Now, here’s the nitty-gritty, would I repurchase it? No. It comes down to this: the quality is great but it’s not what I’m looking for personally. I like the sophisticated luminosity it provides and I love that I can mix it with really matte foundations to make them a bit more “fresh” and light. I love that it can make my face paler or darker in a very natural way. I don’t like that it struggles with covering even the slightest redness. I would consider it to be more of a tinted moisturizer type product. Concealer is a wonderful product but the Luminous Skin Colour does frustrate me because it covers basically nothing. I don’t want to have to conceal that much. I hope this review was helpful! 🙂
Jun 26, 2013
Hello, beauties! Today I’m reviewing a product I never thought I’d buy. I’ve seen the BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Ultra Sheer Foundation used in several Pixiwoo videos. However, I was never interested in it because the coverage is so sheer. I didn’t see a point in buying such an expensive foundation with coverage that seemed almost non-existent. Why did I change my mind and decide to give it a try? Well, there are a couple of reasons. First of all, I really wanted to try more products from BECCA. So far I’ve only been impressed with the quality. Secondly, it’s been featured many times on Fairytales and Coffee. I swear she can sell me anything. Lastly, and most importantly, it was on sale at Beautyhabit plus I had a $20 off code. I got it for more than half off! What better reason to try it? (Consumerism at its finest!)
I got the shade “Nude” which looks a shade or two too light for me when I dab it on my face (because it’s summer and I’ve been tanning). However, since the coverage is so sheer, it matches me almost perfectly when I blend it in. The sheerness makes this foundation, just like MAC’s Face and Body, really forgiving when it comes to shade matching. I think the Luminous Skin Colour is brilliant for evening out your complexion. If your face is lighter than your neck or body you can use a darker shade to get them to match or fake a tan in a really natural way.
Here’s the deal breaker (or maker) for most people. The coverage isn’t light, it’s sheer. I consider MAC Face and Body to have a light coverage so for me the Luminous Skin Colour has a bit less coverage than that. I use F&B as a comparison because they both have little coverage and a dewy finish. My skin has cleared up a lot during the last year so for me the “brightening” effect of the Luminous Skin Colour is enough. Of course it’s not the type of foundation that allows me to skip concealer, but I love it for “no makeup” days or good skin days.
Another reason why I like this foundation is because it has such a moisturizing texture. It’s been the only foundation I’ve felt comfortable applying on non-moisturized skin. I usually never skip moisturizer but if I’m in a pinch (or I’ve just run out) I will reach for the Luminous Skin Colour. The finish is dewy/luminous. I usually stay away from dewy but I find that this lasts well on my skin when set with powder.
The biggest negative that I can think of that is pretty straightforward (as in, I’m sure it’s a con for most people) is that it’s the type of foundation you use up “quickly”. I mentioned this in my review of Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua. With light/sheer coverage foundations you need a good full pump of product to achieve a noticeable difference on your face. Compared to medium/full coverage foundations where you only need a small pea-sized amount, this will cause you to use up the foundation faster. At this pricepoint, I would like the foundation bottle to last me a long time.
I think it’s geared towards a very specific consumer: someone who has relatively good skin already, doesn’t mind a sheer coverage, likes a glowy finish, etc. It can’t be build up to a higher coverage, it just can’t, so that eliminates anyone who likes medium-full coverage. However, if it fits the bill of what you’re looking for then I think you’ll really like it. I also like that it’s not misleading (NARS Sheer Glow, I’m looking at you). It clearly states that its sheer and luminous in the name. You might also like some of its ingredients (coconut oil, avocado oil, vitamin B, and lactic acid) which feel really nice on the skin.