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.
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
Top Row: Rose Quartz, Icicle, Winter Berry
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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!