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BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters (Review & Swatches)

BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters

Ack! I had no idea the BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters were a limited edition item! These have been out for a few months and definitely caught my eye, but I thought they were a permanent product so put aside reviewing them until I got some of the more limited edition holiday items out of the way. I stand corrected – these are LE and they’re going FAST!

BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters
BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters

Sephora Canada doesn’t seem to have the Light Chaser Highlighters anymore, but Sephora USA still has two of the shades (and on sale for half off no less!) and BECCA’s own web site thankfully still has all six shades still available (also at half price!).

BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters
BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters

So what are these beauties? The Light Chaser Highlighters are BECCA‘s answer to the multi-colour highlighter craze. I’ve been raving on and on for a few years now about how much I love highlighter colours that are unique and different. I’m very much done with the champagne tones and icy white shades that are common (for my skintone). I want something more punchy, more vibrant and with some added colour in the mix. BECCA makes some of the absolute best highlighters on the market (Champagne Pop and Pearl are staples in my collection) so I was really happy to see them dip their toes in the multi-coloured highlighter game.

BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters - swatches
BECCA Light Chaser Highlighters – swatches

There are six shades in the collection, and I’ve got three of them featured in this post:

  • Champagne Dream flashes Bellini: a peach tint with hints of brighter peach
  • Rose Quartz flashes Seashell: A pale pink-purple iridescence
  • Pearl flashes Gold: Iridescent white with a strong gold output

BECCA Light Chaser Highlighter Face Swatches

Wearing Champagne Dream flashes Bellini
Wearing Champagne Dream flashes Bellini

Of the three I tried, Champagne Dream flashes Bellini has the least colour payoff and sheen… in pictures. On the skin it actually beams a heck of a lot stronger and you do see shifts of peach as you move your face around in the light. (Refer to my colour swatch above for an accurate portrayal of the colour.) That being said, I would definitely say this one has the least amount of light bounce back when compared to the other shades I tried.

Wearing Rose Quartz flashes Seashell
Wearing Rose Quartz flashes Seashell

Rose Quartz flashes Seashell has more of that “bounce back” I’m referring to. You can definitely see the light is reflecting off my cheekbone. This shade is beautiful, slightly subtle, and provides a gorgeous pinky-purple sheen to the cheekbones.

Wearing Pearl flashes Gold
Wearing Pearl flashes Gold

My favourite of the lot, Pearl flashes Gold knows how to reflect the light perfectly! It’s a pale yellow shade that really lights up the cheekbones.

Final Thoughts

I’m really sad that these are limited edition because I feel like they’re a beautiful addition to BECCA‘s range of products. Since the brand is so well known for their highlighters, it seems like such a shame to have these beautifully coloured ones be available only for a limited time.

Of the shades I tried, Pearl flashes Gold was definitely the most reflective, so if you’re looking for something bright – go for that shade. Champagne Dream flashes Bellini was a bit more subdued on me, but I feel like it would look beautiful (and more reflective) on a far deeper skin tone than me.

So all that being said, if you want these, get them now because they’re disappearing fast! To reiterate,¬†Sephora Canada doesn’t seem to have them anymore but Sephora USA still has two of the shades (and on sale for half off no less!) and BECCA’s own web site thankfully still has all six shades still available (also at half price!).

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. Post contains affiliate links.

essence Metal Shock Lipsticks (Review & Swatches)

essence Metal Shock Lipsticks

Looking for a bit more of a metallic sheen in your lip colour? essence has released eight lipsticks in a range they’ve called “Metal Shock”.¬†Metallic lips are one of those things that kind of comes and goes in and out of fashion, and it’s really nice to have an option at the drugstore that you know isn’t going to break the bank.

essence Metal Shock Lipsticks
essence Metal Shock Lipsticks

essence says that these are “creamy lipsticks [that] let the lips shine in intensive wow-colours with a metallic effect.” They are very easy to apply (they’ve got a lot of slip to them straight out of the tube) and the colour impact is STRONG. You will find that some of the shades have a bit more of a metallic effect compared to the others.

essence Metal Shock Lipsticks
essence Metal Shock Lipsticks

I have four of the eight shades available, and my shade selection shows kind of what the range has to offer: some more “normal” colours (the pink, the deep burgundy), as well as some “out there” shades (the rose gold and the green). There are a teal, a gold and more pinks available as well!

essence Metal Shock Lipsticks - swatches
essence Metal Shock Lipsticks – swatches

I think the more unique shades – Iron Maiden and Venom – actually have more of a metallic sheen to them in comparison to the pink shades. Which isn’t to say the metallic-ness isn’t there, but I think it shows how some shades can display more of a metal edge than others.

essence Metal Shock Lipstick Swatches

Wearing Iron Maiden
Wearing Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden is my FAVOURITE colour out of the lot I tried. It has this incredibly molten, metallic look to it that just utterly *gleams* on the lips. It looks like a foiled liquid lip colour and I am in LOVE!

Wearing Guns 'n Rose
Wearing Guns ‘n Rose

Pink is just not a colour I’m drawn to, but there’s no denying the brightness of Guns ‘n Rose!

Wearing Purple Pistol
Wearing Purple Pistol

Perhaps the most “normal” shade out of the lot, Purple Pistol is a lovely burgundy with a hint of metallic sheen. Slightly patchy on application on the inner rim of my mouth.

Wearing Venom
Wearing Venom

Venom is so much fun to put on, and dare I say… almost wearable? Maybe I only say that because I’ve gotten used to wearing odd coloured lips, but I really think this is quite beautiful!

Final Thoughts

At $4.99 USD per lipstick, the essence Metal Shock lipsticks are an inexpensive way to try a more unusual lip colour that you may not have in your collection. The colours applied and wore smoothly, but since they do have a lot of slip to them, you may notice some wear and tear showing on the outer corners of your mouth. This is a place I’m pretty susceptible to lipstick migration, so I’d suggest a lip primer or lip pencil to help keep the colours in place. That being said, that doesn’t detract from the appeal of these colours for me – I think the Metal Shocks are a great product at a wonderful price point. If you’re looking for something truly unique – grab the shade Iron Maiden. Outside of mixing pigments with gloss, I’ve never seen a lip colour like this before. It’s gorgeous and oh-so-perfect.

The essence Metal Shock Lipsticks can be purchased at ulta.com for $4.99 USD each.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. Post contains affiliate links.