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MAC Marge’s Extra Ingredients Quad

Aside from the 3 blush pans, Laura also sent me an LE MAC quad from the Simpsons collection from a while back. She received it gratis, which explains the lack of special packaging, and said she thought it would be fun for me to try out.

This one’s called Marge’s Extra Ingredients and has four colors: Harpooned Heart, Sexy PB & J, Beehive Blue, Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag.

  • Harpooned Heart: light baby pink (Lustre)
  • Sexy PB & J: mid-tone bright violet (Veluxe pearl)
  • Beehive Blue: mid-tone bright blue (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag: deep navy (Frost)

FYR: lustre (smoothly pearlized; intensely frosted with deluxe ultrafine ‘conditioned’ finish), veluxe pearl (vibrantly toned. Velvety soft. Shimmeringly metallic. Veluxe eyeshadow, now overlaid with high-shine pearl), frost (an iridescent shine that adds a highlight to any color).

MAC Marge's Extra Ingredient Quad - Swatches - Harpooned Heart, Sexy PB and J, Beehive Blue, Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag
Swatched, L-R: Harpooned Heart, Sexy PB and J, Beehive Blue, Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag

When I started getting into makeup, I was really drawn to purples (especially when it comes to eyeshadow), but I don’t wear that color that much anymore unless it’s purple-toned blush. Laura was right, though. Because these aren’t colors I normally pick out, they were fun to play with.

I don’t know why, but I really have a hard time wearing cool-toned eyeshadow. Anyway, of the four shades, my favorites to work with are Sexy PB&J and Beehive Blue. Coincidentally, both are veluxe pearl eyeshadows.

MAC Marge's Extra Ingredient Quad -2

The pans are cute and pressed with a section of Marge’s face and iconic hairdo.

MAC Marges Extra Ingredients Quad

Mmm, this is pretty much your standard gradation: Harpooned Heart pretty much packed on the inner 2/3 of the lid, meeting up with Sexy PB&J which I added on the outer half (so they’re mixed in the center lid), and a bit of Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag on the very outer ‘v’. I used Beehive Blue on the outer half of my lower lashline but didn’t like how BLUE it was, so I covered it with a medium brown eyeliner.

Carina and Isa Here’s a photo of me and my best friend, Isa. I don’t know if it makes it easier to see the eyeshadow (I don’t imagine it does), but here’s one with the, um, context of my whole face.

Mmm I don’t remember what I was wearing this day. I think I had on bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, an LMdB pressed powder, probably a bit of Kjaer Weis Abundance and Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium. Eyeliner was a brown-black liquid liner by K-Palette* And I think I had on NARS Audacious Lipstick in Julie, but then I ate and it rubbed off.

I love the quad, but I think it would be more amazing if worn with other eyeshadows (probably neutrals?) just to ground them. I don’t typically wear super colorful eyeshadow anymore, though now that I’ve written that, I’m wondering why I stopped, a little bit. Eyeshadow is fun!

Anyway, that’s my exciting~ post for the day. I still love makeup! I still have to keep myself from buying everything in sight! I hope you’re all having a good day.

* Items marked with an asterisk (*) are PR samples.

Eyeshadow quad was gifted by Laura ❤ Sorry this is limited edition, but I've seen it on eBay, if you're interested.

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Sample Stash Sunday No. 1

I’ve been doing Sample Stash Sundays for a few years on this blog, and the feature comes and goes, and actually focuses on specific samples at a time. Well, in an effort to destash my samples and keep them from wasting away, I made a dedicated attempt at using them up. But, I’m going to be posting the little reviews in groups. So, we’re going to start back at “No. 1.” Because I said so.

Here’s a look at my first batch of samples, some of which were tried from late last year.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask*

This was honestly a great moisturizing mask, but I am just really averse to creams you wipe away from your face. I just don’t like that sensation. This was very effective in moisturizing my face, though, especially taking care of the dry patches around my mouth area, which regular moisturizers tend to leave dry. Recommend if you don’t mind wiping off product from your face.

GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment Mask

This stung the shit out of my face. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or if my face was just frakking up at the time, but after using this, I broke out like I have never broken out before. (This makeup item is also on my list of suspects, but I’ve been using it for a while and I haven’t had the same bad reaction again.) I read a review on Sephora that claims this broke her out, too, and that she (like me) didn’t get acne very much. Wouldn’t recommend because it hurt my face and broke me out.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Just alright! Nothing to write home about.

DryBar Sake Bomb Shampoo & Conditioner

I loved this tandem and was very sorry when my pithy packets ran out.

Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Anti-Fatigue Moisturizing Cream

This was very nice and smelled very soothing. Very nice smell to fall asleep to. The moisturizing aspect didn’t stand out so much to me, but it was, on the whole, quite a pleasant cream.

Marie-Stella-Maris No 74 Body Lotion (Lemon Notes)

I got this from Angel (Nosy Beauty feature here), who lives in Amsterdam, where Marie-Stella-Maris is from. The lotion itself was a bit runny, which is good for humid climates, but part of me felt like it wouldn’t fare well in cold & dry places. It smelled a bit like it had ginger in it or something! Definitely lemon-y, but I felt like I smelled a bit like tinola, which is a local chicken soup that’s heavy on the lemon and ginger. Haha.

RMS Beauty the ultimate makeup remover wipe

Got this in my RMS order. Quite nice and effective; dreadfully smelled so much like coconut (understandably).

And, that’s a wrap! I’m going to keep using up my samples and report back with my findings. I have been having quite a bit of fun but had to stop with the creams and such when my face decided to act out. I have quite a few makeup samples, too, so those should be exciting.

* Although all samples are technically free (like as GWPs), items marked with an asterisk are PR Samples, as in I did not make a purchase that resulted in me acquiring them.

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MAC Blush Palette 2016 Update

About two years and a few odd months ago, I hauled a sizable MAC purchase, which was kindly arranged for me by my friend Laura, who works there. I purchased the large/double palette with eyeshadow and blush inserts, along with three powder blushes that I never got around to adding to.

Over the holidays, Laura sent me three more—out of the goodness of her heart—and it made me want to do a MAC Blush Palette update. Here’s what she picked out for me!

MAC Powder Blush in Peachykeen, Breath of Plum & Breezy

MAC Blush - Peachykeen, Breath of Plum, Breezy - Swatches
Swatched, L-R: Peachykeen, Breath of Plum, Breezy

Peachykeen is a “very baby peach” sheertone shimmer blush. Breath of Plum is a “light plum” sheertone blush. Breezy is a “plum with pearl” sheertone shimmer blush.

Not an expert on MAC blushes, but here’s a helpful guide I found at Nordstrom:

FROST (F): Iridescent, lightly shimmering color. Adds highlights: provides a frosted ‘bloom’ to the cheeks.
MATTE (M): Flat matte finish. Goes on lightly. Builds well. Blends with the skin.
SATIN (S): Light-refractive sheen-style finish. Adds subtle highlights to the skin.
SHEERTONE (ST): Shy-on tints in a sheer-on micro-refined powder. Not transparent. Goes on faint. Looks real.
SHEERTONE SHIMMER (SS): Jet-milled and micro-fine, just like Sheertone, but tickled with just-enough shimmer to make light dance on the cheeks.

I currently own 5 sheertone shimmers (!) and 1 sheertone powder blushes. I think I have a Pearlmatte Powder from the Archie’s Girls Collection that features a matte blush called Frankly Scarlet and an Extra Dimension Blush called Fiery Impact, used here, which is rather nice.

Wearing Breath of Plum

MAC Blush - Face Swatch - Breath of Plum
Mistakenly thought this was a matte blush! True to the description, it’s pretty much a tint and only faintly appears on the face. I like it quite a lot! A good, plummy spin on natural-looking blush shades.

I haven’t worn the other two just yet, but here are swatches from another angle.

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Breezy

MAC Blush - Peachykeen, Breath of Plum, Breezy - Swatches 2
Swatched, L-R: Peachykeen, Breath of Plum, Breezy

I noticed the pearlescent effect of Breezy right away—sort of like a red violet lean to a medium-deep plum blush, especially when you switch angles. The sheen isn’t as present on the cheeks as it is as a swatch, but it’s still quite beautiful. Also, I find that I don’t mind the shimmer in these blushes so much as I do with other shimmery cheek products. I tend to shy away from shimmery blushes, but I guess there’s a reason why I’ve got five sheertone shimmers out of six MAC blushes.

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Peachykeen

MAC Blush - Peachykeen, Breath of Plum, Breezy - Swatches 3
Swatched, L-R: Peachykeen, Breath of Plum, Breezy

This is such a pretty shade, although Peachykeen really appears only as a hint on my face. It’s a good kind of glowy, natural, pick-me-up shade, though I haven’t worn in quite often enough to make a judgment. First impression, though, is that I really like it.

So, here is my completed blush palette—

MAC Blush Palette
Top row, L-R: Plumfoolery, Breath of Plum, Breezy; Bottom row, L-R: Springsheen, Ambering Rose, Peachykeen

MAC Blush Palette Swatches—

MAC Blush - Peachykeen, Breath of Plum, Breezy, Springsheen, Ambering Rose, Plumfoolery - Swatches
Swatched, L-R: Peachykeen, Breath of Plum, Breezy, Springsheen, Ambering Rose, Plumfoolery

And just for fun, I’ve unearthed my old photos of when I used/reviewed the older blushes:

Wearing Springsheen

LGM - Day to Night - MAC Mythology - Night
Springsheen (reviewed here) is a “peach with pearl” sheertone shimmer blush. It’s got a similar look to NARS Orgasm, but it’s warmer and less pink.

Wearing Ambering Rose

MAC - Ambering Rose Blush - Face
Ambering Rose (reviewed here) is a “muted rose” sheertone shimmer blush. It’s quite copper-y (or, I guess, “amber”) and great for the summer months. I don’t know if I’d recommend this for fairer skin (it might be too harsh/deep), but it shows up quite nicely on medium skin like mine.

Wearing Plumfoolery

MAC - Plumfoolery Face 1
Plumfoolery (reviewed here) is a “faintly plum” sheertone shimmer blush, and was possibly my favorite of the original 3 I had. It’s reaaaaally pretty, and subtle—10/10 would recommend if you’re looking for a subtle but glow-y plum shade.

To be honest, receiving these blushes (as well as another palette I bought earlier in the year—WATCH OUT FOR THAT) rekindled the desire in me to give blushes another shot. I’d been pretty much wearing bronzer or neutral/brown/pinky-mauve shades on the rare occasion that I do wear blush. Any tips are greatly appreciated. Hope you’re all doing well! x

* Peachykeen, Breath of Plum, and Breezy were all gifts from Laura. ❤

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip

I know I look like I’ve been on a little bit of a ColourPop streak, but I literally placed only 2 orders towards the end of last year and have divvied up the items so that they don’t get too overwhelming. 🙂 Right now, I’m going to talk a bit about the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip, which is a new product to me. They’re pretty much the same as the matte liquid lipsticks that have been popping up all over the place lately: a lipstick with a pigmented, opaque gloss-like consistency that dries matte. I do, however, really like this formula way more than the other ones I’ve tried thus far.

I’ve seen a lot of other liquid lipsticks I wanted to try, but one major aspect of me picking ColourPop was the price point and their “no animal testing policy.” There’s still a hint of seediness to this whole out-of-nowhere, overly-hip weird operation, in my opinion, but nothing that strikes me as overly sinister. But anyway.

I got 3 shades, (from top to bottom): Dr M, Kapow, and Trap.

ColourPop - Ultra Matte Lip - Dr M, Kapow, Trap - Swatches

Kapow, a muted grey taupe, was the one I wanted the most but I wasn’t able to order it for my first order because it was out of stock. I ended up taking home Trap, a dusty greyed-out beige, and Dr M, a deep blackened green. Both Kapow and Trap are matte, shimmer-free, and pull a little purple on me. Dr M has a bit of a metallic sheen to it that actually made me get it in the first place.

These dry to a true matte, but they don’t flake off. This is usually where I run into some problems for “matte liquid lipsticks.” They usually flake off or are too sticky/tacky. These are neither, so that was a pro for me right away.

They are, to some degree, drying (but they don’t suck out all the moisture from your lips) and the color stays on your lips unless you eat something oily, which kind of removes the color from the inner part of your lips, but not entirely. In my opinion, these are easy to apply, and are buildable/workable especially if you don’t wait for the first layers to completely dry before adding a new one. They also last surprisingly well through eating, as much as you could want or expect from a matte lip product.

Wearing Trap

FOTD-Neutrals and Navy-Face2
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Trap
It doesn’t look as mauve-y/rosy as it does in the swatch, and is probably closer to the description when worn. Indoor lighting is a pain in the ass, but I hope you can see which tones pull stronger on me/my complexion.

Wearing Kapow

ColourPop - Kapow - Face
Depending on whether or not I feel like a BAMF HBIC, this is potential Power Lip levels. Kapow is a “muted grey taupe,” which is a good shade for me, as someone who has fairly medium skin but is also quite attracted to grey lip shades at the moment. By which, I mean, this is a good grey, thank goodness.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a face-swatch of how Dr. M looks like. I still haven’t worn it beyond “playing around” at home. Anyway, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I now have a deep green lip somewhere in my arsenal, and though I am somewhat afraid to use it, I’ll definitely find an occasion, too. I think.

True to my initial leanings, my favorite of the three turned out to be Kapow. It’s such a great, deeper shade that’s not a conventional brown, red, or purple. Will I get any more? Probably not, but just because there’s not a lot of the shades that feel like I must have, personally. I do love the formula, though, especially as far as matte lips go. I just have too much lip products at the moment.

Judging from other people’s swatches and stuff on this range, though, I think that if you’re starting to build your collection, the matte formula would suit a lot of bolder colors like a classic red or some of the brights. I’m not sure if I would like any nudes in this formula (personally), but ColourPop has a wide, wide range.

* Items marked with an asterisk are PR Samples.

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New Discoveries from Indie Lee

The Indie Lee Blemish Lotion and Calendula Eye Balm aren’t necessarily new items, but they are new to me. I was wrestling with a weirdly relentless bout of acne and was a little desperate for a spot treatment, so in the bin the Blemish Lotion went. I was also looking for a replacement for my current eye cream, which is by One Love Organics. It was okay, as far as moisture went, but I was also in the mood to try something else.

IndieLee - Blemish Lotion, Calendula Eye Balm - 1

The Blemish Lotion ($26; shop here) is a talc-free spot treatment, where you let a 100% natural solution of colloidal sulfur, zinc oxide, salicylic acid, magnesium aluminum silicate, camphor, and iron oxide settle onto the bottom of a bottle of water and isopropyl alcohol. You dip a cotton swab in the settled sediment and apply to spots, over a few hours or overnight.

I swear, this has been a game changer for me. I tend to get really persistent spots around my nose area, but this calmed them down after just one application which has never happened to me and spots, ever. I think it’s safe to say that this product receives two thumbs up from me!

IndieLee - Blemish Lotion, Calendula Eye Balm - 2

I think it’s a bit too soon to exact judgment on the Calendula Eye Balm ($42; shop here). It’s supposed to significantly reduce dark circles, due to the Mango seed butter, so I’m watching out for any changes as far as that area is concerned. It’s definitely more of a balm consistency than my previous eye cream, but I like that it isn’t as goopy and messy.

My experience with Indie Lee has been so good, so far. I’m going to test these out longer (and maybe wait for another sale!) before I go and try out some of their other offerings. I’m eyeing the Brightening Cleanser, CoQ-10 Toner, and the Swiss Apple Facial Serum, which is a definite risky splurge.

* Items marked with an asterisk are PR Samples.

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My Christmas Present to Myself: The RMS Beauty Round-Up

I have already lamented my weakness over at Twitter a few weeks ago, when I confessed to buying a selection of RMS Beauty items and blamed it on Black Friday. In truth, I have been drooling over these items for months and months, always relegating them for one reason or another to the “not right now” list. It was a mistake on my part, at least for some of them, because they are, quite frankly, amazing.

RMS Beauty - Glowing Gift Set Burriti Bronzer - Header

RMS Beauty, one of the better known niche green beauty brands, has a handful of items in their product catalog. Some of the more famous and well-loved ones are the Living Luminizer ($38) and the “Un” Cover-Up ($36). They have a selection of color makeup items, some skin care and brushes, and most recently, a 6-free nail polish range.

I went the safe route, and argued for “value.” I reasoned that getting the Glowing Gift Set was probably the best choice since it had the aforementioned best-sellers as well as your choice of Eye Polish (a cream-based eyeshadow; $28) and Lip2Cheek (lip/cheek color; $36). And because I’m me, I couldn’t resist getting the Buriti Bronzer ($28), too.

This is going to be quite a longer review than I expected to make, but here goes.

RMS Beauty - Glowing Gift Set - Header

At $120, the Glowing Gift Set saves you just $18, a little more if you sign up for their newsletter (15% off your first purchase) or if you wait for a (kinda) major sale, like I did. Right off the bat, let me tell you that I loved two items from this set and am ambivalent towards the other two. I also think that it’s safe to guess which ones made my heart kinda swoon, to be honest.

First: the ones I loved.

Favorite #1: “Un” Cover-Up in 22

22 is the best-selling shade of the RMS “Un” Cover-Up, a yellow-based shade suited for “light-medium” complexions. I nearly opted for 33, but since I have had a history of over-estimating just how deep my skintone is, I went with the safest option. It’s easier to deal with too-light coverage than too-dark, I think.

Anyway, the “Un” Cover-Up is “lightweight and hydrating,” and is meant to enhance your skin and make it look better, not ~cover it up~ with pigment. (Get it?) It’s a good moisturizer, but doesn’t make you look slick or oily, and it does have pretty impressive coverage for something so lightweight. In other words, the “Un” Cover-Up is pure magic in a pot. Living in this humidity, this still works better with some type of primer, since I noticed it wore off as the day progressed.

Favorite #2: Living Luminizer

HOLY. I don’t even know. I can’t forgive myself for waiting so long, but also I suppose there were lessons to be learned there about making wise choices and like, delayed gratification or something. The Living Luminizer is amazing. I’m very rarely impressed by highlighters, mainly because I don’t think my face shape is quite er, welcoming, if that makes sense. This is glorious stuff, possibly made out of angels, IDK.

The only thing I hate about it is their copy on the website (‘sensual’ was used like 3 times too many), but other than that. I am so in awe and like, in love with it, I think.

OK #1: Lip2Cheek in Smile

I decided to go out of my comfort zone and pick a coral-y shade after a little bit of research. I saw Smile on Shannon and even though we are decidedly not similar, physically, it seemed like a beautiful everyday color. This is a great cheek product, but is very (frankly) gross-looking on the lips if you don’t prep them. Which, to be honest, kinda defeats the purpose for me, as the Lip2Cheek should feel as effortless as the other items they are selling. In any case, it’s a beautiful cheek color, so I’m quite happy about that. I just don’t think it’s particularly hydrating on the lips is all. Good pigmentation, though.

(Alternately, they also have the Lip Shine, which isn’t really up my alley in terms of lip products that I tend to like, but it might be a better choice for you.)

OK #2: Eye Polish in Seduce

I was initially drawn to Magnetic, which is a taupe/silver with a hint of mauve, but I knew I was going to get more wear out of (aka get sick of slower) Seduce, which is a “sensuous dirty brown that can double as a contour.”

I’m a little skeptical of most cream eyeshadows unless they’re tried and tested, personally, like MAC Paint Pots, but I kept reading about how the RMS Eye Polish “doesn’t budge” or crease or whatever. Anyway, these didn’t work out quite all that well for me. The product on my eyes remained wet-looking and didn’t really set, and kind of disappeared as the day wore on. Granted, this is without an eye primer, so I should have probably seen it coming. However, MAC Paint Pots are also cream shadows/bases, and they hold up pretty well without any fussing.

Swatches

Here are some swatches. First, straight outta compton the pot, then blended, then tilted to the side to show you the luminosity of the Living Luminizer. Here goes:

RMS Beauty - Glowing Gift Set Burriti Bronzer - Swatches - Living Luminizer, Uncover Up 22, Smile Lip2Cheek, Seduce Eye Polish, Burriti Bronzer
Swatched, L-R: RMS Living Luminizer, RMS Lip2Cheek (Smile), RMS Eye Polish (Seduce), RMS Buriti Bronzer

RMS Beauty - Glowing Gift Set Burriti Bronzer - Swatches - Living Luminizer, Uncover Up 22, Smile Lip2Cheek, Seduce Eye Polish, Burriti Bronzer - Blended
(Blended) Swatched, L-R: RMS Living Luminizer, RMS Lip2Cheek (Smile), RMS Eye Polish (Seduce), RMS Buriti Bronzer

RMS Beauty - Glowing Gift Set Burriti Bronzer - Swatches - Living Luminizer, Uncover Up 22, Smile Lip2Cheek, Seduce Eye Polish, Burriti Bronzer - Tilted
Swatched, L-R: RMS Living Luminizer, RMS Lip2Cheek (Smile), RMS Eye Polish (Seduce), RMS Buriti Bronzer

RMS Beauty - Glowing Gift Set

The packaging of these RMS products are so cute: tiny frosted glass pots with a metal-type cap. The design is simple and functional with no unnecessary frills. I dig it, but you might not if you are a germophobe.

RMS Beauty - Burriti Bronzer

The Buriti Bronzer

And then, here be the bronzer. The Buriti Bronzer is also a bestseller, but it’s not something I hear as much as I hear about the other two I’ve mentioned. The Buriti Bronzer also happens to be a favorite purchase, personally. It’s so amazing. I was honestly blown away, I hate it.

The aim of this bronzer, it seems, is to really warm up the face and create a sun-kissed look that’s not orange or pink or grey. If I’m not mistaken, the pigmentation used comes from Buriti oil, which is harvested from a type of Brazilian nut.

Again, the swatches, just to remind you what the Buriti Bronzer looks like next to the Eye Polish in Seduce, since RMS has claimed the latter can be used as a contour shade.

RMS Beauty - Glowing Gift Set Burriti Bronzer - Swatches - Living Luminizer, Uncover Up 22, Smile Lip2Cheek, Seduce Eye Polish, Burriti Bronzer
Swatched, L-R: RMS Living Luminizer, RMS Lip2Cheek (Smile), RMS Eye Polish (Seduce), RMS Buriti Bronzer

RMS Beauty - Glowing Gift Set Burriti Bronzer - Swatches - Living Luminizer, Uncover Up 22, Smile Lip2Cheek, Seduce Eye Polish, Burriti Bronzer - Blended
(Blended) Swatched, L-R: RMS Living Luminizer, RMS Lip2Cheek (Smile), RMS Eye Polish (Seduce), RMS Buriti Bronzer

You can definitely see the cooler, greyer, more shadow-like tones in Seduce. In any case, I’m kind of in love with both colors anyway.

Here’s everything I bought on my face. I also used a very sheer tinted base and translucent powder on my face.

RMS Face 1

RMS Face 2

And then, here’s one with pretty dramatic lighting, just to show you how stunning the Living Luminizer is, when the light hits it just right.

RMS - Face - Living Luminizer

Anyway, I really love RMS Beauty, but since it’s a pretty small brand, I think I’m all shopped out. One thing I don’t really like about it is that it really smells strongly of coconut, which I’m not exactly a fan of. I think that’s a pretty small con, though, and would recommend the three products I raved about in this post.

* Items marked with an asterisk are PR Samples.

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To the Rescue?

I purchased the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue because I was picking up something for my sister, and I needed a lightweight base that had SPF. My favored Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is pretty much perfect for me for daily use, except for its lack of SPF. The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is a “tinted hydrating gel cream” with non-chemical Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It is also formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue - Natural 05 Swatch

I got the shade “Natural 05,” which I guesstimated from a shade finder they had on the bareMinerals website. Natural 05 is “for medium skin with neutral tones” and according to Shelbey, is similar to “Medium Beige” in the Original foundation, which is what I wear. As you can probably see from the photo, “gel cream” is a pretty accurate descriptor for the texture. It’s not really my favorite, because it still feels heavy when I apply it, even if the coverage isn’t necessarily so.

bareMinerals claims that this is “the best of a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturizer” and provides a whopping “215% increase in skin hydration after just one week.” It utilizes “marine botanicals” as its means for hydration, and is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and dermatologist tested. I mean, I think you can understand how this sounds like absolute music to my dry-skinned, SPF-lacking self.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue - Natural 05 Swatch Blended

The product is very easy to blend for me—I just use my fingers to apply—but one of the main criticisms I’ve read about it is that it is patchy. I did not have that issue, at all. Personally, I find it hard to believe that it applies patchily, just because the coverage is what its name implies: tinted. Although it claims to be sheer-medium coverage, it feels rather light on pigment, but it does cover general skin discoloration adequately.

RMS Face 2

Honestly, I’ve refrained from using this much because my initial wearing of it resulted in a weird inflammation around my inner cheek area (under the eyes, close to the nose; some of the roughness is visible in the photo above). Unlike any other I’ve experienced from a complexion product, ironically. I take fairly good care of my skin. I don’t use a lot of heavy products—I bought this one specifically because it claimed to do many, many good things for my skin.

So far, however, I’ve been wary of its claims and although I haven’t exactly pinpointed this product as the main culprit for my uncharacteristic breakout, I’m not ruling it out, either. For now, I still use it every time I go out. I’m hoping it’s more a matter of my skin trying to adjust to it than a true allergic reaction. I’m very happy with this product, most things considered, save maybe for the havoc it may or may not have wreaked on my face.

* Items marked with an asterisk are PR Samples.

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