Prior to trying the product, I had spotted it was listed in Marie Claire's '2015's Beauty Game-Changers' (April edition). I was even more excited to try after this accolade! According to Anna & Ally, the tinted moisturiser has been very well received by the press. And now I understand why.
For me, the bareSkin serum foundation which I previously reviewed is just too difficult to get right in the 2 minutes I have to put my make-up on in - it takes time to blend in using the special brush. It's a great product and is a fantastic colour match but for a busy working mum, it's not for everyday use. Definitely more for when I'm going on a (rare) night out and can spend time getting my make-up just right.
However, the Complexion Rescue ticks all the boxes. Great colour match, quick to go on (you can even use your fingers with this one), a natural finish that doesn't leave your skin feeling caked, and despite it being a tinted moisturiser, it does provide a little coverage. I didn't even need any concealer on my problem chin! I was suitably impressed, as was the littlest who came along with me!!
Now for the science!
Regular readers will know that I have a PhD, but you may not know that the topic of my PhD was emulsions!
A traditional emulsion has water on the inside and oil on the outside. Whereas Complexion Rescue is the opposite. It has mineral-infused water on the outside encapsulating hydrating humectants and pigment which helps lock in moisture when it contacts the skin giving instant hydration and quick absorption. (Hopefully that makes sense to you!)
The product is cooling on the skin when you apply it and it blends really easily, absorbing quickly to give an even skin-tone. So much easier than the bareSkin and ideal for those busy mornings when I've got the kids, or when I'd just rather have an extra 5 minutes under the duvet!! Complexion Rescue also has an SPF 30 so it will save you having to apply a separate sunscreen.
This is me after my mini makeover. I'm wearing the Complexion Rescue, but no primer, concealer etc was used.
The girls sent me a colour-matched Complexion Rescue to try at home (I'm shade vanilla) as well as a few other products. Watch this space for a post on products for dark undereye circles...this is a big problem of mine and I'm always on the lookout for make-up that will help minimise their appearance.
Complexion Rescue will retail at £26 for a 35 mL tube and will be available from April 2015. You can sign up on the bareMinerals website to be notified when it is available to purchase.
I received a tube of Complexion Rescue and a few other products from bareMinerals to try. As always, opinions are my own and are honest.