You may not know but I co-run a beauty Instagram page called A Beauty Edit with Zoe, and when photos started circling on the Becca Apres Skin Collection I couldn’t wait to post them on the page. The Becca Apres Skin Collection consists of an Apres Skin Eyeshadow Palette £40 and a Apres Skin Face Powder Palette £45, and are both are available from Cult Beauty. The Becca Apres Ski Glow Eye Lights Palette is inspired by their iconic Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter formula with seven neutral shadow shades in two luxe finishes; satin and shimmer.
“Set your eyes a glow with warm, fireside-inspired shades. This limited-edition eyeshadow palette includes 5 shades inspired by our iconic highlighter shades– Pearl, Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Opal, and Topaz – and 2 holiday inspired shades – Toasted Marshmallow and Hot Cocoa. These exclusive pairings allow you to effortlessly dial up or down the lights to create a customized light effect for all skin tones and eye colors.“
The Becca Apres Ski Glow Eye Lights Palette is beautifully packaged like the rest of the Becca range, in a gold circular palette with a mirror within the lid. On the lid there’s a stunning ice pattern which fits in with the Apres Ski theme of the collection. Inside the palette, the shades are quite spaced out which I don’t love as there’s a lot of wasted space considering the pans are 1.4 grams each (MAC shadows are 1.5g so they’re pretty much full size eyeshadows). I’d much prefer it if the pans were closer together or the palette was rectangular as it’s unnecessarily big which isn’t ideal for storage however I can forgive the unforgiving packaging as it’s bloody beautiful and the shadows are equally beautiful. I do already have a full size of the Becca Pearl Pressed Highlighter and it’s my absolute favourite highlighter; so much so, it featured within my 2017 Beauty Favourites post but I don’t have any of the other shades within the palette.
I am a massive fan of Temptalia, and she’s my go-to whenever I want a truly honest review on a product prior to purchase. I read her review of the Becca Apres Ski Glow Eye Lights Palette and I was worried I wasn’t going to like it as she ranked it a D- which isn’t great at all, but I have to say I have had a different experience with my palette and I honestly think that perhaps her palette was sub-par as I’m really happy with the quality of this palette. Christine noted that the shadows were dry, powdery, and prone to sheering out and her swatches do back that up but for me the only sheer shade in the palette is Moonstone. I don’t find the other shades to be dry, powdery or sheer thankfully. My swatch doesn’t show Pearl very well as the light was directed to the top row of swatches, but I assure you Hot Cocoa, Rose Quartz and Pearl are just as beautiful as the top row of swatches.
I would however say, don’t purchase this palette if you’re expecting the palette to contain miniature sizes of the highlighters as the textures and finishes are not the same as the highlighters. Of course you can use them however you wish to, but they feel and look like eyeshadows which is exactly what Becca intended. If you were wanting face powders, the face palette would a better choice. As always these swatches are done on dry, unprimed skin with a dry fingertip swirled twice in each pan and the swatches here give a good representation of the colour payoff you can expect on the lids. Moonstone is the sheerest shade but it can be amped up with a little MAC Fix+ on your brush, but it’s certainly not invisible on the eyelid. I think £40 is a decent price for seven high quality, near enough full size eyeshadows – especially when you consider Becca’s Ombre Rouge Palette is £36 and it contains five shades.