Review // Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

2015.04.06 Bare Minerals Review Cover

 Image: Caroline Ryan from wearing Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturiser in shade Opal 01.  Image has not been filtered or processed. 


Tinted moisturiser is a concept which, up until now, has eluded me somewhat.  I love the idea of it in theory; however, in practice, I hadn’t much success in finding a formula that; (a) matched my very pale complexion, (b) didn’t look greasy and (c) lasted longer than an hour before displacing or dissolving.  The closest I got to success was Laura Mercier’s SPF20 Broad Spectrum Tinted Moisturiser, but the colour range is a little on the yellow side for me.



Recently though, I watched a Youtube video from Alix at I Covet Thee wherein she raved about the new tinted moisturiser launch from Bare Minerals called Complexion Rescue.  She found it very user-friendly, flattering on the skin, and long-lasting.  I value her opinions very much so I decided to go and check it out for myself.

Now, Bare Minerals is a brand which hasn’t really been on my radar.  While I like their ‘natural’ ethos, their debut range of powdered foundations were so unattractive on my skin that it put me off the brand totally.  Hence when I approached the counter at Brown Thomas Limerick  two weeks ago to purchase Complexion Rescue, I was pleasantly surprised to see how extensive (and non-powdery) the range has become.  I didn’t have time to examine the range properly on that occasion, but I will make it my business to do so in the near future.

The purchase experience was a little frustrating as the counter staff did not have any testers to show me.  (Debenhams Ireland had an initial exclusivity period on the product, but there’s no Bare Minerals counter at Debenhams Limerick so I couldn’t nip over there to try it.)  The Brown Thomas counter did have the product in stock though so I took a chance and purchased the lightest shade in the range, Opal 01.  Click here to view the shade card on the Bare Minerals website.



The short answer is yes.  In fact, it’s excellent.  I’ve put it through it’s paces for two weeks and it has been so good that I’ve actually found myself favouring it over my usual foundation (the excellent Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk).  This is unprecedented!

  • Packaging:  The tube packaging with screw-top lid  is sleek, weighty and sturdy.  It has been thrown about in my handbag, make-up bag and travel case for the past fortnight and there has been no leakage or damage to the packaging.
  • Formula:  Most of the tinted moisturisers that I’ve tried have had a creamy texture, whereas this formula has more of a gel-like consistency.  It contains marine botanicals and mineral electrolytes to hydrate the skin, plus it contains a physical broad-spectrum SPF30.  It is also free from silicone, oil, parabens and fragrance, making it suitable for sensitive skins.  Bare Minerals claim that your skin’s hydration levels will improve 205% after one week’s usage of this product; however, with my dehydrated skin I found that I needed to use a regular moisturiser underneath for adequate comfort.
  • Application & coverage:  As to be expected with a tinted moisturiser, the coverage is quite light but you can build it up to a light/medium consistency by applying multiple layers.  My preferred method is to apply a light layer to my face and neck with my fingertips, and then buff the product in with a buffing brush.
  • Shade:  Luckily, despite not testing the colour in advance, the shade Opal 01 is a perfect match for my naturally fair, cool-toned complexion.   I don’t recommend taking this gamble though – try, if you can, to test the colour on your jawline before you purchase.
  • Finish:  The finish is beautiful – a very natural sheen that looks just like skin, only better.  Likewise it is very comfortable to wear – in fact it doesn’t feel like you have anything on the face.
  • Longevity:  Perhaps the most surprising discovery for me was the fact that once applied the product didn’t fade, move, oxidise or crease – even after a full day’s wear.  Upon immediate application I tend to set the T-zone with powder, and seems to do the trick.  No top-ups required.



Bare Minerals Complexion is €29 for 30ml and is available at Brown Thomas and Debenhams.



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