Recently I was invited by the fabulous Amanda at BECCA to trial their new foundation at a makeover appointment at their David Jones counter. The foundation is called Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation. It retails for $70 in Australia for a 40mL tube.
It comes in 18 colours and is a slightly heavier formulation than their famous Luminous Skin Colour Foundation, but lighter than their Stick Foundation. I’ve used both and have repurchased both several times. I find the Stick Foundation is brilliant for helping to conceal the hyperpigmentation at the top of my cheekbones and very good for around the nose and mouth, but not great as an all over foundation. The Luminous Skin Colour Foundation has been my favourite for years, but as I’m fast approaching my Big Four Oh My God, I’m finding I need a little more coverage.
I think the answer may just be Radiant Skin Satin Foundation. After having used it for a few days now, I’m pleased with the coverage, how long it lasts and the finish. It’s not matte, it’s not sheer – it’s just right.
I’ve found that I don’t require powder to set it, but it definitely needs to be used in conjunction with an undereye concealer. Because of the finish, it does tend to settle a little bit in fine lines around the eyes, so I’ve just been bringing it up to the orbital bone and then blending concealer under the eye.
One of the things BECCA is known for is their colour matching via their Skin Perfecting System, with colours available for all skin tones. They have a Colour Matching Guide with 11 different Skin Tone Categories and four different colour types – Neutral, Pink, Warm and Yellow.
The one thing that I’m disappointed by with the new Radiant Skin Foundation is that the colour matching is off. The full range of colours aren’t available, and some of the colours have the same names as the other foundation colours, but are quite different. Because I wear Catalina Geo BB Cream every day under my makeup, which is my replacement for my beloved discontinued BECCA Mineral SPF Primer, I can get away with wearing Porcelain, which would usually be too pink for me.
I really think BECCA have missed a trick here. Once you’ve been professionally colour matched by BECCA, you’re usually OK to buy online with impunity. With Radiant Skin Foundation, I wouldn’t purchase without seeing a BECCA consultant first.
What BECCA says about Radiant Skin Foundation:
About: Create even-toned, effortless-looking skin infused with subtle radiance.
Purpose and Performance: With a sophisticated formula containing sebum-absorbing properties and a soft-focus complex, the latest foundation by BECCA creates beautifully natural skin with subtle radiance.
Infused with Ejitsu Rose to promote radiance and reduce inflammation, and anti-oxidant ingredients to protect, the ultra-smooth Radiant Skin Foundation glides over skin to disguise imperfections whilst providing a medium, buildable coverage.
What Kimba Likes says about Radiant Skin Foundation:
I love that it lasts all day and that it provides buildable coverage with a satin finish which isn’t as ageing as a matte finish can be. It does give my skin a great glow and is really easy to apply. I like the tube packaging, which will save weight when travelling.
I don’t like that the colour matching that BECCA are famous for is a bit odd in this product. What a shame.
On the whole, it’s a big thumbs up from me and I recommend it. I think it’s particularly good for skin that needs a little bit more than a sheer foundation or tinted moisturiser, and the diffusing aspect works beautifully.
At the moment, with every purchase from David Jones or online at BECCA, you can receive a free Mini Retractable Foundation Brush as your gift with purchase. I have one of these from a past promotion and they’re the bomb!
I’d love to know if you’ve tried this foundation. What is your favourite foundation?