When I opened the new Becca Halcyon Days Palette ($65), sunbeams shot out of the pans directly into my gold, bronze and coral-lovin’ heart. BAM! This palette is almost everything I could ever want from summer makeup. Just thinking about it fills the air with the scent of sunscreen, my mouth with the taste of orange Creamsicles, and my ears with the sound of surf pounding on a beach.
Take unseasonably warm weather like we’re having here in the Bay Area this week (this, after last week’s downpours and freeze-your-butt-bones weather), add Halcyon Days, and you get one happy Karen.
Here, let me show you! Grab my virtual hand because the journey to summer, summer, summertime is just a hop, skip and a Becca palette away…
Becca developed Halcyon Days exclusively for Henri Bendel stores to coincide with the addition of the line to Bendel’s beauty department. For now, it’s only available at the Fifth Avenue store in New York City and online at henribendel.com, but Becca plans to roll it out to other retailers on May 1.
The palette, with its three eyeshadows, lip and cheek cream, and lip gloss, contains everything one might need for a casual summer glow. Eyes will shimmer in shades of gold, bronze and brown; cheeks will blush in bright, creamy coral; and lips will glow in sheer, shiny peach.
The Becca Halcyon Days Palette
- Eye Colour Powder Shimmer in Faille — a golden peach
- Eye Colour Powder Demi Matt in Muslin — a creamy opal
- Eye Colour Powder Demi Matt in Chamois — a light bronzy brown
- Lip & Cheek Creme in Bouganvillea — a bright coral
- Mai Tai Lip Gloss — a sheer peachy nude
- A dual-ended brush — a dual-ended brush with liner and shadow brush heads
Hardcore Becca fans may recognize a couple of these colors as Becca repromoted Mai Tai Lip Gloss and Bougainvillea Lip & Cheek Creme from last summer’s Bombora Palette. I actually loved those shades when they bloomed with Bombora, and I don’t really mind seeing them here again. I think they go well with the eye colors in the palette, but I guess it also would’ve been nice to see something completely new.
About the eyeshadows, my 30-something peepers have a message for Becca: Great job on the shimmer! It’s spot on. You know how really shimmery, frosty shadows will sometimes draw attention to fine lines? These don’t (YEA!).
Muslin and Chamois come in Becca’s Demi Matt finish with extremely fine shimmer particles that deliver more of a luminous sheen than an outright shimmer. Faille, the most shimmery shade here, does shimmer more than the other two, but I think it’s still subtle compared to frosty shimmer shadows.
I like how all three of these don’t just sit on top of my skin like bumps on a log. The formula, which, by the way, is preservative- and fragrance-free, doesn’t look or feel heavy up close or from afar.
A little longer than an iPhone…
Swatches from the left with the flash: Faille, Muslin, Chamois, Bougainvillea and Mai Tai
Without the flash
Now this here’s a palette made for sundresses, flip-flops, shades and tans. Too bad it’s $65, but that’s typical of Becca. It’s one of those niche lines that’s a little hard to get (but easier these days thanks to Henri Bendel). I think the quality compares well to high-end couture lines like Chanel and Dior. Unfortunately, the prices do too.
No doubt it’s a splurge, but if you like the way you look in warm shades and want a head start on summer, look up Becca Halcyon Days.
PRICE: $65 (yowza!)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at the Fifth Avenue Henri Bendel store and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (very pricey, but these are top-notch, wearable colors)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,