As much as I occasionally dabble in heavier coverage, I am and always have been a light base sort of girl. Sure, I want to look flawless – don’t we all (thanks Beyonce…) but I also want to feel comfortable and to me, that means a light base. I hate the feeling of wearing lots of heavy make-up. So over the last couple of years as BB/CC etc creams came into the market I’ve been pretty happy. Trying a few out, liking some, not liking others. Same for tinted moisturiser- often a staple of mine. Especially as I have very dry skin most of the time. This new bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is called a ‘tinted hydrating gel cream’ and basically promises lots of good things…
The cream is light, and feels like one of the lighter BB creams I’ve found (I usually place BB creams somewhere between tinted moisturiser and foundation as they tend to be more pigmented/coverage than moisturisers but less than foundations – generally speaking). This one has a thicker texture than a tinted moisturiser – it really is a gel-cream. When you squeeze on to the back of your hand you have a pea sized blob rather than a pooling of liquid product.
Application wise to the skin, I can definitely say it’s best applied with fingers in my opinion. On first use I tried my usual buffing brush approach and this did not work out. But fingers and it applies like a dream. Blending in and leaving it just like a slightly evened out version of my skin. Lovely stuff. There is a new brush launched to go with the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (sold separately) but I’ve not tried it with that so can’t say. But with my Real Techniques buffing brush I struggled and found fingers much easier.
The finish is lovely and glowy – and with a slight dab of not-too-flat powder on the t-zone I’m pretty much set for the day. I’ve been wearing it all this week and it holds up well, but I have been mostly desk-bound so not running all over London as usual.
At the launch of this they talked through how the structure of the product is what makes it special – it doesn’t contain any silicone or oil and the structure is designed to deliver both pigment and hydration rather than one over the other. It also has SPF 30 – always handy. It does make very big claims of increasing skin hydration by 215% over a week…
Overall, if you’re a fan of light bases (think tinted moisturisers to perhaps Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua level) then this is definitely worth a try. If you have dry skin and love a lighter base – it’s a must try.
I’m wearing the shade Vanilla here.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue * launches April 2015: bareminerals.co.uk (£26)
*PR sample or gift