A couple of weeks back, I got my hands on one of the most highly anticipated products of this summer: the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette. Even though I already own Champagne Pop, this palette intrigued me because of the beautiful blush shades, and of course, I was absolutely interested in the newest highlighter, Prosecco Pop, which is supposed to cater more to darker skin tones. If you follow some makeup blogs or anything beauty-related on Instagram, you may have heard about the controversy surrounding the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection, particularly about the quality of the eyeshadow palette. Some of those allegations are now spilling over about the face palette as well, so I decided to chime in on my thoughts after using this palette quite religiously since I got it. If you’d like to know my thoughts, please keep reading.
I got this palette from Sephora for $59 CAD for a total of 0.72 oz of product. It includes 2 highlighters (Champagne Pop, soft white gold with pinky peach undertones; Prosecco Pop, medium warm gold), 2 matte blushes (Amaretto, matte toasted almond; Pamplemousse, matte warm coral pink) and 1 luminous blush (Rosé Spritz, soft peachy pink with pale gold shimmer). Both the blushes and the highlighters are significantly smaller in size than the ones sold individually by Becca, but all in all, I’d say the price is not so bad. Here is the description of the product from the Sephora website:
This palette gives you all the glow you could want—all in one place. This limited-edition, covetable BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette features five shades of highlighter and blush to illuminate all skintones, allowing you to customize your looks. Get the iconic Champagne Pop and new shades designed by Jaclyn Hill. It includes two Highlighter shades, two Mineral Blush shades, and a Luminous Blush hue in Rosé Spritz for a pop of color. Mix and match the shades to create endless layers of light and color for your perfect, custom glow. Just sweep the creamy powders across the face, or layer them to highlight your favorite features with universally flattering shades. This palette is perfect for achieving your own, glowing look.
Right away, I will say that all of the shades are not universally flattering. Sure, there may be one or two shades that could look great on many different skin tones, but one should probably consider whether a couple of shades out of 5 is worth it. On myself, I thought all the shades looked wonderful, but that may not be the case depending on your skin shade and under tone.
Starting with the blushes, there are two formulas in the palette: 1 has a luminous texture (Rosé Spritz), and the other 2 have matte textures (Amaretto and Pamplemousse). Rosé Spritz was a very shimmery pinky-peach blush, almost a little too shimmery for my liking. The colour pay off was alright, however I found that the shimmer and glitter was a little overpowering. Despite the overwhelming “glow”, I thought that the texture was quite nice and found it really easy to blend into the skin. As for the matte formulas, I found them to be a little patchy and not as blendable. They were, however, both nicely pigmented, especially Pamplemousse. Amaretto is a gorgeous warm blush that adds the slightest hint of colour to the face, almost like a mix of bronzer and blush. Pamplemousse is a super bright warm pink shade that really livens up the face. It’s a shame that all of the blushes have some sort of major con to them, as they really are wonderful shades, but they just aren’t the easiest to work with.
As for the highlighters, I have to say that they certainly do not feel as smooth and buttery as the individual ones do. I was able to compare the single Champagne Pop with the one in the palette, and while the shades are identical, the formulas are not. The single Champagne Pop goes on so much more smoothly and feels very velvety, but the one in the palette feels slightly more dry. When the one in the palette is applied with a brush, it just blends out more powdery and glittery, which is an indication of a dryer formula. The same went for Prosecco Pop. In addition, Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop, when blended out, look almost indiscernible from each other unless heavily applied, which is quite unfortunate.
L to R: Rosé Spritz (finger, brush); Amaretto (finger, brush); Pamplemousse (finger, brush)
L to R: Champagne Pop (finger, brush); Prosecco Pop (finger, brush)
There was only one shade in the palette that I could think of a dupe for, and that was Rosé Spritz vs. NARS Orgasm. Rosé Spritz is definitely more peachy whereas Orgasm is more pink. When applied regularly with a brush, Rosé Spritz certainly is much more shimmery than Orgasm and would look more like a highlighter rather than a blush. Rosé Spritz has a softer texture whereas Orgasm is a little rougher and more powdery.
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Rosé Spritz vs. NARS Orgasm
I won’t say that I’m disappointed in this palette, because I do like it and will continue to use it, however it definitely doesn’t have the quality of the regular Becca products. It’s always a bummer when a brand decides to skimp out on collaborations such is this one with Jaclyn Hill, especially when they did such a great job in the past. Would I recommend this palette? Only if you think that all of the shades would be flattering on your skin tone and if you don’t mind very shimmery/glittery highlights. If not, you’re honestly better off buying another shade in the Shimmering Skin Perfector line that suits you better along with a blush from their regular, permanent line. It may be more expensive, but the quality will definitely not disappoint.
Have you tried the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection face palette?
What are your thoughts?