The First Light Priming Filter from BECCA Cosmetics acts as a “sister” product for another of the brand’s primer products, the Backlight Priming Filter, which we’ve talked about here on the site before. Visually, in comparison to the golden nude motif of the Backlight Priming Filter, the First Light Priming Filter has a purple color scheme, which also reflects the nature and use of the product.
In the principles of color correction with makeup, purple is used to cancel out unwanted “yellow” tones on the skin, basically meaning sallowness and/or pastiness. The lilac-toned liquid may not be an all-out color corrector, but with its sheer purple color, it lightly cancels out the appearance of these unwanted patches, and overall, makes skin look more healthy, even before any other complexion products come into the picture. In addition to that, there are some cases wherein the product is also able to assist in actually making the complexion more even and smooth. Additionally, any other makeup placed above this particular makeup will also gain a softer, more polished look, so that’s definitely something you can look forward to with this primer.
But on the other hand, using this product comes with a few caveats. First, we weren’t fans of the consistency of the product. The formula is significantly more runny than its sister product’s, making it just a teensy bit more difficult to apply to the skin and blend out properly. This product also doesn’t have any oil control properties, which is a shame because with how good this makes the base skin look, it’s a little bit sad that makeup doesn’t last any longer than it usually does above this primer.
That said, it’s still a pretty solid primer, especially if you have issues with sallowness, pastiness, or your skin just generally looking weird color-wise. We generally found ourselves pleased with how it performed barring the qualities that, to us, were the primary issues of this product.
SUITABLE FOR: Normal to dry skin.