When it comes to products that help to create the perfect complexion, Becca is where it’s at. Time and time again, I’ve raved about their base products because they seem to know a thing or two about beautiful base products over at Becca HQ. ActiveSkin.com.au were lovely enough to send through the Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation* for me to try out and I was excited to try out another Becca base product, after my success with the Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation formulation. It’s taken me a bit to really make up my mind on whether it worked for me but in the Winter months, I think this could be a winner.
Plain and simple – this foundation is in a thin tube. Practical for travel because it’s small and unlikely to break and go everywhere. It also works well to make sure you dispense the right amount of product.
This is definitely a base that works better with a BeautyBlender than a brush. I’ve tried both ways and finds that the BeautyBlender adds a little more of a natural dew to the foundation but also does a much better job of making the foundation look like skin. With a buffing brush, it didn’t quite work for me. I’d have to go over it with a larger brush (like the Louise Young LY34) to blend it into the skin. Otherwise, it would look quite unnatural and streaky.
The finish is, as you can expect, pretty matte but without looking flat or dull. It’s quite beautiful and particularly appropriate for those with oilier complexions. Throughout the day it starts to look a little glowier. Apparently, it has a micro-fine powder in the formulation that absorbs oil and sets the foundation in place. Although I’m well and truly in the habit of setting any foundation I’m wearing, this does wear quite well on it’s own too. It’s worth noting that worn over a luminising primer, the finish is even more beautiful.
I really love the coverage of this one. It covers imperfections and provides a flawless base but still allows my freckles to come through. I’d call it a medium coverage on myself. It can be worn a little sheerer (applying with a BeautyBlender helps with this) but building up the coverage gets a little patchy.
When first applied, the finish looks beautiful on the skin and it wears well for a couple of hours. My main issue with it came when I wore it on a rather hot day. After a long shift at work, I found that it had worn away a lot around the nose and chin, looking cakey and quite noticeable on the skin. But on other days, it’s worn beautifully for hours, with no shine and hardly any of the foundation breaking up on my t-zone. Because of this, I’d definitely call this more of a Winter-appropriate base for me. It can have a tendency to cling to drier patches of skin, so I like to ensure I’ve prepped the skin well.
The shade Porcelain is the lightest in the range. It’s quite yellow-toned and just a little too dark for my pale skin. I’ve been adding it a couple of drops of lightening drops when applying and haven’t had an issue. There’s a really extensive range of shades, though.
If you have dry skin, if paired with a hydrating base, this could work well. I’d say Becca’s Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation would be a better match for your skin type.
If you have normal/combination skin, this should work beautifully, as it has done for me, if you make sure not to reach for it on a warm day.
If you have oily skin, and you really struggle with oil breaking up foundation, particularly in your t-zone, I’d probably try a sample of this before taking the plunge. When set well, it could definitely work but left to it’s own devices, it could start looking a little patchy towards the end of the day.
As a matte, Winter base, this is well worth trying out, particularly if you have normal to combination skin. Although the shade match is a little annoying, I’m more than happy to wear this on days where I’m not out of the house for too long and have the time in the morning to properly set everything in place. But if you fall too far on either side of the dry-oily skin spectrum, this might have a few too many troubles than what it’s worth.
Does this foundation sound like it would work for you?
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!