I have to admit, I started this trial with pretty high hopes for the Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 hour Foundation. The reason was that my old foundation, the one that I stockpiled when I found out it was discontinued, was a Becca Foundation. Plus, I tend to like a lot of Becca products. The pink tinted loose powder is absolutely amazing on a day when I don’t wear a lot of makeup. I can just put on a primer and a light dusting and be good to go all day. The tint gives a nice healthy glow to the skin.
So with several excellent products behind me from Becca, hopes were high at the start. But first off, what does this foundation have to say for itself.
A lightweight, full coverage foundation with 24-hour wear. A balance of water and concentrated pigments give skin a flexible, natural finish that is water and transfer resistant. Camouflage acne, redness, hyperpigmentation and discoloration with breathable coverage that won’t clog pores.
That is quite a list of claims for just one bottle.
Now first off, I need to admit, I picked the wrong shade. Or maybe I picked the right shade but not for this time of year. Either way, it is a little too light on me at the moment. So please try to ignore that in the photos.
Luckily, I didn’t really leave the house during the week I was testing the foundation so even though my baby doll shook his head at me and asked if I was doing kabuki theater, the color wasn’t that big a deal. My outside time was mostly working in the back garden and if anyone minded the non-match and called me out on it I could have just yelled at them for looking into my garden. No one did though.
Now normally when I apply foundation, I put it on my hand and then dab it on my face, use a brush to blend it out and then a sponge to make sure there are no brush streaks and to complete the blending and get into little edges.
This foundation did not like the brush at all. If you have ever dragged a broom across a muddy floor, then you know the lines the brush put in the foundation. I finally just had to abandon the brush and go with the sponge from the get go. Application went much better after that. Also remember that with this foundation, a little goes a long way.
There is no wiggle room in the coverage of this foundation. It is full coverage. Period. You can’t really sheer it out for medium coverage if you are having a good skin day. It is a full coverage foundation. Which is fine. While I don’t like full coverage on a daily basis, I do like it for when I go out and at the moment I don’t have a really good full coverage foundation that I like.
This was full coverage without being cakey. I did not experience any oxidation, so keep that in mind when determining your shade. It did feel lightweight on the skin which isn’t typical of many full coverage foundations I’ve tried in the past. While I didn’t wear it for a full 24 hours, because quite frankly I simply don’t tend to wear makeup for a full day and night, I did push it to ten hours and had no problems with it creasing.
However you really need to wear a primer with this foundation. I found applying a pore filling primer and then waiting a few minutes to let the primer sort of settle into the skin really helped with this foundation. It made my skin look amazing. There was no creasing and I didn’t have to apply any powder during the day to decrease shine coming through. The final picture below is after 10 hrs of wear (I did reapply the lip gloss, but not the face powder, admittedly I did use a lot of powder and bronzer to try to adjust the color). There is a little shine in the t-zone but it really isn’t that much, it just no longer looks fully matte, in my opinion. And it is something I could definitely live with.
I think if I got the color right I would consider keeping the Becca Ultimate Coverage around for nights when I went out to an event or something. I like the pump of the bottle and the glass bottle itself. It may actually be the full coverage foundation I keep around for such things. However I know that it is not a foundation that I am going to wear on a regular basis, just because I don’t wear full coverage every day. For that reason, even though it passed the wear-ability test, I am not going to keep it in the running for my daily foundation search.
I know I am not going to reach for it right now, partially because of the coverage level and partially because of the color. What I am going to do is put it back in the drawer to use this coming winter (This week was the first time the foundation was opened so I have some time on it.). I don’t know how many holiday parties there will be this year, or how many of them will be via video call instead of in person, but this is the foundation I would use then.
I think the color would match my winter skin and the full coverage would be useful for events and gatherings. To try and keep it out for use now would just be wasteful. So even though I like it, the Becca Ultimate coverage will not be going up against the previous three foundations. If I like the way it performs over the winter with the shade actually working better with my skin, then I will get a darker shade to wear for warmer months events.
I know that is sort of a mixed review, but I think what this means is that I may have to go and search out a more medium coverage foundation from Becca to test it out for daily wear. I do think that this will end up being my go to full coverage foundation for when I need a full coverage foundation.
This was the fourth foundation of this five foundation set. The next up is a product from Nars. However I do also have several trial sized tubes of foundation to try as well as a couple of BB and CC creams and I think even a tinted moisturizer or two as well as at least one stick foundation. So this quest is far from over. Given the fact that I love to try new products, I’m perfectly okay with that.