REVIEW: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

The newest craze regarding base products is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, and rightfully so, given that it’s marketed as “the best of a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturizer…with a 215% increase in skin hydration after just one week.” So far, the reviews have been phenomenal which is the reason why I had to try out the product myself. It’s been a long time since I’ve used Bare Minerals, and I’ve been perfectly happy with products I’ve found outside of this line. However, because I’m a base product junkie, I knew I was going to have to try this new product out.

The finish of this product is dewy with sheer-to-medium coverage for a radiant, soft, smooth finish. The gel cream texture looks and feels natural and light on the skin. It blends easily with no detection, sinks in nicely into the skin, and has a semi-matte/dewy finish. I don’t powder over this because I prefer that finish; however, I did notice that oil-control is pretty much non-existent and I have to blot after a few hours. In addition, as a tinted gel-cream product, this product is super lightweight and is considered to be more than a tinted moisturizer by providing “powerful hydration [with] marine botanicals to help replenish thirsty skin.” In addition, much like the concepts of BB/CC creams, skincare benefits are a part of this product’s promise with “mineral electrolytes to help energize skin,” “non-chemical, mineral-based broad spectrum SPF 30,” and “heart-leaf globe daisy, an antioxidant, helps protect against environmental stressors.”

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What I really like about this product is that it’s really soothing on the skin and it’s hydrating and comfortable on my skin. I also really like the natural finish that comes with the benefits of moisture and additional skincare additives. It feels and looks like no makeup on the skin and I love products that provide that naturally radiant finish/touch. However, coverage is extremely minimal, so in that aspect, it’s definitely not like a typical BB/CC cream either. When blending, it almost seems like nothing is happening and the product is just disappearing. it’s probably best to have some good concealer on hand if you’re looking for something more; however, if you’re looking for something quick for the gym or running errands, there may not be a need to apply additional products.

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The Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is extremely sheer and is solely a product that seems to just even the skintone, boost the complexion a bit, and provide hydration. I got the shade Opal 01, which is good for fair skins with a cool undertone. It’s pretty forgiving though since it’s so sheer and blends out easily. I like that I can either use my hands or a brush, and for the most part, it’s pretty low-maintenance. I recommend this product, but I feel that it’s only really good for people with already semi-good skin; or, for those who need something light for the gym/weekends. If you’ve got issues with pigmentation, large pores, severe redness and unevenness, this product won’t be doing anything for you. If you have oily skin, this product will probably annoy you since there’s no oil control. But, if you’re willing to powder and religiously blot throughout the day, go for it! For me, I like to slap this on extremely lazy days when not much is going on. But if my skin needs something more I just reach for a real BB/CC cream, if my skin doesn’t really need foundation that particular day.

For the price and for being such a basic product (since it really doesn’t do that much), I think $29 is pretty fair. It’s really great for looking super natural and dewy, so I’m thinking this will be great for low-maintenance days for when I’m traveling and flying this summer. Other than that, you may want to just rely on base products that really give you the finish and coverage you want.

Made in USA.
Retails for $29.00 USD.

bareMinerals READY eyeshadow 4.0 – “The Truth”

Many of you have probably played around with/purchased the new Bare Minerals pressed eyeshadows; however, I for one, am late with this obsession. I admit, my previously mentioned love-hate relationship with Bare Minerals heavily affected the way I felt about all the products in their range. So, when the new pressed shadows were introduced, I watched and read reviews before making my decision – and also, I used my beloved 20% off Ulta coupon – so I felt it was a bit more justified. :)

Here is the bareMinerals READY eyeshadow 4.0 quad in “The Truth.”
A. Serendipitous
B. Magnetism
C. Fate
D. Apropos

What it is: “A quad of pure, intense eye shadows with antiaging benefits.”

What it does: “BareMinerals READY™ Eyeshadow provides exceptionally vivid, long-wearing complementary colors in an ultra-smooth, silky texture for effortless application and seamless blendability. Powered by bareMinerals’ proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex along with powerful antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine and cucumber, these ingredients are known to deliver antiaging benefits including depuffing and antioxidant protection for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area. It looks like a powder, but feels like a cream and delivers a beautifully vivid, color.”

*Quotes extracted from http://www.sephora.com

I know that at first glance, this appears to be a very boring, neutral eyeshadow quad. And, based on reviews, I felt the same way when I saw it in person. Upon swatching the colors, I was impressed with its rich, high-quality pigmentation; and, most of all, I was impressed with how well the colors lasted on my eyelids withOUT primer!

The texture of the shadows: buttery and soft – but not so soft that everything blends into one color once applied to the lids. I’m not sure about all the “complex of powerful antioxidants” in the quad – because realistically, you have to rely on actual skin care products for that; but, it’s a nice additive. Also, I didn’t notice any “anti aging benefits” and “depuffing” action going on, but I agree that the colors are vivid and creamy. I like that even though the pigmentation is strong, I can blend it easily if I want a more subtle look, or if I want to soften the edges of the base color I’ve applied. I say this because sometimes we praise a product for its pigmentation, but then you can’t blend it (or move it in general) because it’s staying put.

Application is easy and the quad is easy to work with. I would say that it’s worth checking out the other quads and duos that are available through Bare Minerals. I’m quite happy with the pressed products they are beginning to release. The loose powders for everything just isn’t practical because it gets so messy, even if you’re not traveling.

Have you tried the new pressed eyeshadows by Bare Minerals? What do you think?
As always, thanks for stopping by.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*All pictures taken in natural lighting.

Bare Face: the “face of the day”

As of late, I’ve been foregoing liquid foundation perfection and optiong for a lighter, barely there makeup look. I don’t need a lot of coverage and everything I apply to my face is always with a light hand. However, during the spring/summer months, I tend to get lazy with using different brushes and rotating my foundations. Shock, horror!

Houston doesn’t really have spring per se; in fact, our mild winter turned out to be kind of like spring, but the transition from winter to spring was shortlived. It’s getting hotter and pretty soon, we’ll be hitting 100 degrees. And, let me tell ya, I’m not in the mood to be worrying about my foundation and eyebrows melting off my face.

My “bare face” look has been light and the colors I do wear on my face has been more nude-ish more than anything else. It’s the ultimate natural look without literally walking out of my house totally bare. As with all products, much of what I use depends on my mood in the morning.

Pictured:
MAC “Blushbaby” blush
Laura Mercier “Bare Pink” lipgloss
Bare Minerals Matte “Golden Fair” foundation
Kat Von D concealer in “Sand”
Clarins Rouge Prodige “122 Nude”

Most days I use the MAC 129 brush and swirl my Bare Minerals foundation in the lid and buff it on my face. Pretty much, it takes about 30 seconds to do that; and occasionally, I’ll swirl extra product and add a bit more coverage if needed – that would extend my foundation application time to about 40 seconds, lol. On days when I don’t feel like swirling, I’ll use the Kat Von D concealer in “Sand” to even out my complexion a tad (mainly my cheeks) and then move on. When I’m feeling a little fancy, I’ll swirl Bare Minerals over my light application of the Kat Von D concealer.

I’m not too interested in Kat Von D’s makeup line but I’m loving the concealer. It’s liquidy and creamy at the same time and comes in a tube. If you don’t need a lot of coverage like me, this is easy to slap on and skip foundation. My love-hate relationship with Bare Minerals is on hold because I’m in love with it at the moment, lol. It’s just so easy to use.

MAC “Blushbaby” is a dusty, nude-rose color. It applies smoothly and wears well on my cheeks. The color is not that unique, but I think it’s a great staple color to have. It’s good for any day, any occasion – and pretty much fool-proof.

Clarins lip color in “122 Nude” is the only nude color that works for me. Since I’m already fair, most nude lipsticks blank out my lips so much it pretty much blends into my skin! Milky pinks are nice in the tube, but I feel that more tanned gals can pull the look off better. Clarins “122 Nude” is nude (but not flesh tone) and semi-opaque; and even though it does cancel out my lips, just one swipe is the perfect amount of nude for me without making me look like a death.

Laura Mercier lip glosses are my new fave. I’m very particular about glosses. Just like everyone else, I dislike stickiness, but glosses that lack a certain degree of stickiness wear off too quickly. LM lipglosses are smooth in texture and spread evenly onto the lips without get patchy. The application is balm-like but with high shine. Also, I don’t think it’s sticky at all but it adheres to the lips quite well. I think I’ll invest in more colors in the future and probably skip on Chanel glosses from now on. GASP!

What are you wearing for the warmer months?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

And the Hauling Continues…

I present to you yet another modest haul. I wish I could say that I accumulated these items over time to make it seem more practical, but I didn’t, lol. What can I say? YouTube made me do it.

1. MAC – Duo Fibre Blending/Tapered Brush 286
2. Revlon – Colorburst Lipstick 006 “Pink Sugar”
3. Josie Maran – Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40+ (not full size)
4. Kat Von D – Painted Love Lipstick in “Agatha”
5. Bare Minerals – Matte Mineral Foundation in “Golden Fair”
6. MAC – Mineralize Concealer in NW 15
7. Fresh – Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment (white tube)

All items purchased were based on stellar reviews online either via YouTube, blogs, and various review sites. None were items that I needed – as all hauls seem to be this way, haha. However, I was curious about everything I got apart from the Bare Minerals matte foundation.

Side note –> I have a love-hate relationship with Bare Minerals. When I was much younger, and before the time of using liquid foundations, I only used mineral ones. At that time, BM was the option that every one was raving about simply because nothing else was available yet (in my opinion). When the matte formula was first released, the shade “Golden Fair” wasn’t available, so I used “Fairly Light” which was too neutral-toned for me. Because of the unsuccessful color match, I gave up and moved onto bigger and better things – only to forget about BM for years. Recently, I got re-interested in BM’s matte foundation because of the shade “Golden Fair.” Just by looking at the loose powder particles I could tell this would be more of a suitable match for me.

I’ve decided to give BM another try because:
1. The shade “Golden Fair”;
2. the “click, lock, go” thing that makes everything less messy;
3. the introduction of the matte formula;
4. and, because Houston’s nearly year long heat wave is rapidly approaching, and I know liquid foundation will begin to slip and slide all over my face.

Having said all these things, I hope to report back to you soon.

What are you hauling? Anything you would recommend?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)