Becca x Chrissy Highlighting Palette - Review
There are few things I love more than highlighters – see: my reviews of my favourite tried and tested highlighters; and fewer stars I love more than Chrissy Teigen – model, mum, Twitter-hero. When I realised Becca was going to launch a collaboration, I could not wait. I asked my cousin in Florida to purchase it for me, and when my aunt went to visit her she brought it back with her; I had to wait a bit, but one learns to cultivate patience. However, there were things that upset me about having to wait. Apart from the obvious, I hated reading reviews; was any of you ever spoiled? Did someone tell you of the Red Wedding before you could watch it yourself? Anyone? No? To be honest I am not a saint myself: when Harry Potter and Half-Blood prince came out I told my best friend Flavia that [SPOILER, although if you haven't read/seen it are you living in a cave somewhere?] Dumbledore died. Mea Culpa. To be fair, I did not to do it with bad intentions. I just happened to scream it in front of her because I was very shocked. Anyway, she forgave me eventually but at the moment she was very upset. Now I know how she felt. Usually I don’t mind knowing in advance how a book or a film is going to end. In this case, however, I got a bit worried because the product I was so ardently wait was receiving reviews that were not entirely positive: for example, vlogger Sona Gasparian tries it on in a video on her YouTube channel – ‘Full Face of First Impression Gone Wrong’ – and her response seems to be that of underwhelmed makeup appassionata, a response that is later confirmed in another video – ‘Best and Worst Highlighters 2017 w/ Sazan!’.
You can only imagine how I felt: I was genuinely afraid I had just made a wrong purchase and wasted my money on a product I would not use.
Do you want to know how this story ends?
After hesitantly trying the palette for the first time, Rory has been using it everyday for the last two week. And she lived happily ever after. Who needs princes when makeup? *insert heart emoji*
But let’s now leave the story-time behind, and let’s get into a proper review.
I have to admit that at a first glance, the colours seems to be not very pigmented. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. One of the main complaint around the web seems to be that range of colours is too dark and does not suit everyone.
I actually think it is reasonable to expect warmer hues: this is a very summer-y product after all
One of the things that need to be taken into account is that I don't believe the two highlighters are to be used in the conventional manner – a c-shape from the temples all the way down, above the apple of your cheeks. I haven't even tried applying that way, I admit neither of the two highlighters would work that way.
I actually use the darker of the two highlighters as a base for contouring my cheekbones, warming the bronzer that is positioned right underneath it. The blush is absolutely lovely, and even I can wear it, despite the fact that my skin tone usually favours a more peachy shade. This is the perfect summer combination for me: I rarely tan, yet I don't want to give up on the 'bronze goddess' vibes.
What about the lighter shade of highlighter, you ask.
Apply on the eyelids for a look that is fresh and beautifully glowy. Add tinted lip balm, black mascara, and eyebrow gel to complete the look.
Smile, smirk, or pout. You're ready to go!