Here’s a recent purchase inspired by makeupTIA’s recent Budget Beuaty Buys video. She was the reason I went ahead and got Becca Songbird in the first place (love it, btw) so when she recommended and compared SheaMoisture’s Varkala Spice to it I knew I had to get it.
The compact is extremely lightweight plastic with a black rubberized coating (like NARS and Becca packaging) with a clear plastic lid. SheaMoisture offers a bunch of face, lip and eye products that come in pan form and their refillable compact is designed to work with all of them.
Attached to the interior of the compact is a round magnet. Simply drop the blush pan into the compact and, voila, you’re all set.
While it’s not exactly the typical winter blush — I think most people reach for berry and plum colored blushes this time of year — I’ve been reaching for Becca Songbird a lot this month. I know not a lot of people feel this way but I personally love orangey blushes and Songbird’s a great one.
Compared to Songbird, SheaMoisture’s Varkala Spice is a darker, burnt orange color with a golden shimmery sheen. Songbird also has a shimmery sheen but it’s much more refined. I don’t think the shimmer in Varkala Spice is over the top but it’s defnitely more noticeable. If you’ve ever tried Milani’s discontinued Smooth Finish Luminous blush (not the baked Luminoso blush), I think the finish is kind of similar.
The color payoff of Varkala Spice is great, not a disappointment after my experience with the Becca blushes, that’s for sure. The texture is soft, a little more loosely pressed and powdery compared to Songbird but it’s not messy. Since the color is darker, more intense and goes on quite strong if you aren’t careful especially on fair skin, I recommend going in with a fluffier, less densely packed blush brush to assist in building up and blending out the color to the desired effect.