I must admit I am not a die-hard daily primer wearer. I feel all foundations I like, apply quite well as they are along with the right tools and technique. However when I have a certain look in mind I want to definitely achieve, such as a luminous glow or a matte finish, or if I need it to stay on a bit longer during a long busy day, then primers are my best friend! Therefore I will always purchase them and keep different types in my collection!
After hearing about the Becca Backlight Primer Filter numerous times, I figured there was a certain amount of hype building so naturally had to jump on the band wagon and see what the fuss was all about!
I had always tended to gravitate towards more silicone or matte types in the past such as the Smashbox photo finish’s or Benefit’s POREfessional so this was a new type for me. Earlier his year my skin went full on DRY for the first time in my life, maybe something to do with my age? (28) or the fact I’m now living in Perth Australia which is generally a very dry part of the country, making the winter even more harsh perhaps? I don’t know! It didn’t happen last year so we’ll see what happens next winter… Anyway I’m getting off track, my point being around that time the thought of a luminous glowing primer for the first time ever really appealed to me!
In the past I battled with or sometimes embraced the fact my skin was oily (it’s back to oily combo now after that dry spell) so never felt the need to accentuate that aspect with an illuminating primer as the oil did that for me! But even since the dry spell is over my skin is quite well-behaved in the oil department so am still absolutely loving using this primer!
So what does it do? – Becca’s opening line for this is ‘a makeup primer to help blur imperfections and impart a radiant glow‘. Which sounds pretty appealing to me! It pretty much preps the skin to give it an even, glowing overall look giving it a perfect base for any foundation.
What does it feel and look like? – It has the texture of a thickish cream, with a pearly pigment through it. Glides on like a cream but ends up more tacky once blended out, ready to act as a bond for foundation.
What are the undertones/colour? – It’s sheer, gold-beige with a pearlescent finish.
Does it have a scent? – Yes it actually has a gorgeous scent, sort of a mixture of a nice perfume and sun lotion if you ask me! (although it does not contain SPF) It’s quite luxurious and I love the smell but I don’t notice it once makeup is applied.
How did it work for me? –
- It was a dream to apply first off for me, it literally made me look more even and the glow is just beautiful without looking oily or shimmery, it really looks like it comes from within! If i was blessed with slightly darker, more even skin I would definitely wear this on its own, but my fair uneven complexion does quite pull it off.
- I’ve used it under many different types of foundations, one being MAC Pro long wear, which has a higher coverage and is very long wearing. It can look too matte if you don’t make the effort to prep the skin and use too much powder so this primer is perfect for bringing it to life a bit more. The glow shines through this foundation even with its full coverage. Another was Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation which is beautiful as it is but paired with this was a DREAM! It caused it to stick and stay on longer, but the two work wonders making me look so glowy!
How did it help the longevity of my foundations? – Honestly this stuff is like a magnet for foundations, like I mentioned before I feel it acts like a tacky bond so foundations really glide and stick on so much better than without. It makes my foundation easily last a few hours longer. I can’t wait to try it under my summer tinted SPF moisturisers on beach days I know that will work like a dream..
I hope this helps if you were looking for a new primer or had been curious about this one.. As you can see, I highly recommend!
You can buy it here for around $65 AUD
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