Becca Resurfacing Primer Says Shine, Shine, Go Away!

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector, Resurfacing Primer, Grapefruit Beach Tint

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 review

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 packaging

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!

Becca Resurfacing Primer

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.

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  • Teri

    Ok, I’m kinda sold on this one now. Primers are such a tricky thing because most of them seem to be basically silicone and nothing more. I need something more though, to help conrol my oily face >.>. So happy to hear this work! Need to get my hands on a sample :p

    • Sunny

      Yeah this does control my sebum production, so I hope it’ll work for you too!

  • beauties

    not familiar with it :)

    • Sunny

      If you have combination/oily skin you might like it!

  • Marla

    My favorite primer so far has been the Kat Von D Rehab Priming Elixir. It sort of acts as a primer/moisturizer for me. I really like it because it doesn’t have the slimy feel a lot of other primers have. Haven’t tried the one by Becca yet.

    • Sunny

      I really need to look into Kat Von D, but the brand is painfully unavailable here!

  • Chris El

    I love Becca! I’ll have to get a sample of this to try since my skin is so sensitive.

    • Sunny

      Yes you should do that! Testing a base product out before purchasing is always a good idea 😉

  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    I got the Best of BECCA set too and have been loving this primer. Isododecane works so well with my skin, it’s like a magical pore erasing ingredient.

    • Sunny

      Haha oh then you should check out Guerlain Parure de Lumière. Isododecane is the second ingredient on the list!

  • Claire

    I had a sample and loved the finish it gave me, however it was too drying (well, I have dry skin). I also react to silicones – not always though (and I still don’t know the ‘real’ reason, why and when tbh), the only mattifying primer I adore is the RBR one. My friend with oily skin love the becca primer and is happy with it though. Great review Sunny :)

    • Sunny

      Aww I’m sorry to heat that! I’ll have to check the RBR one out!

  • Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Unfortunately, I’ll have to skip this because my skin simply doesn’t do well with silicone based products, especially Dimethicone.

    • Sunny

      I understand! I know people with silicone sensitivity, so I always try to highlight the fact that a product is silicone-based. Have you found a primer that works for you then?

  • ValleyDoll

    Sounds great ! I don’t really have a problem with too much shine, it’s more a lack of shine I have :p.

    • Sunny

      Haha then you need a shine-boosting primer! I think Becca has another one that targets radiance!

  • Victoria

    I have been hearing wonderful reviews about the different Becca primers, I’m really intrigued to try one out myself! :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Victoria, yes you should! See if you can lay our hands on a sample!

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    It sounds great for oily skin for sure! But it won’t work for my dry skin I think. Too bad! i do think primers make a huge difference to how long makeup lasts IF you find the right one!

    • Sunny

      Yeah I agree! I don’t usually have problems with foundation sliding off my face, though with less shine the foundation on my T-zone does hold up better. Becca has more than one primer though. Maybe the other one will work for ya? 😉

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    I’m not picky with primers as long as it’s smoothing on the skin :) I’ve tried sticky ones before and i didn’t like ’em! This Becca one sounds divine though. I recently started getting in Becca… starting with the shimmering skin perfector :p I will graduate to the primer though!

    • Sunny

      OH YEAH that’s a great place to start with Becca! Now come to think of it I have to finally write a review too!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I’ve always been really curious about this (and I REALLY wish I had picked this set up but by the time I finally decided to, it was sold out for the sales :/) but I’m beginning to realize that very typical silicone-y primers just don’t work very well for me. They help my foundation go on really smooth and it looks nice and matte at first but after an hour to 2 hours, my greaseface has completely eaten through the primer :/

    • Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear that, Becca! See if you can find a sample of this? My T-zone could get horribly oily, but this does work!

  • Taylor

    Hi Sunny. I don’t have trouble with shine but I could use some pore minimizing. So I’ve been unsure of whether or not I should try this. I guess a sample is a good start! I’m glad it’s working well for you <3

    • Sunny

      Thanks Taylor! Yeah definitely see if you can have the SA of Sephora squeezing some out for you. It’s always safer to try base products before going in for the full-size thing!

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    i’m so glad you like it! i’ve barely used mine, but I sure need to! :)

    • Sunny

      Oh I do! I think a large part is finding the combination of products that work well together!

  • Sue – MakeupMew

    I used to avoid silicones like a plague but after trying out light-weight, silicone based BB creams and foundations, I’m beginning to think that they are a godsend. They really cut oil secretions by half. I really ought to try out the Best of Becca set since I heard so much about their cheek tints.

    • Sunny

      Hey Sue, I don’t like silicone in my skincare products, but in my base products it seems to be just fine! Best of Becca is a nice way of getting to know Becca, though I would also recommend their powders (blush, are powder foundation) because they are truly impressive!

  • Ziba

    I’ve never tried primers before. So this is really interesting to learn about.

    • Sunny

      If you don’t often have problems making your foundation stay, I can definitely see why! I didn’t start using any regularly till recently.

  • Liz

    This is my current primer (because it’s cheaper than Hourglass, my holy grail), and I was surprised by how much I liked it! I’m super oily so this doesn’t keep me matte all day, but it is more than decent and I’m happy with it since it’s winter and I’m less oily. It’s my first Becca and a nice introduction to the brand. :)

    • Sunny

      Haha now it seems like I have to try the Hourglass one! You NEED to try more from Becca! Their powder products knock it out of the park!