Hydra-Light Plumping Lip Mask
Becca’s Hydra-Light Plumping Lip Mask proves to be a letdown in the plumping department (more on that in a moment) but it works great as a long-lasting emollient lip mask or balm.
Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube with a built-in angled tip applicator, this lip mask is easy to apply morning and/or evening, as directed. Since this product lacks sunscreen, we don’t advise daytime use unless you want to follow with an SPF-rated lip balm.
The non-sticky texture feels great and is loaded with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, polybutene (a thick emollient that gives this mask a gloss-like finish), and non-fragrant plant waxes, which aren’t necessarily moisturizing per se but the coating they form does a great job preventing lips from losing moisture.
In terms of plumping lips, you’ll notice the glossy finish with a subtle ethereal shimmer makes lips look a bit fuller, just like most lip glosses do. By reflecting light, lips appear larger–but that doesn’t mean long-term plumping is happening.
Becca maintains the hyaluronic acid (used here in its salt form, sodium hyaluronate) and peptide visibly plump lips. The problem? The amount of hyaluronic acid is on the low side to see much, if any, plumpness and the palmitoyl tripeptide-1 isn’t known to offer any plumping. It’s a good peptide for other issues like repair and reducing lines and wrinkles on lips, which can temporarily help lips look fuller and more defined, but lip plumping isn’t in its research-supported bag of tricks.
Bottom line: This lightly mango-flavored lip mask (the flavor/aroma is barely noticeable) feels great, adds gloss, and sticks around long enough for lips to feel truly moisturized and protected. That’s enough for us to keep it in nighttime rotation even without the plumping effect.
- Emollient, non-sticky texture feels great.
- Squeeze tube with angled tip = fast application.
- Glossy finish makes lips appear fuller.
- Flavor/aroma poses a slight risk of irritating lips.
- Doesn’t noticeably plump lips as claimed.
This leave-on lip mask is infused with hyaluronic acid to attract and lock in moisture, and a plumping peptide complex to visibly plump lips. Formulated with mango butter, coconut oil, and the flavor of juicy mango, it nourishes and soothes dry lips with moisture. The blue-hue mask applies sheer, cocooning lips in a light-reflecting layer of moisture for fuller looking lips.
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, a makeup collection that caters well to all skin tones.
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, owned since fall 2016 by Estee Lauder, call (415) 553-8972 or visit www.beccacosmetics.com.
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