Review: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Highlighter

Today is a review of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured highlighter, which is Becca’s cream version of their beloved Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighters. Unless you’re new to the beauty community, you’ll know that everyone raves about Becca’s Pressed (powder) highlighter as well as their liquid highlighter, but as I mentioned in my 8 Beauty Products I Love That No One Talks About blog post, I haven’t heard much about their Poured formula.

To be honest, I bought this product with a healthy dose of skepticism, because I’m not a fan of cream highlighters and probably would not have given this a second glance if it hadn’t been 50% off at Sephora during one of the Weekly Wow sales back in October. I’m not usually one to buy things just because they’re on sale, but discounted highlighters get me every time!

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The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured freshly opened. The surface of the compact wasn’t pristine because part of it was stuck to the protective film. Sad!

The Basics

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured highlighter retails at $46 CAD for 0.20 oz, in contrast to their pressed formula, which comes in 0.25 oz for $46, and their liquid formula, which retails at $50 for 1.5 oz. Becca offers the same shades across all of their Shimmering Skin Perfector formulas, but you will see below that they are all meant to be different finishes. The Poured version is made in Germany.

This is the part where I list out where you can find the highlighter, but in this case, Becca seems to be is discontinuing the Poured formula so I’m not sure if there’s a point. It is currently marked down by 50% on the brand’s official website (with only three shades left), and was also 50% off at Sephora earlier in the year, although it no longer shows up when you search it. I’ve tried Googling to see if anything came up about this product being discontinued, and also tried to ask the brand on Instagram, but I never received a reply and haven’t been able to find any information online.

The Claims

On the Becca website, the Poured highlighter is described as “A sheer, creamy highlighter that creates a subtle luminosity, and a smooth, sophisticated glow”. This is compared to the liquid formula, which is supposed to give you a dewy finish and natural glow, as well as the pressed formula, which will give you high, ultra-reflective shine.

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From left to right: The compact for the Pressed formula and the compact for the Poured formula. Mama and baby Becca compacts!

The Packaging

Similar to the other Becca highlighters in the regular line, the Poured highlighters are housed in a sleek UFO-looking compact with the brushed metal in the middle and a rubberized brown edge, which tends to collect a lot of shimmer (for me at least). As you can see in the photo, the compact of the Poured version is actually a lot smaller than that of their pressed formula, even though the pressed version does not contain that much more product!

 

The Formula

The biggest gripe I have with cream highlighters in general is that I find them very difficult to use. I feel like I often have issues blending them out on my cheekbones, resulting in a shimmery stripe across my face. I don’t often have a strong reaction to makeup, particularly after only trying it once, so imagine my surprise when I started using this highlighter and fell head over heels for it. In fact, I have to say that it beats out the pressed formula for me, which has been my favourite highlighter that I’ve discovered so far. That’s a bold claim!

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“Poured” isn’t really an accurate name, in my opinion. Yes, it’s definitely a cream product, but the name makes me think of a highlighter with a very creamy, emollient texture. That’s not how I would describe this highlighter, which is stiffer than you would think and almost has this dry powdery-ness to it. Words like “stiff, dry, and powdery” aren’t really words you would ever want to use when describing your makeup, but somehow it works. It’s not the same as the Super Shock Highlighters, which is more silky.

The formula of this highlighter is much too stiff to be able to use with most brushes, but I imagine that a very dense stippling brush may be able to get the job done. I’ve found that the best (and recommended) way to apply this highlighter is with your fingers. I swirl my ring finger around the product, and then I swipe it along my cheekbone area. Using my middle and ring finger, I then blend it all out, and the highlighter is so easy to work with and blend out. Rinse and repeat, until I get my desired amount of glow.

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Left: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone. They look very similar on the fingers even though they look significantly different on the cheekbones

 

The reason I like the Poured formula more than the Pressed version is because of how much control you get when it comes to the amount of glow you want. The brand is correct in saying that the Poured version gives you subtle luminosity. One layer will give you a slight sheen, otherwise you can get a more glam glow if you add on more layers. On the other hand, the pressed versions give you a very reflective glow right off the bat unless you go in using a very light hand. The sheen on the Poured version is more pearly, whereas the Pressed version is more shimmery.  Funnily enough, the poured and pressed versions look similar when swatched, but they definitely have two distinctive finishes when applied to the cheekbones.

This cream highlighter doesn’t disturb the foundation underneath it when I apply with my fingers, which is another problem I often find with cream highlighters. However, one think I would like to point out is that I don’t like having to dip my fingers into the product. Considering it’s a cream product, I feel like it’s especially easy for oil and dirt to stick to it.

I was quite impressed with the staying power. After wearing it for about 11 hours, I come home from work with still a hint of a glow on my cheekbones, although it’s slight and nowhere near as strong as it was when I first applied – I do feel like the Pressed version has a stronger highlight at the 11-hour mark. Like most cream products, I feel like this will likely be more long-wearing on those with dry skin (like me) than those with oily skin.

Here are comparison swatches of Moonstone in the Poured formula with two of my other favourite champagne highlighters – the Balm Mary Loumanizer and the Becca Pressed formula in Opal – they look the same in the sheered out swatches but I swear they’re different – I swear!

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From left to right (swatched): The Balm Mary Loumanizer, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Highlighter in Moonstone, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal
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From left to right (sheered out) : The Balm Mary Loumanizer, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Highlighter in Moonstone, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

 

While Opal is darker and pinker than Moonstone, Mary Loumanizer is almost an exact dupe. By the time I realized these were on sale, all except the lightest and darkest shades were sold out on the Sephora website, and this was the only colour left in stores that would flatter my skintone. I knew that Moonstone would be quite similar to these two shades, and given the choice, I would have picked up a significantly different shade, like Rose Gold. I’m really sad that we can no longer get my hands on this formula! This deserves to be way more hyped up than it was.

The Summary

Pros:
-Easy to control intensity of highlight
-No need for extra tools or brushes
-Good wear time

Cons:
-Unsanitary to dip fingers in product
-Less product for the same price compared to pressed formula
-Expensive

In summary, I was pleasantly surprised by this highlighter and how easy it was to use. I rarely say this about anything, but it was love at first sight! What’s your favourite highlighter formula?

15 thoughts on “Review: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Highlighter

  1. I didn’t even know they did a cream version. It sounds really nice and almost part way between a normal cream highlight and a powder one. I prefer when cream products can use a brush because I’m not a fan of dipping my finger in unless it’s one of those products that gets used up quickly. Maybe that’s why it was less popular and why it’s been discontinued but it definitely sounds like it deserved more hype when it was around.

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  2. You make a good point about dipping your fingers into the cream product. I have a couple of cream blushes and I use a synthetic duo fibre brush with them. Still not ideal but it works.

    I still don’t gravitate toward cream highlighters (or blushes) because I feel when they apply on top of foundation, they do shift my foundation around even if slightly. And what is the correct order of usage? Foundation, cream highlighter, then powder? Or foundation, powder, then cream highlighter? But I don’t think it’s a good idea to apply cream products on top of powdered skin?

    I still prefer powder highlighters – I use a super wispy fan brush and it gives a great low key finish… that is, when I remember to wear highlighter! I think in the past 30 days I wore highlighter twice. 😳

    Hee, it’s so cute when compacts are small, like doll-sized makeup. Why do we find miniature things cute?

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    • It’s not easy to find brushes that play well with cream products. Ugh the other day I found a fuzzy in the pan, probably from my clothes or something, Who knows what else is in there that isn’t visible…

      I’ve always done foundation, cream blush/highlighter then powder. You’re right, never a good idea to apply cream products over powder!

      I would say in general I prefer powder highlighters too. I haven’t found a perfect highlighter brush yet! They’re either too wispy or too dense, haha. Highlighter is definitely one of those extra steps, although I’ve been making sure I do it every day since this guy is in my Project Pan, haha.

      Little minis are the cutest! Funny how we have that instinct to love small things.

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  3. I was so sad that the shades I wanted sold out during that sale last October! I think I’d really like this because of the pearly finish. I also have dry skin so this would probably be a long wearing highlight on me.

    It would be kind of nice if they offered it in a stick form so that you don’t need to dip your fingers into the product. I was using a cream concealer palette last summer but I would apply with my fingers and the shades just got so gross overtime..

    I normally like subtle finishes but lately I must be crazy because I’ve been applying the pressed version of Opal wet. It’s the most insane glow ever but I love it lol

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    • LOL I’m glad I wasn’t the only one scrambling in October trying to get my hands on these! I swear these sold out within HOURS on the Sephora website…

      Good thinking about offering it in a stick form! But then it’s hard to say – maybe in stick form it would change the formula a little. I know every time I use a stick highlight I always feel like there’s a stripe of highlight on my face even after I blend it out, but that’s probably more related to user skill level LOL.

      I haven’t even thought of using the pressed version wet! Man, I bet that glow is crazy! Do you swipe it on a brush and then wet the brush with water/setting spray, or do you wet the brush first? I wanna try now, haha!

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      • I don’t know how so many people know about all these sales before the rest of us, all the good sales are done before I know about them!

        Hmm that’s true… I haven’t used a lot of stick highlighters so it’s hard to say. Too bad brushes don’t work!

        It’s absolutely insane lol I apply the highlight to the brush and then spray the brush with a setting spray. I’m using the Nyx Dewy setting spray, it works really well for things like this!

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  4. So pretty! I am sad that I missed out on this now that I know that I do like cream highlighters! I still really like using a damp sponge with them, and I bet that that would work well with this one too. I wonder if a freshly cleaned sponge dipping in there would be my hygenic than your fingers? Hard to say.

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  5. […] This guy has been part of my Project Pan for the last six months. Silly me, I somehow thought I would be able to finish this fairly new highlighter (to my collection) within a 6-month timespan. To be honest, I’m getting sick of this highlighter, but that’s only because I’ve been using it 5 days a week for six months straight. It has nothing to do with the formula, shade, or performance of it, all of which I love. Read my review of this product here. […]

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