Sunday, November 20, 2016

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette: back in stock and soon sold internationally


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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette is back in stock: review, photos, swatches


I bought the popular Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette when it was first launched in late Spring, but it was sold out everywhere before I had a chance to give you my thoughts on it. Now seems like a good time for a quick review and a few photos, since the palette is back in stock online at Sephora for a short time, and it's about to be released outside of North America too. Whether you're a US based beautysta tempted to indulge or an international reader intrigued by its arrival near you, keep reading to learn if it's worth the purchase!




The Champagne Collection Face Palette is a collaboration between celebrity Youtuber Jaclyn Hill and Becca, a makeup brand with a strong focus on face products. Here's what it contains:
- One blush in the brand's Luminous Blush formula, Rosé Spritz. It's a peachy pink with strong gold shimmer. It's basically as shimmery as the highlighters in the palette.
- Two blushes in the Mineral Blush formula, Amaretto, a warm medium brown, and Pamplemousse (which means grapefruit in French), a bright warm coral. Both seem to have very fine shimmer in the pan, but they look almost matte on the skin, just not a flat, powdery matte but nice and luminous.
- Two powder highlighters, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed highlighters, in Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. The first one has pink undertones while the latter is a true gold.




I've heard a lot of people raving about the packaging of this palette, and while I think it's fine I don't share their enthusiasm. It's beautiful on the inside, but I'm not particularly fond of the design on the lid. It is, however, very sturdy and perfect to throw in your travel makeup bag. The mirror inside is also huge, which is always a good thing to have on the go.




If you're into makeup you probably know that there was some drama surrounding the Becca x Jaclyn Hill collaboration. The collection included an eyeshadow palette, and after many customers complained about the mediocre quality of the shadows, the brand pulled it off the shelves altogether (dear brands, stop trying to sell made in China limited edition products when all your permanent products are made in the US or Europe. It hurts your image...). Following this PR disaster, some people started saying that the face palette was also not on par with Becca's permanent range quality. This is not my experience at all. I find the face products in this palette to be excellent quality, and it is made in the US as usual. I suspect there may have been a bit of bitterness caused by the eyeshadow palette fail at play here, and to be honest I think that Becca totally deserved the backlash for cutting corners.

But let's judge this face palette on its own merits! Like I said, I find all the blushes and highlighters to be very good quality. They're soft, they have a beautiful, luminous finish, and they're very pigmented. The blushes are in fact so vibrant that I need to apply them with a very light hand on my light skin, otherwise I get clown cheeks very quickly. It also takes a bit of work blending them out, which is my only minor issue with this palette. They do blend, it's just not as easy or fast as it can be with other blush formulas.




Amaretto is a unique shade in my collection and I love using this bronzey nude to warm up my cheeks lightly. I can also use it to "cut" through my cheeks and emphasize the cheekbones, although I think it's a little too warm to be a true contouring shade on most skin tones. Pamplemousse is a gorgeous pink grapefruit shade, the kind of bright warm color that's really brightening on my complexion, as long as I apply it very lightly! Rosé Spritz, the shimmery peachy coral, reminds me or Nars Orgasm: it's not a dupe, but a 1st cousin, brighter, deeper, more metallic and considerably more pigmented, which is a good thing in my book (Orgasm barely shows up on me, and I have to say I don't understand the obsession around it...).

The highlighters are intense and bold as well, although they can easily be sheered out for a more subtle glow. I find the shimmer in the gold Prosecco Pop a little finer, so I prefer it to Champagne Pop, although the more neutral undertones of that one will likely flatter a wider variety of skintones.


Swatch Becca Rose Spritz Amaretto Pamplemousse Champagne Prosecco Pop Jaclyn Hill


Overall

So is the Champagne Collection Face Palette worth buying? My answer is clearly yes! It's one of the very few "hyped" makeup products that I bought this year, and I'm very glad I did. I've used it a lot since I first got it, in fact it's probably my most used palette this year. I'm very satisfied with the quality of all blushes and highlighters, and the vibrant colors have a beautiful finish on the skin. I recommend it to anyone looking for a travel-friendly face palette, anyone who wants to get into highlighting a bit more, or people who wish to discover Becca.


Where to buy?

Currently back in stock at Sephora, probably not for long. I'm not sure when the palette will become available outside of North America, but I'll update you if I hear more details!


The product featured in this review was purchased by Lulle. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post contains affiliate links.



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