Velvet Blurring Primer
Becca's Velvet Blurring Primer is fantastic. It continues the brand's streak of innovative, user-friendly primers that go beyond merely prepping skin for makeup application.
After shaking the bottle well (don't skip this step, as the fragrance-free formula is prone to separating between uses), the pump dispenses a sheer, peach liquid. At first, it looks like an odd color for most skin tones, but it softens instantly upon application, with the effect enlivening skin (rather than coloring it an unnatural hue).
As claimed, this primer diffuses light, and its powder-like finish gives skin a near-airbrushed appearance that blurs surface imperfections. Mind you, blurring isn't the same as erasing them—you'll still need foundation and/or concealer, but this primer starts things off on very sure footing.
Velvet Blurring Primer is suitable for all skin types and doesn't add excess shine or heaviness to oily skin. A note on oil control: that's something this primer isn't great at. On the upside, it won't make oily shine worse.
This primer's smoothing, blurring effect lasts for a few hours, and longer if your skin isn't oily. We love how weightless this feels and that it really does make foundation application easier. If you're going to bother with primer, it should be one like this that truly makes a visible difference.
Bonus: The formula contains proven vitamin-based antioxidants and replenishing sodium hyaluronate. Keep it up, Becca!
- Instantly enlivens skin with a sheer peach color.
- Softens fine lines and (temporarily) blurs pores for an "airbrushed" complexion.
- Contains some proven antioxidants in packaging to keep them stable.
- Really does make foundation application easier.
- Feels weightless.
- Fragrance free.
- Isn't very good at controlling oily shine (but doesn't make it worse, either).
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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