Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation
Becca’s Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation sounds like the kind of makeup that’d be a dream to wear… but it ends up being a nightmare to work with.
This foundation comes in a plastic tube with a pump dispenser. The texture is creamy and smooth, but that doesn’t translate to how it goes on to skin. Applied with fingers, this drags considerably, which makes blending a chore. Switching to any kind of sponge can help a bit, but still doesn’t make it easy to get even coverage.
If you do manage to get Skin Love blended in, it sets to a soft matte finish that’s best for those with normal to combination skin. Its full coverage does a good job camouflaging areas of discoloration. As for other imperfections… the news isn’t as good.
Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores, but instead emphasizes them. Even if your pores aren’t usually prominent, you’ll see small dots on your face where this makeup settles in!
Another problem is that the formula contains fragrance, and fragrance, even in small amounts, has the potential to cause irritation. See More Info for details.
As for the “skin love” aspect, this foundation contains some beneficial ingredients, though none are present here in amounts that will make much of a difference.
While this foundation sounds great on paper and comes in an impressive range of shades, its aesthetics mean it lags far behind better foundations you’ll find in every price range—and is the rare disappointment from Becca.
- Full coverage of redness and brown spots.
- Impressive shade range for all skin colors.
- Drags during application.
- Emphasizes the appearance of pores.
- Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
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
A weightless, medium to buildable coverage foundation with a velvety, natural finish that mimics the look of smooth, healthy skin.
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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