Finding The Light | Becca Cosmetics Backlight Priming Filter Review & Swatches

Finding The Light | Becca Cosmetics Backlight Luminous Priming Filter Review & Swatches |

Hey Beauties! 

We all know that the sub-zero temperatures and icy winds of winter can reek havoc on our skin and when you have a naturally dry complexion to begin with (like myself) you need to learn to fake the look of a healthy glow. A good skincare routine will get you started but for that big helping hand try dabbling in liquid illumination. 

Liquid illuminators are the key to achieving fresh, radiant skin all year round but they are even more essential in the winter when powder products might not be your best friend. Take the cold weather as an invitation to find the light and the best place to start is with a primer like the new Becca Cosmetics Backlight Priming Filter

The Becca Cosmetics Backlight Priming Filter not only has an amazing name that makes me think of movie sets and stage lighting but it also has a winning concept that ticks off every check mark in my book. It retails for $46 CAD/$38 USD and comes in a stunning 1fl oz frosted glass bottle with a luxe bronze lid and pump. 

Finding The Light | Becca Cosmetics Backlight Luminous Priming Filter Review & Swatches |

The Backlight Priming Filter is the next generation of Becca’s line of glow getters, the Shimmering Skin Perfectors both pressed, poured and liquid have paved the way for it to be perfectly acceptable to gleam from head to toe and now the Backlight Priming Filter is taking it up a notch. 

The Backlight Priming Filter is a primer that you apply to fresh skin before the rest of your makeup. It is intended to moisturize, smooth, fill and prep skin for foundation while also adding that signature Becca touch – a radiant glow. 

The Priming Filter is infused with 3 “Filtering Luminescent Pearls” which are essentially 3 different tones of crushed pearl that add a drop of diffused light to the formula. The 3 different pearls brighten, correct and highlight skin, acting as an instant filter for your complexion. Think of it as a real life Slumber filter. 

The filter creates a diffused, soft focus appearance that helps to blur imperfections, make skin look smoother and of course naturally radiant. The primer uses it’s sheer champagne gold tint and luminous sheen to add a candlelit glow all over the face. It is a soft glow as if you are literally lit from within and there is no glitter, sparkle or shine in sight. 

Finding The Light | Becca Cosmetics Backlight Luminous Priming Filter Review & Swatches |

The Backlight Priming Filter has a unique texture, it is an incredibly lightweight whipped cream that feels like a light lotion and melts right into the skin. It smooths over the face with a slight cooling sensation and adds an immediate boost of moisture. The formula is primarily water based so it continues to hydrate and soothe skin throughout the day. 

It is also enriched with Vitamin E to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as Licorice Extract to tone and tighten the skin. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. 

Finding The Light | Becca Cosmetics Backlight Luminous Priming Filter Review & Swatches |

The Priming Filter can be used in a number of ways, either as a primer an illuminator(to highlight) or a daily no makeup glow giver. As a primer it helps foundation to apply more smoothly and to blend more effectively. It pairs well with sheer to full coverage and both dewy, satin and matte formulas. No matter what you pair it with, the filter extends the wear, adds moisture and creates a flawless airbrushed glow. 

In my opinion, the Backlight Priming Filter has all of the attributes of the perfect primer. It hydrates, smooths skin, aids foundation and gives a serious glow. It also smells like roses which I find so soothing. As a long time fan of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, I knew Becca would create the ultimate concoction and they didn’t let me down. If you are in need of a new primer or you just love a good glow then you need to try this primer. If you have oily skin, don’t worry just avoid the t-zone! 

The Becca Cosmetics Backlight Priming Filter can be purchased at your local Sephora or online at Sephora or Becca Cosmetics



  1. Jen27
    January 25, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    I am so eager to try these! Such a neat way to add subtle glow. I've been so impressed by all of the Becca illuminating products I've tried so far, so I'm sure this will be no exception 🙂

  2. jill oliver
    January 25, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    oh so pretty. I am loving what little Becca I currently have, I may have to get more stuff thanks to this post.

  3. Arie Bea
    January 25, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Wow! These are so pretty! The dry weather is taking a toll on my skin as well! I think L'Oreal do a very good illuminator as well!

  4. Cristina on Campus
    January 25, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    I've heard a lot of great things about Becca cosmetics, and this looks nothing short of amazing! It's hard to keep that glowy skin look going all year round, so it's nice to have a little help from great products.X,

  5. Casey
    January 25, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    I've never tried Becca cosmetics, but I might have to get some of that Backlight Priming Filter. My skin definitely could use a little help this winter …. Thanks so much for your review!XxCasey (

  6. Ana Ojha
    January 25, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    I have never tried this product but it looks amazing. I will check out this at Sephora. Thanks for sharing its review.

  7. ColorMeSoCrazy
    January 25, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    I have heard a lot of great things about this highlighter. I have the Burberry one and I love it. It's kind of tricky to use, but once you get the hang of it, it's fantastic!

  8. A Pint-Sized Life
    January 25, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    always on the lookout for new products!I LOVE your tattoo!

  9. Kayla S
    January 25, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    It's so cool that this product can act as a highlighter AND primer. Personally, I use Smashbox Photo Finish primer, but it sounds like this is a great choice, too. Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  10. Katherine L
    January 25, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I have a similar radiant primer from Charlotte Tilbury that I really want to love, but my super oily skin just doesn't agree with it (sigh). Becca has some amazing products though, and I can see it working well for drier skinned gals. Katherine || The Green Bows

  11. Alison
    January 25, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    It looks like it has a really beautiful sheen! Love the packaging too:)

  12. Angela Tolsma
    January 25, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    I love Becca products! What does your tattoo mean?

  13. Shane Prather
    January 25, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    I love the shimmer in this product!

  14. Anonymous
    January 25, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    I love primer, especially when it makes my skin feel so soft! And that one has a nice shimmer!

  15. Maximalista
    January 25, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    You are absolutely killing me with this. It just looks so beautiful and I feel like it gives you that 'glow from within' look. I am so tempted right now… Claudia|

  16. Kate Steadman
    January 26, 2016 / 12:11 am

    Oh how cool!! There's nothing better than the perfect primer!! It makes all the difference in your makeups appearance and staying power.xo,Sara Kate Styling

  17. Lauren Ashley
    January 26, 2016 / 1:02 am

    I have always wanted to try these products!!! Your photos are beautiful. xolauren

  18. Elaine
    January 26, 2016 / 1:29 am

    Very pretty! I have to be so careful with illuminating products or I look like an oily mess!

  19. Patranila Jefferson
    January 26, 2016 / 1:56 am

    I love adding a little shimmer especially during the winter months. Never worked with luminizers before though but I'll be on the look out for this one.

  20. Allison Bigoness
    January 26, 2016 / 1:59 am

    AHHHH yes I've been wanting to try this product for so long but was really unsure. I've seen mixed reviews but after your review I'm going to go for it. I have really dry skin so I'm always down to increase the glow to my skin.

  21. Sarah Ricker: Sarah Emily Blogs
    January 26, 2016 / 2:13 am

    I have never pulled the trigger and bought something from Becca but, I love all the posts and reviews I see on the products. Maybe I will make my first purchase this weekend!

  22. Felice
    January 26, 2016 / 2:18 am

    My skin is the same! I have the worst dry and dull looking skin during the winter. I love your suggestions ♥

  23. Kayleigh Adam
    January 26, 2016 / 2:36 am

    These sound like such a great product!

  24. Ashley
    January 26, 2016 / 5:02 am

    I've been looking for a great primer! I will have to check this brand out!xo Ashley

    January 26, 2016 / 5:11 am

    The primer looks stunning! I can see it definitely giving a glow from within look!HashtagFabLife

  26. Katie Brown
    January 26, 2016 / 6:37 am

    I've got to try this!

  27. Fairy Princess Jord
    January 26, 2016 / 7:39 am

    I absoloutely love Sephora and this product seems fabulous. Thanks for the wonderful review girl!

  28. Tamanna Islam
    January 26, 2016 / 8:41 am

    I'm using the lauramercier radiant primer. from the look becca one feels very similar to mine. I love becca highlighters though, own a few of them. Do drop by… GreenStory

  29. Deux Bella
    January 26, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Oh! So pretty! I am looking for a new primer! 🙂

  30. Noor Unnahar
    January 26, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Ooh! It seems like promising product. I have yet to add an illuminator in my daily routine, it looks like a great idea to add a touch of soft glow on my face xNoor | Noor's Place

  31. Morgan Flinchum
    January 26, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    That price seems a little steep for me for primer but after reading your reviews ((and seeing the picture of it on your skin)) I think I would invest in it! Skin is important so I need to start spending more money to get the right products.-MorganHow 2 Wear It []

  32. Kristine C
    January 26, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    I've heard great things about Becca cosmetics, but have yet to try any of their products. I'm not one for primers because of my sensitive skin, but I'm glad you enjoy them!

  33. Diary of a Debutante
    January 26, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    This sounds incredible! Definitely giving it a try!xo,StephanieDiary of a

  34. Hannah Madison
    January 26, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Gosh there is nothing better than the perfect primer! I am so tempted to purchase right now ;-)XO,Hannah from HMS Jewels

  35. Kays Ways
    January 27, 2016 / 1:16 am

    I love Becca illuminators and with me having dry skin as well I have to test out this primer!

  36. Kayla Rivoli
    January 27, 2016 / 3:40 am

    This sounds like something I definitely need to look into! My skin gets so dry in the winter it's awful.Kayla |

  37. Lauren Douglass
    January 28, 2016 / 12:08 am

    I love Becca Cosmetics! I've wanted to try this out for awhile!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  38. Ursula Ball
    January 28, 2016 / 3:05 am

    I enjoyed reading about these primer for your makeup look by this brand!

  39. Brigette Ramos
    January 28, 2016 / 4:31 am

    Oooh, awesome review Courtney. I've been very curious about this primer and you've convinced me to try it. It looks so beautiful swatched too. WOWOWOW.

  40. Megan Joy
    February 4, 2016 / 6:43 am

    I feel like Becca Cosmetics are THE brand for highlighting. The primer sounds really nice and I like that you can use on no-makeup days to give your skin a little extra glow.

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