Stick Foundation SPF 30+

by Becca  
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$44 - 0.3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Stick Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/6/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Stick Foundation SPF 30+ is a traditional, creamy stick foundation with decent slip that can drag slightly due to the product’s high wax content. Once warmed to skin temperature it blends quite well, and sets to a satin cream finish suitable for normal to dry skin. Coverage is in the medium range but it can be sheered out or made more opaque if needed. This foundation’s sunscreen is one of the few with a higher SPF that contains avobenzone. Perhaps most impressive is the range of shades, most of which are beautifully neutral. Whether your skin is very fair, very dark, or somewhere in between, chances are one of these colors will work for you. The only shades to consider carefully are the slightly peach Mallow and Pecan.

Note:Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you’re not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch,Cetyl Palmitate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Polyisobutene, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Polyethylene, C20-40 Alkyl Stearate, Trihydroxystearin, Persea Gratissima (Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables), Petrolatum, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Fragrance and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Chromium Oxide Greens, Red 40 Lake, Carmine

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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