Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Review

At the start of summer this year I finally purchased Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue after hearing lots of positive things about it. It was one of the many foundation and base products I had on a list to try and I chose to take the plunge and purchase this one ahead of the others because I thought it’d be perfect for the time of year (summer). As it happens, for me, it turned out to be a disappointment. I don’t think it’s a bad product but it just doesn’t do what I need it to do and therefore I do have buyer’s regret about this one.

Let me explain.

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I bought the colour Vanilla online. There’s always a risk buying base products online. Initially I was sad that the colour was darker and more orange toned than I hoped, but as summer went on and I got a bit of colour to my skin it actually wasn’t a bad match. Bare Minerals describes ‘Vanilla’ as the shade suitable for ‘light skin with neutral undertones’. I feel like I fit that description but it was darker than expected.

The consistency is quite thick as may be expected from a product described as a tinted gel cream. It claims to provide a 215% increase in skin hydration after just one week but I am not sure I can agree with that statement. It’s certainly not drying but it’s hard for me to say exactly how hydrating it is. I am someone with a dedicated skincare routine and I always moisturise and prime before applying foundation, which is how I saw this product, as light coverage foundation. When using this I can’t say I noticed any difference it terms of hydration compared to other products I use in the same way. I am sure some people use this as their daily moisturiser and maybe this would be a fairer way to put these claims to the test but for me I always like to use a ‘proper’ moisturiser before applying anything tinted.

Now for the predominant reason why I would not repurchase this product – the coverage. It is far too sheer for my preferences and for my skin concerns. I knew this was a light coverage product but I hoped it would be enough to cover marks and redness. Reviews I read were varied, some saying it was very sheer, others saying it was far fuller coverage than they wanted (if they found this too high coverage I honestly don’t know how it gets much sheerer!) I need to use a lot of concealer whenever I use this as it just leaves so many of my imperfections still showing through. However for people who like to use the Eldridge technique then this would provide a nice natural base to work upon. But for me, I just have too much still to cover after using this! I definitely don’t think it’s fair for Bare Minerals to say this can provide up to medium coverage. For me this product is just a tinted moisturiser and can make no bold claims when it comes to coverage.

Below are pictures demonstrating the best coverage I could achieve with the product.

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The Positives

Now I said at the beginning this is not a bad product, it’s just not for me. Not while my skin isn’t perfect anyway haha. So the good things about this product are it has good physical SPF protection, a decent colour range, travel friendly packaging, looks natural and has skincare benefits. The main time I used this product was while I was on holiday in Kefalonia! To be fair to it, it was really great for a holiday and lasted well in the heat. I basically wore no makeup the entire week but I would put this on everyday after my skincare routine for added SPF protection and a little bit of coverage to take the edge off any redness. So for no makeup days: fantastic! But I personally have very few no makeup days where I leave the house lol, aside from on holiday abroad. If I’m going to put any makeup on in my general day to day life in the UK, I go for medium/full coverage.

If you have extremely good skin and/or you’re not really bothered about covering everything and just want some sun protection then this could be a really good facial SPF moisturiser for you, that evens out your skintone slightly. But if you want proper coverage, this is not the one!

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Have you tried this? Did it work for you?
Love Nicole xxxx

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