Monday, October 1, 2012

Becca's Moonstone Solves the Mystery of Faking a Natural Glow

I'm in the midst of a twelve work day marathon. While this is wonderful for productivity, it's not doing wonders for my skin. I'm looking a bit grey and washed out, the dark circles are becoming a bit more difficult to cover up ... and even face masques and serums aren't helping illuminate my skin. As if by magic, Becca's Friends & Family sale cropped up just when I happened to need a bottle of their Shimmering Skin Perfector the most. Believe me, I have been relying on this a lot.

I've had my eye on Moonstone for quite some time. We all know I'm a sucker for names, and this one holds special meaning for two reasons. Most importantly I absolutely adore moonstones: I have large moonstone eggs I purchased in San Francisco's China Town, beautiful earrings and necklaces ... I simply can't get enough. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins also happens to be one of my favorite 19th century novels (despite its blatant orientalism). I figured a skin perfector with such good connotations could not err.

For the price (USD $41) one gets an immense amount of product, a whopping 1.7 fluid ounces, or 50 mL. Though this may seem overwhelming for an item that appears to be a one trick pony at first glance, Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector can be used as more than just a "top of the cheekbone" highlighter. I purchased Moonstone to mix with my foundation: much like MAC's Strobe Cream, this adds a subtle glow to even the most matte formulation. I've been blending this with a bit of Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (Armani Maestro's fusion consistency makes blending with a thicker product a bit of a challenge) for a refreshed and glowing look. In this light the quantity seems logical, and finishing the bottle is less of an insurmountable task.

Becca describes Moonstone as a pale gold, but the shimmer is so much more complex. Though gold is the prevalent shade, there is a very subtle rose undertone that helps the product blend with my natural skin tone. When applied with foundation the effect is very subtle, but Moonstone is certainly bold enough to be applied on its own on the tops of the cheekbones for a dewy glow, 

(Left to right): Becca's Moonstone applied heavily, Moonstone blended in direct sunlight

As a side note: there is a place mentioned in the novel The Moonstone that the characters call the "shivering sands." The location is the epicenter of much of the mystery and fills its visitors with a sense of curiosity and foreboding. We all know that I love to conflate my blog with literature, and I can't help but be reminded of what the shivering sands may look like in the sun when I look at Becca's Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector. 

On a literary and on a cosmetic level, Becca's Moonstone is a true gem. This product will be indispensable for the remainder of the week, as it gives me a subtle, healthy glow that I just can't get naturally at the moment.

Have you tried Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfectors? Which shade is your favorite?