When I saw the model for the BECCA Halcyon Collection, I was immediately smitten. Halcyon means “to harken back to an earlier time remembered as idyllic.” And that is exactly what the collection does for me—I was in high school in the 70’s—and the model reminds me of that special time in my life. I was that girl! Seriously—long straight hair parted in the middle–teeny tiny braids in my hair, beaded headbands, a leather vest with fringe, peasant blouses and long flowy skirts, and classic rock! I admit, the braces did take away from the effect, but I was free spirit–who had to be in by midnight. Yeah, those were the days.
BECCA cosmetics always gives off an effortlessly chic and feminine vibe I adore, whether it be a 70’s Flower Child or a modern day Surfer Girl. Earthy, natural, flattering tones combine with superb quality and unique packaging to make every girl feel pretty.
The cornerstone of the collection is the BECCA Halcyon Palette ($65)
- Lip Gloss – Mai Tai– a very sheer peachy nude
- Lip and Cheek Crème – Bougainvillea– a bright coral
- Eye Colour (Shimmer) – Faille–a gold peach–LOVE!
- Eye Colour (Shimmer) – Muslin–a beige champagne
- Eye Colour (Demi Matte) – Chamois–a beautiful light bronze
When I opened the palette déjà vu struck and I was taken back to lazy summers when the biggest decision I had to make was what time to meet my friends at the beach. The warm cozy colors are reminiscent of sun, sand, coral and the huge sunflowers in my grandpa’s backyard. There really isn’t shimmer per se, but more of a sheen which is ideal for us over 40 women. The sheen combined with the warm pale colors make eyes sparkle and gleam without emphasizing lines or crepiness.
Lip and Cheek Crème in Bougainvillea is a re-promote from last year’s Bombora palette but I don’t have it so it’s new to me and….coral!! It may appear scary in the pan, but rest assured you can build the intensity or sheer it out as you desire. I did try it on my lips and wasn’t very happy–it looked quite flat until I topped it with Mai Tai gloss and then it came alive. Mai Tai is extremely sheer–I would have liked something more pigmented.
The look I tried first was fairly uninspired but still pretty, I was going for the typical BECCA look; easy and natural. I used Muslin on the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye, Faille on the lid and Chamois in the crease. I used Flowerchild blush and NARS Mayflower (Summer 2011) lipstick on lips.
For a more earthy look, I used Muslin as an all over wash from lash line to brow bone, Chamois (light bronze) on the lid, and another BECCA favorite, Brocade (rich bronze) in the crease with Besame Emerald eyeliner. I switched up the blush and chose Damselfly, a bright coral.
Packaging: BECCA uses rubber on the outside to prevent fingerprints and smudges. I like this rubber better than NARS, it doesn’t seem to collect as much…well crud. I appreciate the fact that BECCA includes a nice, useable brush instead of those awful throw-away foam applicators or none at all (I’m looking at you, Chantecaille).
Quality: the quality of all of BECCA’s products is comparable to any luxury brand. The eyeshadows are as high quality as Chanel, Dior or Chantecaille, sometimes with more pigmentation. The shimmer/satin finish is never over the top or obvious
Value: at $65, I wouldn’t call this palette a value exactly, but you are getting 3 eyeshadows, 1 blush and 1 lipgloss
Overall: the quality and versatility of the BECCA Halcyon Palette is evident upon first glance. Being a neutral lover, I could play and create with this palette all day. BECCA makes outstanding products with us mature women in mind, yet the look is neither stuffy nor trendy but ageless. BECCA cosmetics are on the pricey side, however the quality is there to back up the price. I know I will get a lot of use from this palette and it’s coming with me on my upcoming trip!
Prime Beauty Grade: A
Oh and here’s me as a Freshman in the 70’s, mouth closed to prevent seeing braces. Gah, I still have those freckles! Apparently I was more dork than hippie, oh well.