Best of Becca Youthful Glow Set
Backlight Priming Filter
C$46 when sold individually
At first, I didn’t want to pick this up because I only heard good things about this product from those who have dry, dehydrated skin (and it’s VERY expensive C$46). Well, I’m here to tell all you lovely oily-skinned girls out there that the Becca Backlight Priming Filter works beautifully on our skin as well! I like using it underneath my heavier, mattifying foundations to make the finish more natural while keeping the long-lasting, budge-proof characteristic of the foundation itself. It will NOT make you look any oilier than usual, and the shimmer will not emphasize fine lines or eye bags.
Unfortunately, the Becca Backlight Priming Filter does not extend the wear time of your base makeup, control oil, blur pores or reduce fine lines; however, the beautiful natural sheen in it is not comparable to any other “illuminating” primers I’ve tried. If you know your skin needs a mattifying primer as well, you can use one underneath the Becca primer.
Since I have combination skin, my forehead and nose are acne prone and oily, while my cheeks are normal. Unfortunately, I also have acne scars on my forehead so I prefer to use a heavier coverage foundation there, and a light-medium coverage foundation on my cheeks.
So I like to use squeeze my foundation on the back of my hand, then apply it on my t-zone (areas that need more oily control and coverage).
Then I will mix in the Becca Backlight Primer with the rest of the foundation that is on the back of my hand and apply that mixture onto my cheeks.
This customizes the coverage and wear-time of the foundation to suit the different areas of my skin, without needing to use a separate lighter weight foundation/bb cream.
Overall, I think this primer is going to be your best friend if you have dry skin, as it will prevent your foundation from looking cakey, and bringing back a luminous glow to your matte finish foundations. If you are an oily skinned gal like me, and you’ve always wanted a illuminizing primer that helps make your foundation look like second skin, while not making your skin break out, this is what you should go for. The Becca Backlight Priming Filter will not compromise the long-wearing characteristic of your matte foundation while keeping the finish looking natural.
Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid – Opal
C$23 for deluxe size when sold individually
Finally got my hands on this iconic gem! I have the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed from last year’s Sephora Favorites Bronze Bares All set and I really like it, but I wished it stayed on my skin for longer.
Opal is a pale pink-gold highlighter that looks stunning on light to medium skin tones. While the pressed version may not blend in with darker skin tones, the liquid has a better chance on those with medium to dark skin tones because of how sheer it blends out to be. There is barely any pink visible on the skin once it is blended out. With that being said, I would still recommend those with darker skin tones to try it out in store before making the purchase and browse the different shades Becca has to offer (some darker than others). While the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid does not last all day, it does last a fairly good amount of time and often times I can still see some shimmer residue on my cheekbones at the end of an 6-hour wear. When it is layered with the pressed version, I can still see it on my skin after 12 hours of wear. Of course, it is not necessary to use the Becca pressed highlight with this product, because from my experience, all products placed on top of this product will blend out beautifully and not create harsh lines.
All in all, I have to say that the hype is real! Becca truly does make some of the best, finely milled highlighters on the market. With their diverse shade range and high quality, I can see why they are so talked about on the market.
Luminous Blush – Snapdragon
C$46 for full sized, this set includes a deluxe size
Snapdragon is a very pretty bright pink with some coral. It provides a soft illuminizing sheen that will never look patchy or unnatural. Becca’s illuminizing blushes are extremely blendable and easy to work with. I use the Elf angled blush brush and dab it in once. Since it is so pigmented, you will most likely be able to see the colour immediately on your cheeks with only one swipe. With Snapdragon, it may look harsh and bright at first, but quickly after some blending, it will melt and look like second-skin. I will get lots of use out of this in the summer!
Some other reviews mentioned that this is a very long-wearing blush. Unfortunately, my cheeks eat up most blushes and this one is no different. The Becca Luminizing Blush only last 3-4 hours on my cheeks.
Under Eye Brightening Corrector
C$36 when sold individually
Becca’s Brightening Corrector is much more of a brightener than a corrector. The degree of salmon (corrector for blue and purple) tones in the corrector is very minimal and will not do much for those with severe discolouration underneath the eyes. However, this is a great product if you’d like to take brightening one step further than your regular skin tone concealer. I like to put this product right in the inner corners of my eyes, blend it out, then layer a skin tone concealer on top for a subtle brightening effect. I’ve also tried putting it on top of my skin tone concealer before and that will amp up the brightening effect.
For this product to work, it is important to only use a VERY little amount. The consistency is very thick but creamy so a little goes a long way. If you use too much, it will crease no matter how much powder you apply on top. I can see myself using this jar for at least 2 years (if I use it every day) because of the tiny amount of product I use every time. So although this product retails for C$36 by itself, it will last you forever!
Before the Becca Brightening Corrector, I liked using the NYX HD concealer in light to brighten up my under eyes because it was very pink toned. In the same way, you can also purchase a Mac concealer (the Pro Longwear line is my favourite!) in the NW shade range for pinkier, cooler tones.
If you need more help in the under eye correcting department, I would recommend picking up products with more orange/pink undertones in them like Benefit’s Erase Paste (especially in the shade “Medium”, as it has more salmon tones than “light”), Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Correctors, or NYX’s Concealer in a Jar (in the shade “Orange”).
I would recommend this product for people who don’t have severe purple or blue circles underneath their eyes and are looking for something to further brighten their under eyes.