You know a foundation is amazing when you catch your reflection later and think, "Wow."
That's exactly how I felt about Becca's Mineral Powder Foundation a few weeks ago when I was able to try it out in person during my makeup odyssey/a>. I applied two similar shades in the medium category to both halves of my face which is how I typically test out new foundations when looking for which color is right for me. Don't get me wrong, I do a small swatch test to my jawline and when I just can't decide between two shades, I apply one to each half. Usually the shades are similar enough that I don't look like a jarlequin but that's just my technique when matching myself to a new foundation.
When I first got to Sephora in the downtown, I actually tried three different medium shades. One swatched a powdery yelllow to my skin but surprisingly once blended, actually melded into my skin. There were two others that were much better and in the end, I felt that Noisette was a better match, although Tan came in a close second and would be better for me post-tropical vacation with its slightly warmer hue. Becca claims a "shade match guarantee" on it's foundation products and I believe it. What really drew me to the brand is how my skin felt hours later... No itchiness, redness or irritation. I have sensitive skin and can only tolerate certain foundations or powders. Make Up For Ever makes fabulous medium-full coverage foundations but that's one brand that makes my face itch.
The box that the powder comes in is deceiving because the actual compact isn't very large, easily fitting into the palm of my hand. I was pleasantly surprised to find the compact came housed in a zippered pouch which I adore because I like to keep my beauty products as pristine as possible and this pouch would prevent any scratches to the compact, which is rubberized dark grey (Nars'esque) with a metal topper that reminds me of a denim pant's fly button.
The compact comes with a sponge applicator which gives me light-medium coverage. For sheer coverage or to set foundation, I would use a large fluffy brush.
What I love about this foundation is the subtle iridescent mineral particles that seem to diffuse light to my face and make my skin appear nearly flawless. The coverage is light enough for my true skin to come true and look natural. Unless I'm going to a special event or out for the evening, I prefer a natural look and Becca's Mineral Powder helps make that possible. I only wish every Sephora had a Becca section, which now that I think of it is a blessing, because otherwise my wallet would be in deep trouble.