BECCA Radiant Skin Foundation : Beauty Review


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.


After my Radiant Skin makeover – no filter


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?



  • […] lovely Megan made me up with Radiant Skin Foundation in Sand.  Turns out I might have picked up a bit of colour over the summer!  She set the […]ReplyCancel

  • Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos - 29 December 2012 - 7.08 pm

    I haven’t tried any Becca products before. I usually just use a tinted moisturiser for during the day, but currently a Napoleon Perdis foundation for night. I’m not hugely happy with that product though, so I might keep this one in mind for next time. Thanks for sharing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Three Quarters Full - 28 December 2012 - 8.16 pm

    I haven’t tried this, my skin is usually so good that I forgo foundation type products which in the heat of QLD would just end up giving me icky skin and rashes. It’s so handy to have a good backup for those nights out or important events though. Love the colour matching, foundation is so hard to get right, mMight have to visit DJs and a BECCA constultantReplyCancel

  • Grace - 28 December 2012 - 7.46 pm

    Interesting info. Will have to chek them out next time I’m in DJ’s.

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 28 December 2012 - 12.11 pm

    I haven’t tried this yet. You look great and your skin looks amazing. Rachel xxReplyCancel

  • Danya Banya - 28 December 2012 - 10.35 am

    My skin is really sensitive, so I always stick to my tried and true make up. But there has been so many make up improvements lately, maybe I need to give the other brands a shot…. BTW – you look great!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Allen - 28 December 2012 - 7.38 am

    That is disappointing about the colour matching. I am still just using BB cream with a bit of a light dusting of mineral powder.

    Gorgeous photo, as usual you look so sophisticated!ReplyCancel

  • Martine - 28 December 2012 - 7.33 am

    I don’t wear much foundation either, but as I have just hit the big 4-0 I may have to start investigating a little more! Thanks for great review.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine RodieBlagg - 28 December 2012 - 7.29 am

    I don’t wear foundation because I don’t like the way it feels. I’m really a bit hopeless about make up. I need lessons 🙂 xxReplyCancel

  • Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye - 12 November 2012 - 10.15 pm

    Looks good. I might have to cheat on Napolean 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 November 2012 - 6.47 pm

      Oooh, you hussy! I cheated on my beloved Illamasqua Skin Base and my Napoleon Perdis Sheer Genius 😉ReplyCancel

  • Katerina - 12 November 2012 - 3.42 pm

    I’ve tried it and LOVE it! The texture is beautiful and silky and the wear is much longer on my skin than the Stick Foundation which can be a little oily on me (combination skin). the coverage looks great on you Kim, you have lovely skin.
    I’ve done a post on this too: let me know what you think 🙂 xReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 8 November 2012 - 5.43 pm

    It sounds awesome. I’ll have to give it a go. I love your lippy too. Rachel xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 8 November 2012 - 6.48 pm

      Thanks Rachel. It’s fab! The lippy is BECCA Beach Tint in Raspberry with their Plumping Lip Gloss on top.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki | Styling You - 8 November 2012 - 2.09 pm

    I would love to try this one Kim-Marie – sounds like it has the qualities I look for in a foundation.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 November 2012 - 6.49 pm

      Yes, I’m really pleased with it. Really, really lasts and doesn’t require a scrubbing brush to remove it! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • workingwomenaustralia - 8 November 2012 - 6.59 am

    I’ve moved away from foundation since discovering BB creams last year and can’t turn back. I used to be a foundation devotee but now I’m just too lazy 😉ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 8 November 2012 - 7.52 am

      Ah, I use mine in conjunction with BB cream. I love the Catalina Geo BB cream I use (many of the others are too dark for me) but I like a little bit of foundation on top. The beauty of using both is that you just pop a little foundation on where you need it (for me, pigmentation on cheekbones, nose and mouth and chin) and blend it into your BB cream base.ReplyCancel

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