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GUEST POST ¬ VEX IN THE CITY (LIVE FROM NYC)
BECCA is a line that I’ve been lucky enough to explore in detail over the past couple of months. It started off with a blush, a cream blush that applied so beautifully that I’ve since purchased two more shades. Bronzing and shimmer powders are the other products that I’ve tried from the Australian brand since being introduced to it by Zuneta.
The BECCA range features no less than 34 concealer shades, and 30 foundation colours. I’d heard a lot of about their bases so I was really looking forward them out for myself.
BECCA prides itself on its Skin Perfecting Make-Up System , a simple three-step programme designed to correct, perfect and enhance the complexion.
I was sent three products that allowed me to put the Skin Perfecting ritual to the test.
STEP 1 – PREPARE
You can use a primer to prep the skin if you prefer, before the use of your base. Becca Hydrating or Mattifying Primer can be used if required. I sometimes use a primer prior to foundation, but to be honest, I struggle to see any difference it makes to my skin and I have at least 4 to choose from so have tried a few over a large period of time.
Luminous Skin Colour is a tinted moisturiser which comes with an impressive SPF25. Coverage is very light and sheer and for somebody like myself, who has blemishes on the skin, it didn’t offer the coverage that I need. I don’t feel confident enough to wear this alone as it fails to cover blemishes and scarring and looked invisible on my skin. Those who are blessed with clear complexions will love this tinted moisturiser as it literally looks just like your skin - but better! It didn’t dry my skin out, but nor did I found it particularly moisturising either. Application is easy and it dispenses from a pump applicator
STEP 2 – PERFECT
After prepping my skin with Luminous Skin Colour, I added more coverage where needed with BECCA Stick Foundation. It can be applied all over the face, or just where extra coverage is needed and can be built up easily from moderate to full coverage without appearing cakey. Texture-wise I found this quite ‘hard’ making it difficult to blend with my fingers. I now apply it straight to my face, from the tube to the areas I want covered and then use a small contour brush to buff it into my skin. Once blended it gives a very natural look, although sometimes it can feel a little tight due to its waxy texture, so I make sure I’m wearing a rich moisturiser when I reach for this.
I’m fully aware that that is something that may be down to my skin type, do don’t let that put you off. I find coverage to be good and only need to add a teeny bit of concealer in places. Complete with SPF30 my skin is well protected which can only be a good thing. Worn over the Luminous Skin Colour does make the foundation look pretty smooth and dewy which is an effect I like. Once you find an application technique that suits you, I’d say that this was foundation works better than initial usage will have you believe.
STEP 3 – SET
The BECCA Fine Pressed powder comes in a sleek compact and even cuter zip up case, which is a good idea given how delicate it is. Because the powder is milled so finely, it’s prone to crumbling. Luckily I’ve not yet experienced this yet (although my BECCA bronzer has chipped a teeny bit), but I put that down to the fact that I don’t have it dancing around in my handbag. This powder gives a light veil of coverage that really does seem to ‘hold’ my make up in place and keep the shine away for an impressive amount of time. I have used it over two other foundations and it leaves a smooth, dewy finish that is neither cakey nor dry. Application is key and I roll this onto the skin using a large dense brush, blowing off the excess. I need a touch up by mid afternoon but I can live with that as I’m let to find a powder that leaves me shine free ALL day.
The BECCA line doesn’t come cheap and I wasn’t blown away with the regime as a whole. My favourite product is the pressed powder which I use frequently. I’ve not experienced it oxidizing and changing colour like some users have and at present it’s a product that I would contemplate repurchasing. BECCA is a cosmetic line that I’ve become a recent fan of and I highly recommend the cream blushes, they’re amazing.