BECCA Luminous Skin Colour

May 31, 2011

Quite a few people have expressed interest in the Becca Luminous Skin Colour, so I have decided to review this one first.


Becca Luminous Skin Colour is an award winning face base product that has been the best seller ever since Becca was launched – actually it was the first product Becca released. It has a wide range of colors to choose from for any complexion. My shade is Cashmere – it is a pale shade with a yellow undertone and it matches me perfectly. Becca’s website describes this product as a combination tinted moisturizer and sheer foundation. It initially failed to impress me because this is the sheerest foundation I have ever come across – it is even more sheer than any tinted moisturizers or BB creams I have used in the past. When blended out, it has very minimal coverage.

It started to grow on me as I used it more – I have come to appreciate this foundation more and understand why this is the best seller.

The Good:

– It contains a lot of moisturizing ingredients and has a very high water content. It is so easy to blend and adheres to my face like second skin even on the driest skin day.

– Different to most shimmery or highlighting products – it gives a “shine within” dewy glow. Same effect as if you just had a facial – people would just think your skin is naturally healthy and glowing.

– It contains SPF25, it feels weightless on my skin, feels lighter than any lightest sunscreen . On a normal day I would just skip suncreen if I wear this foundation.

– Due to its high water content, I like to mix this product in with an opaque concealer to sheer it down, that way it gives an illuminating effect for concealing the under eyes area.

The Bad:

– As mentioned earlier it is Ultra sheer, it only evens my complexion out but hides no imperfections.

– Requires more product (about 3 pumps for me) per application than regular foundation.

– Requires a touch-up after 5 to 6 hours of wear.

Swatched Becca Luminous Color in Cashmere on my hand:

When it is blended out, even at a closer look, you can’t even detect there is a layer of foundation on.


Being brave once again- exposing my bare face to the world wide web!

The picture below would give you a better idea of how it looks. The side with the Becca Foundation didn’t have any other products on. On a normal day I would wear some under eyes concealer on top of the foundation then I’m good to go.


I have also been trying different ways to apply this foundation. It is incredibly easy to blend.  I like to use a foundation brush or fingers. I won’t recommend to apply it with the Beauty Blender because it will make it even more sheer! The foundation retails for AUD$68.

Long post, I hope this review will help any of you who are interested in this product.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer May 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

this sounds like it’ll be ideal for those who has clear skin and minimal blemishes! i for sure need more coverage 😀


Reika June 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Hehe me too.
I know that on Becca’s website, they recommend you to mix this foundation in with another foundation that provides a better coverage.


Jennifer May 31, 2011 at 2:17 pm

oh and i found the EOS lipbalm sits on top of my lips but doesn’t really moisturize too


Reika June 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I know..I left it aside after a few uses..glad it was quite cheap 😛


Sue May 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I am trying this product out right now so thanks for the review. It is incredibly sheer so I don’t see it being right for anyone who has redness or pigmentation problems. I had to apply Smashbox Halo powder in addition to this product to cover any imperfections. I also noticed that over their mattifying primer, the product did not lay down evenly (in regards to texture not tone). After apply SB Halo powder, it all seemed smooth and dewy but that is more due to the Halo powder than this tinted moisturizer. I’ve had it on about 4 hours now and it still looks good but I can tell that it will increasingly become more shiny as the day progresses. It really is more to provide a luminous glow than it is a foundation.


Reika June 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thanks for your feedback Sue! I felt the same way as you. It works better as an illuminator than a foundation! It really is for people who have a perfect complexion to begin with 😛
Halo powder sounds wonderful..I will have to check it out one day.


Sue June 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I also have tried this product twice with a mattifier underneath as the product can become greasy for those like me with comb skin. For some reason, while spreading the LC on over the mattifier, flakes of product appeared all over my skin like the mattifier was being scraped in chunks off my skin. I was left with a mess. One of the mattifiers was Becca’s primer, too! So this product has issues playing nice with primers…even their own! So it will be a pass for me. And, believe me I tried to love it cuz the color match was good.


Reika June 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Thanks for all the info sue! I will definitely keep what you said in mind 🙂


Jade June 1, 2011 at 1:11 am

Great review Rei, I tend to like my skin in general so I might have to give this one a go 🙂


Reika June 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

It is a perfect foundation for people like you who are blessed with good skin 🙂


Katie August 29, 2012 at 2:41 am

Ok, this is how I learned to apply Becca’s foundation. I have combination skin, so I wash my face and completely skip moisturizer. First, I ALWAYS use a primer; preferably Hourglass Primer. After the primer sets, I apply MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC20) around my nose, chin, under my eyes, and on any blemishes. That concealer is medium to full coverage so it covers any issues I might have on my skin. Next, I apply the Becca Foundation in “Olive.” I use a synthetic foundation brush to apply this. The synthetic foundation brush won’t absorb extra product like a natural hair brush would do, so you get maximum coverage on your face. I then apply BECCA Beach Tint in “Grapefruit” and then set it with MAC Blot Powder in “Medium/Dark.” With this method, I get a flawless finish but I don’t look like I’m wearing makeup. I was really confused about how to use such a sheer foundation until a BECCA makeup artist helped me out. Hope this helps!


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