Luminous Skin Color SPF 20+ would have rated a higher if the active ingredients were listed (a requirement of the Therapeutic Goods Association, Australia’s version of the FDA here in the U.S.). Because they’re not, this foundation shouldn’t be relied on for sun protection, even though it does contain sunscreen ingredients, including avobenzone. The semi-fluid texture has almost too much slip, which makes blending take longer than it should. However, the reward is a sheer, natural finish that feels slightly moist and is best for normal to slightly dry skin. This is a great example of how natural a foundation can look while still blurring minor imperfections. Among the 12 mostly terrific shades, the colors to avoid are Nut and Sepia, both of which are strongly peach and tricky to soften. The remaining shades present great options for fair to dark skin tones. Note: Some shades are labeled as SPF 20 while others list SPF 25. However, in the absence of designated active ingredients, such distinctions don’t matter.
A combination tinted moisturiser and sheer foundation, Luminous Skin Colour visibly improves the complexion, yet looks incredibly natural on the skin while offering skincare, makeup, and sun protection in one ingenious product.
Water, Propylene Glycol, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Talc, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Myristate, Kaolin, Cocoglycerides, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Glycine, Fructose, Urea, Niacinamide, Inositol, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Fragrance, may contain: +/- Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Red 36, Red 7
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.