Thursday, 6 December 2018

BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Kitchen Kit


Rarely have I been so conflicted as to whether I would recommend a certain product as with the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Kitchen Kit. In short, the Glow Kitchen Kit comes with four products—two of which I loved, and two of which I really despised.

If I am being truly honest, it took me quite a few times reading the description of the products online and looking at them in person to figure out what was what (and where each was meant to be used). Easy enough are the Lip Soufflé in Red Velvet and the Confectionary Glow Powder in Cinnamon Sugar. But for the longest time, I assumed the other two products (which profoundly resemble the Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Colors) were both eye products, one a cream and one a powder (both with the shade name Cinnamon Churro). That is where I was wrong, apparently, as the cream product is meant to be a face highlighter. The powder shadow is fortunately just a powder shadow. The fact that I used the cream as a shadow and not as a highlighter could be why I disliked it so much, but more on that later. First, I'll crack on with the two products that were truly stellar:


The Lip Soufflé in Red Velvet is one of the best lip products, both in terms of color and texture, that I have used in a long time. It has a light, moussey texture that does not have the oily, greasy quality of many other similar products (like the Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks, for instance). I enjoy that fact immensely. The color is also a beautiful shade that doesn't provide too much pigment (I'm having a big moment with muted, blotted lip colors right now and Red Velvet gives that effect without having to work at it). It wears well, but bear in mind that it never fully sets, so if you are a fan of budge-proof liquid lipsticks, this might not suit you. But for me, it makes Red Velvet far more comfortable to wear for long periods.

Swatches from bottom to top (in artificial light): Lip Soufflé in Red Velvet, Face Highlighter in Cinnamon Churro, Glow Soufflé Eyeshadow in Cinnamon Churro, Confectionary Glow Powder in Cinnamon Sugar 

The Glow Soufflé Eyeshadow in Cinnamon Churro (powder) is an absolutely gorgeous bronze eyeshadow that works really well as a single wash shadow (my favorite for mornings getting ready to head to the office). Most bronzes pull either too orange or too dark (or both) on my fair, cool toned skin. Somehow, Cinnamon Churro manages to toe the balance of being warm enough to emphasize my blue eyes, without looking garish. It does contain sparkle, but nothing that I would consider as over the top or age inappropriate. It didn't have significant glitter fallout, it blended easily and wore very well over my NARS shadow primer.

Glow Soufflé Eyeshadow in Cinnamon Churro
Now for the disappointing (to say the least) products. I'll start with the one I was able to identify properly: the Confectionary Glow Powder in Cinnamon Sugar, which is a loose powder highlighter. Loose powder will never be my top choice for a highlighter formula, but I can certainly make it work if the powder is good. This is not. It is faaaar too warm on my skintone—but that is not my gripe, as I think the color would suit many deeper skintones. My issue is that it applies incredibly patchy. I couldn't get it to go on smoothly, regardless of which fancy highlighting brush I used. For that reason alone, I will never reach for this. Maybe it could be used as a body highlighter with a massive kabuki? I don't know and am not willing to put more effort into exploring it.

Saving the worst (or at least, the most confusing) for last is the Face Highlighter in Cinnamon Churro. Whilst all signs pointed to this being a cream shadow, apparently it's a cream highlighter? I STILL DON'T KNOW. As a cream shadow, this was the absolute worst I have ever used. It creased upon contact (including on top of a primer) and remained tacky. It was also terrible as a base for the powder shadow Cinnamon Churro. So, let's hope Becca indeed did not intend for it to be an eyeshadow.
Ultra blurry because it's a screenshot for a video, but you get the idea of how creasey this cream is on the eye
But I have my doubts about its ability to function as a highlighter, as well. For starters, it has an incredibly strong yellow base that doesn't seem like it could suit any (human) skintone. And it is so sticky that I imagine there is a real risk it would pull up all of the makeup underneath where you are trying to place it. In full fairness, I will try this as a highlighter and report back if it somehow ends up being a decent highlighter. But until proven otherwise, I do not understand how this passed quality control at Becca.

Glow Soufflé Eyeshadow in Cinnamon Churro & Face Highlighter in Cinnamon Churro
Overall, I hesitate to recommend the Glow Kitchen Kit, if you are buying under the premise that you would get four usable products for the $44 price tag. On the other hand, if you are tempted enough by the Lip Soufflé and powder shadow, $44 is not a terrible price to pay for one lipstick and an eyeshadow (the two look gorgeous together, for what it is worth). This is a total individual judgment call and, where possible, I would personally swatch first to see if it is a kit worth picking up for you personally. Or, if you are a Chrissy Teigen superfan, order with wild abandon and be happy with what you get!

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