Toss or Keep: BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Review + Other Foundations I’m Keeping

Project Toss or Keep — where I would use one foundation for most of the month and decide if I would toss or keep it.

I kind of cheated when I chose BECCA to kick off this series. I started with something easy for motivation. I already tried letting go of this foundation last year just because of the scent–like old school makeup. I decided to hold on to it again and found a way to make it work by setting it with a heavily scented finishing powder that I like. Based on reviews, most people don’t seem to be bothered by the scent at all, so I guess it’s just me.

This should be my kind of foundation — low coverage, dewy finish — but I was let down by the overall experience. The product didn’t live up to its price tag (PhP 2,900 at Adora). It’s good, but not good enough for the price.

When they labeled this ultra-sheer, they meant it. It really is sheerer than sheer. I can somehow “build it up” to sheer (whut?!) but what’s the point? This foundation is more for people with relatively even-toned skin who only needs an anti-dullifier.

When the sales person applied this on me at the store, I thought the coverage was the same as Koh Gen Doh Aqua. The lighting at Adora, guys — make sure you check the makeup applied to you in natural light before buying makeup there. While I do love low coverage skin-enhancing foundations, this is just too sheer, sheerer than all tinted moisturizers and bb creams I tried.

What I liked is that it’s moisturizing. I skip moisturizer altogether when I use this. However, it only has SPF 25+. I want more plus-ses with my SPF (+ = UVA protection) so I usually put on sunblock first when using this.

I honestly think I can finish this if I use it with Chanel Les Beiges powder or any other powder that has equally strong but tolerable scent. If I didn’t have 12 other face bases, this is a keep since I don’t need much coverage for everyday. But relative to all other low coverage foundations I have, my final verdict is: TOSS.

Other Foundations I’m Keeping (For Now)

I did a quick run-through of all other foundations I will defer testing and prioritize the ones I’m 50-50 about. For now, I decided to keep these four:

  • NARS Sheer Glow – Stromboli
  • Ellana Minerals Pressed Foundation – Macchiato
  • MAC Face and Body – C4
  • Koh Gen Doh Aqua  – OC2

Next: L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup



  1. Rae, this post is perfect. I’ve been itching to buy a new foundation today! :))


  2. Super curious about Becca bases and highlighting powder. I only have one product from the brand (blush) and I love it. Maybe I should visit Adora after my ban. 🙂


    1. I want to try their matte lispticks. Pero ang dami ko nang lipsticks.


  3. I seriously need to do a foundation purge. I have so many that are either too dark or too light, the wrong undertone, etc but I hold onto them thinking that I’ll be able to color correct them. So far, I’ve been mixing them and having a good result 😀 Still want to try Bourjois, Marc Jacobs, and Laura Mercier but not going to until I finish up at least 3 more…finished up my Covergirl finally!


    1. I remember your covergirl. I’m amazed by how you made it look dewy considering how matte it is.


      1. Hehe, I have Hourglass to thank for that. Best of both worlds: Oil control and dewiness xD


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  5. I’m lovin this toss or keep thing you’re doing. It felt so real to me… Although it is, actually! Haha wala lang.. I like it.


    1. I’m not so sure if I got what you mean, but, thank you! I hope I succeed with this 😀


      1. Haha! I might have said it the wrong way 😛 . I’m excited on your next post! 😀


  6. I feel you on the Becca Ultrasheer. I have it in Bamboo and it is stupidly sheer. Pointless, really. But I haven’t worked up the nerve to let it go.


    1. It’s particularly harder to let go of expensive stuff. 😦


  7. I actually never tried anything from Becca, but this looks like something I would wear during the winter time :3
    Take care*


    1. I think you’re right. I remember I quit using this in the summer.


  8. The lighting test! Gets me every time. Just when I think a foundation is perfect, all I have to do is go home and see how unnatural it looks like under fluorescent light. sigh Part of the reason why it’s taking me an eternity to choose.


    1. I take it you’re particular about shade and undertone. Me too.

      Anyway, if you haven’t yet, check out Koh Gen Do Aqua. It doesn’t change color and the colors are ‘far east asia’ skintone-friendly.


  9. I’m so picky with scents too! If I don’t like the scent, there’s nothing that can convince me to use the product. And I often seem to mind it, when others can’t even tell something is scented at all


    1. Also, my throat becomes dry and sometimes I become stuffy. I haven’t figured out what ingredient causes this reaction. But so far I’m ok with citrus and vanilla scents. I mostly react to floral and musky scents.


  10. Shame that this didn’t work out for you, heard great things about it pa naman. Parang primer-ish lang ang dating niya, noh?


    1. Parang tinted moisturizer. 😦

      Anyway, I’ve been checking your twitter feed every few times for the links you share re: NARS All-Day Luminous 😛


  11. I feel for you doing this – but I love it at the same time, so good job!

    I’m pretty content when it comes to bases – I have three atm (2 foundations and one BB cream, but the new NARS foundation is calling me ever so slightly…) but eyeshadows seem to be what I ‘collect’ sigh.

    Will be looking forward to the next instalment! 😀


    1. Me too! I’ve been deliberately looking for, reading, and re-reading negative reviews (however few they are) to keep me from buying. Although, it is one of my 4 allowable purchases for the year. I can only buy 4 items so I have to make it count.


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