Highlighting for Dummies with Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector

Highlighting adds a great finishing touch, but many are worried about getting a highlighter that stresses their pores, looks too shimmery, or emphazies the uneven texture. Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector (my 15ml/0.5 oz tube came with the Best of Becca set. The Shimmering Skin Perfectors usually come in 50ml/1.7oz pump bottles and go for 41 USD in the US) is by far the safest and easiest option I have tried!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors come in 4 shades. There’s something lighter, something darker, something cool-toned, and something warm-toned. In other words, the range caters to many different skin tones! Opal is described to be a golden opal pearl. On my skin tone (around NC25-30) however, once it’s blended out you can absolutely not see a trace of color.

This is what it looks like when it’s squeezed out:

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector swatch

I’d say it’s more like a beige champagne on me!

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector swatch sheered out

The blended-out swatch is a bit pointless, since you can barely see anything. Well, that’s how subtle it is!

The texture of Becca Opal is lightweight and highly blendable. Once it is blended out, it is impossible to see any shimmer particle on the skin because it’s very fine. It gives a very pretty and credible glow!

I know many with oily/combination skin would normally shy away from highlighters, but here is what I do: I dot a bit of Opal on the top of both cheekbones, blend it into the skin (which is very easy to do. It’s not harder than spreading lotion out on your face), and use whatever is still on my fingertip for the center of my forehead and down the bridge of my nose. I also really love to dab a bit of Opal on my Cupid’s Bow, and it instantly gives my lips a more defined shape!

If you have drier skin and crave for an all-over radiance, you can mix a bit of Opal into your foundation. I think I instinctively reach for powder highlighters more often, but this tube of Opal is handy to tout around in my bag. I don’t really redo my highlighter anywhere else, but to have the perfect pout without the risk of carrying and breaking a powder highlighter (and potentially a brush), Opal seems to be the answer. If you take the plunge and purchase the full-size bottle, you can most probably decant it for the same purpose as well!

You have seen Opal on me recently:

Becca Opal FOTD

Guerlain Ballade + LMdB Coral Rose

I think you can see the glow pretty well here!

Bottom line: If you are not on the extremely pale side (in that case the color will show more), Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector will make a great liquid highlighter for you. I’ve heard that it is on the subtle side among the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, and you will be hard-pressed to do anything “wrong” with it. The light-reflecting particle is invisible on the skin, it blends out extremely easily, and it does not stress pores/uneven texture. The possibility of mixing it with your foundation for an overall glow also makes it more versatile!

Have you tried any of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors? Do you have a favorite? I think it will be hard to run out of my small tube because you need a teeny tiny bit each time, but when I do I’d love to check out Moonstone (pale gold) as well!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    This highlight is perfection on you! I have it as well, from the set, and am really enjoying it. I actually was expecting it to be even more subtle than it is (based on reviews I’d seen) so at first I was a little concerned about it emphasizes pores, but I agree with you, it really doesn’t at all

    • Sunny

      Thanks Catherine! For me this is definitely on the subtle side, and I only use whatever is left on my finger after blending it in on the top of my cheekbones for my forehead/nose, so it’s been just fine!

  • L

    i’ll surely make an effort to bounce around more often maybe even carve out enough time to start blogging again haha :P
    opal looks so natural on you!lit from within kind :)
    i have one in pearl but a nose dive from my vanity broke the top half off so im currently looking for a new bottle home for the contents-_-but other than that i love them^^.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, L! It’d be great if you’d pop by more often and start blogging again! It’s a time-consuming hobby but it’s very rewarding.

      So sorry to hear the bottle broke! Glad you were able to save the content though!

  • http://makeupmorsels.wordpress.com Makeup Morsels

    ohh I’ve heard a ton of great things about these, and I can see why everyone’s raving about them! You look so naturally glowy, my pet peeve is highlighters that emphasize pores or look too obvious, but this one is just perfect. DO WANT!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks MM! I don’t like it when I can actually SEE the light-reflecting particle, and with this one it’s really impossible to spot anything!

  • http://www.aprettybeautifullife.be Diana

    Ooh I’ve been craving this highlighter for such a long time! I’d love to try Pearl, the lightest one. But it’s very expensive. Ah, what a dilemma!

    • Sunny

      Hey Diana, I know what you mean, though the full-size bottle will last you a VERY long time!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Ahh so pretty on you, sunny! I wish I could mix pretty luminizers like this in my foundation but alas, I would probably blind people with my shine :P

    • Sunny

      Thanks Becca! I hope you’ll find a good oil-control primer, because this really is very pretty!

    • http://procrastinatingpretty.blogspot.com Procrastinator

      Have you tried the Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner? It’s not supposed to be a primer, but it cuts down on my oil production and leaves a smooth surface for foundation.

      • Sunny

        Now I need to try this too! My T-zone is a bit annoying in summer.

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    looks very natural :)

    • Sunny

      It is! You can hardly tell it’s a highlighter even from up close!

  • http://confessionsofacanadianwallflower.blogspot.com Victoria

    I usually skip highlighting because I have oily skin and I don’t want that emphasized but I like how subtle this is! And as usual, looks great on you :)

    • Sunny

      Aww thank you so much, Victoria! I have combination skin, and recently I’ve been using an oil-control primer underneath light-reflecting base/powder/highlighter. I find it more flattering than skipping all the radiance-boosting products only to end up with shine at midday!

  • http://procrastinatingpretty.blogspot.com Procrastinator

    Whenever I use mine on top of my foundation, I feel like one of those girls in the Nike ads. You know how they always have this perfect light shining on them? This is so gorgeous when it’s mixed into foundation though, my skin looks perfected, but *so* natural!

    • Sunny

      LOL now I’ll have to pay attention to NIKE ads! Glad you love it so much too!

  • http://www.themakeupfile.com Jasmine

    Sunny, seriously I think you just sold me this product. Why?
    1. I’m a dummy and afraid of highlighters.
    2. I think they’ll make my pores more noticeable.
    3. I want to look glowy like you. :p

    • Sunny

      Aww Jasmine, you’re too sweet! If you find the right product highlighting isn’t such a daunting task, I promise! If you are worried about your forehead and the bridge of your nose, just don’t highlight those places. However, I think top of the cheekbones and Cupid’s Bow are always pretty when they’re a bit glowy!

  • http://memoiselle.com/ Meryl @ Memoiselle

    This actually reminds me of Burberry Fresh Glow which can be used as highlighters or to be mix with foundation. I like to have a glow on my face so if I would buy this, maybe I’ll mix it with my foundation. Thanks for introducing this, Sunny! :D

    • Sunny

      Oh that’s something I haven’t really looked into! Thanks for the heads-up, Meryl! Do check these out when you can!

      • http://memoiselle.com/ Meryl @ Memoiselle

        My Pleasure Sunny!
        Btw how would you compare to Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector?

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I try to steer clear of highlighters because I’m “naturally radiant” with my excess oils (lol), but this one is lovely. I always admire it when Lisa Eldridge uses it in one of her videos. Looks great on you, Sunny!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Liz! Lisa Eldridge is definitely one of the reasons why I REALLY needed to try this! I remember seeing in one of her videos that she’s been using it ever since it hit the market, and that’s really quite some years ago!

  • Rose

    Hi Sunny, I have pretty fair skin (I use both NW or NC 15-20). Do you think this shade would work for me or do you suggest I go lighter? I currently use Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder, which I *love*, but looking for a liquid/cream. I have heard many great things about this product and I’m thinking about buying this, but I must say I’m being lazy and may purchase this online. Thanks!

    • Sunny

      Hey Rose, it sounds like if you want something that will effortlessly blend into your skin tone, something lighter might be a better choice! If you get one do keep me posted about how you like it!

      • Rose

        Thanks Sunny, I will let you know. I’m thinking Pearl might be better for me. I can get away with pink or yellow based colors, but nothing that goes too far either way or I’ll either look like a salmon or pumpkin!

        • Sunny

          LOL you made me laugh! Pearl seems a good bet in that case!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    So pretty! I just got a sample of this in a Sephora order and am excited to try it! Although, getting a full size is kind of daunting-it’s HUGE-like a lifetime supply haha!

    • Sunny

      Oh yay! I hope you’ll like it, Tracy! Maybe you’ll like it so much that you want to take the full-size plunge anyways!

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    Wow, it really gives you that almost doll-like skin, so pretty! I wished I could find the travel sized version of this to try out but Becca is currently hard to get :(.

    • Sunny

      Yeah I hope they’ll relaunch the London arm soon. I’d be so mad if I had to have Becca sent over from the US every time!

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    Love it! I must really check out this brand!

    • Sunny

      You’ll love it! The founder is a makeup artist herself!

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