I felt like this post was long overdue, since I’ve been wearing this foundation for quite some time!!! This is BECCA’s newest foundation that debuted several months ago. I pretty much love BECCA as a brand, so when I heard of this foundation, I wanted to jump riight on it. I also love full-coverage foundations.
This foundation is described as being:
A full-coverage yet breathable foundation formulated with high concentrations of pigment and water.
Ideal for any skin type, this formula contains a balance of 21 percent pure pigment and 22 percent water, which work in synergy to completely conceal imperfections, redness, hyperpigmentation, and uneven texture in a weightless cream.
In terms of a color match, I made the mistake of purchasing the shade Bamboo. It was the right undertone (yellow/golden), but it came off as quite ashy. I tried to make it work, but then pretty much almost gave up because I thought no other shade would suit me unless I had a serious tan….BUT when I attended the BECCA Masterclass almost a month ago, I was surprisingly matched to the shade Cafe. Now, I wouldn’t have thought in a million years I would be that shade (since the shade is a dark tan w/ neutral to warm undertones), but it worked out thanks to makeup artist, Cynde Watson!) When I get slightly darker (which would be my Summer shade…if I don’t go on a vacation that requires the sun to darken my skin about five shades, LOL) I would wear the shade Amber, which is a deep tan w/ warm/red undertones. Unfortunately at this very moment, neither shades work for me because y’all…I got so BROWN. I am literally the color sepia. LOL…that’s because I recently came back from Cancun, and although it is a BEAUTIFUL place…the sun and heat are noooooo joke! I love it, though…just make sure you have sunscreen and shea butter (or any butter mix) and you’re good to go. So yes, I might have to get the color Sienna or Tobacco. Not sure yet…but I just love that I have OPTIONS. BECCA has so many shades in this foundation, TWENTY to be exact. I find that the darker shades are very rich and that’s perfect for the folks that are more rich in tone. ‘Less of a chance of looking ashy.
Here’s swatches of the shades Cafe (top) and Amber (bottom):
In terms of application, I find that the best way to apply this foundation is with a brush. BECCA also recommends applying this with a brush. I’ve used my Sephora #56 brush (great for cream foundations) and BECCA’s One Pefecting Brush. Honestly….the One Perfecting Brush wins. I love using my Beauty Blender to apply foundation in general, but I’m not sure if that would be the best tool for this type of foundation. This consistency is sort of a thick mousse type of cream (does that make sense?), therefore needing a brush to properly blend it. When I use the One Perfecting Brush, it leaves my face looking quite airbrushed. ‘Just a beautiful seemless application! It sets quite well, also…however, I use a powder to set it, only because I have oily skin and I want my foundation to last as long as possible. I’ve worn it without setting with powder (usually when it’s not very hot/warm outside) and it still holds up for the most part.
In terms of how much product you need to apply, let me tell you…do NOT use any more than ONE pump. As a matter of fact…you might not need a full pump. If your face looks cakey after applying this foundation, then you’ve used too much. The “cake face” look is never cute! This is supposed to look as natural as possible, but if you have hyperpigmentation (or any other skin problem) it will clearly look like your skin was evened out…but it still looks natural! What I like is that you do have control over how much product you dispense out of the bottle. Foundations with a pump are always a great thing because it’s more convenient, and more importantly…more sanitary! My only concern is that every time I purchased this foundation, whenever I opened the box I would find the pump unscrewed. I examined it and found that it was more due to not being screwed tightly. It didn’t look suspicious (thank goodness…I’m a lil’ weary about things like that).
This would be a pretty much a pointless post if I didn’t show you how this foundation actually looks on me. Soooooooooo….here’s me wearing it in the shade Cafe:
‘Sooo many different looks. That just shows how much I’ve worn this foundation. LOL!
As you can see, I didn’t get too much of a use with Amber (because of the future tan.) I have tried mixing it with Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in the shade SX15 when I tanned a lot. I like it, but I think I’d prefer to get a darker shade. I prefer to stay true to the colors, if that makes sense. If it doesn’t to you, it’s okay. LOL
Overall, I pretty much LOVE this foundation!!!! I’m so glad I was given another chance to love this foundation. If I’d given up on it like I almost did, I would’ve missed out on it’s deliciousness. I think I prefer this foundation out of all their foundations (and I think their foundations are pretty good!) When Cynde Watson was shade matching me with different formulas, she even preferred this formulation on me more than their Ever-Matte Shine Proof foundation. This will definitely be a big part of my rotation of my “holy grail” foundations collection.
Thank you for reading and I hope this post helped! 🙂