Including an initial failed color match, I’ve been using the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue tinted hydrating gel cream (what a mouthful) for a few weeks now and ooooohhhh I am so excited to share. I’m not planning to ditch my regular foundation, but what an excellent alternative!
I recently ordered this because I have a pretty exciting trip coming up next month and the one item repeatedly suggested to me was tinted moisturizer or a BB cream type of product. Somehow, I didn’t actually own anything in this category, and the thought of beautiful but lazy makeup while traveling sounds fantastic, so after some preliminary research, I decided to give this one a go.
As usual, a few basics before I get into my actual review:
My skin: I have dehydrated combination skin, which means I overproduce oil if I get too dry, and in general my cheeks are drier while my “T-zone” (forehead, nose, and chin) can develop quite a bit of shine throughout the day.
Ingredients: Water, Coconut Alkanes, Propanediol, Squalane, Trehalose, Isostearic Acid, Glycerin, Silica, Agar, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Melilotus Officinalis Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Butylene Glycol, Lauroyl Lysine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinoglycan, Polysorbate 60, Cellulose Gum, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Succinate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
I wear the lightest shade in the range, 01 Opal, and it is a pretty great match for me, but that likely means those on the extremely fair end of the spectrum may struggle to find a match without adding in a white mixer. For reference I wear shade 10 Ivory Light in the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel and N4 in MAC Studio Fix powder+foundation.
Overall, the shade range is… okay. I’d struggle to find any brand that caters to POC as adequately as it provides for lighter skin tones, but about half of the 16 available shades have the possibility of matching for POC (including Asian skin tones). It sort of seems like the brand chose to avoid “extremes” on both ends of the spectrum – but this of course disproportionately affects WOC at a much higher frequency than those with fair skin.
Okay, we could discuss problematic shade ranges all day, onto the actual product.
The first thing worth mentioning is that it comes in a soft squeeze tube with a twist off cap, which makes it a perfect choice for travel. No glass and minimal opportunity to make a mess!
The texture really is best described as a gel-cream. It is a little less fluid than the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel (my favorite foundation) and will hold its shape when squeezed out of the tube, but still has a very soft and smooth feel.
It blends out very easily, very much straddling the line between moisturizer and foundation. I use my finger to dot it all over my face and then blend out with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This tinted cream will set, quite well actually, but still gives plenty of time to blend even if I dot it over my entire face rather than section by section.
Coverage is described as sheer to medium and I’m inclined to agree. It’s obviously not a heavyweight full coverage kind of product, but I felt like it easily covered all the things that I wanted to cover without the need to add more product. I think it’s also worth noting that I can easily “get away with” wearing just this and a color corrector under my eyes, additional concealer is totally optional – but it seems to mesh well with both Tarte Shape Tape and MAC Select Cover Up.
As I mentioned, I do tend to get a little oily in the T-zone so I have been setting that area as well as under my eyes with a transkuc powder, but otherwise haven’t felt that it needs to be set all over.
It has a very natural finish, not too matte or too dewy, and manages quite a natural feel as well – after a minute or two, it really feels like there is nothing on my skin.
It’s been quite hot here, but I’ve had great results for wear time. Definitely shows some wear and shine throughout the day, though not more than I’d experience with any other product in my arsenal. If I was out and about for the whole day, I’d probably use a blotting sheet or two, but overall there was minimal disruption and impressively no noticeable fading after 12 hours of wear.
I don’t think this would be my top choice for an evening event or special occasion, but it’s definitely a great option for day to day wear. The broad spectrum SPF30 makes it an excellent choice for travel too. For work, meetings, daytime events, and fabulous European vacations… yep, this will definitely be my first choice moving forward and something I’d absolutely repurchase.
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