Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation!

Hey everyone! The internet has been abuzz lately over Becca Cosmetics’ newest foundation.

becca aqua luminous perfecting foundation bottle

The Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation is a “light, buildable foundation that imparts subtle luminosity with a weightless feel.” It comes in eight different shades and is $44 USD. It’s currently available online at Sephora and Ulta, but I’m hoping it will soon be rolled out to their stores, Beautylish, and all other places that carry Becca!

Being that my skin is dry as a bone and I’m a glow fanatic, I jumped at the chance to try this out. I used Sephora’s online Color IQ system and decided on the shade Fair (“fair with neutral undertones”).

As soon as the package arrived, I had to put it on my face! The packaging is great. It looks almost identical to the Backlight Priming Filter bottle, but with a more sophisticated cap.

At first glance, the formula definitely lives up to Sephora’s claim. It’s light, buildable, and weightless. It is very watery and glided right onto my skin with ease. I applied one light layer over my whole face with a Real Techniques sponge, then tapped a little more over my cheeks to conceal more of the redness. It didn’t completely cover it, but it did help minimize it.

However, the luminosity is NOT subtle! This foundation has major glow going on! I was checking my face out in the mirror after I applied, ya know… how ya do, and noticed that my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose… basically my whole face was glowing like I’d just applied a highlighter! The luminosity made my skin look so dewy and healthy.

It definitely needs mattified with some powder on my forehead and chin to prevent my face from looking oily instead of dewy. I used MAC Fix + and UD All Nighter Setting Spray and still had some transfer onto my fingers when I touched my face, so I would likely have to bake under my contour and down to my jawline on the sides of my face to keep it from wearing away too quickly.

The downside, however, is the color of the foundation. It is a smidge too dark and a little yellow for my skintone. This would likely be better for a summer foundation when I am slightly darker, and I would have to mix it with another foundation so it’s a better match. Mixing it would help tone down the luminosity, though, so it’s something I would be open to experimenting with.

Here is a shade comparison between Fair and my favorite tinted moisturizer, NARS Finland:

nars tinted moisturizer vs becca aqua luminous perfecting foundation

As you can see, the shade difference is slight. Fair is just a touch darker and warmer than Finland. Obviously, I would prefer the foundation to be a perfect match haha, but this is something I can work with. I would like to see Becca expand the shade range to include more undertones as well as lighter and darker shades, to make this a foundation that could work for more people. I feel like their shade selection is pretty narrow, making it harder for WOC or paler girls to find a good match.

Do any of you have the Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments! ❤

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