I've changed climates and have been suffering from dry skin this autumn and this, combined with a new exfoliant has actually saved my skin! My skin was flaking around my mouth, my eyes and around my nose. People kept commenting on it and I felt awful, plus it stung when I exercised and always felt tight. This is so moisturising and is also less sheer than I thought it would be. I was expecting a consistency similar to that of LM TM but this is so much better! My skin looks dewy and fresh without looking oily/greasy. I only regret not buying this earlier!
This very sheer foundation (more like a tinted moisturizer, really) comes in 15 different shades, including pink toned, yellow toned and neutral toned ones, up to the very dark side of the skin color spectrum.
Since the product is very light and transparent, you can fall between 2-3 colors and get away with a one that is a tad bit too dark for you, in my opinion.
The product comes in a sleek light plastic bottle with an airless pump, which is very nice. I use 1-1.5 pump for the whole face when applying with a Mac 190 foundation brush.
It has an SPF of 25, which is always a bonus in my book, and it smells very nice - kind of a vanilla scent- but not to the point that it will bother you once it's applied.
This is an extremely lightweight product, actually I'm not surprised Becca includes it in the "priming" step of their "skin perfecting makeup system". Unless you're a 16 years old model with perfect skin, you won't be able to get along with wearing this on its own, as it doesn't hide muchat all. It's actually meant to be used together with the stick foundation and/or the concealer. But it does give a lovely radiance to the skin, and it evens it out nicely excepted for discolorated or hyperpigmented areas.
And it does last extremely well on the skin, even when the weather is a bit extreme.
This foundation is not cheap, but you do pay for a great quality: 50ml, USD42 - £33. Also note that 50ml is more than you usually get in a foundation bottle, the average being 30ml.
Foundation is a misnomer for this product because it really is super light TM. I mean SUPER light. Lighter than theBalm TimeShelter, WnW, Kiehls... I put this into the YSL Apricot Complexion Enhancer camp of sheer lovely colour. There have been other reviews that describe it much more eloquently than I ever could, but needless to say, if this is your only face product, well done because it means you've got stunning skin already.
Because I am not so blessed, I love using this with Becca's Mineral SPF Primer. I believe these products were absolutely made for each other,as the primer goes on with a bit of a white cast (even though I'm very fair, NC 15-20). Perhaps I use too much as I want to ensure that I'm getting the right amount of sun protection because I use retinol at night. However, putting LSF in Nude on top of the primer creates a magical, smooth soft skin tone, texture, surface, than only gets better as the day goes on. A bit of concealer on any spots + undereye circles, a dusting of Coastal Scents silica powder and I'm done. For the day. Yes, for the day. Granted its not summer yet, but I have high hopes for this combo.
For those with particularly dry or problematic skin, I would suggest using LSF as a base before a powder foundation as it is pretty moisturizing and can give that touch extra coverage so you don't need as much heavier foundation.
Honestly I'm happy to have jumped onto the Becca bandwagon. LSF is one of those products where girlfriends say "wow, you look well rested" whenever I wear this. And trust me, for someone who sleeps as little as I do, this is possibly the best compliment I can receive.
I have been using this sheer foundation in camel for about a year. I am of asian decent and personally find that becca has given me the best color match of all the foundations I have tried. It is very hydrating and I use the stick foundation as a concealer. I usually follow up with a loose powder, but am now actually trying to use less powder, so sometimes I just use the foundation all alone by itself. The only con is that there are not many places that sell this brand. I have to order through a spa. Once the spa ran out of my color, and I had to place an order and wait until it was available at the spa, so order ahead of time.
This is the first time in a long time that I've gone out to buy a foundation the proper way. I've been using TM's for so long that I've never bothered to be colour-matched at a Myer/DJ's counter. The last time was when I bought Chanel's Teint Innocence (and even then, I still had to go back for an exchange because the colour I was given, Petale, was too dark). Anyways, I wanted a change from my trusted LM TM in Nude, which I knew was gonna slip off my face come summertime. That and also I wanted something with a little more coverage since one day I looked in the mirror with glasses on and nearly fainted. The SA was really nice and helpful. I walked away happy with the LSC in Cashmere, Concealer in Banana and FLFP in Sesame. However, when I got home, I was a little concerned that the product that I pumped out was extremely watery, more so than Revlon's New Complexion. Shaking the bottle did not make it less watery. I did not remember the product being so watery in store. But I put a small amount on the back of my hand and, using my MAC 190, began applying the foundation. I'm actually glad its so runny. It makes the application much easier and blending so much more seamless. I understand that this is a barely-there foundation, and is really more close to a TM, but I love how it gives my skin a really nice glowy effect, while still looking natural, and it definitely gives much more coverage than the LM TM. You do need powder to set it though as I believe its too hydrating/moisturizing to go without, and I do not think it would be suitable for oily to very oily skins. My skin is combo, I haven't experienced any breakouts yet and its summertime right now in Australia. So hopefully this is an HD for me.
great tinted moisteriser - this is NOT a foundation by any means & the sa explained this to me beforehand - Becca does a stick foundation if you want coverage.
the coverage is super sheer, the foumula is very runny & you definately don't look like you've got anything on afterwards, it just evens out your skin a little which is why i like it. as suggested by the name,'luminous' skin colour means it is shiny & does not control oil at all - i bought the pressed powder in the corresponding shade & pat it on aftrewards & i try to use something else for my nose as it's so oily!
i have combination/oily skin skin [all normal except my oily nose], no acne, no scars, just a bit uneven in tone - some redness in my cheeks, pores on my nose & dark undereye circles. this will not cover any of those things so you will need concealer definately if you have dark circles.
i am an nc25 & got this in nude & the foundation i got in macadamia & the powder in seasame.
recommend if you want a good tinted moisteriser with good sun protection. don't get if you want coverage.
i don't think i'd buy again as it's a bit shiny for my liking & a bit expensive but i'd definately use the bottle i have up =)
I love this product! I do agree with other reviewers that this isn't a product you should use if you don't have relatively good skin as there is very little coverage. That happens to be the thing I love about it. Last year, I used Chanel Pro Lumiere and while I liked the finish, I hated that it covered my freckles (something I happen to like about my complexion). I switched to Laura Mercier Luminous Tinted Moisturizer in the spring and while I found it heavy at times, I liked it better than the Chanel. Now that I have found this though, I am never going back. This, combined with Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder is the ultimate look for me. It's natural enough to wear on days when I don't wear much makeup and also looks great when I am sporting a more made up face. I don't know how they managed to do that but I have never been happier with a foundation product ever. It is lightly scented, very light consistency and gives you the perfect glow without looking made up. Brilliant!
If I had perfect skin I would definitely use this foundation by itself. But the name is, in itself, a bit deceiving. The sheer nature of the coverage is much more akin to a sheer moisturiser. However, the texture of the 'foundation' is so close to what skin really is. It doesn't look flaky or stick to dry skin, a problem I find with a lot of other foundations. Because it is so sheer I tend to use it mixed with other foundations - among my favourite, depending on the situation are Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation for special occasions, Laura Mercier's Tinted Luminous Foundation for days when I feel like a lesser coverage and beautiful, healthy looking luminous skin, and L'Oreal True Match Foundation which I use when I work. If I feel the neee I use a concealer, but this is quite rare. Note that I always powder my skin after application =D and wear a 30+ sunscreen underneath and during the day I use Chanel's UV protected pressed powder.
I have not broken out because of this foundation at all, but I always make sure that I remove all my makeup before going to bed.
Beautiful product. Would definitely recommend for ladies with older skin looking for light coverage (my Mum loves this too), as it doesn't cling to skin and draw attention to wrinkles.
The foundation equivalent of the magically perfect thong: Works under everything, is entirely invisible, so comfortable you forget it's on ... and yet essential to making you look your best.
Somehow, in my recent two-year trek through foundations, I've tried about 75 different formulas. (Yes.) I've tried theatrical brands and just about everything in the department stores and Sephora and Ulta and CVS. I've ordered things that I saw mentioned once here. I've ordered things I saw on YT vids and on QVC. I've tried creams, gels, mousses, liquids, cakes, powders and MMU. I'm sure I've missed a few products, but I can say I've done my homework.
What was I looking for? Something that would make my pale, dry, nearly 50 years old, melasma-bedeviled face look good. Not perfect. Not 35 (though I would accept that!). But healthy, youthful, glowing, even-textured, GOOD. And I wanted it to look good for a whole day. I found things that looked good for a few hours, at most, before needing some serious respackling. I found things that covered every spot but accentuated my pores and flakes and looked like Makeup. I found things that could be made to look good and last ... but that took many minutes of patient sheering out and buffing. And I found several foundations (I'll list them at the end) that worked well under SOME circumstances: with the right primer, when my skin was the right combination of dryness/oiliness, when the moon was the right amount of full. But no real HG.
Finally, I broke down and tried Becca LSC. I had to order it on-line, so I made a guess that my NC10-15 skin would use the second-lightest, neutral shade, Sand. I hated spending $42 on it.
But it has kicked 75 other foundations to the curb.
I do NOT use this alone, except for the most low-maintenance, no-makeup days. I use it over sunscreen, which I've allowed to set. (This has sunscreen, but the PPD is not high enough for someone as prone to melasma as I am.) Then I use concealer under my eyes (Laura Mercier's Secret Concealer, a true HG) and a sheer stick foundation around my nose and on the worst of my melasma (Px AnyWear, RIP). I sheer that out with a damp sponge. I do the rest of my makeup and then set the stick foundation only with powder, either RCMA no-color or Stila's Illuminating Powder Foundation (10 watts). The LSC doesn't seem to need powder on my skin.
By itself, the LSC does exactly what its name implies, and not a thing more. It gives my skin a very slightly luminous hint of color. It is truly "better than bare." My skintone is evened. But the makeup is undetectable. The texture is similar to MAC's F&B, MUFE's F&B or Face Atelier's Ultra Foundation, but the finish is even more natural. That is what I love about it -- the texture of my skin looks youthful and natural, even though the pigmentation isn't perfect.
And then this is what makes it an HG: It looks the same no matter what sunscreen or primer I use it over AND ... any foundation or concealer or blush I want to layer over it looks great. Nothing gets too thick or too sticky, nothing separates or melts off. It plays nicely with everything. I can put it on without thinking, knowing that it will work.
(The also-rans: Alima Satin Matte MMU (best over greasy sunscreens in summer); Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizing balm (a little dark, even in Alabaster, and best when my skin is very, very dry); Tarte Smooth Operator (reformulated and now a bit "tacky," therefore not good with concealer), Stila IPF (best used very sheerly; too matte and drying otherwise); Graftobian Hi-Def (very good as a concealer or when I want a perfect finish for a special occasion; too much work for daily wear).)
Very good foundation, but only if you have perfect skin. I have dry skin and now that the weather is getting colder nothing seemed to work anymore (Burberry and Laura Mercier were too cakey, Chanel Vitalumiere too dark and shiny, Giorgio Armani LSF and Nars Sheer too dry). I do not like tinted moisturisers as I find them too sheer. I went to the Becca counter to try the shimmering skin perfector and the MUA tried this on me. I am NC15 and the colour range is outstanding (I use sand). It imparts a nice glow on my skin and leaves it radiant and moisturised. I conceal problems area with concealer as the LSC is too sheer. Because of the sheer texture I have to top it up with the Becca stick (which makes the whole process lenghty and the two products are veeerryyy expensive). The result is very natural, but it does not last all day.