Having come in and out of our beauty market over the past few years, Becca seems to be a transient brand here in Singapore.
I remember it being at Sephora and Changi Airport in the past but my beauty pal Iris reminded me that it was once available at Seiyu (pre-BHG) too, before that.
This time round, it has found a home (and a comfortable one, I believe) at Escentials.
The brand is well-known for its extensive base makeup range with different finishes and varying levels of coverage. Women (and men) of colour will be pleased to know that deeper – wearable – base shades are available within the range.
The point makeup range isn’t as colourful or vibrant as that of brands like MAC and Urban Decay but it is a dependable one, with face-friendly hues that easily enhance one’s features.
The top-selling Beach Tint, a liquid tint for the cheeks and lips, is an award-winning product that has found popularity with many because of its ability to impart a natural flush.
I am particularly fond of the brand’s Crème Blush which is extremely pigmented yet blends effortlessly on the skin.
Eye Tint is another favourite of makeup lovers, thanks to its lid-flattering shades and easy dispensation of colour.
I had a chance to try some of the base products, courtesy of the brand.
Luminous Skin Colour SPF 25+ in Cashmere is a comfortable liquid foundation, suitable for our humid climes. It is buildable to a medium coverage but I like it sheer.
Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder Foundation in Dream is a lightweight and silky powder that pairs well with the liquid foundie for a natural look.
Compact Concealer in Cashew is too yellow for me (I prefer something more salmon-toned) but I appreciate its two-sided pan that avails to users both medium and full coverage.
In addition to the base products, I also used Eye Tint in Pewter and Crème Blush in Wild Orchid in the look below.
While I love the deep pewter shade of the cream shadow, I’m not sure about its texture which can be too emollient, impeding blending – the colour has a tendency to go on unevenly. However, this is in part due to the separation of the oil and pigments. As such, I’ve found that it works better when I shake the tube beforehand.
I’ve loved Wild Orchid for a long time since I ordered it from the Becca website some time back. Its pretty violet-pink tone complements many of my smokey eye looks. This cream blush is extremely pigmented – a smidgeon goes a long way – but blends like a dream. It is always smooth and even on my cheeks, never patchy.
This look was put together very quickly. I like how fresh and clean the base products make my skin look. I’ve used this combination (sans the too-yellow concealer) several times now, as I like the light-yet-not-skint coverage that gives my skin a natural radiance. I do start to look dewy within 3-4 hours but the oilies are easily stemmed with blotting sheets.
Here are the prices of some of the Becca products available at Escentials:
- Rejuvenating Primer – S$70
- Shimmering Skin Perfector – S$73
- Stick Foundation – S$75
- Compact Concealer – S$65
- Fine Pressed Powder – S$75
- Boudoir Mineral Skin Powder – S$58
- Boudoir Skin Kabuki Brush – S$75
- Beach Tint – S$45
- Sheer Lip Tint – S$48
- The Ultimate Mascara – S$40
A caveat: As much as I enjoy Becca products and their classy chocolate-pewter compacts, the rubberised packaging has the same flaw as that of Nars – it becomes sticky over time. That said, the Becca cases are somewhat small, so chances are you’d be done with the product before they start to degenerate. ;)
Becca can be found at the Escentials boutiques located at Paragon and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, as well as at the Escentials space at the Tangs Orchard. I hope the brand is here to stay this time!
Image source: Becca