Where the launch of the Becca Be A Light Palette ($56 CAD) took me by surprise, it was love at first sight. The Becca formula combined with beautiful colours in a face palette meant I didn’t even stand a chance. This palette comes in two shades: light to medium and medium to deep and is limited edition.
The packaging has a beautiful rose gold colour that is highly reflective, but is also a magnet for fingerprints. The component is a thick plastic that I find really difficult to open. I would have much preferred if this was housed with a magnetic closure instead of the stubborn snap clip that I need tweezers to open so I don’t break a nail.
When I first got the palette, I was shocked at how big it is. Each powder looks like a full size product with the blush and bronzer in the center being mini (but not really that small either, it would go a long way)
Of course, with a generic ‘light to medium’ option, not all shades are going to work for everyone. For reference, I range between a NC30 – NC 35 in MAC and this is how I use the colours vs. what they are claimed for:
- Brightening Powder: A soft pearl powder that brightens the complexion. This is the lightest shade on the far left of this palette. While it looks white in the pan, it has a light beige tone to it with a soft sheen. The formula of this reminds me a lot of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders in that they deliver a soft sheen to diffuse skin imperfections and bring light to the face. The effect is subtle but beautiful. I can use this to lightly set the center of my face to add brightness.
- Blur Powder: Flattering beige that blurs imperfections and warms the complexion. This is the slightly deeper, large powder on the right. While this is too deep for me to use all over my face, I prefer to wear it as a contour as it’s slightly cooler than the deeper brown shade in the palette.
- Contour: A neutral tan shade to enhance and define your features. This is the deepest shade in the palette (middle bottom shade) and is quite warm. As such, it suits me better as an all over bronzer to add warmth and deepen up my complexion for that sun kissed look. When buffed into the skin, the sheen turns into a healthy glow that’s super subtle.
- -Blush: A light pink marbled with silver pearl for a pop of color and light. I find this one to be a medium bright pink with visible silver microshimmer to it. When buffed into the skin, the microshimmer buffs out into a strong sheen. I have to buff a lot of the product into my brush and tap off the bristles to make the effect less intense. While i’m not used to such a full on blush, the formula works lovely.
Overall, it’s a great palette and if you’re into the Hourglass Ambient Lighting formulas, you’ll enjoy the powders. This is beauty swatched approved