First Impressions: Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder

It’s time we talked about a product that has me impressed like no other.

The Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder wasn’t initially a product I cared about, nor did I even consider trying it. But then, as many of my stories tend to begin, I was in Sephora with a friend who was absolutely raving about this product. She expressed how it blurred her pores completely while leaving this cooling sensation on the skin. So, as many stories end, I was like “eh, fuck it,” and purchased a $38 powder on a whim.

According to Sephora, the product is an ultra-translucent setting powder that sets makeup for extended wear with a revitalizing, mist-like effect on the skin. The product also claims to be weightless, as well as refresh your makeup, leaving a silky smooth, invisible finish that also blurs the look of fine lines and other imperfections. Becca Cosmetics encourages you to reapply as needed throughout the day to keep your makeup looking fresh.

To apply the product, I pulled back the lid (that you want to make sure is sealed at all times when you’re not using it) and dipped my powder brush very lightly into the mesh seal. I then applied it very lightly to the skin. Now let me point out here that you do only get 0.35oz of product. While this seems like literally nothing, let me tell you, a little goes a long way. It’s quite easy to tell how evenly your product is getting dispersed, and that’s because it feels like you are applying literal water to your face. The product is formulated with 50% water and glycerin, leaving your skin and makeup feeling cool and refreshed. What I love is that the product doesn’t turn into water and stays true to its powder form, so there aren’t any water droplets or melting makeup coming off of your face.

So, to see how it held up, I thought I’d wear it around a hot day in Manhattan, followed by heading to a sold out packed show for one of my favorite bands. I figured that is the ultimate test, and should definitely tell me how well my makeup stays on throughout the day. Here are the other products I used during this wear test:


So let’s get into this. Below is my wear test that is completely free of photo editing or blurring filters. This is the real deal.

IMG_4135 2IMG_4126 2IMG_4139 2Initial application: 11:00 AM
IMG_4141 2IMG_4142 24:30 PM: Keep in mind this is train lighting, so it isn’t the best.
IMG_4152 25:30 PM break for churro nachos (totally not makeup related, but regardless, Mexicue on Broadway had amazing cocktails and burritos, and these nachos were everything)
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11:45 PM: That’s right- THIS is what my makeup looked like 12 hours after application with no touch ups, hours spent walking around a hot city, an hour and a half dancing, “moshing,” sweating (and coming into close physical contact with the sweatiest people ever), and all around having a day that would normally melt every bit of makeup off my face- well, all I can say is I am IMPRESSED. Yes, my makeup is clearly not perfect at this point in the day anymore. Yes, I look exactly like I’ve been sweating for hours. But the fact that it still looks this good blows my mind. Next time I’ll definitely know to bring the powder with me for touch ups and see how that goes.

So yes, initially I really did think it was gimmicky and Becca, I am so incredibly sorry I misjudged you. This powder is truly amazing, and I never expected to fall in love with it as much as I did.

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts?

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