Friday, 7 August 2015

Call off the search. Perfect Base FOUND!


Call off the search! The quest for the perfect base is over… The aptly named Complexion Rescue!


Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream £26 is a game changer. A multitasking genius that combines skincare benefits and naturally radiant coverage in one. Think BB/CC/tinted moisturiser but better!

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.

Shades

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.

Coverage

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.

Finish

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.

Price

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.

Complexion. Rescued! 


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15 comments:

  1. Great review sweetheart...thx for sharing!

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  2. Sounds like such a good base, need to get my hands on this x

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I love the complexion rescue too but when it's hot outside it slides right off so at the moment it is not for me...

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    1. Really? I'm loving it for the summer because it's nice and light. Have you tried setting it with powder? I dab on a bit of MAC blotting powder if I start to get shiny... does the trick x

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  4. Your skin looks amazing! I might have to try this out! xx

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    1. Thanks Shen! It's actually more glowy than the picture shows. I can highly recommend it x

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  5. I went to a Bare Minerals event a while back and was gifted a full bottle.. So generous! I've reached for a it a few times as I like light coverage but I've not fallen in love with it yet. Like you say though it can take some time. I'm going to wear it today I think now I've read your post! xxx

    www.dizzymisselizabeth.co.uk

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    1. Wow that was generous - lucky lady! There's something about this base, when you first apply it, it doesn't look "all that!" But then something happens and it suddenly makes my skin look really good! x

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  6. This is one of my favourite posts, if not my favourite for the Summer. It's so lightweight and beautiful on the skin x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  7. Nice review! The brush looks nice and I've seen it in stores before it feels nice too :)

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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  8. This does look amazing! I will have to check out the shade offering, but being a brush addict that brush looks amazing!!

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  9. Looks great! Gel formulas don't tend to work on my skin or lips though. Love to try it, wonder if there is a light enough yellow shade...
    Question- wonder what your lipstick is? Looks like Kinda Sexy.

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    1. Thank you! I'm actually wearing Charlotte Tilbury Lipcheat in Pillow Talk all over the lips. It's a little more pink than Kinda Sexy x

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  10. Thank you both! Was trying to find the answer to that question too MissVargasLady, as I too think this shade is divine! x

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