Friday, September 6, 2013

Review -- Best of BECCA Kit from Sephora

(In my last review of the Tarte Amazonian Eye & Cheek Palette, I mentioned that I had come across a couple of items that I'd forgotten to review when I got them at the beginning of the year. This is the second of those items.)

I've always been curious about the BECCA brand.

Maybe it's because Lisa Eldridge is always using products from the line in her tutorials and she makes them all look amazing.

(Of course, she makes everything look amazing, right?)

That's probably the main reason, actually.

But when you've never tried a brand and don't know that much about, it can be difficult to figure out where to start.

Fortunately for me, my aunt gave me the fabulous Best of BECCA Kit from Sephora for my birthday so I got to try a bunch of products at once.

It's a terrific way to introduce yourself to any brand, I think.

The kit includes:
  • Eye Tint in Baroque
  • Beach Tint in Grapefruit
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
  • The Ultimate Mascara in Black
  • Resurfacing Primer

Best of BECCA Kit

With the exception of the Shimmering Skin Perfector, all of the products in the kit are full size so it's worth noting that the Eye Tint is $24 and Beach Tint is $25 each, which means you'd pay $49 for the two of them but only $58 for the entire kit.

It's a seriously good deal.

You'll probably notice a theme with these BECCA products too -- they all look so incredibly natural on the skin that they can really create a flawless, effortless kind of look.

The Eye Tint is a cream shadow that comes in a squeeze tube. Baroque is a light, cool brown -- the product is somewhat sheer, but you can build it up to a darker color. I like using the product as a colored based, though I've also worn it on its own on low-key makeup days. I typically wear a shadow primer under all cream shadows, so I do that with the Eye Tint and I don't have any issues with creasing and fading.

BECCA Eye Tint in Baroque

BECCA Eye Tint in Baroque

I would definitely pick up other shades of the Eye Tint -- I'm thinking about Romanticism and/or Gilt.

The Beach Tint is a cream stain that comes in a squeeze tube like the Eye Tint.  It can be used on the cheeks and the lips, and delivers a really gorgeous flush of color. Grapefruit is pretty coral pink shade that still manages to look natural on the skin.

I like using the Beach Tint mainly as a cream blush because it just looks so natural on the cheeks and it lasts longer on my skin than most cream blushes that I've tried. However, I've also used it as a lip stain and like it like that too on natural days. Keep in mind that it is somewhat drying on the lips, though, so make sure that you've exfoliated well beforehand and you may want to top it with a gloss for a little shine.

BECCA Beach Tint in Grapefruit

BECCA Beach Tint in Grapefruit
As with the Eye Tint, I would totally buy more of these. Watermelon and Raspberry are totally calling my name.

The Shimmering Skin Perfector is a creamy liquid highlighter that probably looks as natural on the skin as any highlighting product that I've ever tried. Opal is a warm golden shade, which is probably not the most flattering option for my skintone (Pearl would probably be a better fit) but I still love the way that it looks. It is so light and sheer that you never have to worry about looking too shimmery or glittery.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (blended out)
I use it quite a bit as a traditional highlighter -- applying it over my foundation to the tops of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, etc. -- but I also really like mixing a drop in with my foundation for a really subtle but pretty glow-y look.

The Ultimate Mascara is the only real meh product in the kit, in my opinion. It's supposed to be one of those tubing mascara that creates tubes around your lashes to add length and volume.  I've never used one before, but this formula can sometimes get a little flaky and messy. It does a decent job lengthening and volumizing, but it's nothing special.  I only opened it about a month ago, so I'll finish it but I am not tempted in the least to repurchase.

BECCA The Ultimate Mascara
It retails for $24 -- and honestly, I'm much happier with mascaras from the drugstore that go for about $8.

The Resurfacing Primer is a meant to help smooth away fine lines, wrinkles and pores, which sounds pretty good to me.

However, it also claims to be a mattifying formula -- that's usually not a good option for my normal to dry skin. I was expecting your typical silicone-based, slightly drying primer, so I wasn't expecting to like it.

BECCA Resurfacing Primer

BECCA Resurfacing Primer
But I actually like it quite a bit.

While it contains silicone, it is actually a lightweight, creamy formula -- but it is thick enough to help diminish the look of the gigantic pores on my cheeks. I don't find it to be drying either; it actually contains glycerin to help keep the skin hydrated. That said, I think this would work for oily skin too.  The only skin types that might have a hard time with it is extremely dry or extremely oily.

All in all, I think this is kit is a home run and a great introduction to the BECCA brand. The standouts are definitely the Eye Tint, Beach Tint and Shimmering Skin Perfector, but my first impression of the line is so good that I would feel comfortable trying any of the products in the line.

You can purchase the kit at your local Sephora or

Are you a fan of BECCA?  What are your favorite products?


  1. First off, my late birthday wishes! Hope you had a nice day. ^^

    I rarely see any Becca products on blogs so this is definitely an interesting review. The one thing that would bug me ist that the eye-shadows are rather sheer and I´m too lazy to build up the colour.

    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes -- it was actually back in January. LOL I totally forgot to review this kit until I was reorganizing my makeup drawer. :P

      The Eye Tint is definitely on the sheer side, which is why I usually use it as a base. However, it works really well all on its own for those days when you want to look polished but like you're not wearing any makeup. I don't have those days very often, but when I do, this works better than any other cream shadow I own.


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