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First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh by BECCA

First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh

color correction(14)
finish: demi-matte
Variation: First Light Priming Filter Face Primer
First Light Priming Filter Face PrimerFirst Light Priming Filter Face Primer

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feels lightweight, and delivers water-based moisture which keeps oil-production at bay

- Sephora User

i've only seen one other person on youtube use it this way and it's a shame because it really is a universal highlighter for all skintones without feeling heavy and greasy

- Sephora User



especially good for dry skin

- Sephora User

i highly recommend this to anyone who has dry-dry combo skins you won't be sorry

- Sephora User



seriously, i use this, pat just like it says, use whatever foundation i've picked for the day (usually lancôme teinte idol, make up forever mattifying) and as my setting powder, rcma no color

- Sephora User

to combat the shine it gives me i end up layering this over a mattifying primer so that i get the longevity and oil control from that and the complexion help from this, so it is very much an extra step and if you're oily without needing the skin evening properties this probably isn't for you - but anyone with redness who doesn't want a heavy duty green corrector over their entire face every day can get an easy redness control from this

- Spacenk User

color correction

color correcting

this is now my fave and i love the color correcting and hydrating qualities

- Ulta User

it's glowy and colorcorrecting and is an amazing primer for all of my foundations

- Sephora User

staying power


this product honestly helped me feel more beautiful because it's the first product that helped with covering marks on my face and made my foundation last all day

- Ulta User

this primer really makes my foundation look undetectable and helps it stay on all day

- Sephora User



this stuff not only keeps my face matte, it actually fills in the pits in my skin, making my face look the smoothest it's looked in years

- Sephora User

it smooths my skin, shrinks pores, helps with redness and spots makes my makeup look flawless and smells incredible

- Cult Beauty User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

i had no pore accentuation, no blemish (yes, i have blemishes/hyper-pigmentation) accentuation, no melting,and very minimal/minuscule shine by the end of the night

- Sephora User

i really love how soft and easy it is to apply helps with my pores while giving my face a beautiful glow this is a must have item *item was given to me for free for review

- Sephora User



this primer provides me with a gorgeous, natural, and healthy glow without looking greasy, even under my semi-matte finish foundation

- Sephora User

this product was recommended by one of the ulta beauty consultants as the perfect primer to use under semi-matte or matte foundation (i use l'oréal infallible pro-matte)

- Ulta User
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Sephora userMarch 7, 2016

Pleasantly Surprised

I purchased this by mistake. I meant to get the back lit filter primer by Becca. For over a year I have been having a major oil issue. There was not a single long wearing foundation or primer that could challenge the oil on my face. This is unfortunate because I hate matte foundations as they feel too heavy for my taste. I was disappointed that I picked the wrong primer having not liked the way this foundation seemed to have very short "play time". It sets super fast and I imagined having it bunch up and patchy foundations with dry spots around my mouth. Nope! To my surprise none of my fears came true. It does set very quickly but It did not bunch up. I used one of my more moisturizing and dewy foundations as I was afraid of the heaviness the primer would cause , expecting it to have a bad reaction between the two products. I was surprised by how beautifully the foundation applied over the foundation. I used a Beauty blender so not to move the product around. My previously dewy foundation set to the most light and gorgeous matte finish I have ever seen. It does not feel tight in any of my dry places. It dramatically camouflaged my pores. My blush, highlight and bronzer apply like a dream which help bring the appearance of healthy skin with a glow. While wearing this in muggy, Texas humid weather it did not budge, no oil, no separation or transferring. It's as if my skin is made of porcelain without looking chalky or powdery. What amazes me is that it seems this product can transform so many of my winter foundations to use for summer. I'm relieved that I have found a product that I can help keep my makeup perfect for my summer wedding. If I have any advice for anyone who purchased this and is not happy with it, it's to experiment with it. If long wearing foundations do not blend or apply on top, try a more luminous or moisturizing formula. Experiment with the product. It's Fantastic! « less

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Sephora userMay 5, 2014

I am SO impressed by this product.

At first, I wasn't sure if I would end up liking this primer. I had seen previous reviews and concerns about how it is difficult to apply and makes foundation look dried out or different over the primer. So, on a day when I wasn't going to any big event, I pulled out this primer instead of my Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (my old standby, which helps makeup stay but doesn't control oil like I'd like) and gave it a go.Holy moly, I have never had so many compliments on my skin and makeup before. The first few times I tried this out, I immediately got two comments that I looked like my skin was very 'porcelain,' smooth, and glowing. They asked me what I had done differently, and the only thing that was different about my routine was the primer I used! I was astonished at what kind of difference it made in the overall look of my complexion. And not only that, but my makeup lasted all day with zero shine breakthrough. At most, only a healthy glow emerged throughout the day, but no oil slicks or greasiness.I apply the Becca primer by placing a small dab on my fingertips, warming it up but rubbing my fingers together, then gently but firmly stippling/patting the primer into my oily t-zone area (don't rub it in like a lotion! this is important!). This includes my forehead, my nose, the tops of my cheekbones, and my chin. I don't find it necessary to use an additional primer on my less oily areas. I allow this to set and to dry, then blend foundation on top of it.I have looked perfect and polished every time I used this.I am not sure how this will work under a mattifying / oil-control foundation, as I mostly used this with my Guerlain Lingerie de Peau and my BB cremes/tinted moisturizers, where it works like a charm. I would hesitate to pair this primer with an oil control foundation, because I think that is where issues of dry foundations might come in. Still, if you struggle with oily skin like me and possess an arsenal of natural-finish foundations that you would love to last longer without the shine, pick this up!! It's been a saving grace for me! « less

- Sephora
ulta.com userMarch 30, 2017

My New Favorite Primer

Let's start off with references to my skin texture/pores/type/color/etc. I have oily/combination skin where most of my oil production occurs on my T-zone (mostly towards my forehead/in between my eyesbrows), and sometimes near my eyes/under my eyes. However, my nose tends to be on the dryer side, but that could also be caused by the salt soaks I do for my nose piercing. I also have naturally small pores and smooth texture. I do have sensitive skin with prone to breaking out and acne scarring.Now onto the product. Simply amazing. I waited a week of trial and error with this product before writing up a review and I don't think I found any error. On it's own, this primer really does give that radiant glow to your skin - that "lit from within" type of glow and not that "sweaty I just ran a marathon" glow (but if that's what you're into I apologize). Under my foundation is even better! I use Urban Decay's Naked foundation as well as Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation for special occasions and this primer instantly gives that soft glow. Not only does it smooth and primes my skin, it's long-lasting! Although I do get oily at around 2 PM - 3 PM (normal for me), it still keeps my makeup in place after I blot! I put my foundation at around 7 AM before work and my makeup still looks flawless at 9 PM when I remove it. Talk about all day wear. I used to use Smashbox's original primer (the clear one) and although that one works amazing as well, it did sometimes separate my makeup at the end of the day. Definitely not as long-lasting as this one. The only other primer that is comparable to this one is Makeup Forever's Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer. This one is super long lasting and so great for oily skin - BUT it doesn't give that radiant glow I like from this primer.Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this primer. All my oily gals out there, don't sleep on this! It's definitely worth the try to get a sample (if you can) before making a purchase. « less

- ulta.com
Sephora userNovember 12, 2015

Not worth it

I dont have any problems with the product but its just not doing anything for me. I have combination skin and my skin will naturally glow after a few hours so I do not see this as a must have. I used it all over my face and after finishing my makeup with powder being the last step its like this product is not even on my face. No glow at all. I hear a lot of people with dry skin liking it but for me I do not even see a glow. Maybe if I dont set my makeup with powder it will show up but I have to use powder on my tzone. I am aware that the glow will be very subtle but I am looking very closely at my face and even in artificial light I do not see any glow or illuminating effects from this product. I absolutely love the liquid skin perfectors than this. I can place it in the areas I want and actually makes my skin glow and it looks absolutely natural. For me this seemed to be overpriced and not doing what its supposed to do. This product also has a scent. So if you do not like scents you might not like it. « less

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Sephora userApril 1, 2016

MUST MIX THIS: it transforms other products

If you are oily and you use acne products that make you flaky or peel, you have primer issues. These are my issues, and this primer is a must have for me, so get this primer to at least try it out if you have those same problems. The primer issue is that primer can make your makeup come off faster even though it says it does the opposite, if you have enough oil. And primer can make your oil free foundation look pasty gross thick and cheap if it is chalky or pasty enough to absorb too much of the liquid of the foundation while you apply it or even afterwards. And you want a dry primer if you are oily but you want a smooth primer if you are acne prone and use drying products to control it or if you have acne scarring and texture issues from the acne. However you don't want a pore clogger, so it can't be a primer that says its oil free and has a dry feel but is packed with waxes to achieve the smoothness factor. Issues. Here is where Becca's Ever-matte steps up to the plate. At first try it seems to be no good. It dries quickly, it has a slightly pasty finish, it forms an oil absorbing film and you can't really put makeup over it with any other method than sponging or stippling (think a patting motion and never a swirling or side to side movement-it will cake up.) If you sponge it on top of foundation or powder or both it could remove the makeup unless you are a blotting Ninja or if your foundation doesn't cover your skin tone. So it sounds mediocre so far. But it's brilliant.MIX THIS with a smooth primer, cc cream, bb cream, whatever floats your boat as long as it's got a creamy or smooth texture, and EUREKA BABY. I mix it with Tarte 12 hour primer- BOOM looks like natural skin, stays matte all day. Mix it with Smashbox Photo Finish BOOM a primer that actually absorbs oil and feels like silk, used sparingly under foundation. Mix it with Paula's Choice oil absorber, (yes, another boom) a super thin layer of "powder" that lasts all day but doesn't feel heavy like the Becca primer and doesn't get overwhelmed by the oil like Paula's, and I look bare faced with no pores over my shiny SPF 50 sunblock. Beach ready. It transforms other products that aren't packing enough punch for acne prone people into real useable products. If acne isn't a concern but scarring is, you can mix it with a waxy pigmented product to get a matte paste that will fill in not just pores but box-type scaring. « less

- Sephora


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