Becca's Shadow and Light Brow Contour Mousse is a good brush-on brow product accompanied by a pale, peachy-pink highlighter. This fragrance-free duo lets you create dramatic, filled-in brows without fading, smudging, or smearing (in fact, the brow mousse takes some effort to remove).
More a cream-gel texture, the Brow Enhancing Mousse in this duo is side-by-side with the Arch Defining Crème highlighter in a weighty glass jar. Jar packaging is an issue because the highlighter contains vitamin-derived antioxidants, but we're not downgrading the product for that because Becca isn't making antioxidant or anti-aging claims.
We like that Becca didn't package this with a brush, as the formulas work with a wide variety of brow brushes (this reviewer's favorite being a classic angled-brow brush). The highlighter can be applied with an eyeshadow or synthetic-tipped concealer brush, or with a clean finger.
The brow mousse is intensely pigmented, which means a light touch is needed if you want a softer look. However, those interested in creating dramatic brows will love the bold, natural-looking results this provides.
The brow mousse sets to a soft finish, and stays put. In fact, it took extra effort to remove the color, even with a silicone-based makeup remover.
The highlighting Arch Defining Crème has a thick, balm-like texture that blends easily and its sheer color layers well for a more pronounced highlight. It has a tiny bit of shimmer, nothing we'd consider overkill for the daytime, though it develops a slight oily-looking sheen as the day goes on.
Becca offers Shadow and Light Brow Contour Mousse in three shades, with options for blonde, light or dark-brown brows. Although they suggest mixing the mousse with the highlighter to create other colors, this doesn't work as well in practice. Mixing the two affects the texture of the Brow Enhancing Mousse and adds shimmer to brow hairs, which won't be to everyone's liking.
Shadow and Light Brow Contour Mousse left us impressed. It's great for sculpting and filling in brows, whether you want a softer or more dramatic look. While you can get softer, more precise results from an eyebrow pencil or powder, this duo includes the highlighting Arch Enhancing Crème as an added bonus.
Brow Enhancing Mousse: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Joboba Esters, Petrolatum, Talc, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Nylon 6, Mica, Phenoxythanol, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Squalane, BHT, Methicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). Arch Defining Crème: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polybutene, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Kaolin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Barium Sulfate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Squalane, Zinc Chloride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Trihydroxystearin, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Australian import Becca is a complete line of color cosmetics from makeup artist Rebecca Morrice Williams. As the story goes, Rebecca, like so many women, was having difficulty finding the perfect foundation. It seems her professional experience making up women of varying skin tones and preferences shared one truth: all women wanted perfect skin. This set Williams on her path to creating what would become the Becca line.
While there are a number of excellent foundations here, what seems to have catapulted the brand onto the map is their numerous highlighter products. From liquids to powders, there are an incredible range of options in their luminizer categories, and many are superb.
Surveying the rest of this line revealed that Williams not only did her homework for foundation shades, the eyeshadows are amazingly silky, and many of their products for lips and cheeks are exemplary. Lastly, almost all of the makeup brushes from Becca are aces, and the options plentiful, especially for eye designs.
Strengths: Excellent concealers, foundations, highlighters and eyeshadows; good lip gloss; several outstanding brushes.
Weaknesses: Beats us, this is a strong collection of products.
Becca is available at Sephora, Ulta and via their Web site.
For more information about Becca, call (415) 553-8972 or visit www.beccacosmetics.com.
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