Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss
One person's dream gloss can be another's nightmare—so know that much of what's to love (or not) about Becca Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss depends on personal preference. This is your gloss if you love glitter, the iconic, unsubtle scent of beachy sunscreens, a heavier, stickier texture, and a range of sheer, pastel shades with a "kaleidoscopic" duo-chrome finish.
Like most glosses, this one isn't particularly long-lasting; the color will fade after an hour or two, but the glitter clings tenaciously; which means you'll want to apply your crystal glow carefully, and make sure it doesn't smear—it takes some effort to remove from your skin.
Versatility is the starred benefit of this gloss's nearly-sheer finish. Each of the five shades can be worn alone for a pearlescent glitter pop (without a ton of color), to ease the unforgiving texture of a matte lipstick on those days your lips aren't perfectly smooth, or as a splashy topper when you want to accent a deeper shade. The glitter—which many see as its best feature—will lose its multi-dimensional effect as it blends with other products, however; it won't look too much different from any other shimmery gloss when layered over something darker.
While this gloss boasts about its "luxurious scents," they're achieved by the use of several fragrance ingredients proven to irritate skin. This formula does include other nourishing and conditioning ingredients, but we'd prefer it to be fragrance-free. Read our More Info Section below to find out why fragrances are a problem, and check out our list of best lip glosses for options that won't run the risk of damaging your skin.
- Sheer coverage offers a versatile, color-shifting finish.
- Glitter is long-lasting.
- Neutral and pastel shades will flatter a range of skin tones.
- Formula contains irritating fragrance ingredients.
- Gloss isn't long-lasting.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
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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