REVIEW | Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

I never thought I’d see the day where I would prefer luminous and dewy foundations over matte ones, but here we are. I have an unhealthy obsession with them, so when I heard about the new foundation that Becca launched, I knew that it was something I definitely wanted to try. It seemed to fit my expectations of a dewy and luminous foundation, and figured it was my duty to report my thoughts on this brand spankin’ new product. So if you want to check out my review, please keep reading!

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Medium


I picked up the Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation in the shade Medium from Sephora for $53 CAD. Right away, I noticed that the shade selection is terrible. There’s only 8 shades and they all apparently have “neutral” undertones. I have to admit, I had a hard time figuring out which shade to get, but I decided to go with Medium based on some of the reviews I’ve seen. Before I get into anything else, let’s start off with the claims:

Smooth on foundation coverage that feels ultra-light and buildable, while it evens and perfects your complexion. Every weightless drop of fluid imparts subtle luminosity that blurs imperfections and leaves a soft-focused glow. The foundation features a curated array of eight flexible shades that flatter all skintones.

Let me start off by saying that their claim about the 8 flexible shades flattering all skintones is absolute bs. If you have any sort of strong undertone, this will not be the foundation for you. Although they claim to have neutral undertones, I find that they lean slightly warm. I also don’t think this will work for anyone who is extremely fair since this product runs very dark. I waffled between getting Beige or Medium since there have been a mix of people who have the same skin tone as me getting one or the other. As I’ve mentioned before, I went with Medium initially, however, after trying the foundation out a few times, I ended up getting Beige since Medium was just too dark for me to use if I wanted more coverage.

The packaging for this product was a little unusual from typical foundations. It comes with a dropper instead of a pump, which I happened to love because it gives you so much more control over how much product you want to dispense. The dropper doesn’t let out too much product at once, so it’s nice if you don’t really use too much in one go. I also love the appearance of the actual product. The bottle is nicely frosted and has a good amount of weight to it. It looks and feels very luxurious.

Application and Wear

After watching/reading a few reviews, I decided that I had to wear some sort of pore-filling primer while using this foundation since I heard that it settles into pores and fine lines. I used the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Primer Perfector on my T-zone and found that it played well with this product. I also used a Beauty Blender to apply the foundation and noticed that it left a great finish – I haven’t tried a brush yet but I would imagine that you could probably get more coverage using one.

becca aqua luminous perfecting foundation in medium NC40


becca aqua luminous perfecting foundation in medium NC40


As you can see from the before & after pictures, the foundation gave a nice sheer-light coverage using a Beauty Blender. The foundation was very blendable and definitely very luminous and dewy, but it didn’t make me look greasy. It looked and felt very natural on the skin, kind of like wearing a tinted moisturizer. I only used about 4 drops of this foundation all over my face, however since it was so much darker than my current skin tone, I was apprehensive of applying a second layer to see how buildable it was. One layer was acceptable for me in terms of coverage, however if I applied any more than that, the shade discrepancy between the foundation and my natural skin tone would be too obvious.

I had to set my face with a powder since I knew I was going to have my makeup on for a while, but the foundation lasted well throughout a 10-hour work day. I did have to touch up my T-zone every few hours because I found that it did get a little shiny, but it wasn’t anything too crazy. If you have extremely dry skin, setting is not necessary.


As I’ve mentioned before, the shade ended up being much more warm-toned than I expected it to be. For me, it works out perfectly since I have more yellow undertones, however for someone who has strong cool-tones or even neutral-tones, it may end up looking a little orange. I’m currently an NC40 and I found that Medium was way too dark for me. I ended up having to get Beige, which is much lighter and a little peachier in comparison to Medium.

becca aqua luminous perfecting foundation in medium swatch, NC40, becca aqua luminous perfecting foundation in beige swatch , NARS sheer glow stromboli swatch, giorgio armani luminous silk foundation 6.5

Nars Sheer Glow in Stromboli, Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Beige, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5, and Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Medium on NC40 skin

For comparison’s sake, I swatched the foundations with NARS Sheer Glow foundation in the shade Stromboli, which I find to be a perfect match to my skin right now. The Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Beige appears to be the same shade but with a peachier undertone. I’m not sure how well that will translate on my skin, but I will post a picture the moment I try it. The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation is a shade that I wear in the summer (if I keep out of the sun as much as I can), and as you can see, the Becca foundation in Medium is much darker. I think that Medium would work for NC43-NC44 since It’s definitely way too dark for individuals who wear NC42.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I really like this foundation. I think it definitely delivers on its claims about being a sheer, lightweight, and luminous foundation. It makes the skin look dewy and angelic, and I would highly recommend it for anyone with a drier skin type who’s looking for that “glow from within”. If you have combination to oily skin, I think you would benefit from wearing a mattifying or pore-filling primer since it may feel a little slick throughout the day, and you would definitely need to set it. If you have straight up oily skin, I would not recommend it at all. The only downside to this foundation is its poor shade selection, however I think darker-skinned individuals with warm undertones would appreciate the fact that the shade range leans deeper and warmer than most foundation lines do, which I think is great because it’s usually the opposite case, however I think this foundation could definitely benefit from having more shades and undertones to cater to every skin tone.


Have you tried the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation?

What are your thoughts?


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2 thoughts on “REVIEW | Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

  1. Wow, it is so hard to find a beauty blogger, let alone Youtuber, around the NC40 shade. Thank you for your reviews and photos as it is so helpful to find what looks good on my skintone. I’ve always felt like anyone between NC37-NC42 gets “forgotten” and it becomes even harder when there are undertones to consider. I use the Becca Aqua Luminous in Beige, which struck me as odd at the time but after seeing Medium, I knew it was going to be too dark. Anyway, I’m definitely going to be following. Thanks!


    1. It’s absolutely my pleasure! I totally feel the same way – there are hardly any decent swatches and reviews on products for our shade range. That was part of the reason why I decided to start this blog in the first place 🙂 I’m so glad you found this post useful!


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