Becca Hydra Mist vs Prescriptives Magic – who’s the winner?

Prescriptives Magic Liquid Powder vs Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder

It’s been a while since you’ve read about Prescriptives on a beauty blog. This EL brand closed up shop and sadly disappeared on us. But it really hasn’t disappeared since it has a wonderful e-store that you can still purchase most of your favorites from. It’s as relevant today as it was when visiting their counter though we can’t get the custom foundation at this time.

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You have heard of Becca often on beauty blogs. It’s a favorite brand of bloggers and Becca has a ton of great products. Therefore you’d most likely lean toward buying Becca rather than Prescriptives.

Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder

When I saw that Becca had Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder it instantly brought to mind Prescriptives Magic Liquid Powder which was a favorite of mine for years. I decided to try them both to see if Becca could meet my expectations and if Magic Liquid Powder would be as nice as I remembered it to be.

Prescriptives Magic Liquid Powder

Comparisons –

Prescriptives is 1.2 oz/35g for $42 while Becca is 0.35 oz/10g for $38

Prescriptives can only be found on their website. They are generous with gifts with purchase. At the time of my review there’s free shipping and 6 mini sizes with a $25 order. Their mini sizes are generous and not packets. They are perfect for traveling or to try something new.

Becca can be found at Sephora and Ulta. I’m pretty sure I bought it at Sephora during their 15% off sale.

Becca is described as “BECCA’s Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder is a weightless powder that sets and refreshes makeup for a silky smooth, invisible finish. Formulated with 50% water and glycerin, this powder creates a mist-like sensation on skin, for a seamless finish and comfortable feel. Ultra-fine, light-reflecting powders float over skin to smooth and blur fine lines and imperfections. Reapply as needed to keep makeup looking fresh all day.”

Prescriptives describes theirs as “This refreshingly wet and light-reflecting powder has a cooling effect that washes over you as soon as you dust it on. Expect fresh, glowing skin without the dry look and feel of other powders. Blurs imperfections, like a real-life Instagram filter for your skin. Doubling as a setting powder and a highlighter, you can apply it to your face, neck, and body. Where does the magic part come in? It’s made with 58% water and hyaluronic acid for a surprising wet break. Feels like a liquid, acts like a powder!”

Now I’m getting down to business with my opinions of them both. One I use all the time, one I’m keeping even though I’m not crazy about it. Which is which??

Prescriptives Magic is close to what I remember though my memory is a little off or they’ve changed it a bit. It now comes in two shades, Translucent and Medium/Deep. I remember the liquid feel on my face when I used it and how refreshing it felt – and it still does feel refreshing. While my skin isn’t really wet I feel a cool dampness that I love.

The powder instantly blurs imperfections and was the first to do so before all the newer brands came around. I still feel like there’s a softness to my skin when I use this. I’m not a big powder user since my face is drier now than it was way back then but I like to use this prior to applying a cream blush since it helps set the blush, not allowing it to move my foundation. I keep the top closed tightly and I only allow a little of the top to be exposed to air.

Prescriptives Magic – the way I open it

Prescriptives Magic swatch

I didn’t remember the iridescence but it’s so subtle and a look I’m pleased with. The biggest surprise to me is that Magic contains Hyaluronic Acid as one of its main ingredients. While EL is not cruelty-free in general this powder seems to be.  What it’s formulated without: -Parabens -Phthalates -Sulfates -Oil -Triclosan -Fragrance.

My grade: A

Becca Hydra-Mist is a relatively new product from the brand. This too is translucent but has no iridescence. It’s a very flat powder on my dry skin. I feel a little of the coolness from the 50% water that makes up this formula but what I don’t see is the “awakened and fresh” look that is touted.

Becca Hydra-Mist

I also find the packaging awkward to use. Even though the top has a great plastic cover to keep the ingredients cool, it doesn’t really have a way to get just a little bit out. I always get triple what I’m aiming for.

Becca Hydra-Mist

I’m sure by now you’ve discerned that Prescriptives Magic is my favorite and that I’m glad I rediscovered it when curious about the Becca. I can only give Becca Hydra-Mist the grade of C since I don’t see or feel the promised results. Neither one is good for travel since they’d be likely to spill.

Have you tried either of these? If you are in the mood for a Prescriptives order take advantage of the 6 (not so) minis including the Magic powder.  —  Marcia





  1. Prescriptives definitely looks like the winner! It’s so nice to see Prescriptives getting some love! I remember back in the day when I was a teenager going to their counters with my mom! they really had some amazing products!

  2. That Presriptives product looks really cool!

  3. I have the Becca one and I like it but it doesn’t seem that different from “regular” powders.

  4. Jennifer Sky Walker says

    I’m not sure how I feel about the iridescence of the Prescriptives, but I like that it performed well still and the price is much nicer!

  5. This was such an interesting post, Marcia! I wasn’t aware of either products. I was using Besame Vanilla Rose translucent loose powder this week during the heat and humidity, and I found it drying and not in a good way. I need to try Prescriptives Magic Powder

  6. I remember Prescriptives used to be a popular makeup brand back in the day! I remember they have good line of foundations then, I forgot w/c one it was.

  7. I like everything about the Prescriptives except the iridescence. I feel that I shouldn’t add any more shine to my face than it already has, because then I’ll look oily.

  8. LittleNuclearReactor says

    I love these comparison type of posts! I’ve been curious about the Becca powder, but now I’m more interested in checking out that prescriptives powder.

  9. I haven’t tried either one of these but can see why you lean toward the Prescriptives one. I do remember when they had the custom foundation shades available at the department stores. I didn’t appreciate it then, but I sure would now.

  10. I have very fond memories of Prescriptives and the Magic Powder too – it was so cooling! Hopefully the online store comes back to the UK

  11. Ehmkay Nails says

    I haven’t tried either but I like the free shipping threshold and I always love free gifts!

  12. 25 Sweetpeas says

    Not sure I’m liking the fact its reflective. Not something I typically put on my face beyond the eyes!

  13. I was just telling my daughter about Prescriptives. I actually still have an eyeshadow brush of theirs from YEARS ago and it’s in fantastic shape.

  14. Looks like Prescriptives in the winner and it sounds fabulous!

  15. I haven’t tried anything from Prescriptives yet but I would love to try this product!

  16. Liquid powder? I have yet to try Prescriptives but if you are sold, maybe it’s time for me to check them out. I personally hate traditional liquid foundations so I will have to give this a try.

  17. Ohh interesting! I haven’t heard of that other brand before, but the Becca powder has caught my eye on the past.