Call off the search! The quest for the perfect base is over… The aptly named Complexion Rescue!
Remember back in April I went along to a bareMinerals event to mark the launch of Complexion Rescue. I came away with a sample and mused my early thoughts here. But to truly road test a foundation you need to wear it and wear it! How many of you have fallen in love with a foundation after one use, only to find it doesn’t agree with your skin a few weeks down the road? Well I was so impressed by my sample I purchased the full size product with my own hard earned cash - no PR sample or sponsored post here! I’ve worn it almost every day since April and now I can give you the real low down!
I’ll cut to the chase. It is unequivocally the best base I have come across. It’s my daily go-to. I’ve barely reached for any other base in the past four to five months. Initially I thought it might be more of an off duty base, but it actually provides more coverage than you might think! It alleviates the need for a heavy foundation, gives a smooth tint to the face and evens the complexion.
Formula and Application
Is it a gel? Is it a cream? The answer is BOTH! It’s lightweight and easy to apply like a gel, yet it’s rich and hydrating like a cream. Formulated with marine botanicals and mineral-infused water, it helps to replenish thirsty skin and lock moisture in. Oil, silicone, parabens and fragrance free – not only does it look good, it does good! It contains a non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 30, which doesn’t cause flash back. Completely fuss free application with the Smoothing Face Brush £24 – this nifty duo fibre buffs and smooths the product perfectly and allows you to easily build your desired coverage. Fingers work fine too and probably provide more of a sheer coverage. Either way it blends seamlessly with no demarcation lines.
There’s ten shades in the collection Opal 01 to Sienna 10. In April I was colour matched to Ginger 06, which was absolutely my perfect match. It’d say it’s ever so slightly on the lighter side now that I have some summer colour, I might have a look at Tan 07. For reference I’m MAC NC30/YSL BD 50/bareMinerals Original Medium Beige.
Is completely up to you. It’s fairly sheer but you can build up the coverage where you need it. It layers exquisitely and will never look heavy or cakey. There’s enough oomph there to cover minor blemishes and discolouration without masking the whole face. If you like a full coverage – Double Wear, Studio Scuplt, that kind of thing, this won’t be for you. But me, I’ve been heading in the lighter coverage direction for a while now and this has come at precisely the right time. It provides more coverage than any tinted moisturiser I’ve used in the past, even Laura Mercier, I’d definitely place it more in the BB/CC category. I’ve actually come across some people using this under their regular foundation, which is great way to benefit from its amazing hydration and skin tone evening properties, without compromising on coverage.
One word – RADIANT! Never has a dewy, youthful-looking glow been so easy to achieve. My skin looks revitalised, hydrated, plumped! It evens out skin tone and creates a more flawless complexion without masking your natural radiance. My skin can BREATHE and somehow it gets better as the day goes on! The hydration, the radiance, it lasts! I apply a little finishing powder to my t-zone to avoid excessive shine and it lasts all day.
RRP £26/$29/35ml Feel Unique | Debenhams | Sephora. Emphasis on 35ml, standard foundation size is 30ml so you’re getting more bang for your buck.