Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Review
Bare Minerals have evolved as a brand SO much from when I first became aware of them. I was never a fan of that classic mineral powder makeup. I always felt it sat in my pores, enhanced my lines and wrinkles, and was drying on my skin. I wasn’t a big fan of their last liquid base launch, BareSkin Foundation, either.
BUT. I do love their newest base, out in April, Complexion Rescue. They’ve got it just right this time around. This tinted hydrating gel cream is like a sort of BB, CC, and tinted moisturiser, all in one, with the emphasis firmly on hydration.
So, in science terms here’s how it works:
“This formula contains encapsulating hydrating humectants and pigment with mineral-infused water to help lock in moisture upon contact with skin for instant hydration and rapid absorption. By challenging the composition of traditional complexion emulsions that feature water on the inside and oil on the outside, Complexion Rescue takes an inside-out approach with naturally hydrating squalane at the core, surrounded by mineral-infused water. The result? A staggering 215% increase in skin hydration after just one week.”
Essentially, it’s formulated without oil or fragrance, and combines marine botanicals and hydrating humectants to help thirsty skin. It really does moisturise when it’s on. It also has energising mineral electrolytes to help enhance skin’s appearance, and a skin-protecting antioxidant that helps protect against environmental stressors. Finally, a non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 30 provides protection against damaging UV rays.
BareMinerals call it ‘freckle-friendly’ because the coverage is not full – it works with your skin, offers sheer-to-medium coverage, and gives a lovely dewy finish. What it does, is, as it’s name suggests, rescue your complexion. It corrects imperfections, without just covering them, giving you a flawless look, without the full-coverage look.
I really loved this base when I wore it over the weekend, day and night. It gave me enough coverage, and if you layer it up a bit, you can add to the level of coverage you want, but all of the time, your complexion remains natural-looking.
I used my favourite makeup brush ever to apply it, BareMineral’s Perfecting Face Brush (£24) which has a brilliant little well in it, where you pop the makeup, and buff it on. I did also try their brand new Smoothing Face Brush (£24) whcih is a dual-fibre brush, which is also great, but BM do advocate application with fingertips for this one.
There are ten shades of this base, across the skintone spectrum, with shades for golden, neutral and cool tones. I used Opal, for the fairest porcelain skin with cool tones, and it is a great match. This will definitely be my new go-to base for the summer, and may even be my wedding day base makeup!