My first purchase of this concealer was in Banana but it happened to be the wrong shade - it was just a little too light for my anglo-asian medium olive toned skin. Because of it being too light it looked ashy and cakey once set with powder. However, after paying a visit to the Becca Boutique the SA immediately knew what my colour was - MACADAMIA(medium with neutral undertones). When I tried it on at home it was the perfect match for my skin. You need to get a shade that matches your skintone perfectly for it not to look cakey and you can't go wrong with Becca as there are so many shades. The coverage is excellent and covers my dark circles better than any other concealer I have tried. Best of all it looks totally natural. I received a small sample of Becca's powder in Wheat which I use to set the concealer and even then, under my eyes it looks perfect. Becca's concealer is far superior to any other and I will definitely repurchase. A HG! UPDATE: Seeing as I have now got a bit of a tan I have had to buy a different shade and have purchased HONEYCOMB which is a shade darker than Macadamia. It's pricey but worth the money
I bought this after reading all the rave reviews on this website. I'm very disappointed with this product. I found both concealers in the compact quite thick, dry and unnatural looking. Despite lots of blending, it looked very obvious that I was wearing makeup - a look which I hate. Also, because of the product's texture it had a tendency to pull the skin under my eyes when I applied it. I definitely won't be rebuying which is a pity since the colour selection is fabulous and the practical packaging a bonus.
I LOVE this product. Funny how it says on the website that women tell Becca that this product changed their lives. I am feeling like a new person. I have always wanted to find a good foundation, but deep down dreaded the feeling of having my face coated with something. With nothing on but the tiniest of dabs of this in a few places, my skin tone looks amazingly even and clear -- it hasn't looked this good in 10 years. It matches my color perfectly, and thanks to the reviewers here, it took me all of 3 minutes to find this shade. As a med-light Asian, banana was a little too yellow, cashew a little too pink, and voila, tahini was IT. The only thing I don't like is the price, so having raved on like a lunatic, I do plan on trying out a couple other concealers before buying this again. But, I have a feeling they won't match up to this.
I have this in praline and it is a perfect match on the face and is too light for the neck, but that is my problem. Anyways this works great on discoloration but not on acne. My favorite paring with this concealer is with Biotherm sense matte, it creates the perfect naturel complexion. Alone this concealer is just like any other, I must say Iam very impressed with the shades. I wouldn't repurchase.
I have this in Torrone and it matches my skin perfectly. I love that if I do get a blemish it covers it perfectly. It also lasts all day on my combination skin. It doesn't look cakey or fake. I love it and will definitly repurchase.
Actually rebought this, so I guess it's a HG. What I love about this is that it doesn't cake or slip off during the day, and Becca has such a huge shade selection. I would imagine almost everyone could find a shade that works. I use this both under my eyes and on the occasional blemish, with a concealer brush. I'm an NC17.5 (wish that existed!) and wear Praline in winter and Banane in summer when I use self tanner.
The container is a pain though, sometimes it doesn't close all the way and dries out a bit. Also, the shade identifier sticker falls off the back of the thing, making it hard to know which shade you have if you want to rebuy. I write the shade name on the back with a ultra thin sharpie.
I'm a MAC C6/CCC, purchased Cappucinno (w/the Wheat Powder), and like some of the other reviewers, I can say that heavier coverage side for the face is great, and I have not found another product like it, really masks discoloration of almost any kind - awesome. It was somewhat more of a challenge with the side used for the undereye, as it looked a little dark, but after applying the powder looked more natural. If you have strong yellow undertones, finding the correct color can be a challenge and I strongly recommend sampling or using the color charts before puchasing. Bottom line: I would stick w/this solely for the face coverage. UPDATE 10/6/06: I tried a lighter color than recommended (honey) and it looks perfect. Not finding much difference between the thick and thinner sides, but I love the way it covers undereye circles - now that I have the right shade. I'm still leaving the 4 lippies due to silly price which I will gladly pay bec its a great concealer.
Love this product. It really cover, I mean really! I might actually get a darker color for all over as a foundation, as i need full coverage. Thank you ladies for the reviews.
I am Asian with melasma (sunspots) and i've tried everything to cover it including Chanel, Shiseido, and MAC but none of those brands covered it as well as BECCA. The BECCA combination of foundation (Caramel) and Concealer Compact (Cashew) has covered my sunspots almost completely. It's miserable having these pesky sunspots that won't go away even after seeing numerous dermatologists. BECCA has helped the most cover it with looking perfectly natural. Natural is the key word. I don't look overly made up or covered up. I also suggest Caudalie Vinotherapie that has improved my skin texture and actually lighted my melasma.
I have a long history with this concealor and believe it or not, I still haven't found a good color match. The best luck I've had so far is with combining two shades, Praline and Tahini. (For reference, LM Warm Ivory is a touch too light for me; Stila ILF in 30 Watts and Perfecting Foundation in C are perfect.) I get a little of each shade on the two different sides of a brush then blend them together on my hand. This has the nice effect of melting the concealor a bit, making it easier to apply without having to use a lot of eye cream underneath, though it is time-consuming and I end up wasting a lot.
Like a previous reviewer, I've gotten different shade recommendations every time I asked, both at Sephora (terrible lighting) and Nordstrom (better). I started with Biscuit (too white) then went all the way to Tahini (too dark and a bit too tan). Then I tried Praline (too light) and Latte (too gray). I didn't even consider Banana because that looked way too yellow. With all these shades around, I started combining and experimenting. As many colors as there are, I think there is a gap in the line since it's such a big leap from Praline to Tahini and there's no light shade with a touch of pink in it that isn't overly gray.
Otherwise, I'm happy with the formula. It stays put a good long while, especially if I go easy on the eye cream and take the time to blend properly. (On the package insert, Becca recommends a rolling instead of a wiping motion. My results are better if I take a little extra time to let the applied concealer melt a little further on my face before blending.) I don't use setting powder, which I believe emphasizes my lines. I also use the concealor along my lipline to cover some redness there.
Packaging quality is iffy. The rubberized coating peels off the compact after awhile, and I recently had a hinge break off one of mine. Now I have the four pans of the two shades side by side in a Trish McEvoy planner page. It's a handy arrangement; I'm just hoping they don't dry out.
I haven't stopped searching for my one perfect concealor, so I'll keep using this until I do .. or until my patience with combining runs out.
UPDATE 10/16/06: I am still using this, blending the two shades, but I discovered another use for the lighter one: a light (VERY LIGHT) dab on my very rosy-red lips, blended well, makes a nice base for paler lip colors. continued >>