Review: Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Today’s post is a review of the Becca Backlight Priming Filter, which came into my collection in June. I’ve been wearing it quite regularly for a month and a half now, and today I thought I would share my experience with you.

As I had mentioned in my haul, everyone made such a fuss about this primer when it first came out, but I had always been hesitant to purchase it because it seemed quite shimmery every time I had swatched it in stores. However, a friend of mine raved about how good this primer was, and I figured if a girl who’s not really into makeup makes the effort to point out a particular product, then it must be good. Plus Becca as a brand dominates the highlight game, so I was excited to try this out myself.

I purchased my bottle at Sephora, but in Canada, you can also purchase it directly from the Becca website or from the counters at Hudson’s Bay. Internationally, you can buy it at Ulta or Beauty Bay.

The Becca Backlight Priming Filter is made in the USA, and costs $46 for 30mL. Alternatively, there is also a 15mL version for $24 that comes in a tube, which would have been a better option for me considering it takes me three times as long as a regular person to finish makeup products. Ultimately, I decided on the bigger bottle because I liked the pump packaging better than the tube.


The primer comes in a frosted-glass bottle with a gunmetal cap and pump. The packaging is gorgeous – it has a pretty significant weight in your hand, like it’s not made of cheap material, so it feels quite high-end.

This is the description of the primer:

“More than just a primer, it’s the secret behind the iconic BECCA glow. Infused with three unique filtering Luminescent Pearls, each one adds a different drop of diffused light. Blended together, they result in a first of its kind, lightweight, whipped fluid that creates a smooth canvas and acts as an instant filter. Blurs imperfections and gives skin a healthy, luminescent glow”.


The primer has a lovely, light fragrance of sweet lemons from the bottle, but it’s not noticeable after applying to your face – I absolutely adore the way this smells. In terms of the consistency of the primer, I wouldn’t say it’s particularly thick, nor does it have a thin, watery consistency either – it’s almost like a slightly whipped cream texture. One thing that people may enjoy is that it doesn’t have the silicone feel that a lot of other primers have. It’s is not intensely hydrating, but I do feel it is more hydrating than many other primers I’ve used. It’s very suitable for those with dry skin, but those with an oily skin type may find there’s just too much shine for them.




I have a smaller face, and I find that a third of a pump as shown in the photos above is enough to spread evenly over my entire face. A third of a pump! It’s going to take me forever to finish this primer!


This is what it looks like spread out thickly onto the skin but not blended in properly. Pretty scary looking, right? Because of the crushed pearls in the formula, the primer looks like a liquid highlighter. No one wants that all over their face! The shade itself is a sandy-golden colour; it doesn’t leave much of a tint when applied onto your skin, maybe unless you either have very, very fair skin or very dark skin. After applying the primer on its own, your skin will look quite dewy looking. Some may like this and wear it without foundation, but not to worry if it’s too shiny for your liking – your foundation applied on top will dull it significantly.


This is what it looks like sheered out, with nothing on top. It’s luminescent in a natural way, and it looks even more natural when foundation is applied on top; it gives a barely-there sheen that looks like your natural skin is glowing, especially on the high points of your face where you would normally place highlighter. I have found that my favourite way to apply the primer is with my hands. I wear it underneath my Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, which is a medium-coverage foundation that I apply with a makeup sponge, and you can still see the sheen peep through the foundation. I imagine that a high coverage foundation on top would produce the effect of a very subtle glow.

These are the ingredients:

Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)Extract, Panthenol, Silica, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin,Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol,Fragrance, Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

Honestly, the Becca Backlight Priming Filter primer is a game-changer for me. It leaves my skin looking so fresh and dewy without making my face look like a disco ball. I’m glad my girlfriend recommended it to me, and I’m glad I took the plunge. What primer are you currently using, and what’s your favourite primer?

4 thoughts on “Review: Becca Backlight Priming Filter

  1. I’ve never even paid attention to this! I was really impressed with the Smashbox bronzing one which I would have never given it a second glance if not for receiving a sample. It does have some sheen to it similar to this Becca one. I’m thinking glowy primers is where it’s at! I might have to pick up the 15ml tube to try this one out.

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  2. Okay honestly you’ve sold me on this – my skin has weirdly transitioned from combo to dry and I’m struggling a bit to get some of the foundations that used to work for me, to work. I’ve also decided I hate the way that matte foundations look on me – they make my face look so flat and dull, even with bronzer/blush/etc. I think I’ve seen a travel-size of this at Sephora – definitely going to pick it up. Great review!

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  3. […] I discovered this primer after a recommendation from a friend, and it has changed the way my skin looks after applying foundation. This makes my skin look radiantly fresh and glowy without looking like a glitterbomb. I don’t think it makes my foundation lasts any longer than usual with this primer underneath, but foundation does sit very nicely on top of it. I’ve never been a big fan of using face primers, but I have loved this one big time since it came into my collection last June. I have a review of this primer here. […]


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