BECCA Highlighters: Which format is right for you?

Hello there, lovelies! How we doing? 🙂

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, I’m sure you’ve heard of Becca and their fabulous highlighter range. Jaclyn Hill really popularized them on her YouTube channel, and even collaborated with Becca to make her own highlight (which is gorgeous, if I might add).

Becca’s highlights come in three different formats: the original Shimmering Skin Perfector (a liquid), SSP Pressed (a powder), and the SSP Poured (a cream, almost putty-type texture). It also may be kind of difficult to pick which one you would want to buy at first, and that’s where I’m here to help! I’m going to describe all three formats and hopefully highlight (hehehe 🙂 ) which one best fits your needs!

1.) Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, $41,


I got this as a sample with an order I placed from Sephora in the shade Opal. It has a smooth, liquidy texture, and let me tell you, if you want a subtle, glowy, highlight, then this is EXACTLY what you need! What I like to do with this is squirt just a tad on the back of my hand, smooth it out, and then take my e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush (thank you, emilynoel83 :)) and stipple it on my cheekbones. If you don’t want a va-va-voom, in your face highlight, but rather a subtle, but noticeable glow, then this is PERFECT for you! I think this looks absolutely gorgeous as an every-day highlight and would be ideal for every woman! You can’t go wrong with the original Shimmering Skin Perfector!


*Another thing that I’ve seen other beauty bloggers do is mix this in with their foundation to convert it to a more glowy, luminous finish. This works wonderfully because there’s no noticeable glitter in it. I tested this out with my L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte, and I noticed a significant difference in the glow that it had with the SSP.

2.) Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone, $38,


The best way I can think of to describe this is a “silly putty” texture. It’s super creamy, and gives a lot of pigment, but in my opinion, there’s something a little…off about it. Whenever I swatch it on my hand, it takes a little bit of work to smooth it out so all of the pigment is equally distributed. And even worse, when I tried to spread this out on my cheekbones, it looks really patchy, almost iridescent.


It still gives a nice finish (when it spreads evenly), but I just can’t find a use this for this in my daily routine because of its finicky texture. I’d say in terms of subtlety, it’s between the SSP original and the SSP Pressed. I’m going to have to pass on this one. Let me know if it worked for you down in the comments, however!


3.) Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop, $38,


Ahhhhh, Champagne Pop. Literally what a dream come true for my favorite YouTuber, Jaclyn Hill! She created this highlight shade in collaboration with BECCA, and I could not be more happy with the result. The texture is to DIE for – SUPER creamy for a powder and pigmented through and through! I was a little skeptical at first glance of the swatch online because I thought I saw visible glitter, but I really had nothing to worry about! If you zoom in 100x on your face, you can probably see little specks of glitter, but really, the shimmer is what takes over on your cheekbones.


This is definitely a VA-VA-VOOM highlight, so if that’s not what you’re after, maybe look at the original SSP and buy an e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush, but I personally love it! I mean, depending on how much you apply, it’s not going to make you look like a disco ball (no worries!), but it definitely has that potential if that’s what you want. But my goodness, this is TOTALLY worth the $38 because you only need the littlest bit to get a highlighted effect. Superb job, Jaclyn!


Well, there you go! Hopefully I’ve given you worthwhile advice about which highlight format is the best for you! What’s your favorite highlight? Should I try out any from the drugstore? Leave me a comment down below and let me know! Keep strong, be kind, and stay beautiful. 🙂

See you soon, lovelies!

xo, Katie



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