Becca First Light Priming Filter - review


I must have been using this primer for over six months now so it's high time I reviewed it.

Long story short, it's easily my favourite of all the primers I currently own and I already know that I'll be repurchasing it once it's finished. 

Indeed, I love the Becca Backlight Priming Filter (reviewed here) but this one might be even better - for the simple reason that I can wear it with everything, whereas the Backlight is so glowy that it's too much to wear underneath my tinted moisturisers because it makes me look too shiny.

This one's perfect.

Becca claims/product details:

  • Instantly rejuvenates dull skin 
  • Using advanced Cool Light technology, it softly scatters translucent, cool violet light to brighten the skin and even out imperfections for an immediate pick-me-up
  • Infused with a blend of botanicals and mineral-rich spring water, it also captures moisture to hydrate skin
  • With an invigorating citrus scent, it's the perfect first step for any beauty routine
  • Applies sheerly with a subtle luminescence
  • Creates the perfect makeup base
  • Ideal for fatigued, dull, dehydrated, and ageing skin
  • Suitable for all skin tones and skin types
  • Energising citrus scent
  • RRP $65 AUD for 30ml, but do shop around

The packaging of this product is also beautiful. Sure, packaging isn't everything - but if I'm going to spend this much on a primer, then I want it to feel special every time I use it. This one definitely does.

The bottle is frosted glass and it has some weight to it, plus it comes with a neat little pump (see below) that dispenses the perfect amount of product each time.


I must have something like ten primers at the moment (far too many) and this one remains the one that I reach for when we're going out and I want to look my best. For this reason I've given it an HG tag.

It's a smooth and silky gel-like product with a lemon scent. It's very purple in colour but it sheers out beautifully so don't be worried that it will turn you into a plum. What it does instead is cancel out any sallowness in my skin (so that claim is true), but it doesn't dye my skin a weird colour.

What I love about this is that it's subtle enough to wear alone but it also has enough punch that it makes my tinted moisturiser look a little better. Note, though, that if you're a full-coverage wearer then I don't think you'll be able to notice any difference through your foundation. If that's you, the Backlight primer might be a better choice because it's more potent.

What this does is brighten and illuminate my skin, plus it adds an airbrushed, ethereal look to my face that I'm obsessed with. And when I throw down one of my lighter-coverage tinted moisturisers over the top, I can tell that this has done something towards evening out my skintone before I go in with any coverage product because my base always looks better with this underneath it.

I also love that it feels silky on the skin and that it blends and applies well. Plus it's nicely hydrating, and while it's not quite as hydrating as the Backlight primer, it still adds some moisture so it's great for dry skin like mine.

Overall this is a gorgeous product and I really can't fault it. Sure it's expensive, but if you wait for specials then you can grab it for around $40 AUD and suddenly it doesn't look so bad.

In any event, it meets all of its claims in my opinion and I would absolutely buy it again. It's become a staple for me, and for this reason I've given it an HG tag.


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