, certainly did the BECCA Beach Tint Shimmering Soufflés no favors! But after reading a few reviews, including this one from Best Things in Beauty, I decided to place an order for Lychee/Opal. 

Lychee/Opal is described as a bubblegum pink, which is very accurate! The texture is lighter than I expected it to be. It is quite moussey--a bit similar to the YSL Crème de Blushes, which I adore! In the swatch below, Lychee/Opal looks quite frosty but on the cheeks I find it highly wearable. When blended into the skin, the 'Opal' part (aka the highlighter) blends out, leaving a beautiful soft and shimmery pink shade. I have quite large pores and while I don't think the Soufflé masks them, I don't think it accentuates the pores in particular (they do that all on their own!) 

The lasting power on Lychee/Opal is quite good--it stayed all day with little fading. The blush never sets to a powder finish, which I quite like (especially during the summer, when I am relentlessly--and futilely--pursuing the glowy beach babe look). I've been applying this just using my fingers, but I'm sure a stippling brush would work as well. For me, the only downside of this blush is that it is difficult to build up the color. I like to wear a lot of blush, and I will not apologize for it! With Lychee/Opal, however, I found that regardless of how many layers I applied, the look was always relatively subtle. I count this as a minor negative, but my guess is that for most this will be a good thing!

The BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflés are available in six shades at Sephora. Have you tried these yet? Are there any other BECCA products that you love?

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