04.19.2013
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Becca
Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
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1.35 fl. oz. for $36
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:04.19.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:No
Overview

Although this fragrance-free foundation primer does an okay job, it's certainly not the holy grail of primers for normal to oily skin. In fact, this product is more like the rusty tin cup of foundation primers.

The formula is very basic, and doesn't include any wow-factor ingredients. The texture is a bit wet upon initial application, and it takes longer than you'd expect for the product to dry down. However, once dry, it does help oily skin stay matte and enhances the overall wear time of any makeup applied over it.

Similar fragrance-free mattifying primers with better formulas are available for much less, including Paula's Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Smoothes skin, and increases overall wear time of makeup.
Cons:
  • Wet texture takes an inconveniently long time to dry down.
  • Overpriced given the limited benefits it offers.
Claims
Ingredients

Water, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid.

Brand Overview

Becca At-A-Glance

Strengths: The foundation and concealer shade range is spectacular; excellent eyeshadows; good lip gloss; several outstanding brushes; one of the shimmer powders are exemplary.

Weaknesses: Foundations with sunscreen that do not list active ingredients; the loose shimmer powders; poor cream eyeshadows; average mascara.

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. That’s hardly a beauty revelation, but it's nevertheless what set Williams on her path to creating what would become the Becca line.

A founding principle of the company was that the foundation and concealer shade range would feature colors for all women, regardless of skin tone. For the most part, that has been admirably achieved with a beautifully neutral yet extensive selection of foundation and, yes, concealer, shades for all skin tones, from porcelain to ebony. Coinciding with Rebecca's mission to offer complexion-enhancing shades for all women was her goal of creating a "deliberately un-made-up look." Unfortunately, she wasn't as successful in that regard. That's not to imply these products aren't worth considering, because most of them are—and some are exceptional. What we mean is that the texture and finish of the foundations, concealers, loose powder, and other items won’t convince anyone you're not wearing makeup—nor do they feel weightless, as described. Someone with oily to very oily skin wouldn't be pleased with the foundations from this line, and the concealer, for all its positive attributes, isn't meant for use over blemishes. It's also troublesome that a handful of the complexion products advertise an SPF number but lack active ingredients, making them unreliable for daytime protection.

Surveying the rest of this line revealed that Williams just didn't do her homework for foundation shades. The eyeshadows are amazingly silky, there's an effective long-wearing eyeliner option, an enticing pressed shimmer powder, and the range of lip gloss shades is formidable. Lastly, almost all of the makeup brushes from Becca are aces, and the options plentiful, especially for eye designs. It seems good things have been brewing Down Under, and unlike Australian competitor Sue Devitt, Rebecca Morrice Williams's Becca collection has a lot more to offer and does so at a lower price point.

Becca is available in the United States at specialty boutiques and from their Web site.

For more information about Becca, call (415) 553-8972 or visit www.beccacosmetics.com.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Almost Too Good at It's Job

I absolutely love this stuff! If you use as directed (patting it on areas of concern, not rubbing it on), you will see great results. In fact, it can be drying and turn white if you use too much. That's the one con for me. I have dark skin and I can't use this without applying foundation. However, the Shine Stopper from Paula's choice can be worn without makeup. I do think it is pricey, especially since you need so little. They should sell less in the package for a lower price.

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Nicole P.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Not A Perfect Primer

Becca's Ever-Matte Primer did not exceed any of my expectations or even perform as expected. First and foremost, it did not keep my oily skin matte, even for a couple hours. And sometimes it went on smoothly but other times it balled up and left weird white patches on my skin, even when I shook it first. And it doesn't have any beneficial skincare ingredients. Plus it's expensive. I would not recommend this primer.

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Shekinah S
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Great for truly oily skin - locks foundation in place

Well suited for oily skin types. If you are in the normal-dry range you may find it too drying. Typically I have to blot within an hour of applying foundation; by 5p it has to be redone. I've tried dozens of primers & this is the first that I have come across that is truly compatable with oily skin. Becca Ever-Matte primer actually holds my foundation in place & minimizes the need to blot. It is on the expensive side, but a little goes a long way.

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