40 Days and 40 Nights of Beauty Brand Reviews
Day 4: Becca
StorybookHeroine:I found Becca a year ago and it was love at first creme blush. I'm a minimal makeup girl at heart yet I still desire a naturally polished appearance with beautiful skin. Becca's line gives me the tools to achieve this without looking over made up or artificial.
The line focuses on a 3 step Complexion Perfecting System (Prepare, Perfect and Set) that yields natural, flawless results. The first step is to prepare the skin with primer and Becca LSC (luminous skin color), a tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 available in 16 shades. I love how this sinks in and evens out redness and pigmentation while still looking fresh and natural. 34 shades of stick foundation (SPF 30) and concealer target and perfect problem areas with long wearing medium to extra coverage. Loose powder makes the last step, set. This locks the foundation onto the skin for all day wear with a dewy water resistant finish, available in 12 colors. So many shades and undertones make it easy to find a perfect match for any skin tone from the lightest to the darkest.
Great products are not limited solely to foundations. Allure magazine winner Beach Tint, a watermelon colored lip and cheek stain, is near impossible to find as it flies off the shelves. Becca creme blushes, also Allure winners, are long lasting, beautiful and pigmented. Turkish Rose, a dewy nude rose, is a staple in my makeup bag.
Becca's eye shadows come in three long wearing formulas (creme, semi matte and shimmer). Favorites here include Rose Gold creme eye shadow and Doeskin semi matte. Lame is the most popular color, a lavender taupe with silver shimmer. For those who prefer the pop of loose pigments Becca jewel dust adds dimension, shimmer and shine to any shadow. Aspara, a sparkling neutral peach nude, is an everyday staple of mine. Becca Line + Illuminate brings together the pencil liner and a shimmering highlighter/creme shadow, available in 2 duos (soon to be four). These make an easy fast and pretty eye for those in a hurry. I like Ibiza for a smokey eye and Mustique for a bronzed shimmery everyday look.
One of the best things about Becca is their luminizing and shimmer products. It is so hard to find a shimmer powder or luminizer that does not make you look like an oily disco ball. Becca's SSP (shimmering skin perfector with SPF 20) is a tinted moisturizer available is six colors that brings radiance and a healthy glow to tired, stressed or mature skin as well as making an excellent liquid highlighter. The best of these is the new SSP in Opal, a peachy beige shimmer that easily blends into the skin looking natural and luminous. At first I used this as a highlighter only but now I mix a little in with my LSC to help me look healthy and glowing without being greasy. It is hands down one of my favorite products. Shimmer Powders come in loose and pressed forms. Some work best as blushes, like gypsy (a rose gold with a built in highlighter), others like Nymph and Hyawatha can be used as highlighters or as a finishing product to brighten the skin. My two favorites are Gypsy and Angel, a light pink shimmer that is so beautiful and perfect over any of their creme blushes or Becca's Translucent Bronzing gel (fabulous bronzer for light to fair skin). The last is Becca soft touch blush. Two are available now (Sylph and Malika) with a third from the Spring Go Nude collection called Wisp arriving in stores shortly. These finely milled powders contain the tiniest micro glitter to catch the light. Malika (nude peach sheen) gives a bit of healthy glow over any product or alone.
I love Becca. These products changed the way I apply and wear my makeup. Becca does everything I want and expect out of a cosmetics line as well as things I didn't think were possible. The price kills me but after the sticker shock dies down you will want more. Don't be surprised when you buy your first creme blush and go DAMN that's tiny!
Cavewoman: Does "one size fits all" really exist? Does size matter? Do nice things come in small packages? Or, is bigger always better? Do you Supersize?
My favorite product from Becca just might be the smallest product in the line. This tiny compact, which resembles some weird rubber-and-metal manhole cover or perhaps a futuristic space craft, holds the Rosebud Lip And Cheek Creme. A super-soft, beautifully blendable cream blush, Rosebud is the perfect milky-pink shade, not too blue, not too brown, no shimmer, no sparkle, but glowing and natural on the face. I can't think of another blush that I've ever seen that could be used on just about any complexion or skin tone. Think baby cheeks. Think Mother Nature Gave Me This Color cheeks. Application is easy and fool-proof with a tap-and-smooth motion of the fingertips. Becca Rosebud has a comfortable and creamy feel, which makes it very easy to blend on the face, it does not grip or drag in the least. I've used it on bare skin and over foundation as well. It's my "go to" color on those mornings when I have to be out the door before I've had enough coffee, or for when I just don't want to choose a blush from the little basket of blush compacts on my vanity table. No matter what other colors I'm wearing on eyes or lips, the small but mighty Becca Rosebud works well with everything, warm or cool tones. It's never obvious or overdone. It's the kind of shade that will have people saying to you, "Gee, have you been on vacation?" or "Are you in love? You're glowing!"
I won't tell, it'll be our little secret.
Annieytown: My favorite Becca product is the Pressed Shimmer Powder in Gypsy.
I purchased this under the guidance of Cavewoman and Beauty Addict in Sephora. They insisted that I needed it.
Who am I to argue?
This powder looks very intense and slightly frightening in the case. It can remind you of a fresh bruise. It is a pink based plum shade.
The looks are very deceiving. This powder adds a subtle rosy glow to the face with a dash of gold shimmer. The shimmer is very conservative and not overwhelming. It can be entirely work-safe.
I use this as a blush when I need a pink flush to the cheek.
It works very well with my Behnaz lipstick.
Becca's Pressed Shimmer Powder retails for $34.
Ingredients for Gypsy:Talc, Dimethyl Imidazolidinone (Rice Starch), Mica, Silica, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Myristate, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-150, Quaternium-26, Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Carnauba (Wax), Candelilla Cera (Wax), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Methylparaben, Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance) and may contain: +/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine CI 75470, Yellow 5 CI 19140, Ultramarines CI 77007.
Becca is sold at Sephora.com and Bergdorf Goodman.
What are your favorite Becca products? Tell us why in the comments.
Disclosure: The products featured in this post were purchased by the reviewers.