Over the years, there have been a lot of products that I’ve bought that haven’t been worth it. A sucker for packaging, and glossy luxury, I jump in with both feet because of the hype before reading trusted reviews. A lot of those products that aren’t worth the hype tend to be the ones that bloggers rave out before the launch, and then when it’s all died down, they aren’t mentioned again. YouTube sensation Jaclyn Hill collaborated with Becca Cosmetics to bring out Champagne Pop, a much hyped product and one, which again, I jumped for. Thankfully, it’s a truly stellar product and one that I use daily. So much so that I’ve had to buy a back up. The hotly anticipated Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne collection was to be expanded and in June, several new products were launched including some beautiful new shades. Hitting Sephora, armed with a fistful of dollars, I went to collect my gorgeous Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Palette.
When I say that I couldn’t resist the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Palette, I really couldn’t. From arriving at the hotel, I was in Sephora in less than an hour after arrival. I originally wanted to just look at it, to see if it was all it was cracked up to be. I love Champagne Pop, as I have said, and the fact that there was a new shade, Prosecco Pop, was making me all agitated. The glossy gold box practically screamed ‘Buy me Anoushka!’ and in true make up addict style, I took one of the last few off the shelf and cradled it in my arms, all the way back to my hotel.
Ok, so down to the nitty gritty of the palette. First of all, the size of the palette is brilliant. Travel friendly, it has a large mirror inside, and the case closes securely to protect the finely milled powders inside. Opening up the gold compact reveals five blusher and highlighter shades. A Luminous Blush in Rose Spritz, two Mineral Blushes in Amaretto and Pamplemousse, Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop highlighter. The highlighters are just slightly smaller than the single highlighter compacts, however I’m uncertain to the depth they sit in the palette so I’m not sure on size comparisons. Considering the palette is £48/$52, the single highlighters are £32/$38 which to me makes quite a good price saving for five shades.
The Luminous Blush in Rose Spritz happens to be my favourite shade aside from Champagne Pop. It’s a soft and sheer peachy pink with pale gold shimmer ran throughout, and applies like a rose gold on my skin. It’s incredibly pigmented, like all of the shades, and where I would have liked to use Rose Spritz as a blush topper, I can’t due to how rich the colour is on application. It’s such a beautiful warm toned shade, that I can’t help but love it.
Amaretto is a Mineral Blush which translates as a warm muted rosy brown on my skin. Again, it’s rich in pigmentation and applies like a dream. I have given my face a once over with Amaretto in place of a bronzer, and although it should be a blush, if you were stuck with just the one palette, it does pay off well as a bronzer. As a blush, it’s slightly too brown toned for my liking but it does apply beautifully without enhancing pores.
I love the name Pamplemousse, and I think this shade is a truly stunning pink with warm undertones. It does have a satiny sheen to the finish and I need to be a bit less heavy handed when applying this as it really does go on with quite a splash of colour. It does seem to be a bit sheerer in formulation than Amaretto, but the colour payoff is intense.
Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector, for those who haven’t yet indulged, is a gorgeous white gold with a warm peachy shimmer. I defy anyone to dislike this shade, as it’s so flattering for so many skin tones.
The new Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prosecco Pop was a tiny bit of a let down for me. After the beauty that is Champagne Pop, I was expecting a lot more from the colour, and although its a warmer, yellow toned gold shade, it’s almost too similar in colour to Champagne Pop. There really isn’t that much difference in it when it’s applied to the skin. However, the formula is still the same, and it glides onto the skin without emphasising pores.
So, was it worth the hype? Yes, it was. Since buying the palette, I have made use of it every single day and although it still looks relatively unused, it just goes to show just how little of the product you need. It’s perfect for travel, it gives me an extra back up of Champagne Pop and it has given me Rose Spritz. Since the launch of the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection, several more products have been introduced including the new Champagne Splits. If I had of seen these before the Champagne Collection Palette, I think I may have been more inclined to purchase the split containing Champagne Pop and Hyacinth, or Prosecco Pop and Pamplemousse due to how compact they are.
Luckily, the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Palette is still in stock at Space NK but it is limited edition, so if it was something that you wanted, I’d get it quick before it disappears for good!