Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder

Alright, here we go again. Outrageous claims taunting and tempting me until I have no choice but to take action and figure out if there is any validity to this tomfoolery. Becca is a brand that has wowed us with their blinding highlights and beautiful packaging. They now claim that they have created an ultra-translucent (thank God because I was using translucent power and really thought it needed a little “ultra” in order to seal the deal) setting powder that sets makeup for extended wear with a revitalizing, mist-like effect on skin.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the beautiful packaging that I immediately ruined by having fingers and using them to touch the container. Thanks for the mirror finish that will remain filthy for the life of this product! I literally had to polish the sucker with my shirt before taking a picture and have since given up the good fight knowing in my heart that somewhere under the power and finger prints is a beautiful container. The next thing I noticed was that the container was only about half full (who knew I was an optimist?!).

This is a life lesson ladies and gentlemen. One I’ve been burned by time and time again. They get you with comparable looking packaging but the product you actually get is miniscule in comparison. For example, my current “go to” powder right now (I told you, I can’t commit to a monogamous relationship with makeup!) is Kat Von D’s Lock-it Setting Powder. Look at the table below for value comparisons.

Kat Von D          Becca
0.67 oz.              0.35 oz.
$30.00                $38.00

So I’m getting about half the product for $8 more bucks and this math does not make me happy. Given the claims of a “mist like” effect, perhaps it will be life changing and that’s exciting so I’m still in the game so let’s get into this!
Packaging: I’ve already ranted a bit about the smudgy lid so let’s not beat that dead horse. However, what I really do like about this packaging is under that smudgy lid. Given that the product is so light and airy, they put both a plastic flip top and a mesh overlay over the power to reduce the mess inherent when working with lose powder. If you take your brush and press lightly on the mesh, your brush will pick up the powder and won’t get all over your counters.

Scent: There is no smell to speak of. There was a nose full of powder to speak of that may or may not have resulted in a sneezing fit, but I digress.

Packaging: I’ve already ranted a bit about the smudgy lid, so let’s not beat that dead horse. However, what I really do like about this packaging is under that smudgy lid. Given that the product is so light and airy, they put both a plastic flip top and a mesh overlay to reduce the mess inherent when working with lose powder.

Application: I used my standard powder brush to apply this as a makeup setting powder, but I avoided getting the product near my under eye area because other reviewers mentioned that it darkened that area which is the opposite of what I’m trying to do. When I swept the powered on my face it actually felt like I’d spritzed my makeup brush with water! I was fully ready to look in the mirror and discover that it undid my makeup but as I continued to use it my face became more matte and was not in fact drenched in water.

Formula/Texture: This product is very light and airy and I’m certain there were wizards involved in its creation. This was the oddest and coolest (do you see what I did there? It’s a water powder and I said……never mind) powder I’ve ever tried and it worked beautifully to set my make-up.

Performance: I would say that this powder performed just as well and my Kat Von D power which is a really good thing. The cooling/water like sensation is gone mere seconds after application and the product remains a high performer from that point on.

Comparison to similar products: This is where I’m struggling. This powder does exactly what it says and I am now a believer. The problem is that I wear makeup almost every day and the value for the product you are getting is not enough to have be break up with my current setting powder.

The Verdict: I need this in my life! I know, I just said that the value sucks and that me and my Kat Von D powder are staying together but IT FEELS LIKE WATER ON YOUR FACE. I live in an area where it gets VERY hot during the summer and the idea of being able to freshen up my makeup and cool off at the same time is just something I need in my life. I’m not going to use this as my everyday setting powder because I simply can’t afford to do that and my other powder gets it done. What I would really like them to do is make this same powder in a pressed powder compact so I can throw it in my purse. I’m not above putting a large tub of lose powder in my purse if it will get the job done but a pressed version would be ideal. I would highly recommend this if you are living in a hot climate or would just like the awesome experience of touching up and cooling down!

Pros: It’s performs beautifully and feels amazing.

Cons: It’s comes in a large container that has very little product and it’s expensive.

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