Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème & Inglot AMC Cream Concealer
It’s been eons since I last did a review for foundation and concealer… it takes me forever to use them up, and that being items that I use frequently. I really don’t know how some people have several jars and tubes open for months and years. What about the best-by dates?
But anyway, the two first items shown below are at an end, or almost, so now’s the time to bid them an official goodbye in this entry, and start with new products, that I also intend to talk about sometime before 2030 😛
Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème
I nabbed this in a Sephora sale quite a while ago, in which I miraculously managed to find my shade. Typically it’s usually the hues towards the ends of the spectrum, and the ones that are glaringly pink-toned) that are left in the sale rack, and fortunately for me, Shell is medium-light with a yellow/neutral subtone.
Personally, Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème is a “ehm, meh” kind of foundation for me, at least at this point in my life: this is intended for combination to oily skin, which would have been just right for me in my twenties, when my face was a greased baking pan (which I hated back then, and since life is not fair, nowadays this same effect is touted as “glass skin” and fashionable).
Anyway, I’m almost forty now and my skin tends to dry up at times in a way that still surprises me, except during the summer, when this foundation works best for my skin, except that by then it’s a touch too light.
I don’t like letting things go to waste or having many products open, so I kept on with it even during the colder months, when it’s most difficult for this foundation to look right on my dried skin. If I don’t use industrial quantities of moisturizing SPF beforehand, this goes on like cake frosting; on top of that, if you over-apply it becomes patchy and unwieldy and takes forever to blend with fingers and brush. Think “Baby Jane” Bette Davis in a pump bottle.
However! If dryness isn’t a problem for you, and you’re on the lookout for high-coverage above everything else, this does what it says on the tin: a very small, thin application is enough to even out skin tone, and in fact, recently it came in quite handy for this reason. Due to a series of causes too tedious to enumerate, my skin went mad this winter and for a while looked quite red and dry. I don’t have rosacea, but my skin does have a tendency to show redness that takes forever to disappear.
So, if I needed to go somewhere and I didn’t want to show up looking like the angry emoji 😡, or worse yet, the namahage emoji 👹, the Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème does tone down the redness almost completely (having previously applied moisturizer with a builder’s trowel). I say almost because, as I mentioned, less is more with this foundation, especially on skin with dry patches or flakiness, and a tiny touch of this can do the job just fine.
In any case, the brand apparently has replaced this with a more recent formulation, named Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation in the clear pump bottle, though I know the Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème can still be found at the discount rack till stocks last.
So, if you chance upon this for a good price, keep in mind that this is is likely to be a deal only for a younger oily/combination skin. As for me, this foundation would only be right for occasional use during the warmer months, or for my oily skin of ten years ago. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else, and I don’t think I’ll be trying with its younger sister nowadays. So Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème gets 3 points from me.
Inglot AMC Cream Concealer
I’ve been using this concealer for quite a while now, and I like it a lot: it’s creamy but not greasy, very easy to work with and blend, and does the job of hiding away any pesky redness or zit that shouldn’t be there, without exacerbating the issue or becoming cakey as hours go by; perhaps if it had just a touch more coverage it would be perfect IMO.
What I do not recommend the Inglot AMC Cream Concealer at all for, is for the undereye area, because I find it has the worst tendency to accumulate in tiny fine lines, even in those you didn’t know you had lurking (eek!) till you applied this.
I know all concealers will do this, but of all the ones I’ve used so far, the Inglot AMC Cream Concealer takes the prize for fine-line snitching. I don’t have very marked undereye rings, normally a touch of foundation is enough to look reasonably alert after an all-nighter, so this isn’t a huge problem for me, but be advised.
Probably another con that I find in this is the wide jar packaging, not exactly the most hygienic thing, though again I don’t find this a huge deal personally, as long as you’re not touching the contents; I prefer to dig out a tiny bit with a firm brush, place on the back of my hand and apply from there, without having to double-dip in the jar again and again.
Would I repurchase the Inglot AMC Cream Concealer? Though it is on the expensive side, about 17 EUR, it will take you a lifetime to finish this, so yes, I’d repurchase, preferably for use during autumn and winter, when my skin prefers cream products over liquids or powders. This one gets 4 points for me.
Inglot Stick Foundation
Last, just for a brief reference and also so you don’t do as I did, back when I bought this concealer, I also bought this Inglot Stick Foundation
My idea was to carry this in my bag for a quick touch-up, for when I was out all day and couldn’t do my home ritual. Anyway, I zoned out and forgot that I had this till weeks later, when I finally opened it… and whoops, wrong shade.
Hence, I can only use this as a contouring stick, which would be all good and well if I did that more often than once in a blue moon. I suppose if I were a selfie sort of person, or at least didn’t run for the hills whenever someone whips out a camera, I’d probably play with this more often; however, since I feel that contouring is more appropriate for photography than for real life, and I find it rather difficult to make this technique subtle enough to work for a Sunday get-together.
With this in mind, I can tell you that, from the limited number of times that I’ve used this, it does have a nice firm texture and finish, it’s not greasy, and it’s easy to blend well. Apparently, Inglot is no longer selling this in Spain, though I think it does in certain outlets abroad. Anyway, children, the moral of this story is never to walk out of the shop without double checking what you chose.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.