I probably shouldn’t be oblivious to primers, but until very recently I just didn’t systematically reach for one. Foundations and BB creams seem to stay well enough on my skin, so I never really bothered. Becca Resurfacing Primer (40ml/1.35 oz. It goes for 40 dollars in the US and around 40 euros in Europe) came with my Best of Becca set a while ago, and let me just say I have finally found a reason to incorporate a primer into my routine!
Becca Resurfacing Primer boasts a “line & pore minimizing, mattifying formula.” It is supposed to create an instant resurfacing effect, smooth open pores and lines, as well as controlling shine. It disappears into the skin when it is blended, and it is very easy to blend. I have tried primers that seem to leave a layer of something behind, but Becca Resurfacing Primer truly feels smooth and non-existent on.
Becca Resurfacing Primer does what it promises. It only takes a little for my entire face. While I don’t really have fine lines yet, some larger pores do appear smaller. Buffing foundation in afterwards is extremely easy, and I need a bit less foundation to achieve the even and flawless look. What’s more, it really does control shine! In this weather, I can’t help but reach for the combination of Guerlain Parure de Lumière and Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites. While I absolutely love the result, this particular combination seems to be a one-way ticket to shine city for me. After I started using Becca Resurfacing Primer underneath however, the problem has been solved. I can practically go through the whole day without blotting! Also, because my shine is under control, my foundation holds up a bit better as well. Now I can enjoy wearing a hydrating foundation and a radiance-boosting setting powder at the same time! It’s definitely having my cake and eating it too!
While Becca Resurfacing Primer works really well for me, I do have to mention it is pretty much the magic of silicone (the first three ingredients are water, cyclopentasiloxane, and dimethicone). I have been using it regularly during the past 2 months with no sign of clogged pores or breakout, but if you typically don’t react well to silicone-based products, I would encourage you to try a sample before committing to the full-size tube.
Here is the ingredient list (I ended up taking this from Sephora, since it is identical to what I have on the box. The one on the Becca website is different for some reason):
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Hydrogenated Didecene, Tribehenin, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Tropolone, Butylene Glycole, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Retinyl Pamitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid.C1268
Bottom line: If you want a primer that will make pores less visible and control shine, Becca Resurfacing Primer is a great choice. I am more than happy that it has enabled me to wear a hydrating foundation as well as a radiance-boosting setting powder, and I can’t wait to see how it will fare in summer!
Do you use a primer? What is your favorite? Have you tried Becca Resurfacing Primer?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
PS: For those of you who live outside of North America, Zuneta carries Becca.