Becca has launched a new and limited edition shade of their best-selling Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed called Prismatic Amethyst. Becca describes it as "a creamy luminizing powder that veils skin in a soft pearlized glow with a lustrous velvet finish. Enriched with duo-chrome pigments that reflect and refract light for multi-dimensional radiance. This iridescent lavender highlighter subtly shifts shades as it catches the light for a sophisticated glow. Prismatic Amethyst is infused with gold, violet, and rose pearls to create a prismatic effect." It is exclusive to Sephora; it was made available online for VIB Rouge and VIB members on February 14, and will be available for everyone else online on February 22, and in stores sometime in March. Prismatic Amethyst is housed in a special edition metallic lavender mirrored compact, with a holographic lavender box. Each compact has 7 grams of product, and retails for $46.
Prismatic Amethyst is a pale cool pink with soft pink, gold, and violet iridescent shimmer-sheen in a pearlized velvet finish. It has a very soft, finely-milled, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more muted and more violet than Urban Decay Aura, more muted and more violet than Anastasia Beverly Hills Pink Heart, more violet than Kat Von D Pink Opal, warmer and less shimmery than MAC Soft Frost, more muted and less purple than Makeup Geek Celestial, and more muted than Makeup Geek Glitz.
There have been a lot of duochrome highlighters coming out recently, especially in these light, pastel shades (you know, unicorn colours), so it was only a matter of time before Becca released one as well. I will put it out there right now: I don't think Prismatic Amethyst is a must-have, partially because there are quite a lot of dupes out there now, but mostly because this shade is geared more towards fair, porcelain complexions. I'm not gonna say that those with other skin tones can't wear it (I have a medium, golden-olive complexion and I am totally gonna rock this, especially with cooler pink or plum blushes), but there are definitely other highlighting shades that are more widely flattering and/or universal. I also want to note that while Prismatic Amethyst does have a duochrome shift, it is quite subtle for the most part (you'd have to be tilting your head in direct sunlight to really notice a significant colour shift), and as a result, it is also less metallic than the other Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector shades like Moonstone, Opal, and Champagne Pop (but that also means that it won't emphasize skin texture as much, either). That having been said, Prismatic Amethyst has the same smooth, silky, buttery texture and rich colour pay-off that the Shimmering Skin Perfector formula is known for, and there is nothing similar to it in Becca's permanent range. So if this is your favourite highlighter formula (and it is for many) and you've been waiting for a cooler, pink-toned shade (or you're just a highlighter fiend like me), this is one to check out.