I was fairly blown away when a package from Becca arrived on my doorstep with every single shade of their new Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation*. I am one very lucky beauty writer. Even the name hinted at a formula that I’d love so I was very excited to give it a go. It’s just been released in the US so hopefully it’ll be making an appearance on Australian shores soon – I can already tell that those that love the glowy skin look will be all about this foundation.
Becca kills the game yet again. It’s in a beautiful frosted glass bottle with a screw top lid. Inside the bottle is a dropper – the lid, when turned, opens to reveal a button so that the foundation can be easily pumped onto a brush, a BeautyBlender or your hands. It’s sleek, simple and easy to use.
The formula is lightweight and thin, it reminds me a lot of the Smashbox BB Water that I’ve previously reviewed. You only need a few drops of the foundation to provide a really great coverage – I’d say light/medium, depending on the brush that you use to apply it with. The finish is probably the best bit – perfect for those that love a luminous finish because this foundation definitely lives up to it’s name. Each time I use this my skin looks glowy but not greasy. When I set it down with a bit of powder, the luminosity remains but it’s not quite as overly dewy. The finish adds a look of healthiness to the skin while also providing coverage to even it out. I love the finish that this foundation gives – so healthy and glowing, I can imagine it being perfect for winter when my skin needs all the help it can get to look dewy.
I’ve been trying the foundation with a few different methods. Using a dense brush (like the RT Buffing Brush) makes the coverage a little fuller but dulls the luminosity down a little bit, it also can take a bit of blending before things stop looking streaky and start looking seamless. I find that it really sits on the skin when I use a denser brush. A more flexible brush (like the Models Prefer Airbrush) works a little better, it’s a little quicker to blend in and leaves the foundation looking glowy but still leaves some of the foundation sitting on top of the skin. The Beauty Blender does the best job, in my opinion, however, still providing a decent dose of coverage, still giving the glow but without looking overly heavy. Because this stuff doesn’t really seem to set down onto the skin completely I find the BeautyBlender works best to get rid of any of the excess product that might be sitting on the skin.
I’d definitely recommend setting this one down with a powder, as it does transfer if you leave it be. Because it’s so glowy it doesn’t entirely set down by itself. As for lasting through the day – it’s all about setting it. Once I’ve put a light dusting of powder over the top, things keep looking luminous all day long without really losing any of the coverage. I can imagine a bit of a mattifying primer in the T-zone would have a similar effect. A little bit disappears along the chin but that’s fairly common for me, anyway. The problem only appears when I don’t set it down at all – after a few hours I’m looking oily, not glowy and it’s definitely not cute. Particularly on my t-zone, the foundation keeps it’s coverage, it just really needs a blot down to keep me from looking a little too over the top.
This is where the real problem for me lies. The shade range doesn’t go light enough to accommodate my very pale skin. The lightest shade, Fair, is too dark and too yellow for my skin tone. After a coat of fake tan, it starts to look a little more realistic but it’s a shame that this foundation won’t ever be at every day status for me. I’ll admit that applying it on my face, the foundation does go a little lighter, somehow, so I can get away with it if I really put the effort in to blend it down the neck. I’ve got to applaud Becca for the huge range of shades, I just wish there were a few more in the range targeted for pale skin or skin with pink undertones.
I was lucky enough to receive all of the eight of the shades so I thought I’d swatch them all for you to get an idea of the range. I’ve also included swatches from one of my closest blogging friends, Katina Lindaa, who clearly has a very different skin tone to me, the shade Medium in the range is the perfect match for her. She posted her review today on her blog today too so if you have oilier skin or just want a second opinion, make sure to check it out (and all of the other incredible content she creates).
If you have dry skin, this could be right up your alley. It’s essentially dewy skin in a bottle while still providing enough coverage to suit most people. The problems I had with it starting to look a little too glowy throughout the day might not be as much of an issue for you but I’d still recommend setting it down with powder to stop transferring.
If you have oily skin, if you love a luminous finish and really take the time to set it down with powder and continue to blot during the day then this could work for you but it’s worth trying out a sample first to see how it goes with your skin. It could really cross that line between glowy and oily if you’re not careful. Katina has oily skin and loves it, so it could definitely work for you!
I’ve been testing this mostly at home due to the fact that the shade doesn’t completely match me and I can’t deny that every time I look in the mirror, I’m in love with how glowy my skin looks. That is, of course, setting it down with a little bit of powder. On the days I didn’t set it down to see how it wore, it wasn’t looking cute after a few hours. Pairing it with a mattifying primer might also have a similar effect. If there’s a shade in the range that matches you then definitely check this out, particularly if you’re a dry skinned gal who loves a bit of glow in their complexion. For me, this will definitely be my go to foundation when I’ve got a bit of fake tan on or in the summer months when my complexion warm up a little bit – the formula is too good to pass up.
Does this foundation sound like it’d work for you?
*products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!