Do we like new BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation? Yes, yes we dew-y. Because — oh, my goodness! — the finish is so dewy and so glowing that I’m crediting it for almost singlehandedly lifting me out of my mid-winter funk and propelling me toward summer.
Aqua Luminous is the latest foundation in BECCA’s permanent line and, as you can probably tell from its name, it’s one of those thin, serum-like foundations with a watery consistency that have been muy popular at the moment.
Typical of foundations with this kind of formula, it comes in a glass bottle with a dropper, but BECCA tweaked that idea a little by giving this one a special cap. When you twist it, a button pops up in the middle, and pressing it dispenses the product from the dropper.
Where does it stand with those two? Well, I think it stands TALL, especially if you like dewy finishes. Dior’s has a more matte finish and the fullest coverage; the one from MAC has more of a semi-matte finish and a medium coverage, and BECCA’s has the sheerest, dewiest finish, meaning that it reflects more light than the other two.
The look really reminds me of the look I get with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, except that Pure Radiant does provide more coverage.
Now about that sheerness… This stuff definitely doesn’t cover every freckle and mole, and it reminds me of something from back in they day… I don’t know if you’ve been following BECCA for long, but waaaaaay back (years ago), they had a foundation system with a very sheer tinted moisturizer you’d use all over your face. Then you’d use a stick foundation to pop a little more foundation on all the places where you wanted more coverage. Then you’d set everything with their loose powders, which were AMAZING, by the way! I hope they bring those powders back someday…
Anywho! The idea was natural-looking skin that looked right at home, whether at the beach or the grocery store, a.k.a in everyday life.
Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation reminds me of that old tinted moisturizer.
BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation: the shades
Fair — Fair with neutral undertones
Light — Light with neutral undertones
Beige — Light/medium with neutral undertones
Medium — Medium with neutral undertones
Tan — Medium/tan with neutral undertones
Warm Honey — Medium/deep with neutral undertones
Dark Golden — Deep with neutral/golden undertones
Deep Bronze — Deepest with neutral/golden undertones
I think the finish is what many people will like about this: we are talking DEWY. Like, it can venture into “editorial” (air quotes) magazine territory, where it can start to look…how shall I put this? — greasy? (If you aren’t careful.)
But if you can find the right mix, the finish can look incredibly natural, like you’re straight chillin’ at the beach eating a shave ice without a care in the world…
I’ve tried it with a bunch of different primers and powders (my shade’s Medium, and I’m a MAC NC42 for reference), and my favorite way, where the finish is delightfully dewy but not shockingly shiny, is when I start with a pore-blurring primer underneath (and I like Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer for this).
The reason? Because this foundation by itself doesn’t “disappear” my pores as much as I’d like, so I want the extra skin-smoothing help.
Then I set the foundation with a semi-matte powder (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Tan), and this is crucial because without the powder, the finish can look borderline oily…
The trick is to just use the powder where you really need it, as opposed to all over, to balance out the shininess while maintaining the overall glowing effect. I’ll dust my forehead, then on and around my nose, my mouth and my chin.
Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation comes in eight shades that range from Fair to Deep Bronze, and a 1-oz. bottle is $44. If you like the sound of sheer coverage and deliciously dewy skin, it’s available now at BECCA counters and online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,