This has a silky, fluid texture that makes dispensing it from the tube tricky. (The tube’s opening should be smaller so product doesn’t flow out as soon as you take the cap off.) This contains 17% zinc oxide as the sole active ingredient, so ample sun protection is assured; and surprisingly, it leaves only a subtle violet-white cast on skin. It feels moist but sets to a matte (in appearance) finish, largely due to the amount of zinc oxide and silicone. Antioxidants are advertised, but they’re present in only the tiniest amounts imaginable. What a shame this contains fragrance, because without it this would be great for sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. All told, this works well under makeup (especially if your foundation doesn’t contain sunscreen) and is recommended for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin not prone to blemishes.
This SPF 30 primer has an oil-free formulation, a silky matte finish and a cocktail of anti-oxidant vitamins to prime and protect the skin pre-makeup. A 100% natural mineral UV barrier provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection that is low irritant and suitable for sensitive skin. BECCA's Mineral SPF Primer is ideal for use under make-up everyday or at the beach or when playing sports and has been developed using Australian Sunscreen technology.
Active: Zinc Oxide (17%), Other: Water - Purified, Cyclomethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Distearate, Ceteareth-20 (Cetomacrogol 1000), PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben (Methyl Hydroxybenzoate), Tocopheryl Acetate (D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate), Fragrance, Carbomer (Carbomer 940), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylparaben (Propyl Hydroxybenzoate), Ubiquinone 10 (Ubidecarenone).
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.