I feel conflicted about BECCA’s Shadow & Light Bronzer/Contour Perfector…
Released earlier this summer, it’s a split pan powder bronzer ($49). The darker side is for sculpting and shading, the lighter golden side for highlighting and adding dimension.
Initially, it piqued my interest because it uses black undertones to simulate the appearance of shadows on the skin.
I thought that sounded neat.
After trying it out, yeah, in some ways, I do think it’s awesome. Like, it makes it easy to go from regular chubby-cheeked Karen to ’80s Duran Duran video vixen because it carves out cheekbones quicker than you can say “Cheese and sour cream, son!” in line at Chipotle, and it does it in dramatic fashion.
Also in its favor, the highlighting pan’s shimmer isn’t too disco drag queen roller derby either (not that I don’t crave that sort of thing from time to time).
Bottom line, if you don’t mind a little shine and can contour and bronze while hanging upside down on a flying trapeze — in other words, you really know how to work it — I think BECCA Shadow & Light Bronze/Contour Perfector could be great for you.
But for total beginners…not so much.
For starters, the darker contouring side is really dark. I’m talking DARK.
It can take a while to blend out any visible edges, and you need pretty good brush control. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for error, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, things can get muddy and messy fast.
On the other hand, if you’re a seasoned bronzing/contouring pro, it could be a stellar find.
With this, you gotta put in the work to get dramatic, high fashion results.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at BECCA counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,