Ordering online has both pros and cons. While it can often times be more convenient, it can be frustrating to get something different than what you see online. I was in San Francisco when I received the e-mail for a 15% off promotion. Being a huge fan of their shimmer powders (both pressed and loose) I ordered a few fall items online from my iPhone because the promotional photos were stunning, but the items that arrived were not quite what I expected.
Below: Prairie Moon Palette ($65) & Fig Beach Tint ($25)
Prairie Moon Palette comes in a sleek brown mirrored compact (same size and style as all previous Becca palettes). The shades in the palette left to right are:
- Macchiato Gloss - sheer light chocolate red
- Voile (Demi Matte) - matte ivory
- Nappa (Demi Matte) - matte dusty grey-tan-brown
- Chenille (Shimmer) - shimmery forest green with grey and gold shimmers
- Sagebrush (Compact Eyeliner) - deep forest green shimmer
Here you can see it's not quite like the promotional photo:
The Macchiato gloss was surprisingly sheer from what I saw in the compact. It has a super sheer tint similar to the Black Chocolate lipgloss from Bobbi Brown's Black Velvet Collection. I don't have the new BB to compare to directly, but from what I tested at the counters, the Becca gloss seems to have slightly more pigment.
The eyeshadows have medium pigment and are very easy to blend. In typical Becca style, they layer with each other beautifully. Voile and Nappa seem more of a true matte rather than a demi-matte like other Becca shadows of the same formula. Other "demi-mattes" like Doeskin, Boucle, Tweed, Chantilly etc. all have a soft semi-matte base with the slightest bit of glimmer. I don't see any glimmer in the Voile/Nappa shades. Chenille is stunning for a sage green-grey sparkle. It's making me reconsider checking out other khaki greens for eyes. Sagebrush is also beautiful - I've swatched it both dry and wet to show you both methods of application. I think these are meant to be applied with a damp brush.
Swatches of Prairie Moon, each photo has the same order:
The color palette goes well with this season's military theme, especially Chanel's Khaki Vert:
Fig Beach Tint is also new for fall, online it looked like a pretty mauve pink with a hint of plum:
The actual product is a nude pink. It has a strong artificial cherry scent and the finish is very sheer when blended out. This was also very different from what I expected. When I applied it on my cheeks I could barely see anything. I'll need to experiment more to see if it will show up better with more layering.
Prairie Moon is not the first Becca palette I've purchased that looked completely different from the promotional photo, so this order wasn't a complete surprise. The palette is still very wearable and the colors are very well suited for the fall season. I think it's a great palette to keep in your purse for touch ups on-the-go or for a quick look that is easy to pull together. While the eyeshadows have a green/khaki theme they do appear very versatile and I see them going well with most of the colors I have in my closet. However, had it not been for the promotional discount or if I had been able to see or test this in person first I probably would not have purchased these items.