I don’t ski. I’ve never skied. I have no idea what an “apres ski” glow may look like and if my previous athletic endeavors in the sporting arena are any indication – for me, it probably looks like a bloody nose. Regardless, these Becca Apres Ski palettes had me at hello.

With the holidays over but winter in full swing – I thought…”maybe I don’t ski, but I can still pretend, right?” I envisioned the “apres ski” glow as pink, gleaming cheeks with sparkling eyes and rosy lips. And the collection of shimmering rosy neutrals inside Becca’s glossy, snowflake-inspired packaging do not disappoint.

And guys, I’m normally not sold on limited edition makeup collections. I mean, what’s the point? If I fall in love with a product – I’ll never be able to get it again. (Let’s ignore the fact that I have yet to actually finish a makeup product outside of primers/foundations.) But when I saw these little gems were on sale, I decided to take the plunge.

Becca Apres Ski Palettes

Face Palette

Let’s start on the bunny slope and slide into the highlighter palette first (see what I did there?).

I’m a highlighter junkie. After matte lipsticks, it’s probably one of my favorite makeup products to purchase. It may seem excessive to own a highlighter palette, let alone multiple highlighting palettes, but these really are everyday makeup items for me. I have dry skin for 8 months out of the year (my skin turns into an oil slick June – September), so highlighters add a much-needed glow to my otherwise sallow complexion.

This palette contains three shimmering skin perfectors (my favorite highlighters from Becca and probably of all time), two shimmery blushes and one bronzer that is sheer perfection.

The shades are as follows:

– Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal, Rose Quartz, NEW Icicle
– Luminous Blush in Blushed Copper
– NEW Mineral Blush in Winter Berry
– Sunlit Bronzer in Bronzed Bondi

Becca Apres Ski Face Palette

Top Row: Rose Quartz, Icicle, Winter Berry

Becca Apres Ski Face Palette

Bottom Row: Blushed Copper, Opal, Bronzed Bondi

The highlighter in “Rose Quartz” is more of a blush than highlighter on me since It’s so pink but I’m not mad about it. It definitely achieves the rosy glow I was envisioning.

Icicle looks like a stark white in the pan, but actually sheers out to a lovely subtle highlight with light blue reflect (unlike the not-so-subtle effect of “Opal”). Although I love it, I’m quite fair and don’t see a white highlighter working on darker skintones. It would be nice if Becca released multiple palettes in the collection for different skin tones.

My unexpected favorite of the palette is actually the bronzer in Bronzed Bondi. I’m SO not a bronzer person but this one is lovely. It’s sheer (like all the shades in the palette) but builds beautifully without going patchy or orange. When I think of a fresh-from-the-slopes look, bronzer doesn’t really come to mind. But this bronzer achieves a really healthy glow that makes me look…dare I say it…rich? Like maybe I’m someone who could afford a fancy ski trip in Aspen? I’ll see you there Lloyd Christmas.

Lloyd Christmas Aspen

The blush in Winter Berry looks scary in the pan but like the rest of Becca’s formulas, goes on sheer and lovely. I don’t see myself wearing this every day, but for that glowy, fireside look – it’s perfect.

Eye Lights Palette

This palette is beyond gorgeous. The formula was inspired by the brand’s famous powder highlighters – so if you’re expecting bold pigment, look elsewhere. These apply like a sheer wash of glowy shimmer and that’s exactly how I use them.

Becca Apres Ski Eyeshadow Palette

Note: there are no matte shades in this palette. If you’re someone who relies on matte shades every day, then you may not be able to create a complete “eye look” with this palette.

I don’t always have time to do a full “eye look” with an inner corner highlight, cut crease, and 10 thousand shades perfectly blended with a Jaclyn Hill-like frenzy.

Jaclyn Hill Smoky Eye

Jaclyn Hill Perfection

Rather, on most days, I do a sheer wash of color, a coat of black mascara and consider myself done. If that’s what you do too, you’ll probably dig this palette.

Becca Apres Ski Palettes

The Gist…

Although I probably wouldn’t touch these in the summer, these palettes are already among my favorites in my collection. The packaging is so beautiful and the sheer, glowy formulas are right up my ally.

Here’s a quick look I created using the Apres Ski palettes:

Becca Apres Ski Look

Wearing: Icicle Highlighter, Winter Berry Blush, Bronzed Bondi Bronzer. On eyes: Hot Cocoa, Rose Quartz, and Pearl On lips: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich

Have you tried any products from Becca? Have you been skiing? What’s that like? Do you glow? I honestly don’t know. Comment below peeps!

 

 

 

 

 

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I first spotted these NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes at the NYX store in Tysons Corner, VA. It was my first time at a NYX store and I wasn’t expecting to buy anything, (I normally get my NYX fix at Ulta). I didn’t realize until I was in there that a NYX store has SO MUCH MORE than your typical Ulta or drugstore does.

Case in point – these beauties.

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes

I knew I had to have them from the second I saw them. My reasons are as follows:

  1. I’m into astrology.

    I was born on September 23rd and am technically a Libra (an air sign) while also on the cusp of Virgo (an earth sign). I find that these two signs combined, fit my personality to a tee. I’m practical, responsible, and analytical like a Virgo – yet talkative, sociable, and indecisive like a Libra. But I digress…NYX says that these palettes are inspired by the earth’s elements. The four astrological elements are – Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. NYX also offers “Metal” (an all-shimmer palette) and “Wind.”You can read more about astrological elements and what yours is here. Coincidentally, Earth (Virgo) and Air (Libra) were the two palettes I was most drawn to for shades and packaging.

  2. THE PACKAGING.

    These are not your typical budget-brand eyeshadow palettes. The packaging feels sturdy and heavy – with glossy plastics and gorgeous patterns. On the inside is a full-width mirror – not that I ever apply an eyeshadow look in a compact mirror but ya’ never know. It’s nice to have just in case. I’d also wager that these eyeshadow palettes are resistant to cracking as I dropped the air palette as soon as I opened it and was so relieved to see all the eyeshadows fully intact post-fall.

  3. Color Payoff

    I swatched these babies in the store and could tell the quality was well-above their price point. Now, I’m not one of those people who equates high-pigment with high-quality. For my everyday, “normal person,” (non-working makeup artist) needs, I find that blendability is just as important as pigment. While these shadows have great pigment, they aren’t as blendable or buttery as, say, Anastasia Modern Rennesance. But they’re definitely more blendable than your average drugstore shadow and are definitely comparable to a MAC eyeshadow.
    NYX In Your Element AirNYX In Your Element Earth

  4. Price!

    These palettes were originally priced at $30 which seems steep for NYX, a typically budget cosmetics brand. However, I bought them on sale for $15 and as of the publishing of this post – they are STILL in stock and on sale on the NYX website. I think they’d be worth their price at $30 but I wouldn’t consider them a bargain at that price. For $15, they’re an absolute steal.

Summary

Overall, I don’t think these NYX In Your Element eyeshadow palettes will be ones I reach for every day because, to me, they just feel special. Even the neutral tones in the Earth palette are pretty bold and unique in their own way.

Regardless, I love the concept of these palettes and the quality is great for the price. I’m considering picking up the “Wind” palette while they’re half off – although how often am I ever REALLY going to wear those shades of aqua? More Pinterest research is required…

Which of these NYX In Your Element eyeshadow palettes would you want to try? Would you pick based on your astrological element? Let me know in the comments below!

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes

Wearing the NYX Air Palette