BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation Review On Dark Skin (Cacao Swatch)

becca ever matte shine proof foundation review

I was so excited to do this BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation review because this is not only one of the foundations that is well reviewed but it would seem that it was designed for me with my combination/oily skin and textured skin, so I was eager to put it to the test hoping that it would finally solve my oily skin situation especially in the summer and give me an air brushed look. I even used it in combination with the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector which unfortunately has been such as disappointment to me (did not keep me matte for long or make my skin poreless and it was hard to work with), since it would appear that these two products are designed for each other.

Since this is a high-end foundation ($42) before deciding whether to purchase this or not, I was able to purchase a deluxe sample for a small fraction of the price and I still have plenty left even after using it for a few times.


This BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation is a creamy, medium coverage foundation which controls shine throughout the day and leaves an exceptionally smooth, matte finish.

This long-wearing medium coverage foundation contains a unique microfine powder which absorbs oil so your complexion remains fresh and shine free throughout the day. Created for combination to oily skin, this foundation minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, and creates a lasting soft-focus effect.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Nylon-12, Titanium Dioxide, Hydrogenated Didecene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Methicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A), Boron Nitride, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide).


-Nylon 12: Microfine powder that provides excellent adherence, extends wear, and has mattifying properties.
-Boron Nitride: Improves overall product application, adherence, and wear.
-Vitamins E and A: Provide antioxidant benefits.

My experience

I will say that this is one of the brands that seems to have a lot of shades that people with darker skin can pick from which is good, however, when I bought cacao which is the darkest shade, I forgot to look at the undertone. Cacao has a neutral undertone which is wrong for me and a cool undertone works better for me.

From the swatch below, this was such a perfect shade for me but unfortunately the undertone was all wrong for me and there isn’t a shade that is as dark with a cool undertone. But I still went ahead and tested out the foundation to determine whether it really did what it claimed.

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BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation (Cacao)

I applied the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector which although it left me matte, did not leave me poreless! I then applied this foundation with my beloved Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. It’s a somewhat thick foundation that is not very liquidy but is creamy. Although it looked like I applied a paint to my face, this foundation was very light and it did not feel like I had anything on which was good.

This foundation is buildable but I was satisfied with my first application and it covered most of my blemishes with the first application so I didn’t feel like I needed another layer.

becca ever-matte shine free foundation cacao

As you can see from the above, I look an ashy mess and casket ready due to this being the wrong undertone for me. If you have a neutral undertone and you are my complexion, this may be the perfect foundation for you.

I originally didn’t plan on putting anything else on after this because it is a pricey foundation and I never want to do anything to “help” high-end foundations as I would with a much cheaper foundation. So I wasn’t planning to set it with powder, blush or use setting spray.

But since I looked ashy, there was no way that I was going to go out of the house looking like that so I used powder, blush and setting spray to try to eliminate some of the ashiness as you can see in the photo below. It did help some although still a bit ashy looking which is why I relied on my hair to hide behind as I went about my day! I didn’t use any concealer though.

becca ever matte foundation review cacao

From testing out this BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation, I have significant cons. And mind you, this seems to be a holy grail foundation for people with combination/oily skin so I had high hopes for this.


  • Leaves a perfectly matte finish although when used on top of the BECCA primer, it looked a little dry which I don’t like. With other primers it looked matte but not too dry.
  • Doesn’t transfer although when you add powder or blush you may have to deal with the transfer of these additional products.
  • Was sweat proof.
  • Right shade although wrong undertone for me.
  • Covered most blemishes.
  • Did not feel like I was wearing any foundation.


  • Did not stay matte for long. During the first hour, my face was so matte that I thought that this was going to become a holy grail foundation for me especially in the summer and I would have to buy the full size foundation, but by the second hour, my nose and cheeks started to shine. Below is my face after only 4 hours showing all the oil that started from the second hour. By the sixth to eighth hour my skin just didn’t look good with the oil and all the texture on my skin that was revealed so I couldn’t wait to get this makeup off.

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  • Did nothing for my pores in much the same way as the Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Priming Perfector did nothing for my pores.
  • Settled into all fine lines and this is probably because it uses such a drying formula.
  • Did not give me an air brushed look.
  • It is expensive but if it actually did the job, I would not have minded paying the full price.
  • I had a hard time getting my sponges clean after using this foundation so if I ever do use this foundation again, I will need to use a synthetic brush which after I discovered sponges, is something that I rarely use when applying foundation.


This BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation did such a poor job of keeping me matte/ shine free even though I tested it on a day that wasn’t the hottest summer day so I would not recommend it for oil control. It did a better job at staying put through sweat but other than that, this foundation did not impress me. I’m glad I did not splurge on this foundation.

It did keep me shine free for longer when I used Milk of Magnesia (MOM) as a primer but most if not all of my foundations (cheap or expensive) do the same when used on top of MOM so it is more to do with MOM than the foundation itself.

Rating – 3/10

So there is my BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation review. Have you tried this foundation and did it work out for you?

Available at Sephora for $42

If you are not ready to commit to the full price not knowing how it will perform for you, you can purchase a sample for $3.99 at Camera Ready Cosmetics.

Also, if you want to test out the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, you may want to consider getting the trial size (.40 oz) for $15 because although this primer gets a lot of positive reviews, it was another failure for me so before you spend $36 on the full size primer (1.35 oz), test out the trial size to see whether it will work for you.


4 thoughts on “BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation Review On Dark Skin (Cacao Swatch)

  1. Beverly says:

    casket ready and an ashy mess! hahaha that got me laughing so hard lmao. but at least I know what to avoid because of this review. an oily face is nothing pretty

    • Lydia says:

      I just don’t fight my oils anymore. If i need to blot i do but i don’t really do much more that that especially since I like a slightly glowy look to my skin. If I need hardcore oil control, I use milk of magnesia as a primer but I don’t use this frequently.

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