New BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealers – Review & Swatches

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Although blushes are my favourite makeup item to collect, I’d have to say concealers come a close second. It doesn’t matter how many I have – as soon as a new concealer comes out I “need” to try it! So yes, they’re a little weakness of mine and I’m in constant need to try different formulas… Anyone else? Naturally, I was over the moon when I received the BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealers* and I had to immediately put them to the test. It’s been a couple of weeks and I am ready to share my thoughts. Do you really need them? Read on to find out!

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The BECCA Aqua Luminous Concealers are 32% water rich, hydrating concealers that are said to blur imperfections through flexible pigments that are infused with light-reflecting technology (whatever that means). These concealers are also said to provide light-medium buildable coverage that blends seamlessly into the skin for a natural finish. You get 0.18oz and they retail for US$30 each. There are 9 shades:

Porcelain – very fair with slight pink undertones

Fair – fair with neutral undertones

Light – light with neutral undertones

Beige – light/medium with neutral undertones

Medium – medium with neutral undertones

Tan – medium/tan with neutral undertones

Warm Honey – medium/deep with neutral undertones

Dark Golden – deep with neutral/golden undertones

Deep Bronze – deepest with neutral/golden undertones

Clearly this isn’t the most extensive shade range – those with very fair skin tones might find the lighter shades a tad dark, while darker skin tones will not have a match at all.

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So – what’s to like?

Let me start off by saying I really, really like these concealers; they are great for the under eye area. They are not only extremely lightweight, as you’d expect from a water-heavy formula, but they are actually very hydrating. A lot of concealers on the market claim to be hydrating, but they end up being far from. If you suffer from dehydrated under eyes, then these are definitely worth a try.

The BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealers provide a matte but luminous, skin-like finish that looks very natural. The formula is thin and watery, and very easy to blend out. My preferred applicator is a damp Beauty Blender, but you get a nice finish with a concealer brush, too. A major pet-peeve of mine is oxidation, but luckily I didn’t experience any with these concealers.

The coverage is light to medium, which I prefer for everyday. I typically wear a light to medium coverage foundation as I like my skin to peak through, so it makes sense to wear a concealer that provides similar coverage. What I really enjoy about these concealers is that the buildability is really there! I can take it up a notch depending on how dark my under eye circles are by letting my first layer set, then applying some more. They also work well over an under eye corrector – I’ve had some pretty terrible dark circles in the past couple of weeks, so I layered the Aqua Luminous Concealer over the Tarte Colored Clay CC Under Eye Corrector (a creamy salmon coloured corrector) and got great results.

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I use the shade Light under my eyes to highlight, or Beige when I’m going for a more uniform look. Medium is a good match for the rest of my face, and if I’m having a good skin day, I use this instead of a foundation – it looks so natural, but I wouldn’t use it on angry blemishes as it won’t cover them completely.

I’m usually all about setting my concealer, but with the BECCA Aqua Luminous Concealers I actually prefer the finish sans setting powder. I have quite a few fine lines under my eyes, so product always ends up settling in those places; but with these concealers I get very minimal creasing. The custom dewdrop applicator is a really good size and shape; it dispenses the right amount of product and allows for an even application.

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I’ve done some additional swatches comparing the Beige and Medium shades to other concealers in my collection. Hopefully it helps those with a similar skin tone to mine!

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Overall the BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealers are very nice, but not life changing. They remind me of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, which is a great, inexpensive concealer that a lot of people love. Do you need to spend US$30 on this? Probably not. But, if you’re on the market for a light-medium coverage concealer and are a fan of BECCA Cosmetics, then they’re worth a try. I’m really enjoying them and will continue to use them everyday.

I’m unsure of their availability in Australia, but will update this post as soon as I hear about a date.

Will you be trying these? What’s your all-time favourite concealer?

 

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  • http://www.makeup-sessions.com/ makeupsessions

    Lovely review! I also really like these. They remind me a little of the UD Naked concealer which I love under the eyes just because it’s hydrating and non drying.

  • http://www.nicolesbeautybabble.com Nicole

    Oh these look and sound so good! Can Becca do any wrong?? They seem to be just pumping out great products of late. Great Review Lovely.

    Nicole xx | http://www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

  • http://www.beautiqueblog.com Claudia Ciocca

    Thanks for sharing! Your review is so helpful!
    Xxx
    Claudia
    http://www.beautiqueblog.com