Prep, Perfect, Set feat. Becca Cosmetics*
It's been a hot minute since I spoke about Becca Cosmetics on this blog and today is a lucky day - because I have three exciting products to share with you guys, including the brand's blurring primer, full coverage foundation and pink-toned powder. So, if you're curious to hear more (and see some swatches) then just keep on scrolling!
Prep: Velvet Blurring Primer
The first product we're going to discuss is the brand new Velvet Blurring Primer. It retails for 38 USD and contains 1oz/30 ml of an actual product.
Claims: vanishes the appearance of pores, fine lines, imperfections/ creates a flawless, airbrushed base/ absorbs excess oils/ extends the wear of make-up/ brightens/ velvety smooth, soft-focus finish.
Packaging: although this is a very typical Becca bottle, unlike Backlight Priming Filter and First Light Priming Filter, Velvet Blurring Primer is made of plastic (instead of glass). It has that same soft-touch, rubberized light gray packaging, which is similar to their liquid highlighters and foundation. The pump is nice and sturdy, so it's easy to maneuver it in order to get as much/little product as you want.
Texture: now, the most unique thing about this primer is that it has one of a kind "liquid-to-powder" formula. I have (personally) never tried anything quite like it. The primer is slightly tinted and has a warm, light apricot undertone (by the way Apricot Haze is the official shade name). The tone of it is very subtle though, so it won't leave an orangey cast or act as a colour-corrector. On the contrary - apricot will help brighten your complexion a bit - no matter what skin tone you have. This primer is quite sheer and has a universally flattering, almost undetectable hue to it.
Application: although very liquidy at first, once you have blended and buffed it into your skin - it turns into a true powder. Magic or what, but it sets satin/matte and when you touch it - it truly feels like velvet. To me the finish is similar to a very smooth, translucent powder, which doesn't add colour or coverage, but makes your skin look like a beautiful piece of porcelain. My biggest tip: work from the back of your hand. Pump out a bit of the primer, dip your finger in it and massage it into your skin in circular motions. You could use a brush, but I feel like fingers work best with primers.
As always, keeping my swatches ugly and unedited, so that you guys can see colours and texture better. This is what Velvet Blurring Primer looks like when it is freshly applied and once it fully sets to a powdery finish.
Liquid turns into powder in about a minute, so you do get enough playtime to fully blend it out before it sets. You might even feel this product on your fingertips; almost as if you have a bit of powder on them.
Wear: since this a very lightweight primer, you don't even notice it on your skin. It's not as thick as other blurring primers on the market and it won't feel silicone-y either. However! If you are extremely dry, I am afraid you won't like this product at all. Since it has a powdery finish, it might be a bit uncomfortable to wear for someone, whose skin is matte and dehydrated by default.
I have dry skin and on me this primer is borderline comfortable. It can also accentuate some of my drier patches. I would only reach out for it on days when I want my complexion to look a bit more matte, but that doesn't happen very often. Yet if you are someone, who tends to get quite oily and need a good perfecting primer, which also extends the wear of make-up - look this way. My make-up does last longer whenever I choose to use it and if you are on a dry side - you won't even need to powder your face.
Verdict: although this is a beautiful product, I just don't think that it's designed for my skin type. However, I do think it will be brilliant for those of you, who have an oilier T-zone or combination/oily skin type in general. If you are dry, definitely try the brand's Backlight & First Light Priming Filter. Those are my holy grail and work so well for us Sahara-skin gals! Read more about them here.
Perfect: Ultimate Coverage Foundation
Aka Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme is the brand's full-coverage foundation, which was recently revamped; plus a few shades were renamed (Driftwood - previously Nude; Maple - previously Tobacco; Espresso - previously Mink). There are 20 shades available (everything from Porcelain to Cacao) and it retails for 44 USD, containing 1.01 oz/ 30 ml of the product.
Claims: full-coverage/ lightweight/ breathable/ lasts all day/ transfer-proof/ water-resistant/ oil-free/ contains 22% water to hydrate for "coverage without cake".
Packaging: it is very similar to the primer we just talked about; same beautiful bottle with a metallic cap and rubberized outer packaging. Light, practical, perfect for travels. This product comes with a pump.
Shades: as I have mentioned in all of my previous Becca reviews, the shade selection is always on point. The one I've been testing is called Buttercup and it is described as medium beige with yellow/golden undertones. Now, since Becca kindly sent this product to me for a review, I couldn't really choose my shade - which in this case would be Cashmere (neutral beige, neutral undertones). However! I figured out a way how to make Buttercup lighter and less yellow.
This is what shade Buttercup looks like freshly applied and blended. As per usual - keeping them swatches unedited. I took these photos using a natural daylight.
As you can probably tell, this shade is a tiny bit dark/touch too yellow for me. Although my hand is obviously darker than my face, I would typically use a neutral-toned foundation that is on a lighter side. Buttercup would be perfect for someone, who is NC30. My perfect shades are: Shell (Hourglass), 1.5 Cream (Tom Ford) or NC20-25 MAC (which is a touch yellow, but manageable). From what I can tell, these don't oxidize.
Texture: initially, I thought it would be quite thick, but surprisingly this foundation is incredibly smooth and creamy. It builds up nicely; doesn't cling to dry patches, pores or any other imperfections, which is awesome. You can use a brush or sponge with it; both methods work really well. Becca recommend using their The One Perfecting Brush with it, which is incredibly fluffy and smooth. I normally use a make-up sponge with this foundation - but I guess it all comes down to personal preference.
Please click on each image to zoom in