By Devon Abelman. Photo by: Hannah Choi/Allure.
Tired of your same-old foundation, concealer, and setting powder? Meet the Becca Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder. The latest launch from my favorite brand of highlighter claims to do it all, from providing full coverage to contouring. Could this mean I could finally KonMari my makeup bag and could ditch all three in favor of this one powder? I put it to the test to see if the powder really lives up to its name.
First, I tried the multiuse product out as a foundation. I'm not trying to insult your intelligence by telling you to use the Becca Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder as a powder foundation, but I thought I'd start off with the obvious. As someone who is pro liquid foundation and BB creams, I rarely venture into powder foundation territory. For some reason, I've convinced myself that it won't stay put on my combination skin and will end up bringing attention to my dry spots rather than covering my ruddy ones. Everything I knew about powder foundation was proved wrong when I applied this product with a damp Beautyblender. Pressing the slightly moist sponge into the compact allowed the product to transform almost to a cream. To my surprise, the Fair shade blended seamlessly into my skin pretty much exactly like my favorite liquid foundations. My skin looked uniform and naturally flawless. And best of all, it felt lightweight and smooth, not gritty or chalky.
After that surprising success, I moved on to a use I was most skeptical of: concealer. My under-eyes have a dark life all of their own, and they're so stubborn that that devious purple hue peeks through any concealer, thick or thin. Because I had already walked all the way down the hallway to the bathroom to wet my Beautyblender, I decided to turn to my ultimate lazy-girl hack. I spritzed my concealer brush with the First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist to dampen it. Operating under the assumption that damp eye-shadow brushes make pigmented powders more intense, I dipped it into the powder compact to create a concealer. I know what they say about assumptions, so I was thrilled that my lazy-girl hack with the Becca Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder actually worked. I dabbed it along my under-eyes and the mosquito bites on my forehead, then blended with my foundation with the damp Beautyblender. All my skin-related problems took a backseat under the coverage of the powder. Plus, the powder is packed with skin-loving ingredients like aloe and vitamins C and E, so it's probably better for soothing my undereye bags than my usual concealer.
Next, I tried the least practical of the uses. If you love the velvety powder as much as I do, I guess you could invest in a couple shades of the Becca Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder for highlighting and contouring. Because I'm pale and had to use the lightest shade as a foundation, I can't honestly attest to the powder's highlighting abilities. However, I was able to contour. Tan helped me carve out my cheekbones and add some shading around my hairline and chin. The results were soft, believable, and a far cry from Instagram clones.
Last but not least, I washed my face to try the Becca Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder as a setting powder. I figured my experiment would be more thorough if I used it over my everyday face of liquid foundation. I swirled an It Cosmetics powder brush in the powder before tapping it along my complexion. Almost four hours into wear, my base makeup still looks as good as it did when I left the house. Because the compact is smaller than Becca's highlighters, I can pop it into my bag for midday touch-ups without sacrificing valuable purse real estate.
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