Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream review

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (US$29) is essentially a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. The “complexion rescue” part of its name probably refers to the presence of a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Although it claims to increase hydration after just one week, I found that it’s not that moisturizing. If you have dry skin, you will definitely need to wear a moisturizer before applying this product. I have normal-to-oily skin and I find that on days when the air is dry, I have to wear a light moisturizer underneath this product. This tinted moisturizer is formulated without silicone, oil, parabens or fragrance.

bare minerals complexion rescue gel cream

What does it look like on my skin? It gives my face me a luminous, fresh finish. Coverage is sheer, but it does minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections.

How to apply it? With fingers or with the Bare Minerals Smoothing Face Brush (US$28). This is a dome-shaped dual fiber synthetic brush that allows you to apply foundation (including this tinted moisturizer) to give a smooth, airbrushed effect. If you want more coverage, apply with your fingers. If you want a more natural, sheer look, use this brush.

bare minerals smoothing face brush

Verdict: I am very pleased with Bare Minerals tinted gel cream and have taken it with me on a long voyage in Europe. It’s 35 ml/1.8 fl.oz. and packaged in a tube, so it’s travel-friendly. I have also taken the brush and find that it has become an indispensable tool for applying foundation. Considering the price, it’s cheaper than many other tinted moisturizers on the market but it’s better: it has a broad spectrum sunscreen and no nasty fragrance, parabens or silicone.

Here the the ingredients of the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream:

Active Ingredients: Titanium dioxide 6.2%
Inactive Ingredients: water, coconut alkanes, propanediol, squalane, trehalose, isostearic acid, glycerin, silica, agar, caprylic/capric triglyceride, globularia cordifolia callus culture extract, salicornia herbacea extract, melilotus officinalis extract, coco-caprylate/caprate, butylene glycol, lauroyl lysine, sodium hyaluronate, succinoglycan, polysorbate 60, cellulose gum, polyglyceryl-4 laurate/succinate, sorbitan sesquiisostearate, magnesium stearate, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol. may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides.


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