Even though my skin is not overly oily, setting powder is a step in my makeup routine I never miss. It really only takes a few seconds to swirl it across your face, set everything in place and finish things off so to speak. Loose powder has always been my preference and not so long ago I did a post on my base staples which you can read here.
Well, I still love those staples but I may have been a bit swayed by the idea of an insta-filter for the face as promised by the Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder. Becca is a brand I have been dying to try more of and having given this a good test for well over a month, I’m sharing my thoughts with you today.
So what does it promise? Infused with ceramic microspheres that scatter light to blur imperfections, the Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder creates a smooth and even complexion providing, what Becca says, a “photographic filter” for your face.
I have the colour Golden Hour which helps to counteract dullness. I mistakenly assumed this was completely translucent. However, this does impart a subtle, peachy tinge on the face which you may or may not like. I personally prefer a loose powder which is completely translucent. The clue is in the fact that it comes in two colours, the other being Pink Haze, which although I didn’t test it properly in store, looks a bit more frosty. That said, for days when I’m looking a bit lacklustre, this is a good one to turn to as this universally flattering shade makes me look a lot more healthy.
Performance wise I find it is a bit hit and miss and depends on how much makeup I am wearing. It seems to work better when I go lighter with the foundation, but for those “heavy” makeup days this isn’t what I rely on to set everything in place – I find that I only get a few hours of oil control before I feel like I need to reapply or use blotting paper.
You can see from the swatches below that there is a subtle shimmer when you blend it out and it leaves a velvety finish which I do like, but again if the makeup underneath is heavy, it doesn’t seem to sit as well.
In terms of aesthetics, there is no denying that this sleek, square tub is super chic but for a loose powder I find that it is quite small and when I try to shake the product out, it does spill over. I like my loose powder to come in huge round tubs that contain the powder to the tub and not my dressing table!
It’s hard to say whether this really does give you a photographic filter. I think those claims are quite far-fetched but on first application, yes, there is a soft focus effect to the skin. However, at £32 and something that I don’t feel like I can turn to on a daily basis, this is an expensive purchase. It might be good for those “no makeup, makeup days” but that’s not why I bought it. I can, however, see how this would be ideal for some so it is still worth testing this in store to see if it works for you.
I had high hopes for this powder but ultimately I feel that it just doesn’t give my skin the same finish as my Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Pressed Powder – I guess it had some pretty tough boots to fill!
So, is this something you have tried before and what are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your opinions. x