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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?