Disclaimer: I received this palette for free in a PR box. While I received this product for free, I was not paid any money to write this review. This post is NOT sponsored, and I was not required to post anything in exchange for this palette. In fact, I received it 4 months ago and this is the first time I’m talking about it.
2.0 out of 5 stars
Price: Originally $49 (I received it for free)
Best for lighter-skin tones or those who like very subtle makeup
Pros: Big mirror, great packaging, easily blend-able
Cons: Lacking in color variety for skin tones, difficult to build up color
On the date this was published, this palette was on sale at various retailers including the BECCA website for $29
BECCA is a well-known brand in the beauty community famous for their glowing highlighters. They are generally higher priced with their best-selling pressed highlighter retailing for $38 a compact.
When I received this palette, I was ecstatic. After using it numerous times, I’m underwhelmed.
1st Impressions & Packaging
The chrome rose-gold packaging with embossed lettering is absolutely gorgeous. This palette’s aesthetics are 100% Instagram-worthy. It looks luxurious, feels luxurious, and has a large mirror to boot.
This thing is solid, and doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart on me. I’ve even dropped it a few times on my desk, counter etc. and it has not endured any damages.
When I first swatched this palette however, I was underwhelmed.
The formula is good, smooth, but nothing too impressive. The larger powders on opposite ends of the palette aren’t meant to be very pigmented and give very minimal product if you’re trying to be heavy-handed with it.
When swatching the brightening and blur powders (the two outside shades) I got barely any powder on my fingers with one normal swatch. To get the consistency seen on my arm in the photo, it took me about 5 regular swatches to build it up. Again. I KNOW that this powder is meant to be transparent.
Picking up minimal product means that these powders are good for people who tend to be heavy-handed, or prefer a very subtle look. It also means it’s great for those who aren’t great at blending.
As someone who enjoys heavy make-up this was more of a frustration for me.
Color Choice & Color Payoff
As a woman of color who falls right in the awkward in-between shade of “darker than most people but still not as dark as makeup creators think I am” this palette gets an A for effort, but otherwise pretty much fails.
The contour color is not nearly dark enough to cover the broader range of people of color. If you refer to the swatches you can see that the bronzer (3rd color from the left) is pretty light. My arm inner arm is much lighter the rest of me, meaning on my face the bronzer is nearly invisible.
For reference I am an NC43 or NC44 in MAC, a W6 in L’Oreal True Match, and somewhere between shade 8 and 9 of the Milani Conceal and Perfect foundation.
Anyone darker than me will have a difficult time using anything but the blush in this palette, which, realistically is the only part of this palette I use.
The blur powder is a decent color match on my skin. It matches my inner arm so well, you can’t even see it really on the swatch. On my face however, it’s a tad light and gives me a pink-cast that isn’t great for my warm undertones.
The blush is the only pigmented thing in this palette, but if you’re looking for Instagram-worthy highlight shine this is not for you.
You’ll get a subtle (see how I’m using that word again) glow but nothing too intense.
I find the photos on BECCA’s website showing the models wearing this palette a little misleading. Maybe they’re using a glow-y primer or some other product because the palette alone does not yield the same results.
Left: Me attempting to do my usual face makeup with the Be A Light palette. Right: I wasn’t happy with the result of the palette so I used my usual bronzer and highlighter to fix my contour. Both look great, but I prefer a more chiseled look over the subtle look.
Would I recommend this palette — Not necessarily.
If I’m imagining one of my good friends asking me how I feel about it I can hear myself saying, “Idk, I didn’t really like it because it wasn’t pigmented enough for me and the colors were too light for me. BUT you know I like to wear heavy makeup, so you might like it if you don’t want something too crazy. It’s not that it wasn’t good quality because it was — I just want something heavier.”
I’m glad I didn’t spend my money on this. If I had, I would have returned it. The only reason I don’t give this palette away to someone is because I love using it as a huge mirror.