For once I am going to review a product as soon as it was released! I made it a point to go buy this the day it was released in store (June 16th) so I could have a review ready in time for someone to buy it. I meant to do that with the TooFaced Peach Palette, but by the time I got around to reviewing it, it was no longer available (#fail).
So let’s get to it. As many of you know, Jaclyn Hill who is a major youtube beauty guru released the Champagne Collection with Becca. It includes the face palette, a shimmering skin perfector, a crème version of the Champagne Pop highlighter and the regular Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector (fancy name for a highlighting powder). The collection also originally included a eye shadow palette, but apparently the formula was pretty terrible so they pulled it before it was in stores. I believe all the items in the collection are limited edition with the exception of the Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector.
The collection was launched online about a month ago but I was not able to get any of the items online. They sold out within minutes! However, it did give me a chance to watch several demo’s and reviews on youtube before I made any decisions to purchase. In the end, I decided to go with just the face palette for the following:
Just one the regular Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors is $38, and just one of the Becca Luminous Blushes is $34, while the Mineral Blushes are $32. This palette includes TWO Shimmering Skin Perfectors that are .19oz (vs 0.28oz for a full size one), TWO mineral blushes that are 0.12oz (vs 0.20 for a full size one) and ONE luminous blush that is 0.10oz (vs 0.20 for a fulle size one). The cost of the palette is $52!
While that may seem like a lot, if you were to buy these products separately, it would easily cost over $120. I know the sizes for all the items are slightly smaller than buying a full size, but seriously, how long would it even take you to get through just one highlighter? Probably years. I have had the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Opal for over a year now. And I use it pretty much every single day. There is barely a little dent on it.
Left to Right: Champagne Pop, Prosecco Pop, Pamplemousse, Amaretto & Rose Spritz
So, in my opinion, I would much rather get a variety of items to try in a palette, even if they are smaller in size, than get one item that would take me years to go through.
Now let’s get to the actual palette:
As I mentioned above, it comes with two highlighters and three blushes. The formulas are the same as the other Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors and Luminous/Mineral Blushes. All the shades swatch and apply beautifully. The are buttery and highly pigmented.
The two highlighters are fairly intense and a little goes a long way. I swatched them next to two popular highlighters (TheBalm’s Mary Lou Manizer & Becca’s Opal) so you can get a sense of the shades:
The three blushes are interesting shades. I have to say when I first saw the colors I was a little disappointed. The shade Pamplemousse didn’t seem like anything special/different, and I would have preferred a more peachy toned blush since this is, after all, a summer release.
Top to bottom: Rose Spritz, Amaretto, Pamplemousse, Prosecco Pop & Champagne Pop
Here is my summary of each shade:
Pamplemouse: This is a warm coral shade, very similar to Becca’s Snapdragon Luminous blush (see swatch below) and NYX’s pinched. It’s very pretty and flattering, but again, doesn’t seem like anything different to me. I have other blushes that are similar enough. I give this one a B.
Amaretto: This quickly became my favorite shade in the palette. It is described as a matte, toasted almond, but to me it looks more like a satin finish. The shade is a mix between a blush and a bronzer, and its perfect for summer. Depending on your skin tone you could use this as a blush or a bronzer. I use it as a blush and it is amazing. This will be my summer shade. Another plus? You could use this as an eye shadow. It makes for a great crease shade, or even an all over bronzy/coppery lid color. I give this one an A+.
Rose Spritz: This shade is a very shimmery peachy-pink (more pink than peachy). For some reason is reminds me of the Wet N Wild Pearlescent Pink ColorIcon blush, even though the colors are not exactly the same. This one is almost like a highlighter mixed with a blush. The color is great on its own for a very glowy look, or on top of matte blush for some dimension. I give this one a B+.
Below are some swatches of the blushes in the palette along with some other shades in my collection so you can compare:
So let’s break it down.
- Great value for the amount of product and shades you get
- Beautiful, sturdy packaging with a giant mirror
- Great for travel since you don’t need any other blush or highlighters
- You can use the highlighter and the Amaretto shades as eye shadow as well
- The quality of the products is an A+
- This is limited edition (insert smiley face poop emoji)
- I wish it came with a matte bronzer color so this would truly be a full face palette
- Pamplemousse shade is pretty but nothing unique
- I know I am being picky, but I wish they would have made the highlighters smaller and the blushes bigger. Or made one of the big pans a bronzer or the Amaretto shade. If you think of how much product you use, people tend to use more blush than highlighter so to me it makes more sense to have the larger pans be blush.
So the ultimate question:
Is it worth the hype?
I think it depends. Here is my advice, buy it if:
- You are a make up enthusiast like me, or you are a collector. The shades are different enough from other items for it to be worth it.
- You don’t currently own any highlighters and were thinking about buying one of the Becca ones. For $14 more you would get two highlighters plus 3 blushes.
- You are looking for a versatile face palette. I am guilty of getting annoyed in the morning at having to open and close 5 different compacts (yes, first world problems). That is why I love Z Palette’s so much. With this palette you could get away with doing you bronzer, blush, highlight and even a simple eye if you really wanted to.
I hope this review was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions. Also, keep in mind this is limited edition. It is currently available in stores and online at Sephora.