BECCA Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter!

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Honestly, I have a drawer full of highlighters I rarely use. That’s because they are either the wrong color for my pale skin, they emphasize my pores or are too blinding. I don’t want my cheeks to be seen from space, I just want a nice subtle glow. Thank you BECCA for the Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, you GET me!

BECCA’s Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter ($38) is hands-down the BEST highlighter I’ve found! This creamy light gold shade infused with pink pearl is perfect for over 40 beauties to add a radiant glow without being blinding. If this sounds like deja vu, it’s because BECCA released a mini-version last fall.

The texture is incredibly creamy, smooth and not too powdery. Because it is so finely milled it doesn’t appear glittery or chunky. It has excellent pigmentation and can be applied with a light hand for a subtle luminosity or more if you prefer a more intense glow. You can even use it on your eyes.

Vanilla Quartz sat well on my skin and did not emphasize my skin’s texture like most high-end and drugstore highlighters do. It wore well all day and didn’t fade and didn’t settle into my pores and emphasize them. Now, at my age, it is unrealistic to expect any makeup product to get rid of the texture I have in my T zone. However, BECCA Vanilla Quartz seems to almost float over my pores and it definitely minimizes the texture issue better than any other highlighter I own. That’s why it is my new Holy Grail highlighter!

Most beauty bloggers and makeup artists will tell you to apply highlighter on the forehead, cheekbones, cupids bow and chin. Highlighter can be tricky for us over 40 gals; we want to look lifted but not emphasize large pores and textured skin. I suggest applying a small bit on the top of cheekbones, above the brow, and on the temple. If you don’t have a lot of texture you can apply on the forehead and chin as well. A subtle highlighter can bring back that youthful radiance we all crave.

The best tool I’ve found for creating a subtle lit-from-within look is the Morphe E61 Pointed Highlighter brush. This slender, synthetic tapered brush lets you sweep highlighter precisely where you want and the slim fluffy bristles blend perfectly. It picks up just the right amount of product and distributes it evenly. I find this brush works much, much better than fan brushes. If you wear highlighter regularly, you will want this brush. Hold the phone…it’s just $8!

I highly suggest the BECCA Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter. It’s my new Holy Grail and it’s perfect for us over 40 gals to recapture our youthful glow. In addition, it’s especially nice for pale skin but will also look beautiful on darker skin tones, it will just be more intense. This highlighter imparts a beautiful radiance to the skin. You can always try the mini size at Sephora for $19.

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  1. Lola Seicento says

    What an absolutely gorgeous highlighter!

  2. Allison @neversaydiebeauty says

    Such a pretty shade! I have a BECCA Highlighter in a rose gold/copper shade, and it’s actually too dark for me so I seldom wear it. I don’t think I have any highlighters in a whitish shade like this, so something for me to consider

  3. Beth Davidson says

    This is such a pretty shade! I tend to prefer lighter shades anyway, but it’s perfect for a highlighter.

  4. That is such a pretty shade. I am kind of pale in the winter, so this would be a good shade for me.

  5. Krystal Butherus says

    What an awesome shade! You picked a great color to write about! I like lighter shades. This looks awesome!

  6. I’ve never used highlighter! Does it smell like vanilla? that would probably sell me on it even though I’ve never used a highlighter before!

  7. I’ve never tried highlighter before. I use bronzer in the summer all the time, I think I’d like to try this out.

  8. I have this highlighter on my list. This looks perfect for you, with that warm, golden undertone.

  9. This is my kind of highlighter for work. The color is gorgeous!

  10. Jewish Chick says

    I use BECCA highlighting cream from Sephora and love it! BECCA overall is the go to brand for me for highlighting and contouring!

  11. I really love the packaging, it’s so gorgeous and glamorous! Definitely one of the reasons I won’t mind getting this is because of the color. I think it highlights perfectly.

  12. Melissa Chapman says

    I am one of those over 40 gals and would love to try this. It does look subtle which is so my style for a highlighter.

  13. This is so pretty. I don’t know anything about make up but wow even I want this.

  14. I’m sure that this is more than fabulous on. What surprises me is the brush you use. It does make sense though since you can get right where you want without overdoing it.

    • I like this small brush much better than a large one, easier to put the highlighter down where you want it & since it’s fluffy it doesn’t deposit as much.

  15. I like subtle highlights. I never thought I would love it now. It’s really in thr technique!

  16. Highlighter scares me! I am afraid I am going to look like I am trying to look younger. I just want to be the prettiest me I can be!

  17. Norah Salazar says

    Becca makes stunning highlighters both cream and powder! I am a fan.

  18. Maria Katsulos says

    BECCA is far and away one of my favorite brands for highlighters! I’m still wanting their collaboration with Chrissy Teigen, sooo pretty.

  19. TheMummyToolbox says

    I recently bought a new highlighter and it is the best but I love the look of this one too! just need to understand how to use it properly haha

  20. That is such a gorgeous highlighter!! I love Becca face products, their powders are so soft and finely milled.

  21. This looks really pretty! I really like Becca products, so I totally need to try this little guy out!

  22. That is incredibly beautiful! I prefer a slightly more subtle highlighter as well.

  23. I love Becca products! They are some of my favorites.

  24. Kimberly Lewis (Lou Lou Girls) says

    this looks so pretty! this would be such a great thing to add to your makeup regiment

  25. Ack… I think this is the one I’ve been eyeing the last week and really wanted but passed. It’s beautiful.

  26. I’ve never used a highlighter before but this one is really beautiful! I’m 40 and could use all the help I can get!

  27. Stephanie Pass says

    I’ve been trying out highlighters lately, and this is the type of color I need for my light skin. It’s very pretty!

  28. Karrie Frost says

    I adore Becca highlighters. I love this shade for the winter when I am pale. Great review.

  29. Nina Wilkinson says

    Looks lovely! I’ve never used this brand before — something to check out in the future!

  30. This looks like a great highlighter. I love that it is pressed so it won’t get all over and you can just dab it on.

  31. Nicole Holahan says

    This looks great! The compact itself is absolutely gorgeous!

  32. Toya Ammon says

    I do love BECCA products, this highlight color is a bit light for me though. Thanks for the review.

  33. I’m so glad you found a highlighter you get on with so well and love so much! I’ve never really used highlighter, mainly because I’m rubbish with make up, but would definitely be up for giving this one a go.