Monday, June 1, 2015

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue - A Review

If you read my blog fairly regularly, you'll know that where possible, I try to avoid using products with one too many chemicals in them. Whilst there are mixed reports out there about various bits and pieces, from experience, I know that they just don't agree with my skin.

How is this relevant to today's post? 

Well, bareMinerals are one of those brands who products focus on skin-loving minerals which are actually good for you. Each time you use one of their make-up products, you're actually reaping all sorts of skin loving benefits at the same time and this particular product is another weapon in both my skincare and make-up arsenal.
Today, I'm talking about the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, to give it it's full name. At £26, this is a product which not only delivers some wonderful skincare benefits but it's also a pretty clever piece of make-up as well. It claims it can replenish thirsty skin, energize the skin and also protect against environmental stresses so if it can deliver, I reckon it's a bargain.
As it's available in around 10 shades, my first step was to nip into John Lewis to get colour matched. Whilst I suspected I would be the lightest shade, Opal, it's always handy to have a professional let you know the score. (Funny Story, John Lewis didn't have my shade in stock so I had to nip into Boots who colour matched me at Vanilla which is slightly darker....I knew in my heart of hearts this was wrong so I took a sample home to try. Sure enough, it was very noticeable on my skin so Opal it was). You can tell which colour I came home with.
Moving on, what really appealed in the first instance was that you can apply this with either your finger tips or a brush. The former means it's super quick and easy to apply without faffing, the latter means if you want to really work it into your skin and you have the time, you can do so. I've tried both methods of application and love them both in equal measure.

The next thing which appealed was that not only does this contain SPF 30 making it great for the summer, but that it combines all the benefits of a BB cream, CC cream and a tinted moisturiser in one simple product. If you're looking for make-up which will give you a gorgeously natural, no make-up make-up look then I reckon you'll love this as it leaves you with a beautifully healthy glow.
The formula is gorgeously lightweight, surprisingly hydrating (Bare Minerals claims it can increase skin hydration by 215% in a week!) and a piece of cake to apply. I tend to use this over my usual moisturiser and a primer, not because it's not moisturising but because I prefer to treat this like I would any normal piece of make-up.
In the above photo, I've blended the swatch out to cover my hand. As you can see, the coverage is medium to sheer as you can still see my skin peeking through, but the redness has been significantly reduced and the complexion tone evened out. Redness is something which I can get quite a bit of, especially around my nose so I tend to go for products which will help even me out without looking overly heavy.
Here's a photo of me wearing the Complexion Rescue. I've loved it so much, I've been wearing it almost every day since my birthday over two weeks ago. It's just so easy to apply and requires minimal effort which is what I want at 6:20 am, who has time for blending at that time of the morning!?

By using it as I would my normal make-up, I do find this to be really long-lasting. It doesn't settle into my pores and my skin still looks lovely by the end of the working day. Finish wise, I'd say this is more dewy, probably owing to the fact that water is the main ingredient. As such, if you prefer a more matt look, then unless you want to apply powder over the top, this won't be for you.

All in all, this is an awesome product which I intend to use all through the summer.

Have you tried bareMinerals Complexion Rescue yet? What did you think? Are you a tinted moisturiser kinda girl or do you prefer fuller coverage?


  1. I just bought this the other day and I'm in love with it too! It does look so natural and skin-like, and the coverage is great for it being more of a tinted moisturizer than a foundation, and I love the fact that it has SPF too! <3

    Love, Krista |

    1. I totally agree, it's fab for those no make-up make-up days :) I prefer to wear something with more of a sheer coverage so tinted moisturisers tend to be my go-to. This one is wonderful!

      Laura x

  2. Interesting. I haven't worn tinted moisturizer in years. I love the idea of skipping a step by having my moisturizer and foundation in one. And sometimes I do want lighter coverage in the summer. I like my doll-face look for some outfits, but other times I just want a fresh, minimal look. I'm a huge supporter of Bare Minerals and have been wearing their powder foundation and mineral veil for years and years. I've tried other foundations during that time, usually cheaper knock-offs, and nothing beats the real thing. Next time I'm in Sephora, I'll ask for a sample to try. Thanks for the recommendation!

    <3 Liz

    1. I haven't either, but this one really appealed to me because of its skincare benefits, namely, super hydrated skin!

      I'm a big bareMinerals fan as well and when I saw the QVC presentation on this, I was totally sold. They basically took two big glasses of water and into one popped a high street tinted moisturiser and into the other popped the BM one and gave them both a swish. The high street one went kinda lumpy and you could see all the pigment floating around whereas the BM one actually blended with the water to form one solid colour.

      Apparently it's because the BM product is actually moisturising and formulated with water thus meaning that it allows that moisture to get through to skin level whereas the other one is just pigment and actually stops moisture getting through to the skin.

      It's an interesting demo!!!

      Anywho, I reckon you'll need Opal like me if you're seeking out a sample, good luck!!

      Laura xx


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