I have been back and forth, trying to decide whether or not I needed this palette. Whether or not I want it is not necessary to debate. I want every palette that is released on the market, so I have to make decisions!
Two weeks ago, I had both the Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe in Yourself eye and cheek palette and the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face palette in my Ulta shopping cart, but I knew I could only afford to get one.
I tossed and turned over it, looked at pictures of both of them over and over again, and settled on the Make Believe in Yourself palette. I couldn’t resist the incredibly stunning shimmers in that palette, and then it came with a matte shade that is perfect for your base shade, as well as a highlighter in the middle. When it came, I was pleasantly surprised how large the palette was! In fact, I fell in love.
I mean, just look at it!
I still wanted to get the Becca x Chrissy palette next time I placed an order at Ulta. But, then, I really started to look at the palette and analyze the cons.
No offense meant toward Becca, nor Chrissy Teigen. This is just my personal opinion sprinkled with facts.
Here are the ten reasons why I will not be buying the Becca x Chrissy Glow Face palette:
- The price. It’s not that I won’t spend $46 dollars on a makeup palette. In fact, I have done that too many times. However, this palette only has 4 shades to work with, a blush, a bronzer, and a two highlighters. That breaks down to just under $12 per shade, which isn’t bad, but…let’s take a closer look at what you are getting.
- None of the shades in the palette are new to the makeup world. Well, okay, they tout the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Beach Nectar and the Luminous Blush in Hibiscus Bloom as new shades, but are they really all that new? Let’s take a further look.
- There are tons of dupes for the bronzer. I’m going to give away my next three reasons when I say that there are tons of dupes for all of the shades in this palette that you probably already have in your vanity drawers. Let’s start with the bronzer. I have a Nars bronzer in Laguna that looks nearly identical to the Sunlit Bronzer in Malibu Soleil. Tarte’s bronzer in Chocolate Soleil and Lancome’s luminous bronzer shade Belle de Teint is quite similar, but if they’re not similar enough, I’m sure a combo of the shades in the Lancome luminous bronzer in Belle de Bronze will do the trick. Then, Ulta Beauty has a baked bronzer in Radiance that works similarly, as well.
- Plenty of dupes for the blush. Do you want that peachy pink of the Luminous Blush in Hibiscus Bloom? Just reach for your good ol’ Nars Orgasm blush. Colour Pop’s Fun With Friends is really close, too. NYX’s powder blush in Rose Garden will give you that pinky glow. I know it’s discontinued, but if you still have Makeup Geek’s blush in Love Affair, you will get the same rosy cheeks and Sephora’s Colorful blush in Love Sick is yet another dupe. The list goes on and on.
- Endless dupes for the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Beach Nectar. Try NYX’s Illuminator in Magnetic, Makeup Geek’s highlighter in Daybreak, Looxi Beauty’s highlighter in Valley Girl, Lorac’s Light Source in Sunlight, BareMinerals Ready Luminizer in The Magic Moment, or MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Lust.
- A long line of dupes for the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Rose Gold. Finally, we’re down to the fourth shade. For this one, try using Colour Pop’s Super Shock Cheek in Parasol, Becca’s Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Guava/Moonstone, Milani’s Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Sunset Glow, Nars Dual-Intensity Blush in Jubilation, Kevin Aucoin’s The Celestial Powder in Starlight, Colour Pop’s Super Shock Cheek in Most Necessary, Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl in Ballerina, Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz, MAC’s Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Fairly Precious, Stila’s highlighter in Kitten, NYX’s Away We Glow highlighter in Gold Rush, or Urban Decay’s Afterglow 8-hour Powder Blush in Hush.
- Palette is actually quite boring – it’s just not unique enough. If you already have any of Becca’s palettes, such as the Jaclyn Hill collaboration palette, you already have similar shades, as well. I mean, this palette, when you really break it down to what it is, is just not unique.
- May not be cruelty free. You may or may not know that Becca Cosmetics was recently purchased by Estee Lauder. Becca products have always been touted as cruelty free, but there is no promise at this point that their products aren’t tested on animals. And one of the places Estee Lauder has focused its “global expansion” to is China, and you may or may not know that China’s laws require cosmetics to be tested on animals. You may remember when Smashbox was acquired by Estee Lauder in 2010 – and when their products started selling in China, guess what? Well, let’s just say they lost their status as cruelty free.
- The ingredients are nothing special. I looked up each and every one of the ingredients in the entire palette, and there wasn’t anything special that makes these highlighters, the blush, and the bronzer, more desirable than any of the cosmetics you can pick up in the drug stores, to be honest. No essential oils or extracts, vitamins, hyluronic acid, niacin…Just the same old talc, mica, Isostearyl Alcohol (an emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (for smoothing, masking, perfuming, skin conditioning), Polyethylene (adhesive or thickener), petrolatum (petroleum jelly), and a whole bunch of ingredients that are really nothing special. You can get any of these ingredients in drug store makeup.
- The packaging is O.K. Sure, it looks pretty, but take another look at it. Is it really any prettier than the Jouer highlighters, which are gold, also? How about just about all of Stila’s compacts and packaging? Gold, gold, gold. I mean, is it really as special as everyone is making it out to be? Take a moment to really think about it. Is it really worth $46?
Hopefully, I have helped to save you the $46, or at least helped you divert that money to another makeup product that you really want. What are your thoughts? Do you agree with me or am I dead wrong? I want to hear your opinion! Comment below!⏬⏬
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