May 3, 2018

Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder for Dry Skin Users That Hate Face Powder

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Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($38) is a new translucent setting powder that’s created using 50% water and glycerin which gives the powder an ultra hydrating texture.

For many, many years I avoided all sorts of powder because as a dry skin girl it isn’t terribly forgiving. Powder can make you look flawless or it can age you terribly and in my case powder has been known to age my skin and give me a bad face of cake face. I find it challenging to use powder on my drier skin and I tend to avoid using it most days of my life.

In the last several years I did finally start to embrace using a yellow toned powder under my eyes to set concealer and it was one of the best things I ever did. So long as I prep very well the powder sets my concealer for all day wear and also brightens up my entire eye area.

But still, I do tend to avoid using it all over my face.

Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder did change my mind considerably about powder. When I first read about this I felt quite familiar with the formula since a few brands have done it in the past including MAC. I’ve also tried a few Korean brands that do a water cooling powder formula. But Becca’s formula tops anything I’ve tried before. They really have something here that’s different and unique and especially special for drier skin.

Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder arrives in a dual-lid pot that holds 0.35 oz of powder. The pot has a dual-lid with a friendly reminder on the second lid that says to keep it tightly closed so the powder remains cool. There’s a mesh sifter that allows you to easily dip in with a brush without creating a major mess.

Becca describes the powder as having a mist-like effect with a silky texture that floats over the skin to blur imperfections. I’ve tried cooling water powders like this and many do feel very cool and refreshing but they tend to pill a bit during the application or oxidizes and comes across orange-y. Somehow, someway Becca perfected their version which allows it to apply with a wet, cooling feel but sets to a satin finish. I see where they get mist-like from as indeed it feels like I’m spraying a fine mist on my face when I use it.

I was actually unable to swatch the powder since it absorbs instantly upon contact with skin. It melts right into your skin as your dust it on. It did leave my brush damp after application. On my face it started out feeling damp but quickly set to a satiny finish. It didn’t cling to my drier areas at all and the finish was smooth, even, and perfect. I don’t have visible pores on my face but do have ones on my nose and it blurred their appearance beautifully not to mention my skin looked very smooth and perfected after using it. I didn’t get any white cast of flash back in my photos using this as the powder sets completely transparent for me.

I was thinking of heading in for a purchase of Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder but after using this for several weeks I feel quite happy this powder and think it is best suited for my drier skin.

As a dry skin girl or guy if powders scare you you might want to check out Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder. It’s quite a delightful formula that will change your mind about the feel and texture of powder.

Muse Approved.

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Hollie

    I’m so fascinated with this product!

    Have any normal to oily girls or guys tried this?

    • Isabella Muse

      I think it should be fine for either! It goes on feeling damp but sets to a satiny finish!

      • Susan Francis

        Do you think this would look nicer than the Bare Minerals?

        • Isabella Muse

          for me much nicer as mineral veil makes me itchy plus it looks dry AF on my skin!

    • Claudia

      I’m oily and I love this! It’s hydrating, but not to the point where your skin gets more oily than usual. It leaves my skin airbrushed, as if i have the “pretty” filter from snapchat on. It was a great purchase!

  • Fatima Farooq

    Hey Muse, Have you tried it under your eyes? Does it sit in the under eye fine lines? I read great reviews about this product when used on the face but not so good when it comes to under the eyes.

    • Isabella Muse

      I didn’t like it under my eyes. It settled into my creases. But on my face it was smooth and perfect ;-D

      • Fatima Farooq

        Perfect, that is what I wanted to hear 😀 Since, What works for you under your eyes or on your face, usually works for me as well. I look forward to your reviews. Please review the hourglass veil powder too 🙂 Thank you!

        • Isabella Muse

          my pleasure! 🙂 Let me know if you try it! I am debating on Hourglass at the moment! I popped it in and out of my cart a few times but knowing me I won’t be able to resist long!

  • Karen Laux

    The Hourglass Veil is the best loose powder I have ever used! But now I kind of want the Becca too. Darn it!

  • Moi Vienneau

    Thank you Isabella for that review and for the questions people have asked. I’m much older than you younger gals, and have very dry skin. I don’t mind spending whatever I need to for a good product that delivers. Under the eye is very tricky, despite proper moisturizing preparation. But this is nice to know about the rest of the face, so thank you!

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw my pleasure!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3!!!!!!!!!!!! Try a little oil under your eyes prior to concealer!

  • Hannah

    Hi musey; I just bought this loose powder but I haven’t got the chance to try it yet. What other brands of cooling powders would you recommend (for me to add to my collection)?
    Thank you!

  • Kelly

    Another Muse approved product I’m in love with. I tried it yesterday and my skin looked like satiny velvet. Totally unreal. Thanks Muse!

  • Diana

    I am so intrigued in this product! Maybe I will try it out soon.


  • Lacey

    I am literally obsessed with this. Bought it after reading your post and then trying it in store. I am IN LOVE. But – I am also broke and love Korean / Asian skincare more than anything. I know you say Becca does it best but are there are slightly less expensive almost-dupes!? Please let me know! Thank you!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad to hear it 🙂 honestly this is the best even compared to Korean/Japanese water powders. That’s hard to believe considering my love of Asian beauty but this is most def the nicest you’ll find in my humble opinion! No formula really compares 😀


    Isabella, how does it compare to your review of the Too Faced Peach Blur Powder from 2017?
    Are you using anything under your eyes, seeing as you said this Becca was too dry under your eyes? Enquiring minds want to know. Love your daily emails letting us all in on what’s going on in the makeup and skin care world. You’re always one of my first emails to open! Moi from Canada

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Moi! The two aren’t really comparable since Too Faced Peach Blur Powder is solid and this is a loose cooling powder! Hope this helps? I use Ben Nye Banana Powder to set my concealer. 🙂 Aw thank! I can’t even begin to tell you how much that means to me!


        Hi Isabella. Thanks for the response. I’d be interested to hear what you think about a comparison between the Becca Hydra Mist and the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder in terms of face and eye. I’m undecided at this point. I’m using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Undereye. I’m older than most of you ladies and have dry skin, so I make sure that I’m very moisturized under my eyes.

        • Isabella Muse

          I haven’t used Hourglass under my eyes only on my face and again different formulas completely 🙂 One is a cooling powder, the other a finely milled silky face powder. I don’t like LM all that much as it looks a bit pasty under my eyes and dry. 🙁 I have dry skin too, finer lines, and def need to keep eyes hydrated well. Becca didn’t work for under my eyes, I prefer Ben Nye’s Banana Powder under eyes as it looks more natural for me and less dry! Hope this helps!