Review: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

Hi friends!

It’s been a while since I’ve written exclusively about a base product on here but that’s simply because I wasn’t using anything new for quite a long time in my routine. Or I wasn’t using much base at all to be honest, besides concealer. However, I am always interested in finding the best, most affordable tinted moisturizer out there so a few weeks back I picked up the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue from Sephora. (Click here to read the post where I hauled this product.) I’ve been using it quite consistently since then so I’m ready to present you with my review!

Note: all text under the next two sections was sourced from the Bare Minerals website. There’s a wealth of info about on this product on there (I didn’t include everything here), so if you’re interested go check it out.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • $30.00 for 35 ml of product

Oil-free tinted face moisturizer boosts hydration, protects with non-chemical mineral-based broad spectrum SPF 30, and evens out your complexion with dewy, natural-looking coverage. It’s the multi-tasking makeup you need in your life!

Our hydrating gel cream blends effortlessly onto skin and allows you to build coverage from sheer to medium, with a naturally radiant finish.

PRODUCT BENEFITS

Titanium dioxide mineral sunscreen gives you safe and effective non-chemical protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays. Plant-derived squalane and energizing mineral electrolytes quench dry skin with all-day hydration that feels light and refreshing.

  • Non-comedogenic
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Formulated without parabens, binders or fillers
  • None of our products are tested on animals (100% cruelty-free)

FREE OF:

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Fragrance
  • Chemical sunscreens
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Mineral oil
  • Triclosan
  • Formaldehyde
  • Talc
  • Gluten
  • Animal-derived ingredients

WHO IS THIS PRODUCT FOR?

I think this product is for anyone who, like me, has dry skin and who does not gravitate towards fullcoverage base products on the day-to-day (i.e. someone who doesn’t want or need a lot of coverage or who wants to put on their base in one minute or less). However, it could also be useful to someone who likes layering their base products; so then this product would be the first layer underneath a more fuller coverage foundation perhaps. Lastly, those who are new to makeup or are young teenagers might also like this product.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

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HOW I USE & APPLY THIS PRODUCT

I use this as my main base product with nothing layered on top (with the exception of a higher-coverage concealer in certain places). As the instructions on the back of the product recommend, I use my fingertips to dot and blend this into my skin. I gravitate between using a peasized amount or a more generous quartersized amount. Sometimes I use stippling motions to get the greatest coverage; sometimes I blend it in like I would a moisturizer. I found using a beauty sponge can take away whatever coverage this product offers since sponges tend to absorb product. I have not tried applying this with a brush.

MY THOUGHTS ON…

PackagingI absolutely love the packaging on this. It’s a squeezy tube which makes it really easy to control how much product comes out. It’s totally clean & hygenic as well.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

ApplicationThis blends right into my skin without very much effort. A few swipes of my finger and I’m set. Easy-peasy. Bare Minerals calls this a “gel cream” consistency but I’d say it’s just a cream consistency of average thickness. It feels quite moisturizing on application as well.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Coverage: Let’s face it, when you buy this product you know what you’re getting into. It’s a tinted moisturizer which is going to give you sheer coverage at the very best. While Bare Minerals says this can build from “sheer to medium” coverage, I’m not so sure about that. I’ve been able to build up a little coverage in the areas I need it, but not enough to say “medium coverage” in my opinion. Perhaps if you apply it with a brush you could build it up to medium, but I personally haven’t experienced that. That being said, I’m totally ok with sheer coverage cause that’s what I signed up for! I’d rather add coverage where I need it with concealer.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Finish: This product gives me a very natural, slightly glowy finish. However the glowiness subsides once the product settles into the skin. There is also no tackiness once it sets into the skin, so it doesn’t make my skin feel nearly as plumped or moisturized as the Bobbi Brown SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm does (full review here).

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Opal, the lightest shade
Opal, the lightest shade available in the Complexion Rescue range.

Shade SelectionThere are 16 shades in differing undertones to choose from in this line, with most shades falling into the light to medium category. Typically brands don’t bring out as many shades in tinted moisturizer formulas since they’re largely sheer coverage products. However in this case since Bare Minerals claims this product can be built from “sheer to medium,” there really should be more tan-to-dark shades represented then. I don’t see why there can’t be like 20 – 25 shades in this line.

Rating: 3/5 ⭐️

Longevity: Despite its lightweight nature, this lasts on me quite well throughout the day without any powdering. I don’t notice much, if any, fading at all. But do keep in mind two things: 1) I have dry skin, and 2) I’ve only been wearing this in the cooler fall weather when everything tends to stay put on me perfectly.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Price: You pay $30.00 for 35 ml of SPF 30hydration & sheer coverage with this productWhile I’d love for this to be a few dollars cheaper, I personally think that’s a fair price. Chances are if you think tinted moisturizers are unnecessary or overpriced, you’re not buying them at all. But let’s quickly compare the Complexion Rescue to other high-end tinted moisturizers. Both the NARS & Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizers are $45.00 for about 50 ml of product, respectively; the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is $38.00 for 32 ml of product. And let’s not forget the insanely overpriced (but oh so gorgeous) SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm from Bobbi Brown: $60.00 for 30 ml of product! Taking all this into consideration, I don’t think Bare Minerals is overcharging for the Complexion Rescue.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

All in all I think this is a very nice product for those that love or like tinted moisturizers. It’s extremely userfriendly and lowmaintenance to apply and wear. I just wish it made my skin look a bit dewier than it does (I’m still really hung up on my beloved Bobbi Brown product, I can’t help it!). If you’re not into tinted moisturizers, I’d say skip this altogether and spend your $30.00 elsewhere. I’d really love to find a great drugstore tinted moisturizer, so if you know one please pop it down in the comments below!

*Shop the Complexion Rescue range here.

Have you tried this product before? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Video: My current mascara wardrobe featuring Kokie & Glossier

Hi friends!

A new video for you today all about two mascaras that have been in my rotation for a while now. I hope you enjoy and get something from this if you’re looking for a new mascara to purchase. Make sure you scroll down after watching the video to see brush & post-application photos.

Without further delay, here we go!

To see the original post where I hauled the Volume + Length Mascara, click here.

To see the original post where I hauled the Lash Slick Mascara, click here.

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The Kokie Volume + Length Mascara on left; the Glossier Lash Slick Mascara on right. The Kokie wand is slim with short bristles, and the Glossier wand is a bit thinner with short plastic bristles. The Kokie wand has a lot more product, while the Glossier has much less product.
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Kokie mascara. Hopefully you can see that my lashes are thicker & more volumized.
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Glossier mascara. Hopefully you can see here how lengthened my lashes are. They are not too thick though.

Shop for the Kokie mascara here.

Shop for the Glossier mascara here.

Have you tried either mascara from this post? If so, what did you think? Which mascaras are in your rotation right now? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Hot product! NYX’s Limited Edition Grind Machinist Palette

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I’m gonna get right down to it. If you’re currently in the market for an affordable autumn eyeshadow palette, look no further than NYX Cosmetics. [UPDATE 11/9/18: this palette is no longer available.] I recently picked up the limited edition Grind Machinist Shadow Palette from Ulta and I’m completely obsessed with it! The colors, the textures, even the packaging; everything is awesome. If you swapped NYX’s name on the front of the palette with a high-end brand, I wouldn’t blink an eye. That’s how good these shadows are. I can’t remember the last time I used shadows from NYX, let alone loved a product from them as much as I love this palette.

When I first saw the color scheme my immediate thought was that it looked kinda similar to the ABH Subculture Palette (which I believe is now discontinued?), especially with the greens, mustards & warm brown mattes. Now while I never owned or used the Subculture Palette myself, its infamous reputation for intense fall-out and difficult blendability seemed to taint its lifecycle.

I can say that these shadows from NYX have none of those same reported problems. They blend effortlessly, have beautiful pigmentation, and last quite long without fading (about 10 hours). I also do not notice any creasing (when applied over a primer), nor do I notice much fall-out during application. Near perfection in my eyes.

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Interior of Grind Machinist Palette
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The colors in direct sunlight

Here are some fast facts on the palette:

  • $12.49 @ Ulta for 12 shadows
  • 7 mattes, 4 shimmers, 1 duo-chrome

The Grind Machinist Palette is part of a larger limited edition collection containing 3 eyeshadow palettes, 3 lipsticks, 3 lip lacquers, & 3 highlighting duo’s. I believe this collection is exclusive to Ulta, but you can also purchase it from nyxcosmetics.com. But do keep in mind the prices at Ulta are much cheaper than from NYX, at least in regards to the palettes. For example, this palette retails for a whopping $25.00 if you buy from NYX!  

SWATCHES

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Row 1 swatched from left to right in the palette. Top shade is a soft yellow-champagne shimmer; second down is a matte dark green; third down is a matte charcoal; bottom is a matte mustard yellow.
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Row 2 swatched left to right in the palette. Top shade is a peachy-pink shimmer; second down is a light matte cream; third down is a matte sepia brown; bottom is a matte chocolatey-brown.
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Row 3 swatched left to right in the palette. Top shade is a green shimmer; second down is a duo-chrome warm brown with blue-green flecks; third down is a matte red-brown; bottom is a coppery shimmer.

I absolutely love that there are more mattes than shimmers in this palette. Usually in the drugstore the ratio more heavily favors shimmers over mattes. You can do any variety of looks with these colors, so I see this as a rather complete palette (meaning you won’t have to bring in other colors from other palettes to complete a look). The mid-tone mattes give it a wonderful wearability for work or school, while some of the shimmers and darker tones make it adaptable for more dramatic looks.

My favorite shades from this palette are the mustard yellow (totally gorgeous & quite wearable when paired with the matte browns), the sepia brown (looks beautiful all over the lid), the duochrome warm brown (it’s like a more dramatic version of Club from MAC), and the matte green (so rich but make sure to use a primer under this shade, it can stain).

SOME LOOKS USING THIS PALETTE

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Two very wearable looks highlighting the warm matte brown shades. (They may look the same but there are subtle differences, I promise!)
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Look highlighting the beautiful mustard yellow shade.
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Look highlighting the coppery shimmer shade.

So if you like what you see here, get yourself down to Ulta quick! I’m not sure how long this product will be in stock. I think it’s a truly unique palette for the drugstore that offers awesome quality & trendy colors for an affordable price tag.

What was the last item from NYX that you loved? Would you pick up the Grind Machinist Palette? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Birchbox is coming to Walgreens!

Drugstore beauty is taking another leap into the future! After hearing that CVS Pharmacy partnered with Glamsquad & eSalon to create the “Beauty IRL” store-within-a-store (which I wrote about here), I recently read that its drugstore competitor Walgreens is getting in the game as well. They are partnering with Birchbox, the well-known beauty subscription service, to bring Birchbox boutiques to 11 select Walgreens locations in 6 U.S. cities starting this December! See the image below from Walgreens’ Instagram with city listings/times.

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This is very similar to CVS’s “Beauty IRL” concept in that these Birchbox-branded boutiques will “live” within a larger Walgreens store. But while Birchbox (and most other beauty subscription services) are synonymous with mini or sample sizes, these boutiques will be stocked with fullsize makeup, skincare & haircare products from Birchbox’s roster of brands. To be more specific, this partnership will introduce 40 new brands into Walgreens including Sand & Sky, Wander Beauty, Embryolisse, Winky Lux & ARROW, to name a few. How exciting!

Interestingly, the products will be merchandized by need and not by brand inside these Birchbox boutiques, which I think is really cool and unlike a lot of other shopping experiences we know. So if you’re not the biggest beauty shopper nor very brand-loyal, this may be something that excites you.

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A rendering of a Birchbox-Walgreens boutique. Image source: Businesswire.com
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A rendering of a Birchbox-Walgreens boutique. Image source: Businesswire.com

Supposedly each boutique will have “Birchbox-trained” beauty consultants to assist you, plus a “BYOB” (Build Your Own Birchbox) section where you can curate your own Birchbox from a selection of beauty mini’s. I think this is such a cool idea as I’ve been a Birchbox customer for a number of years now (and I love a mini anything). And if you don’t live in or near any of the cities listed above, the Birchbox offerings will also be available online at walgreens.com.

I think this will be another great option for beauty shoppers (big or small). It’s awesome to see drugstore retailers making big investments that will ultimately give their customers a different, more exciting experience. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Are you excited for Birchbox to come to Walgreens? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

Sources used: Fastcompany.com, CNBC.com, news.walgreens.com, CEW.org, businesswire.com.

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A night with L’Oreal in NYC

Hi friends!

Something a bit different for today. I had the pleasure of attending an event this past Wednesday night featuring a talk with Jean-Paul Agon, the CEO & Chairman of the L’Oreal Group. If you’re brand new to the beauty scene, L’Oreal is a huge global beauty & fashion empire that owns countless other brands you’re probably very familiar with including Urban Decay, Giorgio Armani, Maybelline, Clarisonic, Essie, Redken, Garnier & Pureology just to name a small fraction.

I bought my ticket for this event back in late summer since I was so intrigued by the theme of the discussion, “Beauty for the New World.” I’m always interested in what industry professionals have to say about the future of beauty. And from the head of L’Oreal no less, so I knew I had to go.

The talk was hosted by the CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) Organization at The Harmonie Club in NYC. This place was swanky, let me tell you! Right by Central Park on the Upper East Side, I’m sure you get the picture now 😉. It was a 2 1/2 hour event. The first hour was cocktails & hor d’oeuvres (food & service were great but I felt a little awkward since I went to this event solo and didn’t really know anyone), and then the talk and q&a with Jean-Paul filled out the rest of the time slot.

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View from my seat before the talk started.
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It was quite a crowded event.

The first thing I noticed when I sat down in the event space was the massive swag bag on each seat! I felt like I hit the jackpot (even though I kinda paid for it with my ticket price, but moving on)! There was cool stuff from a few L’Oreal brands like IT Cosmetics, Lancome & Kiehl’s. Take a look below.

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A Lancome mini set with the Monsieur Big Mascara & Cils Booster XL Primer. I’ve used the Monsieur Big Mascara before and wasn’t particularly wowed. But I’ll give it another try with the Cils Booster underneath.
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This is a hero moisturizer for a lot of people but I’ve never tried it so I’m excited to start using it going into winter.
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The IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette. A soft, neutral lovers dream. All shades are matte except for the ‘Transforming’ pearlized shade in the bottom right corner.
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IT Cosmetics brush kit with travel pouch. It came wrapped up like a gift. I started using some of these right away, and wow are they soft & beautiful!
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Lancome gift set box
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La Nuit Tresor Scented Body Lotion, Fragrance & Shower Gel. Not sure I will use any of this so I might save it for a giveaway in the future.

Jean-Paul has been with L’Oreal for 40 years so his perspective on the beauty industry and how it’s changed was very interesting. From the ‘70’s until about 2010 he claimed the way L’Oreal did business didn’t really change much. But then the digital revolution happened and nothing was ever the same. He views the onslaught of technology not as a threat to the beauty business but as an exciting opportunity. For example, the consumer is now at the heart of all products & decisions that are made at L’Oreal, whereas prior to the digital revolution it was products & services that were at the center of decision-making. Throughout his talk he was emphatic on the point that big companies must be ready for change and should try to anticipate it as much as possible. When asked what he hopes his legacy at L’Oreal will be, he said he wanted to be remembered as someone who readied the company for the future as much as possible.

There were some other interesting tidbits I took from the talk. Back in 2001 when Jean-Paul last spoke at a CEW event, an audience member called him out on the fact that L’Oreal was still a “boys club” and had little to no females in high positions of authority. Seventeen years later, things have evolved and now L’Oreal is lauded in the industry for gender equality and pay parity. And when they bought Kiehl’s in 2000 it was a humble $20 million business; news flash it’s now valued at over $1 billion!

What do you think of L’Oreal? Do you like or dislike their products? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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