With a featherweight formula, this buildable base provides sheer, dewy coverage; unifying skin tone and diminishing the visibility of imperfections whilst remaining virtually undetectable. It really is ‘your skin but better’ – just a few drops will make your complexion look naturally flawless and lit-from-within.
DESCRIPTIONThe ultimate complexion-perfecting veil, BECCA’s Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation grants that enviable ‘gym skin’ finish – sufficiently sheer to look natural, whilst blurring any blemishes and neutralising redness to create a light-reflective, ‘airbrushed’ look. Available in eight flexible shades – from ‘Fair’ to ‘Deep Bronze’ – there’s a colour to suit every skin tone, and the subtle, glow-bestowing pigments grant an enviable, youthful luminosity (without a trace of tell-tale glitter). Just apply to clean, primed skin with fingertips, or mix a drop or two with moisturiser for ultra-sheer enhancement on those ‘good skin’ days.
Water, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isododecane, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Polysilicone-11, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Yeast Extract, Sea Salt Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Decyl Glucoside, Squalane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tromethamine, Phospholipids, Propanediol, Panthenol, Stearoyl Inulin, Sodium Benzoate, Simethicone, Hydroxystearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Phytantriol, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Dimyristate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA. May Contain [+/-]: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
This foundation is recommended for normal, normal-to-dry, dry and very dry skin types, which is not really how I would describe my skin. Ah, to have ‘normal’ skin. (Sits and dreams for a while). Still, I was determined to try it. I’d read lots of reviews and seen pictures and videos of people trying it out and the results were gorgeous. The description is lovely too. I mean, who doesn’t want the ‘your skin, but better’ look? Bandy about words like dewy, flawless and luminous and I’m sucked in. I’ve got greasy, not luminous, skin. There’s a difference.
Becca is an Australian brand, most well known for their skin perfecting products called, wait for it, ‘Skin Perfecters’ (funny that) which can be used to highlight the skin beautifully. The brand was founded by Rebecca Morrice Williams, a makeup artist, who frustrated by the inability to find the perfect foundation, set about inventing her own line.
Becca also do a matte foundation, which I’d like to try, but I didn’t want to be left out of the Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation party!
The foundation comes in a nice box and the bottle itself is lovely and tactile. The frosted glass really makes the foundation glow. You unscrew the top to reveal a pipette/dropper which is a contentious issue with lots of reviewers. I can see their point that it might be better with a pump dispenser, less messy, however, the instructions on usage suggest using only one or two drops of foundation for the whole face and it would be difficult to control how much product comes out if using a pump.
You really have to give this foundation a good long shake in order to mix the pigments and the luminising particles (yes, that is a technical term – well, one I made up), then you unscrew the lid, press the button that pops up to suck the liquid into the pipette and then push the button down to dispense the product.
It’s a pretty thin liquid with no discernable scent as far as I can make out and there’s no fragrance in the ingredient list, which is good. The consistency reminds me a bit of Mac’s Face and Body foundation as they’re both water-based, though there is sunflower seed oil in the Becca formula which might be why it’s better for drier skin types.
It’s suggested that you apply the liquid with fingers or a brush, but I didn’t get on with either. (There is a separate Becca brush you can buy, specifically for this foundation, for £40). I found a damp beauty blender works best for me. Now, according to the instructions you’re not supposed to use a sponge, because of it sucking up the liquid, resulting in wasted product, but I like to live on the edge. I apply a whole pipette (see, totally reckless) to the back of my hand, dip the sponge in and then bounce it against my skin in a stippling motion.
I like the finish this foundation gives, although the coverage is light to medium at best and isn’t going to cover any major redness or imperfections. I didn’t feel that it gave me the same airbrushed, flawless effect that I’d seen in other reviewer’s pictures and videos. Additionally, the blurb describes this foundation as ‘buildable’, though I disagree. As far as I’m concerned, the more I applied, the more patchy it became.
As for longevity, these is where skin type really comes into play. I always powder my t-zone, because it gets fairly greasy, fairly quickly, but with this foundation, even with a mattifying powder on top, I started to get shiny pretty rapidly. I regularly applied powder throughout the day, yet by the evening I looked like I’d been splatted with chip fat, especially around the nose which is a shiny hot spot for me. Not really the look I was going for. Like I said, greasy is not the same as luminous.
Shade wise, in the end, I opted for the lightest colour, ‘Porcelain’, described as being for ‘very fair skin with slightly pink undertones’. I originally tried ‘Fair’, described as being for ‘fair skin with neutral undertones’, however, it was far too dark. Even Porcelain might be too dark for extremely pale skin and I know others have commented that the shades tend to come up darker than the descriptions suggests.
So if you already have really good, dry skin, I think this would be an excellent choice. For combination to oily with any more than minor imperfections, I’d give it a miss, though it’s always worth trying it out. You never know, it might just be your Holy Grail foundation.
Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation is available at Cult Beauty*or £34.00
I just thought I’d add that I have been trying this foundation out during the summer and although the weather so far has been RUBBISH, we’re suddenly experiencing a heatwave, so this product would perhaps sit better and last longer during the winter months if oiliness is an issue. At the moment because it’s so incredibly hot, I don’t think even glue would stick to my face. Just sayin’.