Here we have the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation. This is the newest foundation from Becca. I talked briefly about it in my post about "new products and spring launches". I wasn't exactly excited when I seen this or the other "serum like" foundations that are coming out. I prefer foundations with fuller coverage. UNTIL I saw Samantha from Batalash and Wayne Goss both talk about this product. It looked beautiful and it looked like it had more coverage than I originally thought. Plus it applied easily and beautifully on their skin so I had to try it.
It has 8 shades, it's 1 oz, and $44. The shades are not necessarily geared toward the color of your skin but as to how easily you burn from the sun or tan. Which I think is a cool concept. So this is shade "Light", it works well with my skin tone. This is also 32% water.
First off, the only thing I don't really care for is this is a dropper bottle situation. I prefer a pump or even an open top. None the less that's just a minor issue. This is a truly gorgeous foundation. It really is luminous. It's thin but it has surprisingly good coverage for being such a thin consistency. I was really worried it would be very sheer coverage and not apply well it actually applies great on it's own! It has more coverage than you would think and even then you can build it up if you want to. I have other "luminous" foundations that apply normal and basically get "dewy" as the day goes on. This is luminous directly. Right off the bat it has a healthy glow and not overly dewy. I have a small video on how I apply this here.
As I mentioned before this is over 30% water, I find most of my primers I've tried don't work with this. I have not tried the Becca Backlight Primer though so it might possibly work, I don't know. Basically for me this works best without any primer on. It goes on easily, looks the way it's supposed to, and doesn't get patchy. I find with the primers I used that it doesn't go on as smooth and it looks very patchy and takes more time blending. Looking at the ingredient list though the second ingredient "Dimethicone" which is a common ingredient in primers that give them that "silky" feel. Which makes me wonder if primer is that necessary at all as far as a "smoothing" effect at least. You have to shake this really well (as you should be doing with all your foundations), then you twist the cap and the button pops up, which is neat. You press the button to fill the dropper while its in the bottle and press the button again to put it on the brush or whatever applicator you choose. I use a kabuki brush with this to stipple it on for higher coverage. I use about two drops on the first application. You can build from there.
This has decent wear. I wore it from 12-7 on my birthday. It didn't get more dewy as the day went on it stayed the same amount of luminous. It did wear off some as the day went on but that was to be expected. I don't think this would be the best for oily skin types. I'm normal skin, so I think normal to dry and maybe even combination skin could use this and really like it. If you have problematic skin then you might need a good amount of concealer cause I'm not sure this would cover large breakouts. If you just have some/minor redness or minor discoloration I think you'd be surprised at how much this would cover, and it can be built up so bear that in mind. This is one of those times though that I encourage you very much to get a sample or try it on at Sephora because it is a different type of foundation and some of you will not like the serum style, lighter coverage foundation.
This is the swatch of "Light" on my hand. It's a bit warmer and darker than I wanted but it works out just fine, once it's blended in. I'm trying to show this in natural light. Hopefully, even from the swatch you can see the luminosity.
The picture above is just foundation, light blush applied on the cheek bones (Kat Von D: Hansel+Gretel), some highlight on tops of the cheek bone and nose, and concealer and setting powder under the eyes. No other powder on the face, no contour.
The picture below is only the foundation with very little under eye concealer and some mascara and Benefit Gimme Brow.
You can buy this at Sephora, they had a code for VIB and VIB Rouge members that gave you 10% off it *should* be "VB36CB" if it still works. Don't forget to use Ebates and get some cash back for your purchase.
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