BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer Review on Dark Skin #SwatchesInSeptember

Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.

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I reviewed and loved BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation, and now we have the BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer—a water-rich concealer with staying power like nobody’s business. BECCA sent over the 9 flexible shade range.

So first things first, you might look at this and be all like “NINE SHADES?!?! THAT’S IT?!?!” but much like the foundation, BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer has the ability to be flexible—meaning that a range of shades can wear one concealer. There’s a technical explanation behind this having to do with water content, but for purposes of this post, we’ll call it magic…lol.

BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer Official Description:

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What it is:
A weightless, water-rich concealer with flexible pigments that are infused with light technology to conceal and blur imperfections for a long-lasting, perfected look.

What it does:
Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer provides weightless, buildable coverage with every water-light drop. This 32 percent water-rich concealer is easily blendable, and it blurs imperfections, covers dark circles, hides blemishes and hyper pigmentation, and perfects skintone while creating a radiant-looking complexion. Its lightweight texture fuses with the skin and effortlessly delivers light-to-medium, buildable coverage for a natural-looking, non-cakey finish. It includes a custom dewdrop applicator that provides the perfect amount of product for an even application.

This concealer is legit! To be honest I was kinda thinking that this liquid concealer (I haven’t used liquid concealers in a while—I’ve been a cream concealer type of girl) would look nice but wouldn’t cover like I needed it to, but boy, was I wrong. I used the deepest shade Deep Bronze and it worked well to brighten my under eye area nicely as well as cover up some dark spots on my forehead. I would have preferred a shade a teeny bit darker than Deep Bronze to cover dark spots on my certain parts of my forehead and chin since those areas tend to be darker than the rest of my face—a common trait among women of color—many of us are darker around the perimeter of our faces and lighter in the center. But Deep Bronze was pretty flexible in that I was able to use it under my eyes and on the majority of the spots on my forehead seamlessly. Typically I can’t use the same concealer shade in those areas—I use a lighter color to brighten under my eyes (or highlight) and then I would use a deeper color to cover dark spots (this is assuming I’m not wearing foundation or the foundation I’m wearing doesn’t cover the dark spots—usually I don’t need concealer on my chin or forehead because my foundation is enough). I also gave Deep Golden a whirl to see how it would look under my eyes, but I thought it was a bit too light for me. Deep Bronze was definitely the better shade for me.

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I’m wearing Deep Bronze under my eyes and to cover the dark spots on my forehead and chin in both pics

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The wear on this is amazing as is application—I love the dewdrop applicator because it gets the concealer exactly where I need it and then I blend it out with a beautyblender (alternatively you can also use your fingers, but I LOOOOVE my beautyblender). I didn’t experience any creasing or fading with the concealer and I tested it out while running errands all day. I can’t speak on whether or not it settles into fine lines because I don’t have any, BUT the formula definitely seems pretty solid. If you’re very worried about concealer settling into fine lines or wrinkles, try the Estee Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer—it’s a concealer I used to use on clients with very textured skin back when I worked at the EL counter. You can also use a wrinkle filler or smoother or primer on the eye area first and then apply your concealer—that can also help to prolong the wear and prevent settling.

Overall this BECCA concealer is amazing especially if you’re the “just cover up where you need it and go” type of girl. I loved it, but I have two makeup looks really: either not a stitch of makeup at all or beat down with highlight and contour…lol. If I did “light” makeup looks, I’d be all on this more.

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BUT as a long-time BECCA fan going back to when I bought my first foundation stick and concealer duo from the brand in 2005, I am a teeny bit apprehensive about these “flexible” shade products. I worry that the brand might be steering away from the wide selection of shades we’ve known them for—not that this might be their intention, but we all know how perception is. Folks who may not know the BECCA brand might feel as if the shade range in the Aqua Luminous products are too limiting and may not buy from the brand and what if there’s a decrease in sales of the deeper shades in other product lines and then they slowly start to discontinue some of them? Gah, I hope not.

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Bottom line: BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer is an amazing, great-performing concealer. It’s likely more for those who use concealer where they need it and go (as opposed to highlighting and contouring).

Price and where to buy: $30 each at Sephora (plus 4% cash back when you use eBates), ULTA (plus 3% cash back when you use eBates), and beccacosmetics.com

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A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, StyleBlazer.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style expert on CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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