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Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Review

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Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Review

Posted by Gin Mabey on Apr 03, 2020

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Review

On the hunt for a new, lightweight base? We’ve got you covered! Check out LiveGlam beauty blogger Gin’s review of the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer!

In my constant search for the perfect light base, I have finally gotten around to trying the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue ($33), albeit a little late in the game. I am kind of averse to heavy or full-coverage foundations. They blur out my freckles so that I have a “flat”, even face yet a freckled chest and body (an odd look).

I’ve been wearing this every day for 10 days at the time of writing, and here are my thoughts:


It’s $33 (USD) which is reasonably expensive for a wee tube of product (1.18 ounces or 35 ml). However, I’m a believer in buying higher-priced products and sticking to them if they work, rather than trying a bunch of cheaper products that are “iffy” and may end up unused.

Shade range

There are 20 shades, which is pretty great for a tinted moisturizer. There are 6 “light” shades, 8 “medium” shades, 2 “dark” shades, and “4” deep shades. I picked the second-lightest shade, birch 1.5

It would be nice to see more dark shades, as only 6 shades on the darker side of medium seems unbalanced.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Swatches

Special features

What I love about this is that it has SPF30. Plus, it is cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, SLS-free, and talc-free. Sounds clean to me!

Smell and feel: it smells…fresh! It’s not overpoweringly perfumed, but it smells nice. It’s good to see that there are no synthetic fragrances all up in there, as they’re unnecessary and can cause irritation.

The texture is interesting, and absolutely fits the description of “gel cream”. It’s light to the touch and doesn’t have an oily or emollient feel.


I squeezed a decent amount onto my fingers, and applied with my fingertips from the middle of the face and outward. I was pleased to see that the shade I picked had a warm-toned yellow base with a slightly toastier color than my skin, while still being a great match. It applied super smoothly over my skin, didn’t cling to dry spots, and provided light coverage while keeping my freckles loud and free. It felt slightly tacky to the touch, but not bothersome.

I layered my Clarins Instant Concealer under my eyes and padded some over the redness around my nose and chin. It layered beautifully over the Complexion Rescue with no pilling, bunching, or patchiness.

Bare Minerals Foundation Review


I was thrilled with the finish. It was glowy and luminous but not oily or shiny at all. I have normal-to-dry skin at the moment, and it’s incredibly compatible. I can’t say how it would work with oily skin, but because of the gel-cream formula I am inclined to say that it would be fine, with a little setting powder. It’s definitely buildable for a more “foundation-like” coverage while remaining light.


I have used this with my new Morphe Continuous Setting Spray and alone without any setting powder or spray. Both times it lasted beautifully throughout the day without oxidizing or becoming patchy. The glowiness did increase with my natural oils, but it still remained fresh. Very happy indeed.

Will I buy it again? ABSOlutely. It’s easy, protective, glowy, buildable, comfortable, and my skin seems to love it. It’s a new daily favourite.


Gin Mabey

Gin Mabey

Gin is a beauty enthusiast with a passion for makeup she's had since kindergarten when she would raid her Mum's makeup drawer. When she's not playing with new products and writing about makeup, she's a theatre actress, director and producer.

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