Monday, June 30, 2014

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal: Powder vs. Liquid

Now that I've gotten over my fear of using luminizers on my oily skin, I'm starting to appreciate the difference between powder and liquid versions.  As an aside and in case you are wondering what constitutes oily skin, here's a reference point:
So, it's nice when a brand like BECCA offers luminizers in both formats.  I bought Opal in powder format back in the spring, and have received several samples of the liquid Opal with purchases. 
I love mixing a liquid luminizer in my foundation, but have not gotten adept at using them to highlight smaller areas of my face.  The liquid version of Opal is a bit darker in tone and less shimmery than the powder version and I actually prefer the color and finish of it over the Opal powder. 
Powders work best for pinpointing areas such as the bridge of my nose or the top of my cheekbones. However, the powder Opal can veer into metallic territory quite easily, so I have to use a very light touch when applying.
Opal liquid (L), Opal powder (R)
Of course, too much of the liquid mixed with foundation produces more "glow" than I want as well, as I found out the first time I tried it.  A bit more dewy than I'm comfortable with, considering my oily skin starts producing it's own glow soon enough.  Still, no denying that BECCA's Opal luminizer is quite lovely.  A bit pricey at $38 for the powder and $41 for the liquid, but still lovely.


  1. Oh my goodness that picture! I have to say though, I think your skin looks so luminous and doesn't emphasize any oiliness! I was debating between the two, and I think I will go with the liquid because I'm after that glowy look rather than a metallic look!

    This was such an informative post, thank you!


    1. I'm glad it was helpful, and thank you! I've enjoyed playing with the liquid luminizers I picked up this spring. They've definitely become a regular part of my makeup routine.