August 12, 2018

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Review

Becca Backlight Priming Filter is a water-based illuminating primer that creates a radiant glow. It also softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with this primer, and today I’m telling you why.

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Becca Backlight Priming Filter


becca packaging

Becca Backlight Priming Filter is packaged in a frosted glass bottle with a pump. The pump is great, but I have mixed feelings about the glass bottle. It’s beautiful and it makes the product feel luxurious and expensive. However, it’s not travel-friendly. The good news is if you’re looking to travel with this product, Becca makes a mini that’s half the size and is packaged in a plastic squeeze tube.


Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Panthenol, Silica, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Iron Oxides (CI 77491).


Becca Backlight Priming Filter has a smooth, lotion-like texture. This is a water-based primer, so it doesn’t have the overly slick, almost greasy feel that many silicone-based primers have. It’s also going to be a much better primer for water-based foundations such as my personal fave, MAC Face & Body. Becca Backlight Priming Filter has enough slip that it glides easily over the skin, but as it starts to sink in to the skin and set it becomes slightly less emollient. It’s a perfect texture to allow foundation to apply easily over top, but not so emollient that it makes foundation slide off.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter is somewhat hydrating, but if you have dry skin it’s not going to be a substitute for moisturizer. According to Becca Cosmetics, this primer contains three different types of pearls, which help to catch the light and create a radiant glow.


Becca Backlight Priming Filter does have a slight perfumey scent to it that comes from added fragrance. I notice it a bit when I apply it, but it doesn’t knock me in the face with fragrance. That said, it may be too much for people with sensitivity to scent.


Becca Backlight Priming Filter Swatch

Becca Backlight Priming Filter is supposed to 1) help you achieve a radiant glow 2) blur imperfections and 3) extend the wear time of your foundation by giving it something to adhere to. Surprisingly, I agree with all three of these claims. The glow that this primer creates is out of this world. Out of all of the illuminating primers that I’ve tried, this is not only one of the most radiant, but also the most ‘lit from within’ glow. I get compliments on my skin left and right whenever I wear this, and if you’ve read any of my skincare reviews, you’ll know I’m definitely not someone with perfect skin.

Speaking of perfect skin, yes, this primer does soften the appearance of  fine lines and wrinkles, which I think is particularly impressive for a water-based primer. Most primers that claim to blur imperfections use silicone to temporarily fill in fine lines. I hate the feeling of silicone primers, so being able to experience the blurring effect without that gross greasy feeling is a huge benefit for me.

In both of these photos, I’m wearing Becca Backlight Priming Filter underneath Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation. I’m not wearing any highlighter, all of that glow is from the primer!

If you have particularly large pores anywhere on your face, you may want to avoid applying Becca Backlight Priming Filter to those areas. The light reflection may draw attention to those areas. Instead, apply a mattifying primer to any areas where you have large pores, then apply Becca Backlight Priming Filter everywhere else.

Finally, Becca Backlight Priming Filter claims to extend the wear of your foundation. I do think it extends wear time slightly (1-2 hours), but it’s not the type of primer that’s going to make your foundation last 6+ hours longer in hot, humid weather. I think it keeps my foundation looking fresh and beautiful longer, but it’s not something I’d rely on to get me through a 12 hour day, ya know?

If you’re looking for a glow, this is definitely going to give it to you. My skin is normal to dry, but I think that as long as you’re wanting to add radiance, this could easily work for any skin type. If you have oily skin, consider just adding it to the perimeter of your face and skipping your T-zone if you’re concerned this is going to make you look too oily. As for dry skin, this isn’t a hydrating primer that will combat flakiness, but it will make your skin appear less dull.

Final Thoughts

I know beauty bloggers have a reputation for being hyperbolic, but when I say I would bathe in Becca Backlight Priming Filter, I’m not exaggerating. In addition to wearing this primer almost every day, I even use this on my chest and shoulders when I wear an off-the-shoulder top.  I’ve used my fair share of illuminating primers in the past, and Becca Backlight Priming Filter is by far my favorite. It makes it look like I have naturally gorgeous skin when I definitely don’t. The texture and formulation have gotten along well with every single makeup product I’ve tried with this primer. The only thing I would change about Becca Backlight Priming Filter: ditch the fragrance. It adds nothing to the experience of using the product and could be potentially problematic for someone with sensitive skin.

You’ll probably like this if…

  • You want to add radiance to your skin
  • You wish your skin looked like you were wearing a Snapchat/Instagram filter all the time
  • Silicone primers feel gross to you, or you wear a water-based foundation. This can definitely be used with silicone-based foundations, but you’ll probably see the most benefits from it if you use a water-based foundation.

Skip this if…

  • You’re very sensitive to fragrance
  • You have sensitive skin that is easily irritated by fragrance
  • You’re only looking for a mild glow
  • You have oily skin and you’re concerned this will make you look even oilier. You can definitely use this if you have oily skin, but keep in mind that it’s going to make your skin look shinier. Use it strategically if you have oily skin but still want to create a healthy glow.

$38 for 1oz at Sephora | Ulta | BeccaCosmetics.com

$18 for 0.5oz at Sephora

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