I got the Becca Backlight primer cause I’m Becca obsessed and well, it was new and I wanted to try it. It’s a radiance primer and generally speaking, I don’t care for most of them because I think they make me look super greasy. But this is Becca right? Where subtlety is the name of the game. Besides which, the only other radiance primer that I’ve ever liked, the one from Japonesque (review here), I managed to break it. Yeah.
This one sort of sent me into a tizzy when I saw the frosted glass bottle, because for real? It’s only a matter of time before I break this sucker too, I just know it.
So what this is supposed to do for you is give you that lit from within glow effortlessly, and in a non made up way. From the Ulta.com website;
More than just a primer, it’s the secret behind the iconic BECCA glow. Infused with three unique Filtering Luminescent Pearls, each one adds a different drop of diffused light. Blended together, they result in a first of its kind, lightweight, whipped fluid that creates a smooth canvas and acts as an instant filter. Blurs imperfections and gives skin a healthy, luminescent glow.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I always feel like those Becca models look hot and sweaty. For me not a god look, and honestly, had I read that little blurb before I purchased I might have passed on it.
The packaging is gorgeous as usual, with a brown metal pump and the frosted bottle.
The liquid inside is not pearlescent like the Japonesque one was. Instead, it’s a champagne coloured liquid, that feels almost like a whipped mousse in it’s consistency. It also has a slight scent to it. Not a perfumey one, but a somewhat fresh, almost plant like scent that I found I didn’t mind as much, but which also faded quickly.
Although my very heavy swatches below will probably lead you to think differently, the colour is actually quite subdued, indeed leaving you with a glow that looks as if it’s emanating from within, ad it blends right out. Funny enough, although it disappeared on my face once I applied it, it left a crapton of residue on my hands.
I wore this in three ways, with two different foundations to test it out for about a week. The first foundation that I used, well not really a foundation but Benefit’s Some Kinda Gorgeous in Deep. You know? The foundation faker? I’m really at a loss to understand why it’s called a foundation faker since it functions very well as a foundation. This is probably the one Benefit product that I use religiously cause it’s super easy and needs nothing to make you flawless. The results were pretty decent, because the Benefit is great on it’s own it didn’t need any help, but the primer still imparted a very subtle radiance to my skin.
The next foundation that I used was the Becca Ultimate Coverage Creme in Tobacco. I used it in two different ways. In my review for this particular foundation, I had mentioned that it leant a little bit too neutral for me to use it effectively as full coverage. Once I had purchased the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz however, I realised that I could probably use it to make the undertones more golden and fit me better. The first picture is with just the foundation and the primer underneath. The second picture is with Topaz mixed into the foundation over the Backlight Priming Filter.
As you can see from this picture I’m looking super golden-y
This is the result of mixing Topaz, the foundation and the primer. I’m like scary glowing, and that white shirt is not helping. Lesson learnt. With this primer, less is definitely more.
A few things that I absolutely loved about this primer. One, you mostly definitely do not need a blush highlighter when using it. It functions quite effectively in that aspect. Two, it does smooth out the skin and makes it look healthy, whilst blurs imperfections quite a bit. Lastly, no matter if you use a mattifying powder or not, that glow will not be lost, it shines right through any powder while still managing to look natural. If you have nice enough skin, you could probably put this on with a light finishing powder and be out of the house in five minutes.
What I hated? It still acted like most radiance primers do. By that I mean, when you use most radiance primers, your foundation never really sets. If you scratch, your nails will come away with product underneath them. This could possibly be helped with the use of a setting spray, but since my skin hates most setting sprays, I wasn’t able to test that out. To date, the Japonesque Radiance primer is the only one I haven’t had that issue with.
Do you need this in your life? Depends. It doesn’t work any better or worse than other radiance primers our there, and price-wise at $38 is comparable to most. If you love a dewy look though, this may actually help you skip a couple steps getting there, and it’s Becca so it’s mostly worth it. I’ll most likely hang on to this for use in the winter time as I think my complexion will benefit from it mostly then (and because I broke my other one), but when this is done will I repurchase? Probably not, since I don’t think this is a must have product for me in any case.