The new Limited Edition BECCA x Chrissy Teigen palette was highly anticipated, and like many, I waited for the exact moment that Sephora made it available during a 1-day pre-sale a couple of weeks ago. BECCA is a brand that I’ve come to love and trust (excluding the little Jaclyn Hill eye shadow palette debacle). They make a wide range of quality products that I use on a regular basis, including their foundation, highlighters, blushes, and primers. I was, and remain, a huge fan of the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill palette, despite all of its controversies. It’s a quality palette that I use on a near-daily basis. I was excited to receive the Chrissy palette and put it to quick use. The only problem is that I didn’t really consider the target audience for this particular palette before purchasing it, which is people with tanned/darker skin tones.
What’s Included and First Thoughts
The BECCA x Chrissy palette is a small square palette with a soft rose-colored marbled background. I read that Chrissy was inspired by her love for rose quartz when designing this palette. The packaging is very nice and sturdy, the type of upscale packaging that I’ve come to expect from the BECCA brand. It includes the following products:
- 0.18 oz/ 5.1 g Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed in Rose Gold (subtle gold with rose)
- 0.18 oz/ 5.1 g Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed in Beach Nectar (juicy apricot with gold)
- 0.085 oz/ 2.4 g Luminous Blush in Hibiscus Bloom (golden-pink coral)
- 0.085 oz/ 2.4 g Sunlit Bronzer in Malibu Soleil (medium amber)
BECCA states that 3 of the product shades are new, and the only “existing” product is the Rose Gold Highlighter. More to come on that shortly. When I received the Chrissy palette, I immediately swatched it on the back of my hand. It has the same quality that I’ve come to expect from Becca highlighers and blushes. The BECCA luminous blushes are my favorite from any other brand. They’re stunning, and they provide a beautiful glow without making me look like a glittery mess. The shades all looked stunning on the back of my hand, but let’s face it… We don’t wear makeup on our hands. Before trying it out on my face, I put the Chrissy palette side-by-side next to my BECCA x Jaclyn palette, and that’s when the similarities jumped out at me. Aside from the shape and layout of the palette (which are very similar), there are other similar shades between the two palettes. The bronzers look almost exactly the same. There may be a slight 1/2 shade difference, but it would never be noticeable on the skin. The blush in Chrissy’s palette, Hibiscus Bloom, is the exact same shade that’s in Jaclyn’s palette. The only difference is the finish and the name. Hibiscus Bloom in Chrissy’s palette is a luminous finish while the Pamplemousse blush in Jaclyn’s palette has the finish of BECCA’s regular mineral blushes. The highlighters are different between the two palettes, but keep in mind that Rose Gold is an existing shade that many people already own. Beach Nectar is the only shade that’s truly new in this entire palette, despite BECCA’s claims otherwise. They seem to have a habit of renaming the same shades or giving them a different finish and renaming them so they can claim they’re “new.”
I tried this palette out on Mother’s Day, thinking I would give it the full test then when I was going out all day. I had a nice dinner planned with my son, and I was so excited to meet him and some friends, taking extra care to get my makeup just perfect before I went out. I don’t know why I’ll never learn from past mistakes and stop trying on new makeup products right before going out for a special occasion. I’ve been known to ruin my entire makeup look countless times by doing that. Nevertheless, I excitedly took my highlighter brush and swiped the Beach Nectar over the tops of my cheeks, and I looked in horror as I realized I had turned myself into a clown. That’s actually an insult to clowns, honestly speaking. Beach Nectar appears much darker on the face than it does in the pan or even when swatched on the back of the hand.
Ultimately, I would recommend the BECCA x Chrissy Palette to anyone who doesn’t already own a mixed-product palette from BECCA, is a makeup collector or fan of Chrissy’s, and more importantly…. to those with medium-tan to darker skin tones. If you fall in those categories, you won’t be disappointed in this palette. If you don’t already own a selection of other BECCA highlighters and you want to try out their luminous blush and bronzer, this is perfect for you as long as you don’t have fair or light skin. If you do have fair or lighter skin and are still interested in picking this up, you can use the highlighters as blushes or blush toppers. They would be beautiful for that purpose, if you can justify the purchase knowing the palette’s use will be limited. I’m not giving this product a bad review at all, and I truly don’t believe that anyone should rate the product lower just because the products are targeted for deeper skin tones. That’s actually a VERY POSITIVE thing since so many products on the market unfairly target lighter skin tones. People with darker skin tones are always left out of the mainstream makeup industry, and it’s great to finally see bigger brands opening up their shade ranges. It’s just important to be aware that the target market for this palette is not people with lighter skin, which should have been obvious to me earlier since Chrissy has very tanned/darker skin.
The only other point I’ll make is regarding the games that BECCA has been playing with product shades and names. It turns out that the Hibiscus Bloom blush in this palette is the same color as Pamplemousse in Jaclyn’s palette. Also, the Rose Gold highlighter that’s included in the Chrissy palette is also included in the Afterglow palette and now sold as a permanent shade. Many shades are starting to pop up with new names, new finishes, and sold to customers again as “new.” Keep this in mind before purchasing this palette and future BECCA products so you don’t end up with 3 duplicate products of the same shade that you never use up.
Ultimately, I returned this palette.
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