We all know that Becca knows how to bring the glow, their highlighters are raved about by all so I had high hopes for the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. A priming, perfecting, glow-inducing first step to the makeup routine. I’ve really been loving it but I have noticed a sneaky little budget alternative in my drawers which boasts similar claims and has similar results.
One pump is enough for my entire face, I find – the formula is creamy but still has a little slip to it, to really prime the skin for the next steps. It dries down quickly, leaving skin looking luminescent but somehow not overpowering or glittery. It doesn’t cover redness or do much to fill in pores but it does really brighten up your skin and I’ve also noticed the texture of my skin feels a little better after applying. My only wish is that it was perhaps a little more hydrating on the skin, making it feel better rather than just look better. It does really help with longevity, too, I find – making it a little more useful than just a glorified liquid illuminator.
I can see this primer really working wonders on days where you’re a bit hungover, dehydrated or even just sleep deprived. The glow it provides is almost just like drinking a good liter of water. I’m careful to not apply too much and to really blend it in because it can look a little streaky or too sheeny in one place if I’m not careful but normally, it’s just the right amount of glow. Skin looks just a little more lit-from-within when I’ve started with this primer. I’ve heard of people liking to wear this by itself on “no-makeup” days to add a bit of glow but I find that the sheen can sort of cling to drier patches of skin if you use too much so that’s something to be aware of although normally it’s covered by foundation. When I apply it really lightly, it can definitely be worn on it’s own to brighten the complexion a little.
I really have been enjoying reaching for this primer and I can see it being very helpful in the winter months when my skin gets a little dry and dull. It’s basically a quick fix to luminous skin.
The budget alternative I’ve found comes from L’Oreal, in the form of their L’Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer. It’s got basically the same list of claims, illuminating the complexion and evening out skin tone slightly. It’s a similar consistency and honestly, when applied I can’t really tell the difference. The only thing that jumps out is that maybe the Becca primer works a little harder to improve the texture of the skin. The main difference is in the colour of the product – Becca’s is a pearlescent beige whereas the L’Oreal offering is much more of a pearly, bright white. Even though they look different when swatched, the difference really isn’t noticeable on the skin. On a deeper complexion, the L’Oreal one might look a little stark if you get too heavy handed but on my pale skin, it’s hard to tell the difference even when applied side by side.
Becca Backlight Priming Filter (applied heavily, blended out), L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer (applied heavily, blended out)
For half the price, the L’Oreal one does just about the same job so it could be worth checking out if you’re in the market for a glow-inducing makeup prepper. Although I can’t deny, it’s a fairly luxe experience reaching for the frosted glass Becca bottle every morning.
What’s your favourite glowy primer?
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