All aboard the hype-lighter train.
I usually pride myself on being a meticulous planner when it comes to shopping, especially makeup shopping.
But Champagne Pop was an impulse buy, ordered before 9:00am, the first time I saw it for sale online, before I’d even left my bed.
If you watch or read any beauty blogs/vlogs, you will have heard about Champagne Pop, the highlighter offspring of collaboration between YouTube makeup artist sensation Jaclyn Hill, and cosmetics company Becca.
If not, you may wonder what the hell I’m talking about.
Basically everyone who slaps makeup on their face for the viewing pleasure of others has sung this little product’s praises, and despite my dubious mistrust of many beauty gurus’ word, my interest was sufficiently piqued.
So when I saw it online at Sephora Australia, haunted by the words ‘Limited Edition’, I simply dove in and bought it.
Worst-case scenario, I mused to myself, I’d sell it, perhaps at a massive profit, once they’ve all sold out.
For the love of all that is glowy, I am never selling this glorious pan of shine.
Jaclyn Hill has raved about Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors on her YouTube channel for quite some time, so this collaboration makes a helluva lot of sense. Retaining the same high quality formula, Jaclyn developed her personal perfect universally flattering highlighter shade, with everyone from her fair skinned sister, to her darker skinned viewers, in mind.
Champagne Pop is described as a “soft white gold, with peachy pink undertones”, and it is just that. Its peachy undertone, rather than straight gold or yellow, is what allows it to look so flattering on so many different skin tones.
I didn’t always ‘get’ highlighters. They’re probably the last makeup product that made its way onto my radar as something I was willing to spend my dollars on. Their purpose is somewhat less obvious to the casual makeup user than say mascara, or concealer.
But oh, they make a difference when used correctly.
Highlighter 101: As their name would suggest, they’re used to highlight parts of the face you wish to draw attention to.
Word of warning, as pretty as Champagne Pop is, it is easy to pile on too much.
The first time I dusted it onto my cheekbones, I didn’t love the effect. It was late, my lighting was poor, and I went overboard, with the powder enhancing my skin’s natural texture. I was doubtful. For a moment I almost regretted my (more expensive than I’d care to admit) purchase.
The second time I used it was a whole other story. Using a fan brush, during the natural light of the morning, I layered on a light dusting of the creamy-powder formula. It looked so pretty that another layer was of course necessary.
It looked nice. Really nice.
From a distance, it looked ridiculously astonishing.
If you’re looking for subtle, this isn’t the highlighter for you.
My cheekbones damn well popped, shining like I had little strobe lights beneath my skin. I unashamedly stood in front of the mirror, moving my head around like some kind of fool, checking out my glow, and Snapchatting the experience.
It lasted around seven and a half hours on my cheeks before I began to notice some slight fading. Though it was definitely still there, just not quite as intense.
I had worried that the gold colour may be a bit much, or too dark for my fair skin, despite Jaclyn’s insistence that any skin tone could rock this perfectly.
But she was right, of course. It definitely looks at home on my pale skin, like my cheekbones have been kissed by the sun.
I can’t help but feel sad as I think of the contouring craze that has carved its way into beauty routines and cheeks across the globe. I’ve not seen a single contouring powder, muddy looking face, or poorly blended bronzer, that has enhanced cheekbones the way Champagne Pop has enhanced mine.
With a light hand, this is the most easily achievable, perfect glowing set of defined cheekbones you’ll find.
Check out Jaclyn Hill’s tutorial using her beloved Champagne Pop here.
A+ Jeff Probst being the man here.