When I saw the news that Chrissy Teigen, my Twitter hero and dream life coach, was collaborating with Becca, I could not contain my excitement. I pretty much handed over my card details card right then and there. But as more pictures of the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette came out, I started to doubt whether it’d be suitable for my pale skin. I started second guessing whether I really needed this one in my collection. So I resisted the initial release. I wanted to see a couple more swatches before biting the bullet.
Luckily, a couple of weeks later a discount code appeared from Cult Beauty just as the palette launched on their site. I took it as a sign and snatched it up. My first impressions were ‘okay, maybe this was a little too dark for me’ but as I tested it out I started to get along with the shades.
The packaging, of course, is incredible. The pink ‘quartz’ design on the outside is a slightly different take on the existing trend and although the rose gold on the inside picks up fingerprints, it’s a beautiful combination all the same. The mirror on the inside is huge which is always a plus and what I also like is that it isn’t too big when often these kinds of palettes can waste a lot of space. And obviously, the formula delivers. As is always the case with Becca. The highlighters are glowy, incredibly buildable and don’t draw attention to pores. The blush is incredibly pigmented, as is the bronzer, so it’s important to apply with a light hand. But they’re incredibly blendable and easy to work with. No complaints there.
But really, it’s all about the shades inside. Two highlighters, Rose Gold and the exclusive Beach Nectar. They’re both quite peachy but with Rose Gold having a bit more of a gold finish to it. A blush, Hibiscus Bloom, and a bronzer, Malibu Soleil. When first swatched, I was a little concerned – they were all quite dark when built up and looked quite stark on my pale skin on my arm. But I didn’t want to solidify any opinions before trying it out on my face, of course. And luckily, I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
Both of the highlighters are, admittedly, a little darker than I’d normally go for but when blended into the cheekbones, they still look incredibly natural and add a beautiful warm glow to my complexion. My preferred application method has been pairing them with a fan brush, slowly building up the colour on the cheeks and being really precise with my placement. When swatched heavily, they do look too harsh but when blended out, they are stunning even on my skin tone. The blush is such a bright shade that it instantly adds life to the complexion. It’s incredibly pigmented so again, I like to build slowly, but it’s super dreamy when paired with the peachy highlighters.
In the end, the only shade that I really couldn’t get away with was the bronzer. It has a beautiful sheen to it but unfortunately, even with a light hand, it was just a little too warm and intense on my pale skin. Luckily, I grabbed this at the same time as a more pale-appropriate shade, Bali Sands, from the Sunlit Bronzer range and I’ve been incredibly impressed with that one. I’ve also actually been throwing it into the crease for a bit of a quick eye look on lazy days with much success. The combination of that in the crease with a touch of one of the highlighters all over the crease has been a winner.
Rose Gold, Hibiscus Bloom, Malibu Soleil, Beach Nectar
For those that drew comparisons to the Jaclyn Hill x Becca face palette, there are similarities. It’s particularly noticeable with the blush shades. But the highlighters in the Jaclyn palette are gold-toned. Whereas these beauties are much peachier. I’d say that palette, if you can still find it, is a better all-round option for pale girls because of the blush options included. But you can probably live without both in your collection.
Overall, yes. This probably wasn’t a perfect purchase for my very pale skin but I’m glad I’ve had a chance to give a pale girl’s perspective on this beauty. I’m sure I’ll still get a lot of use out of the shades. Particularly in the summer when I go a little crazier with the bronzer and reach for a peachier, warmer highlight. Fellow pale girls? It could be worth swatching in store before you hand over your bank card for this one. But it’s probably not an essential unless you’re a Chrissy fan girl like me… There are definitely more appropriate options out there. Those with medium skin tones, on the other hand, this will be perfect for you.
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