Review: BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Peach

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Mar 052017

Becca’s Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in Peach ($30) has been knocking around in my makeup bag for a few months at this point. As you might know from back in the day when I did this post, I have blue discoloration in my under eye area that requires some color correction that I apply before my concealer. Last sprint when I was running low, I thought that I’d give Becca’s Backlight in Peach a shot.

My favorites to correct this area are Giorgio Armani in #2 Orange ($40) and the Tom Ford Illuminating Pen in Amber Eclat ($52). That’s still true, even after working my way halfway through the Becca Peach.  I find the texture of Giorgio Armani’s and Tom Ford to be more elegant for the eye area for someone of my age range.

I will say that Becca Peach does correct blue like nobody’s business. It can be sheered out on any blue-based area of discoloration on the face or in the underage and wow–under a concealer–it really does cancel. After a side-by-side test, I can say that Becca Peach works even better than Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector, it’s pink-tone shimmery brightening product, for cancelling out blue-based under eye shadows. So if you are completely over worrying about blue-undertones making you look weary, Becca Peach does deliver. In other words, if the Tom Ford and Armani are just not deep enough to cut out the blue, then the Becca is the right choice. The texture of the product just is not formulated quite as well for the delicate-skin under eye area as the others, so if you don’t need that strength of correction then you don’t need to go there.

If you are the type of person who gauges these things (I’m not), the amount you get for the price, of course, with Becca Peach is generous with 0.16 ounces (compared with Armani’s has .14  and Tom Ford has .11 oz.). As you can see from this swatch, Becca Peach is a robust orange.

You don’t need a bullet proof concealer to cover it, but you definitely need something medium. I’ve had no problems using Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer or Clarins Instant Concealer. However, some denser formulas like Tarte Shape Tape seem to be too much–together, these two get a little too thick and cakey to look natural in my opinion. And it would be a rare person, I think, who would need both this very powerful Becca corrector AND Shape Tape. It’s probably overkill on most.

Overall, Becca Undereye Brightening Corrector offers serious correction. The texture is a little on the thicker side, so unless you really need this level of correction, I’d stay with the other options.

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Jul 082015

Clarins Instant Concealer 1Clarins Instant Concealer ($31/0.5 oz.) is an ideal concealer for those with dry skin or fine under eye lines who are looking for medium coverage. The effect is very natural, giving a softening effect without migrating into fine lines. This concealer is available in four (4) shades–I chose #02 for my MAC NC15/20-Chanel Ivoire skin tone and find that this is a good, natural-looking match. Clarins Instant Concealer is available at Clarins online, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and other Clarins sources.

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Oct 312012

A few weeks ago, I became curious about color correctors. Above, are the results of my experiment and some thoughts about how things went. My adventure started at a few makeup counters where artists tried an orange or yellow-toned corrector to counteract my blue-toned dark circles and the now-highly faded remainder of sun damage (a treatment summary is here).

I used to think of color correctors as using a distasteful green color and I couldn’t imagine doing that. Well, as it turns out, green isn’t the type of color correction that I’d ever need, so I had a mental block against trying any. Yellow or amber are said to be best to counteract blue or ashiness. Here’s a summary of my experiment–first, face primers and then undereye correctors.

Face Primers

1. Make Up For Ever HD Perfecting Primer in Yellow #6 ($34) This is a sheer yellow that essentially brightens warm-tone pale skin. The line makes other colors (caramel, mauve, green). The strength is its stability. This certainly helps makes my foundation last all day. I found that the color-correcting properties were modest and subtle. However, it did keep my foundation from shifting or fading, thus maximizing coverage over problem areas throughout the day. If you are already  using a stable, long-lasting foundation, you might not notice a tremendous difference.

2. Yves Saint Laurent Tient Parfait Complexion Enhancer in #4 Apricot ($ 42) is a cosmetically elegant, luxurious mousse that provides a sheer coverage of skin-brightening, luminous color. This YSL Complexion Enhancer provides enough coverage that, when used with a light coverage of a powder foundation, is a nice, casual-day look. It really gives me a peaches-and-cream glow. No, really. Like many other YSL products that I’ve used, the Complexion Enhancer seems a bit fragile. Over time and in high humidity/heat, I noticed fading and disappearing long before sundown.


Under Eye Color Correctors

1. MAC Studio Finish in Pure Orange ($12) I became curious about this product watching this video on the MAC website. It features concealers for hot climates (where I’m currently visiting). After researching it, I found advice that this will work to color-correct light skin tones if it is blended with concealer or foundation. I’m sure a makeup artist has no trouble doing that, and this is the most cost-effective corrector on the market. It’s highly pigmented, and would probably last a year if not longer. I found that I lacked patience to dilute this on a daily basis, I just didn’t have the knack–some days it was too orange, some days not enough. Not for me. This also comes in a pot for $18.

2. Bobbi Brown Correctors in Porcelain Peach and Peach ($23 each).  Bobbi Brown makes four (4!) different peach correctors. Porcelain Peach is lightest and Peach is the third darkest. These worked pretty well. They are not as cost-effecient compared to MAC Pure Orange (nothing is!) but they were super easy to use. They blend well, and look close to natural.

3. Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen in Amber Eclat ($52) This worked best of all of the options that I’ve tried (I bought two), even better than Armani’s Master Corrector in #2 Orange. This looks quite natural and has good lasting power. I use a concealer over this.

Close up of the Tom Ford brush:

Although Tom Ford makes concealers, Amber Eclat is a corrector–so it has a decided amber-orange tone. Here’s a quick comparison with some other concealers that I happen to have with me on this trip–Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer in #1, Armani Maestro Corrector in #2 and Chanel Pro Lumiere Corrector in #10 (this may be discontinued):

As you can see, the Tom Ford leans orange, and the Armani almost disappears in its natural look. They actually work nicely together.

Some Results of My Experiment

For face primers, I did not find a corrector which really does the job. I fell in love with the YSL Perfection Enhancer in Apricot for a peaches-and-cream glow, does that count? I only wish it has the longevity of the Make Up For Ever HD Primer. The best thing that works if I want a flawless canvas is a light concealer. As I said here, the Giorgio Armani Maestro Concealer gives me a very natural, undetectable look.  If you need more coverage,  Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer ($32) is absolutely bullet proof and comes in a wide color range. Vichy Dermablend Liquid Foundation ($28ish) is another good choice.

For eye primers, Tom Ford won my heart. Although I use a concealer over it, I find my concealer lasts longer, and I need far less of it, wearing the correct. It just works well. 

For more about correctors, I found Goss Makeup Artist video here very helpful.

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