*deep breath* Hi. My name is Cristine, and I’m a zombie.
Ok, not really, but my dark circles are so intense, some days I feel like I should be at a support group for zombies. I wake up looking like an extra from The Walking Dead, and if I don’t wear make up I get asked if I’m ill. Yeah, it’s that bad.
Since my dark circles are so intense, I’m always excited to test out new ways of concealing, correcting, and brightening my under eye area. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Becca Bright Eyes Collection which consists of: Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer, Under Eye Brightening Corrector, and Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder. I’ve included photos for every step of the process, plus comparisons to the other color correcting products I own. Is the Becca Bright Eyes Collection right for you? Let’s find out!
Disclosure: These products were provided to me by Influenster for testing purposes. This post is not sponsored. This post does not contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer
The Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer is a thin, slick balm designed to reduce puffiness and smooth the under eye area, preparing it for makeup. If you’re concerned about that minty hue- don’t worry, it goes on clear.
This primer contains caffeine which helps to slightly constrict (narrow) blood vessels and reduces puffiness as a result when applied topically. If you’re nerdy like me, here’s a 2010 study from the Journal of Pharmaceutical Science that examines the effects of caffeine on puffy eyes. TLDR: It can reduce puffiness slightly, but don’t expect miracles. Cucumber extract is also included in Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer to help soothe skin.
Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Isohexadecane, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Punica Granatum Extract, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Oleate, Menthoxypropanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Octyldodecanol, Paraffin, Silica, Water, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Neopentanoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492).
This primer has a slippery, silicone feel to it. Normally I don’t like silicone primers, but I actually don’t mind this under my eyes. It doesn’t feel heavy at all, I barely even notice I’m wearing it. The top layer of the product can be a little stiff and waxy, so make sure to warm it up with your fingers to work through this top layer. The product beneath is creamier and easier to apply.
Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer has a tingling/cooling sensation, which I actually really enjoy. I have very sensitive eyes, and this has never caused any problems for me. Definitely stick to the orbital area (the area where you can feel the bone that surrounds your eyes) though- getting makeup in your eyes is never a good idea, but I imagine this product would probably sting a bit.
Some days this product works better for me than others, which I suspect is related to the cause of the puffiness (bloating, lack of sleep, allergies, etc.). In other words, some days there’s just nothing that a primer is going to be able to do to alleviate my under eye puffiness, no matter how great it is. When it does work, I notice my under eye bags are less puffy about 5-10 minutes after I apply the primer. On the days it’s not able to reduce my under eye puffiness, it does still smooth out my under eye area.
One tip with this: do not over apply it. Stick to a thin layer, or else it will make your concealer crease.
I do like this and it has worked well for me for the most part, but I’d say if you’re going to skip anything in the collection, skip this. It doesn’t make a huge difference even on the days it works perfectly. It’s not a bad or completely ineffective product, so I wouldn’t dissuade you from buying it if it’s something you have your heart set on and really want to try. It just isn’t impactful enough, which I think could lead to disappointment for a lot of people. The inconsistent results are also a major downside.
Under Eye Brightening Corrector
Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector comes in two shades; one for light to medium skin tones, and another for medium to deep skin. I have the lighter shade, which is paler and pinker than the shade for deep skin tones. Although I haven’t seen the other shade in person, it appears to have more of a peachy undertone.
The Under Eye Brightening Corrector is a very emollient, reflective, semi-opaque cream. It’s thick, but as it warms up on the skin it becomes easier to spread. Stick to a thin layer with this. If you apply too much or don’t take the time to blend it in to your skin, it will make your concealer crease. Because of my eye shape, my concealer literally always creases, but I did notice a difference as I was testing this. On days where I tried to build this up in an attempt to convince society that I’m not actually the living dead, my concealer would begin to crease earlier in the day and more dramatically. Other than the issue with over applying leading to creasing, this didn’t impact the wear time of my concealer or cause it to break up.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Polybutene, Kaolin, Mica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Barium Sulfate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Squalane, Hexylene Glycol, Trihydroxystearin, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Zinc Chloride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).
This corrector works on the principles of color theory. Colors that are across from each other on the color wheel neutralize each other when layered or combined. In this case, the pink and peach hues will cancel out the blue and purple tones in dark circles. This works great if your dark circles are primarily blue and purple. However, mine are varying shades of red and brown, with a hint of purple thrown in there to keep life interesting. This means that pink correctors like this one often don’t work as well on me.
This is definitely the case with Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector. As you can see from the photos, this product does a great job of reflecting light, which helps to make my under eye area look brighter. However, you can also see my dark circles peeking through, even after I apply concealer because the color of this corrector isn’t the optimal shade to cancel out the colors in my under eye circles. I suspect I would have been able to correct my dark circles better with the shade for deeper skin tones since it appears to have a more orange undertone. You’ll probably have better luck with this if your under eye circles have blue and purple tones.
Whether or not this works for you is going to be largely dependent on the color(s) that make up your under eye circles. If you have blue and/or purple under circles, you’ll probably like this. If you have red and/or brown under eye circles, skip it. Alternatively, you could also try the darker shade. Just be careful if you’re very pale, it’s more difficult to conceal an orange corrector on fair skin.
Two final notes. 1) If you purchase this and there are little beads of moisture on top of the corrector that’s totally normal! The same thing happens with lipsticks all the time. It’s just a result of the conditions during transit, there’s no reason to be concerned! 2) You may notice what looks like very, very tiny shimmer particles in the close up photo of the corrector. Don’t worry about this showing up on your skin or emphasizing fine lines. It’s only enough to reflect light, you can’t actually see it on the skin.
Comparing Becca Brightening Under Eye Corrector With Other Pink/Peach Correctors:
Of the three, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach works far better than the other two (see below, it’s the last photo in this post). This is a combination of having more pigmentation and being a deeper peach shade that suits the colors in my under eyes better. I don’t like Benefit Erase Paste at all. It’s too thick and it really doesn’t do anything for my dark circles. I like how reflective the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector is, and now I’m wondering if I might be able to layer it with the Urban Decay Corrector to get the best of both worlds.
Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder
Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder is a loose powder that’s designed to reflect light and blur the under eye area, while also setting concealer for longevity. It’s a very finely milled, soft, silky powder with no shimmer.
I didn’t like this powder initially and you’ll be able to tell why below. However, I’ve actually come to love this powder now that I’ve started applying it in a different way.
Talc, Silica, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Caprylate, P-Anisic Acid, Kunzea Pomifera Fruit Extract, Syzygium Luehmannii Fruit Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus Leaf Cell Culture, Glycerin, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Alcohol Denat., Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
My skin is quite dry and dehydrated right now. We’ve had a very weird winter here in Vegas, with temperatures varying 20+ degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of days. It’s basically been bouncing between winter and spring for the last two months. My skin absolutely hates inconsistent weather, and frequently rebels by becoming dry and flaky among other things. It’s a battle to make it look and feel hydrated, and I usually lose. As a result, this powder (or any powder, really) can emphasize dryness and texture more than usual.
I’ve found that when I apply this powder with a brush, it tends to look a bit chalky on my skin, and if I over do it, there’s a slight white cast. However, when applied with a sponge, it looks absolutely beautiful. I wanted to show it applied with a brush for this review because I know that’s how most people will apply it, but it’s definitely not a good look for me.
I don’t bake with this powder, I just dab a little bit of the powder onto the tip of my slightly damp Beauty Blender or Real Techniques sponge, tap the sponge in the cap to knock off some of the excess powder, and then gently press the powder into my skin. It melts into my skin and creates a much smoother finish than it does with a brush, so this is definitely the way I’d suggest applying it if you have issues with texture or dryness under your eyes. The Becca Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder sets my concealer and keeps it in place all day, reflects light to make my under eye area look brighter, and doesn’t cause any flashback.
I don’t know how this is going to look on deeper skin tones, so I’d be cautious about this powder if the possibility of a white cast is a concern for you. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is probably a better option for anyone with a deep complexion since that’s available in a tinted shade. It has a similar finish and texture (though not quite as much slip), but it doesn’t have the same reflective quality, so it’s not an exact dupe.
Otherwise, I’d recommend this powder if you don’t have dry/dehydrated skin under your eyes, or you’re ok with applying it with a damp sponge. I know some people hate applying powder with anything other than a brush, but I truly believe that’s the best way to apply this powder.
Finally, here’s a comparison of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach with the Becca Bright Eyes Collection. It seriously makes such a difference to use the right shade of corrector! I also didn’t powder the left side. Not for any particular reason, I just forgot.
What do you think of the Becca Bright Eyes Collection? Are you picking anything up from the collection?
P.S. Any other zombies out here? Who’s bringing the donuts to our support group meeting?
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