I was first introduced to the brand in 2004. I was in New York, somewhere in Manhattan. I was tired and sweaty and my makeup was melted off. I visited the Sephora and used the testers for touchup. (I know that’s not what we do now, but it was back then when I didn’t care.) I found some at-the-time holy grails, an Amazing Cosmetics concealer and Becca loose powder and stick foundation. I liked full-coverage and matte skin, exactly the thing I shouldn’t have when my face is prone to melting! What did I know back then? They were staples on my vanity for a few years.
In 2013, Becca made a comeback. I had noticed that I was unable to get the loose powder and foundation I liked! Finally, the brand was once again being sold at Sephora. The Style Director for Becca Cosmetics, Kerry Cole was a speaker at an influencer conference called iFabbo. I had the chance to meet her before the Fireside Chat, she was super friendly! They gave out samples as well as a freebie in our attendee goodie bags. I was so glad to see them come back to Sephora so I could get my foundation again! If you read the interview I just linked, you can see that Becca had been in trouble before. But you would have thought Champagne Pop would have saved them.
The only past post on this blog was about their Light Chaser collection and I wasn’t impressed by the highlighters. Seriously, by the names they sounded like they would be duo-chromatic and it turned out to be small, expensive for the size and underwhelming. They’re not bad highlighters, they’re on par with the rest of the collection, but I just expected a more unique product.
Becca isn’t without controversy! There is a piece on Becca’s history on Racked. This article also covers the drama that happened with Jaclyn Hill. I must side with her on this, I would hate for my name to put on something I didn’t work on! Then there was the controversy surrounding Chrissy Teigen’s palette… it was too similar to Jaclyn’s, consumers thought. I had wanted to try the Chrissy Teigen collection, but it I’m not always in the place to spend the money. I already had Jaclyn’s palette, so it’s not like I will go around unblushed and unbronzed. People also took issue with products being labeled as limited edition, but then becoming permanent. That doesn’t bother me at all. I want everyone who wants something to be able to get it. Finally there is the No Pigment Foundation. I’m not even touching that one.
After the announcement about the brand’s end, I think people panicked and bought all the under eye brightening concealer they could get! It was sold out at almost every online store! The HG concealer retails for $32, which is a roadblock for me! I never tried it so I don’t know what I have missed out on. I think I might get it *if* I see it on sale. $32 is steep!
They’re not closed for business yet, so you can still buy their current products right now. I am swatching and reviewing what I have and you can decide if you want to order them before they’re gone forever! The palettes I am showing were limited edition, however, some of the colors are sold individually and you can purchase them full sized. I would recommend buying the things you wanted and stocking up on your staple items before they are gone forever! I think some products will eventually be on clearance for awhile, while some items will sell out for good. It’s hard to say what, so I’d grab things now while they are still for sale!
Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter
Becca’s highlighters are a “lit-from-within” type of highlighter. Not a “So blinding, they can you from space” type. There’s room for all highlighters in my house.
I had a few of these, but of course once I heard I could never buy them again, I decided to fill in the holes. Yup, they got me. But Becca didn’t squeeze out every last penny from me! I bought them cheap on Amazon! The price always varies on Amazon, but I paid $15-19 each. They retail for $38, so obviously I wouldn’t want to pay full price and that exactly the reason why I didn’t have all the ones I wanted in the first place. Now I am good!
You may wonder if the highlighters from Amazon are real. There is always a risk of it being counterfeit or being real, but arriving shattered… the price looks too good to be true. The ones I bought, indeed are real. The sellers were The Luxury Outlet, PSAN 2009 and Larkin Supply. The Luxury Outlet added extra breakage protection by adding a tissue inside the compact. I appreciate that because I was concerned about the powder arriving broken.
You can tell which ones are new from the photos. I think my new ones, Pearl and Vanilla Quartz look the best on me.
My Champagne Pop got a lot of use! It’s not the best shade for my skin tone, but I clearly didn’t care! Becca and Jaclyn Hill got a lot of flack for having this “limited edition” item not as limited as they said. But I do not care about makeup products being exclusive. It’s not a gold coin. I think it’s better when everyone who wants the product is able to obtain it.
These face palettes were limited edition, but if you can find them, I hope you get a good price and not used!
I never had the squeeze tube version of the Beach Tint, but I do have one potted one! The Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé were mousse-like swirled two-toned blush in a small pot. I like the one I have, and I had wanted a few others. My only gripe is that the pot is too small and it would be easier to use if it was wider. If I’m applying it with my fingers…. well… I can’t. Not with nails! So I end up using a damp beauty sponge. But look at that swatch! It looks shimmery and great blended out. The rest of the swatched are heavy swatches of the powder products. When blended out they wouldn’t look as intense. I don’t have a close-up photo of it because it’s not looking it’s best, it being 6 years old and very used! It still works though!
Also not in my collection, are the single blushes and bronzers. So below I am swatching what I have from the face palettes.
Skin Love has been a great daily foundation when I’m not looking for full coverage. Just something with good ingredients to keep my skin glowing with some coverage so I’m not looking like a speckled zombie.
It looks as of now, Becca had already discontinued the Skin Love foundations. So that’s why they had been on sale for $25 at Sephora last year! As of typing this, I can still find them right now online on Beautylish, Revolve, Space NK, Dermstore, iHerb and Amazon. Skin Love foundations retailed at $44, but you should definitely try to find the best discount! At this point, when it’s already discontinued, I don’t believe in paying full price. According to the site where I bought mine, they will expire in 2023. I’m going to stock up!
The following foundation reviews are my experience on my own skin, which is dry/normal. Every individual will have a different experience.
Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation is a medium coverage with a natural finish.
As described on SpaceNK’s website:
A breathable, medium coverage liquid foundation with a buildable finish that enhances the natural beauty of your skin. Enriched with Sodium Hyaluronate and Becca’s Glow Nectar Brightening Complex, with bitter ginger and a cold pressed avocado and melon blend. The weightless formula instantly moisturizes skin and improve skin’s natural moisture levels over time. Pore-blurring pigments hug every curve and contour of your complexion to instantly diffuse the appearance of imperfections for an effortless, second-skin finish.
They described it well enough to convince me that this formula will be great for my skin and promote a healthy, hydrated complexion. Therefore, I consider it a great daily foundation. But to be completely honest, before the pandemic, I used my Skin 79 BB Cream a lot more often (because of the SPF and perfect color match.) I’ve been wearing Skin Love by itself in 2020 because I wasn’t going outside to even need the SPF. Sometimes I end up mixing them together for the combined benefits. Alone, the Skin Love holds up on my skin. No weird patchiness or signs of oxidation. I have repurchased this so many times!
Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation is a full coverage with a matte finish.
From Ulta’s website:
Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation is BECCA’s lightweight, full-coverage foundation with 24-hour wear that stays humidity, sweat, water- and transfer resistant. A balance of water and concentrated pigments give skin a flexible, natural finish. Camouflage acne, redness, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration with breathable coverage that won’t clog pores.
Non-acnegenic and dermatologically tested for all skin tones and skin types. Available in 42 shades with an equal balance of undertones, 96% of consumers found their foundation match*. Get lightweight, full-coverage wear that stays flawless every day.
I purchased the Full Coverage foundation because I wanted to try it before it was gone forever. Freshly applied, it looked great, but over the day it did have patchiness and it definitely oxidized and showed a bit of texture. It showed up really obvious around my hairline. I think layering them, using Skin Love all over my face, and then using the full coverage foundation on only the center of my face works the best. The Full Coverage will cover my freckles that way and I won’t have that obvious separation of color between my jawline and neck.
The Becca Foundations are a tad more yellow than my skin tone, so it’s not exactly 100% a perfect match. But that’s really hard to find. The Skin Love is a medium coverage so its not noticeable, but it is noticeable with the full coverage one.
One Perfecting Brush
Attendees of the iFabbo conference got this for free in their goodie bag! I was shocked because it retailed for $50! The goal was of course to have us influencers to use it and tag them on social media. I have used it, it did work the way she demonstrated, however it’s just not my preferred method of applying my face makeup. I’m okay with my makeup sponge and bouquet of brushes! I do like this for contour on my cheeks and jawline. I don’t like washing it. (Do I like washing any of my brushes?)
If you do any sort of body makeup, this is perfect for that!
Does gloss ever get low marks from me? No way, I’m a huge lover of gloss! These ones from Becca are sparkly and the Liquid Crystal ones smell like summer. It smells like a sunblock that reminds me of being at the pool with my best friend back in elementary school. I haven’t been wearing lipstick much these days. (No explanation needed!) But I do like to wear gloss. Why not? It’s moisturizing. I’m wearing a full face of makeup everyday anyway so why not apply lip gloss?
The Barbie Ferreira Lip Gloss Kit as described on Ulta.com:
- Facet: A lilac with blue and pink pearl
- Foiled: A cool pink with red pearl. To me, this is a coral with gold and magenta pearl.
- Sparkle: A vanilla with rainbow pearl To me, I’d say it’s a sheer gold with rainbow glitter.
The Barbie Ferreira set is from 2020’s Holiday collection. I got this mini gloss set on sale on Amazon for $16, but it looks like it’s $15 on Ulta. I recommend grabbing it at this price because I am sure it will sell out! I also really love the colors. The lavender one is of course the one I was initially attracted to, but I have been picking up Sparkle because it has rainbow shimmers! You can’t see it in the photos, but it’s not just a silver glitter as it appears here.
Pictured: Amethyst x Geode Liquid Crystal Topper Glow Gloss, Facet Mirrored 3D Plumping Gloss, Foiled Mirrored 3D Plumping Gloss, Sparkle Mirrored 3D Plumping Gloss, and Rose Quartz x Seashell Liquid Crystal Topper Glow Gloss.
Becca’s sales have declined due to the pandemic, I do wonder how other companies are faring. Would people be mad if they announced they made enough in sales that they decided not to close down? And how come makeup sales in general are down? Are we not doing wild looks at home? I’ll be on the couch at home by myself and I still wear makeup because I like doing it. Glam in sweats. I do know that people don’t seem to need shirts. Please buy shirts, the government is still asking for taxes. Very annoying.
Here are the photos I took at iFabbo in 2013. The photos are low quality, my current photography has gone up a whole level to subpar. And yes, there are filters, it was 2013 after all!
Were there items from Becca you are thinking of purchasing before the company closes its doors for good?
I was interested in the Under Eye Brightening Corrector, Skin Love Glow Shield Prime & Set Mist, Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder and the Glow Gloss in Camellia. One of the BECCA x Khloé Kardashian & Malika Haqq Bronze, Blush & Glow Palettes are on sale and it’s tempting. What if I end up loving these products and I can’t get them anymore? Perhaps I have enough!
This post is not sponsored. Most of the items in my collections were purchased by me, except for The One Perfecting Brush and foundation samples were free by attending iFabbo back in 2013. None of the links are affiliate links.