When the news broke last year that beloved beauty brand Becca was to close, a stockpiling frenzy ensued.
The Australian make-up line – which was scooped up by Estée Lauder in 2016 and shuttered five years later – had cemented itself as the go-to for glowy skin-enhancing formulas: the kind that give you the angelic sheen of someone that hasn’t spent the past 18 months with a quarantini in one hand and the TV remote in the other.
The Becca roster was weighty, but a couple of creations in particular reached true cult status. The Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop will forever be remembered by shiny-cheeked Youtubers, but it’s another product many of us mortals became obsessively attached to.
Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector was often duped yet never really matched. Which leads us to the good news: this iconic illuminator has been resurrected from the beauty graveyard by ” data-vars-ga-product-id=”34c3312e-3cc8-4be1-b8d9-e8155b707f79″ data-vars-ga-product-price=”0.00″ data-vars-ga-product-sem3-brand=”” data-vars-ga-product-sem3-category=”” data-vars-ga-product-sem3-id=”” data-affiliate-network=”” data-vars-ga-media-type=””>Smashbox – another Estée Lauder name – who has just re-released the original, unchanged formula.
The Under Eye Brightening Corrector might not have been Becca’s buzziest product, but ask any make-up artist and they’ll tell you it was the brand’s best. The success is down to the subtlety: it’s a product that works hard to remain completely undetectable on skin, making dark circles and bluish tints vanish without leaving a giveaway powdery veil in their place.
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The product is often described as ‘full-coverage’, but that’s not to say it relies on heavy, opaque pigment to conceal dark circles. Instead, it uses smart reflective pigments to bounce light back out from the under-eye area, making skin appear brighter without actually covering it up. The four shades come in a spectrum of pink and apricot undertones, working to neutralise sallow skin rather than simply masking it. Creamy yet lightweight, it plays well with a concealer – but honestly, we don’t think you’ll feel the need for one.
Of course, there’s now a host of alternatives on the market that deliver a similar effect – good to know for when Becca’s OG inevitably sells out. NARS Radiant Creamy Colour Corrector is less glowy and more pigmented, offering more of a ‘make-up’ finish that’ll come in handy when late nights come roaring back. The precision brush makes it ideal for targeted touch-ups too: try it over those pesky red veins that form around your nostrils.
Bobbi Brown’s Colour Corrector is another high-pigment option: with a dense, balm-like texture and huge shade range, it’s ideal for anyone who wants to look especially wide-eyed. Just be sure to apply an eye cream beneath.
And the closest dupe we’ve found for the iconic original comes courtesy of Beauty Pie. The brand’s Superluminous Under-Eye Genius is designed to slip beneath your concealer to create a truly wide-awake result, but we prefer using it alone: the colour-correcting pigments make you look bright-eyed, not made-up. What late night?
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