Thursday, October 29, 2015

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, Spotlights and The One Brush Review + Swatches (and Giveaway)!!!

Hi lovelies!

Boy, do I have a fun treat in store for all of you! I've officially been running this blog for about 4 years now, so thank you all for sticking with me through everything. In keeping with tradition, I've got a review of some fab goodies, and then a blogiversary GIVEAWAY to share!

I've been obsessed with the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors since I tried the pressed highlighter in Opal (reviewed here), so I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to trial the pressed highlighters in Moonstone and well as the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights (a trio of mini cream highlighters in shades Opal, Pearl and Champagne Gold). Champagne Pop is the collaboration shade that Becca released in conjunction with popular YouTube Guru Jaclyn Hill (which I bought as soon as it hit the market), so I thought I'd include swatches of that shade too.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, Champagne Pop, Opal and Topaz, and Spotlights in Opal, Pearl and Champagne Gold.
I was also provided with the Becca The One Perfecting brush, a multitasking makeup brush that's supposed to be perfect for applying everything, including primer, foundation, highlighter and contour! Read on to see what I thought of these products...and then enter the giveaway that the lovely people at were kind enough to provide for my readers to help celebrate the blog birthday!

Keep reading after the jump!

Becca The One Perfecting Brush.
Now, I've already gone on about what I think of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors Pressed in this post, so I won't repeat myself beyond saying that the texture is beautiful and all the shades apply like a dream. 
Clockwise from top left: Moonstone, Champagne Gold, Topaz and Opal.
There is only one drawback to these gorgeous highlighters: there's no easy way to differentiate between the shades, so you actually have to pick each compact up to check the names at the bottom. This isn't something that's too hard to live with, but I do wish Becca had incorporated some colour differences for each shade into the packaging so it was easier to identify at one glance.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors.
The shades I have are Moonstone (pale white), Champagne Pop (soft white gold), Opal (golden pearl) and Topaz (copper bronze), as evidenced in the photo below. I believe there's a good range to cover most skintones.
L-R: Moonstone, Champagne Gold, Opal and Topaz.
I believe that Moonstone would best flatter fairer skintones, while Champagne Pop and Opal are very versatile shades that fit well on all skintones. Topaz is best suited for darker skintones. I'm missing two shades, Rose Gold, which I'm dying for, and Copper, which I'm lusting after but suspect will be too dark for my skintone.
L-R: Moonstone, Champagne Gold, Opal and Topaz.
The Spotlights are packaged in clear tubes that allow you to easily identify which shade you're after, and are meant to be applied with the provided doe foot applicator. 
Becca Spotlights
I like applying a few dots along my cheekbones and just under the arch of my eyebrows, before blending out with my fingertips for a soft glow.
Becca Spotlights.
The formula is light and sheer, as well as extremely blendable, so it's easy not to go overboard with these, as the swatches show.
Spotlights L-R: Pearl, Champagne Gold and Opal.
In case you're wondering how they compare, here's a swatch photo showing all the shades together.
L-R: Moonstone, Champagne Gold, Opal and Topaz, and Spotlights in Pearl, Champagne Gold and Opal.
The One brush is quite an interesting concept, but I have to confess it didn't quite work for me. I'd definitely recommend washing it before use, as it did shed a little bit when I washed it for the first time.

This brush is quite a beautiful brush but I'm notoriously picky with my makeup brushes and found this to be a little too bulky for foundation application. I like to buff in my foundation with circular motions and this applied best with flat, steady strokes.
Becca The One Perfecting Brush.
It was handy for applying primer as it got the face done quite quickly, but I tend to use my fingers when applying primer for the most part. I did like it for contouring and highlighting though, so it was definitely a win for that! I'd definitely suggest using a light hand with this when applying highlighter as you could deposit too much on your face otherwise. Overall, I'm really pleased to have this brush in my collection, and it's definitely a little different from all the other brushes I own!
Becca The One Perfecting Brush.
Now, on to the fun part, the GIVEAWAY! I have two prizes to give away, the first being a Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, and the second being The One brush.

All you have to do is answer a simple question, as specified in the Rafflecopter widget below.

This giveaway is only open to Australian residents! Please note, if you do not answer the question that I have asked, I will have to eliminate your entry from this competition. Following me by GFC is mandatory, so please provide your GFC name and email address in your comment.  I will be checking, lovelies, and I'd hate to disqualify anyone because they hadn't followed the rules! You can also tweet once a day to increase your chances of winning!

EDIT: This giveaway is now CLOSED. A big thank you to everyone who entered!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Much love,

Note: Some products mentioned in this post were kindly provided for editorial consideration. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy. This promotion has been sponsored by and is only open to Australian Residents. The winners will be notified by The Made Up Maiden within 48 hours of this giveaway ending. The winners will need to respond with a mailing address within 24 hours or replacement winners will be selected. will be responsible for sending out the prizes. The Made Up Maiden is in no way responsible for sending out the prize or any damages sustained during transit.


  1. You have such beautiful pictures! I have only one Becca highlighter which is Champange pop and i love it!

    Annie |

  2. I do love my Mary-Lou Manizer, but that Champagne Pop by Becca is also stunning!

  3. Oh goodness, I need to get my hands on these! They look amazing! My favourite high lighter at the moment is just a FOA liquid highlighter I received from the latest beauty heaven beautorium :)

  4. I love the Laura Geller Gilded Honey..but I think my favorite highlighter would be the new Mac Oh Darling.

  5. MAC Strobe Cream is my favourite. It is great for 'strobing' and for an overall glow. I also frequently use one of those limited edition Essence highlighters which is really nice for a quick glow!
    Name: Su RamMohan

  6. Can I confess ...I don't actually own many highlighters, but I do love Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare light, it gives me a healthy sunkissed glow.

    Claire xx

  7. My fav would be The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer! :)
    Yours Truly, NY

  8. I don't know if it's really considered a highlighter, but I just got MAC's Strobe Cream yesterday, and so far I'm loving it. It's my first highlighter.

  9. I'm very much a novice when it comes to highlighters and I only own one. It's a BOE beauty one and is a lovely super pale shimmery shade of creamy pink. Would definitely love to try a new on though

  10. Wow congrats on 4 years, that is fantastic!! My favourite highlighter is the moonstone becca highlight! I agree that it is great for fairer complexions. I haven't seen that brush before but it does look amazing for contouring!!

  11. I must admit that I have not tried very many highlighters but I do like the benefit high beam but ive found I have to be very careful with it as its easy to over apply.

  12. MAC's Lightscapade is my favourite highlighter!

  13. The name of my fave highlighter is Bloom Cosmetics Cream Bronzing Duo (highlighter & bronzer in one).

  14. I do adore my The Balm Mary Loumanizer!

  15. My favorite highlighter is Watt's Up

  16. My favorite highlighter is Watt's Up

  17. My favourite highlighter is a pinky cream one from YBF, available from TVSN.

    Great post and comp as always. Love the look of the highlighter trio and that brush is intriguing.

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  19. My current favourite is NAR Albatross! But I'm also loving Australis Liquid Highlight in Gold :)

  20. Gosh these all look so beautiful. I'd like to try some Becca highlighters but I fee like they're all so nice that I don't really know where to start!

  21. I just want everything Becca. Everything in their range is so damn beautiful!!! <3


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