If you love glowy/dewy look, you have to look no further than the brand “Becca.” They are highly popular for their shimmering skin perfectors aka highlighters and recently they released a glow-y primer too. This review will be on the Becca Backlight Priming Filter.
My Experience with Becca Backlight Priming Filter:
Packaging: Comes in a heavy glass bottle with a pump. Not very practical for travel, but it is sturdy and looks classy sitting on your vanity. The pump disperses just the right amount of product in a controlled way hence you don’t have to worry about dispensing too much product at once, resulting in wastage.
Texture and Feel on skin: The texture of this primer is smooth and silky. It is not at all gritty and spreads evenly onto the skin without streaking. It is fast absorbing and gets absorbed almost completely without any greasy residue. It feels super lightweight on the skin.
Look on skin: As the name indicates, it is a glow-y primer and what a glow it gives! The glow is so natural and subtle yet it is detectable in a way that a person can’t tell if you are having a good makeup day or you are genetically blessed with beautiful, healthy, and radiant skin. The glow is not given by any shimmer particles in this primer, in fact, I can’t detect any individual shimmer at all. The glow is not “in your face,” but it just catches the light when you move your face in a certain way. You will know what I am talking about when you see the swatch where one pic shows how it looks from upfront and the other shows how it looks when it catches the light.
Application: You can use this primer on its own, under makeup or mixed in with your foundation. When used under makeup, it imparts a glow which translates even through the foundation you apply on top. It looks best with a light-medium coverage foundation on top which allows the glow to shine through. Full coverage foundations do mask the glow considerably. When applied on bare skin, it does lighten your skin tone by half a shade. This quality does make the imperfections on your skin look a bit blurred, but still detectable, and by no means makes them disappear.
When mixed with your foundation, especially ones that are matte and sort of one dimensional, it helps that foundation looks so beautiful on the skin. It does not alter the finish of the foundation, so matte ones still look matte, but it gives a bit of a “je ne sais quoi” look to your skin, which I must mention looks absolutely gorgeous in photographs. The effect is much more subtle when compared to when the shimmering skin perfector (the liquid version) is mixed into the foundation.
With this subtle glow and the super lightweight, non-greasy, non-heavy texture, even oily skin can use this, in my opinion. This primer does not feel drying on the skin nor does it stick to and/or accentuates dry patches. It is moderately hydrating hence if you have dry skin, you cannot rely on this alone to moisture your skin.
Functionality as a primer: Now, coming to aspects about this product that I am not happy about. Though this product claims to be a “primer,” I don’t see it performing as such. Firstly, it does nothing to reduce the appearance of my pores. My foundation sinks into my pores easily and makes them more noticeable (even though I don’t consider myself as someone with problematic pores). You can to use this along with some pore reducing/silicone-based primer if you want to address that problem.
Also, since this primer is not super tacky, I don’t see it being particularly effective at making my makeup last longer. My face makeup wears just the same like it would if I were not wearing any primer underneath.
Fragrance: It has a moderately strong sweet scent which smells delicious. I really like it, but it does not linger onto skin for very long hence it is also not overpowering.
Overall, this primer is a hit and miss for me. As a glow-imparting base to use under or mixed with your foundation, this is the best product ever hands down. It looks most natural, is completely shimmer free, and not greasy or heavy hence even suitable for oily skin. But as a makeup primer which would help your makeup stay on longer or help reduce the look of pores, it does absolutely nothing, hence you have to combine it with other products which claim to do that. I love it a lot and I am prepared to overlook its shortcomings when it comes to myself, but do weigh your pros and cons before buying this product because this primer does not come cheap. I will recommend it.
Pros of Becca Backlight Priming Filter:
- Non-greasy texture.
- Fast absorbing quality.
- Gives the most natural-looking glow to the skin without being shimmery.
- Moderately hydrating, not enough for dry skin beauties, but for combination/oily skin, it can work.
- Silky texture.
- Sturdy, classy-looking bottle.
Cons of Becca Backlight Priming Filter:
- Does absolutely nothing to reduce the look of pores.
- Lightens the complexion by half a shade hence I am unsure how it will look on dusky/deeper skin. This only comes only in one universal shade.
- Does not effect the staying power of my foundation in any way, neither positively nor negatively.
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