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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.

Too Faced Diamond Fire Highlighter (Review & Swatches)

Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire

Crashing the Too Faced Chocolate Gold palette launch was this beauty of a highlighter – the Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter!

Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire
Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire

With a cute, old-timey box and the name Diamond Fire, it’s hard not to be super into this beauty of a product!

Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire
Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire

The product itself boasts shades of blue, pink and yellow (as described by the brand), but I personally see a lot of green in my own product. I believe each compact will have different swirls of colour, so you may get one with more pink or more blue. Fundamentally, you can’t really be too precise with your brush if you want more blue or pink since those streaks of colour just aren’t big enough.

Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire
Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire

It also comes with a whopping 12 grams of product, so I assuree you you’re not going to be running out of this one any time soon!

Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire - swatch
Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire – swatch

All swatched together, my Diamond Fire comes out with a very strong green tinge. The reflection is jawdropping, and you may find you need to lay off on a heavy application until you’re used to the kind of payoff it delivers! No complaints here though – I like my highlighters to be cause almost mirrorball reflections!

Wearing Diamond Fire
Wearing Diamond Fire

On me, the green-tinge is there, but it’s transformed a bit more into a yellow-green hue. I love unique highlighter shades, so for me this is a glorious addition to my highlighter collection.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for something not only gorgeous in the pan, but also something a little bit more unique (because let’s face it – there’s plenty of gold or champagne coloured highlighters on the market), the Too Faced Diamond Fire highlighter is for you. Aside from excellent longevity (my highlighter is still beaming after an eight hour work day), there is something to be said for the beauty of this product. Seeing a gorgeously swirled marble product that delivers a unique sheen to my cheekbones? I’m alllll in!

The Too Faced Diamond Light Multi-Use Highlighter in Diamond Fire can be purchased on sephora.ca for $42 CAD and on sephora.com for $34 USD.

The product featured in this post was sent to me for consideration. Post contains affiliate links.

Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss (Review & Swatches)

Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss

Alongside the amazing release of the Too Faced Chocolate Gold palette, we saw a single item come out that I hadn’t been expecting: a Melted Gold Lip Gloss!

Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss
Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss

I had been so amped for the release of the Chocolate Gold palette (see my collection try on video here) that I hadn’t stopped to consider they’d make it a whole collection! So when I saw this product previewed shortly before the collection launch I was astonished – it was one of those items that kinda takes your breath away just because it was so unexpected.

Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss
Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss

Following along in their Melted Matte and Melted Latex packaging, the Melted Gold Lip Gloss is more similar to the Melted Latex in terms of application. The product, however, does not have that latex-like glossy sheen, but more of a pigmented gloss shot through with glitter shimmer.

Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss - swatched
Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss – swatched

I know when I say “gloss”, I tend to think of something a bit more translucent. And while there is that transparent edge to the product, you can definitely see from the swatch above that this is an *incredibly* pigmented product. More than I would ever expect any gloss to be! Also, don’t let my comment about glitter in the product scare you – it’s neither chunky nor going to fall off your lips. It’s more a fine particle shimmer… except there’s a ton of it suspended within the base of the gloss.

Wearing Melted Gold
Wearing Melted Gold

Over top of my naked lips I feel like the colour is STUNNING. I had no concept that a gold lip gloss would be something that I was missing in my collection as a standalone product. I had thought that I would only wear this on top of a red lipstick to give it some oomph – not wear it by itself! But now that I’ve seen what I look like with gold gloss on… well… I’m enamoured!

Wearing Melted Gold
Wearing Melted Gold

The close up shot above should give you an idea as to the texture of the product. It’s not extremely sticky, although – let’s face it – glosses are inherently sticky, and to say otherwise is just flat out wrong as they have to have some tack to them in order to stay on your lips. The gold glitter particles are quite tiny, but you can see them everywhere!

Lasting power is as you would expect for a gloss: 2-3 hours before you’ll need to reapply it provided you’re not eating or drinking, which will, of course, cause product transfer.

Final Thoughts

I had no idea I needed a gold lip gloss in my life aside from extremely temporary use, but now that I’ve got one I’m in love! This might be the sort of thing you pick up for special occasions, or for a unique makeup look, but you may also want to give it a shot just to see how it looks of yourself. As I said above, I wasn’t expecting this to look so nice and, frankly, almost natural on me. I think it’s one of the more fun products I’ve tried of late!

The Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss can be purchased on sephora.ca for $25 CAD and on sephora.com for $21 USD.

The product featured in this post was set to me for consideration. Post contains affiliate links.

essence BLUSHplay Sculpting Blush Palette (Review & Swatches)

essence BLUSHplay Sculpting Blush Palette

When I filmed my new essence Fall/Winter 2017 products, easily the most requested product for review was the BLUSHplay Sculpting Blush Palette. And I have to say, it intrigued me to – the layout and colour scheme of it is very similar to my beloved Smashbox LA Lights in Culver City Coral.

essence BLUSHplay Sculpting Blush Palette in Play It Peach
essence BLUSHplay Sculpting Blush Palette in Play It Peach

You’ll have to pardon my product shots of these – I thought I had colour corrected them appropriately, but I can see now that they’re coming off very red/orange, which is not the shade they truly are in the pan. This trio set is the “Play It Peach” option (they have a more pink-toned one as well) and the coral tones of it are right up my alley. They’ve structured the palette to have a highlighter, a deeper shade (sculpt) and a paler tone (define). I don’t personally layer my blush in any kind of construction like they’re indicating, but I think it is nice to have two blush shades and a complementary highlighter all in one palette.

Despite my product shots looking slightly off-colour, the swatch shots above are bang on. This is a perfect representation of the shades, so you can definitely see that this fits more into the coral/peach side of things.

Wearing highlighter
Wearing highlighter

Those looking for a super reflective highlighter may want to look elsewhere, but the BLUSHplay highlighter is still quite stunning. I know we’re so locked into basically creating a lens flare on our faces now, but there is something to be said for a natural sheen. The highlighter in this palette definitely delivers on the more natural side of things.

Wearing define
Wearing define

What surprised me the most is that I see no colour difference on my cheeks between define (pictured above) and sculpt (pictured below).

Wearing sculpt
Wearing sculpt

I went over my photos so many times to figure out if I had screwed up labelling them and I’m pretty sure I didn’t. Which is why I’m so surprised that the paler shade looks so dark on me! I can only assume that the pale shade has more pigment that I anticipated, and the darker shade has less. Both shades provide a BEAUTIFUL colour on my cheeks, but I’m really stunned that they basically look identical.

Final Thoughts

Although I’m extremely surprised that the two blush shades ended up looking the same (and honestly, I can’t help but wonder if I screwed up application and applied the same shade twice because I really do not get it), I have to point out that the colour(s) are gorgeous. The highlighter is more subtle, but it does provide a beautiful glow to the skin. I also like that the colour tone is in line with the blushes, so you don’t have to be worried about applying a clashing highlighter to your face. The price tag is super low on this ($6.99 CAD), and honestly the product way outperforms the associated price point. This isn’t a “decent for its price tag” product – this is good DESPITE the price tag!

The essence BLUSHplay Sculpting Palette can be purchased on essencemakeup.ca for $6.99 CAD.

The product featured in this post was sent to me for review.