Becca Scattering (1) Light Shifter Finishing Veil Review & Swatches
Becca Scattering (1) Light Shifter Finishing Veil ($34.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light, pale yellow with moderate, warm undertones and a satin finish. For the purposes of swatching, I heavily built up the left swatch to give a better idea of color, as it was a sheer powder–as marketed–and would have been difficult to see against my skin tone otherwise!
The powder itself lived up to a lot of its claims; it set my makeup in place, produced a satin-like finish, which added some life back to a more matte base or helped to tamp down dewiness of a more luminous base, and extended the wear of my makeup by an hour to an hour and a half. It never looked powdery, and it didn’t lift up my base nor cake up with higher coverage foundations.
The issue I had was in trying to use the product over time as it developed hard pan very readily, and when using powder to set, often a liquid or cream base, there will be transfer of some of the base to the setting powder’s pan over time. I had to use a paper towel to rub off the hardened surface periodically in order to keep using the product, so that resulted in wasted product and an extra step that really should be unnecessary.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
$34.00/0.25 oz. - $136.00 Per Ounce
It's supposed to be a "weightless setting powder" that has a "filtering effect" and "satin finish." The coverage was supposed to be "sheer," which I'd agree with, but it had enough coverage that the wrong shade did visibly change the undertone or depth of my skin, and it was better to err on the lighter side than going too dark in my experience.
I felt like it worked well when I was able to pick up product, but the product was more firmly-pressed into the pan and seemed to get firmer and firmer with subsequent use. It really ate up any oils, creams, liquids, etc. that transferred onto my brush. It's not uncommon to get traces of one's liquid or cream-based foundation when using setting powder, so I was disappointed that the powder was so reactive. I had to use a paper towel to rub off the surface to loosen the powder back up to be able to pick up product with my brush.
Ignoring the texture issue, when the powder was applied to my skin, it did have a satin-like finish, so it could add more of skin-like finish if used over a more matte base and tamp down the shine of a dewier base (like the coordinating Dewing Tint). It applied evenly, didn't turn cakey or look powdery on my skin, and it did extend the wear of my base by an hour or so.
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Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glycerin, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Glucomannan, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 27 (CI 45410), Orange 5 (CI 45370), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Red 34 Lake (CI 15880), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)].
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What a shame about the “hard pan” issue because, as you say, using this as a setting/all over powder means there will be transfer of oils to the surface. I have an old PUR Minerals flat topped powder foundation brush that many people criticized for being really harsh and rough (and I guess it is in some ways though it’s never bothered me). It’s a fantastic brush to use for “dislodging” hard pan but not wasting the product…it gets “powderized” again and transfers to the brush and I can use the IT powder foundation or other powders that get hard pan.
Glad you have one of those brushes that helps with hard pan! So annoying, but particularly annoying with a face powder where it happens… almost instantly!
DUH – replied to the email notifying me of this comment rather than to the comment itself. In any case, I said that it would be annoying in a budget priced product from a company like Essence, for example, but in a high priced product it’s inexcusable when this is how the product is meant to be used!
Hmmm – it sounds quite good and certainly looks good on your face Christine, but the product has a lot of issues over time – re getting harder to use, reacting to minor traces of natural oils/foundations etc.
Thank you for the review Christine, because these are the things you would never know just by looking at the product.
Disappointing to hear about the hard pan! I like how it looks!
I am intrigued by this powder but it does seem a bit finicky to use over time by your description. Still curious though!
Because I totally love and appreciate loose setting powders, this one is definitely not for me. It doesn’t sound terrible, though.
Powders are so tricky because you certainly do not want them to throw off your u/t. I think this one does.