I picked up Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation in my Ulta Haul about a month ago and I’ve been using it constantly since then to put it through it’s paces and give it a thorough review. I know you’ve been waiting patiently for this review and the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue review (that’s coming up within the week).
I was looking for a powder foundation as an alternative to my beloved IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation. Just to have something else to recommend to people who don’t like the IT product.
Let’s go over the basics first.
Becca Perfect Skin comes in lots of packaging. There’s a box and inside the box is a little zippered nylon pouch, and finally inside the pouch is the compact which includes a foamy applicator. It retails for $40 and is available at Sephora*, Ulta*, Amazon*, etc.
There are 12 shades from very fair to very dark but most of them are very yellow or very pink. There aren’t too many neutrals here. I chose “Nude” which looks way too yellow for me but the next darker shade was too dark and the next lighter was too pink. Surprisingly, it doesn’t look quite so yellow on so it’s workable. I think “Nude” will actually be perfect for me in the summer, but for now it gives me a nice sun-kissed glow.
It’s a buildable coverage powder that’s water resistant and contains antioxidant vitamins A, B, C, & E. It’s good for sensitive and acne prone skin because it doesn’t contain phenoxyethanol, oil, fragrance, alcohol, chemical dyes, talc or fillers. It also doesn’t contain bismuth oxychloride and parabens. Clinically allergy and dermatologist tested non-irritating so it’s great for those with rosacea. I have a slight allergy to bismuth oxychloride so I can always tell when it’s in a powder because my face itches while I wear it (no hives or anything, but uncomfortable none the less). 90% of the mineral powder foundations contain bismuth oxychloride so it narrows the field of contenders down significantly!
I’ve been wearing it for a month and it hasn’t caused me any breakouts or irritation and I love that it has those antioxidant vitamins too!
Real World Performance:
I don’t like the foamy sponge applicator that it came with so I use an IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush* to apply it. The foundation provides from sheer to full coverage but I find I have to apply so much to get full coverage that it starts to look bad after a certain point, so sheer to medium coverage is it’s sweet spot. One of my favorite things about it is the ease of application. With the IT brush it glides on seamlessly and smoothly. It’s a creamy powder with a semi-matte finish that works best with a tinted moisturizer underneath so I can apply less but still get some coverage without it looking powdery or cakey.
On mature skin it gives a really nice finish. I don’t like a dewey finish, I prefer matte so it doesn’t accentuate wrinkles. This has a lovely skin-like finish with that “lit from within” look. It doesn’t settle into lines and wrinkles and it smooths over pores somewhat but it’s not going to make pores disappear completely. I don’t like to look like I’m wearing makeup and this looks very natural.
It’s long wearing because it’s a very pigmented powder and water-resistant. I’m thinking it could stand up to a hot-flash because I wore it to a short yoga class and it lasted in spite of a little sweating there. The color stays put, doesn’t slide around, it’s not drying and lasts all day (12 hours +)!
Coverage with one coat:
Close up of pores:
With 2 Coats for Medium Coverage:
Overall, I think it looks really great from a conversational distance. I’m pretty disappointed with just about everything when I look up close in my 15X mirror, and this is no exception. I guess no makeup’s going to completely erase my pores and wrinkles. . . but a girl can dream can’t she? If you’re looking for a powder to do that this one may disappoint.
I find the Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation comparable to the IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation. They offer about the same amount of coverage before they start to look cakey, and about the same amount of pore smoothing. Neither settles into lines and wrinkles, both last all day and comfortable and non-drying. The main differences are in the shade selection and finish. I prefer the Becca finish because it’s more on the matte side while the IT can look shiny. Becca has more shade options but the IT colors are more neutral.
Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation Pros:
- Natural looking skin-like finish
- Wide shade range
- Ease of application
- No settling into wrinkles
- Long wearing
Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation Cons:
- Difficult color selection because of pigmentation
- Price could be lower without so much packaging
Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation at Sephora*
Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation at Ulta*
Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation at Amazon*
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