Trying out the bareMienrals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

This tinted Moisturizer from bareMinerals is an interesting product and one that I really enjoyed using. I am, in general, a big fan of bare Minerals. I have several lip products as well as a blush and their mineral veil in my collection and they are items i reach for regularly. In fact i am almost out of one of my favorite glosses from their Mineralist line. I had to resort to the trick of placing the tube in a mug of warm water to gather the product form the sides so that it could be used up actually. The heat causes the product to slide down the insides of the tube and gather at the bottom so it can be used. Go with warm but not boiling water, you don’t want to cook your lipstick, just heat it a little and then take it out. And yes I will do this until there is no more product to use in the tube.

But we are not here to talk about extending liquid lip products. We are here to talk about the bare Minerals tinted moisturizer. According to the website…

The #1 tinted moisturizer in the U.S. This 3-in-1 multi-tasker is a moisturizer, skin tint and SPF 30, with Hyaluronic Acid to boost hydration for a dewy, healthy-looking glow. What it does: Provides 24-hour hydration, Builds from sheer to light coverage, creating a dewy, healthy-looking glow, Visibly evens skin tone and blurs imperfections, Protects with broad spectrum mineral-based SPF 30

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Okay so right off the bat, I love hyaluronic acid for my skin. For me it really works in helping me to fight my fine lines. It isn’t magic, but it is a great weapon in the fight against the inevitable march of time across my face. It plumps up the skin around the areas where my fine lines are and because of the tint it helps to hide them from view.

the shade I have is slightly light for my summer time skin. i think if I were to order a bottle for summer use I would go one shade darker than this one. However, this is the perfect shade for my post summer and pre summer skin tones. Which i am not mad about. First of all, I don’t have a tinted moisturizer for the cooler months. Mostly because I tend to pick them up in the summer when I don’t want to wear foundation. Not only do I not mind having a tinted moisturizer for the cooler months when my skin lightens, but it has an SPF30 mixed in. While in the summer time i always put SPF 50 on and then just before my walk spray myself down a bit with a spray sunblock as extra insurance, I am sad to say that in the winter I am less diligent.

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I know the sun shines all year round even f you are not sweating. But in the summer with both walks and garden work I am outside at least a little each day so it becomes habit to apply the dual layer. I am not outside every day in the winter and so the habit lapses. it is something i am working on. And while I would not trust my only sun block to a tinted moisturizer, it is nice to have that back up.

But how does it work as a tinted moisturizer? Really well. I needed only a pea sized amount on the skin to cover my face. I applied it in small spots to my skin then used a brush to blend it in. Even though it is a little light, it blended beautifully and felt absolutely weightless. Since this summer has been brutally hot, the weightless feeling is very much appreciated.

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This bareMinerals tinted moisturizer does have a slight glow-y look to it. While I am okay with that in the cooler months in the summer I just look at myself and think oily so I add a pat of powder and the shine is gone. Because I am not a huge fan of the shiny/dewy/wet look I make certain to use a matte primer underneath. An illuminating primer is simply too much for me with this tinted moisturizer. But if that is a look you are going for then it will certainly give it to you so pair away. I add a matte primer and a quick sweep of powder and I am good to go. I need a second pat of powder around mid day, but that is all. (And mostly personal preference). I have missed that afternoon powder and no one thought I looked oily.

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This bareminerals tinted moisturizer wears well. I used a light coverage and it kept the light coverage all day. The product is buildable if you are trying to get more coverage, but only to a point. It is a tinted moisturizer that can be stretched to a light coverage foundation with little issue. Beyond that and while it will look good for a few hours, after that it starts to feel heavy and slightly patchy. It wants to be a light tinted moisturizer. It will try it’s best to do more, but you ae really only going to get it to look good for a couple of hours if you do. especially in the heat. If you are looking for more coverage, use a product designed to give you more coverage.

As a light tinted moisturizer this bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer takes out redness and evens skin tone. It is feather light and forgettable. It blends easily and I had no problem with any product i put over it. I really enjoyed this as a tinted moisturizer and will continue to use it. I will also use it when the weather grow cooler and then make the decision as to whether or not this is a product i want to keep in two shades or one I want to keep for a seasonal use. for now, I am happy to keep it in rotation and to find another great product from bareMinerals to use.

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Trying out the Gen Nude Natural Oasis Eyeshadow Palette from bareMinerals

For a long time bare Minerals powders were my go to face products. While I varied every other product I kept the face powders consistent for a long time. Time passes, habits change and I began experimenting with other products. Slowly bareMinerals fell off my radar. It has been slowly creeping back in lately and a lot of that has to do with the Gen Nude Line.

As with most makeup in my world it starts with the lip products. bareMinerals drew me back in with the lip gloss and liquid lips as well as their bullet style Mineralist Lipstick. I actually adore their formulas. The colors are great but even better, they are comfortable to wear and never dry out my lips. Then, a few weeks ago I was in the store and saw this Natural Oasis Palette and realized I had never tried any eyeshadows from bareMinerals. So I bout the palette and have been using it for the past week and a half or so. If you are interested in tis palette while normally $29 it is now on sale on the bareMinerals website for $23

This six pan palette lifts up easily from the front. There is a little plastic tab to hold as you lift so you can open it without breaking your nails. I personally appreciate that a lot since often with those clasp closures I do end up breaking a nail trying to get them open. This one is easy. And the entire inside lid is mirrored. It is a very easy palette to use as a compact.

But while packaging is great, it is the shadows that matter. I found them interesting. Let’s take them by rows.

Row 1

The first row is composed of Sandy beach (L) and Papaya (R). Sandy peach is fabulous for the inner corner of the eye or to highlight under the eye brow. Papaya is a peachy shade that almost blends into my skin tone but is also great for blending the darker colors down and working under my eyebrow.

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The second row, Cabana (L) and Red Hibiscus (R) are slightly darker. The brown is a soft brown that isn’t highly pigmented but can be build up. It will never get very dark but it is perfect for a natural look. The Red Hibiscus is a stunning shimmer. it is a an almost ruby shade that can be used to create a nice contrast with the brown shade of cabana or used for more impact with the Palm leaf green in the lower row. It can be left high impact or be blended down for something more subtle. I really liked that all of the shadows had the capability of blending down without becoming muddy.

Row 3

The third row contains the darkest shades and has the deepest pigment. The left shade is Simmering Sunset and the Right is Palm Leaf. Shimmering sunset is a shimmer shade, but it is a light shimmer that works just as well as a dark brown matte. It does not have the shine of red hibiscus. Palm leaf is the most pigmented. It actually came as a bit of a shock the first time I used it because the rest of the palette is more buildable than pigmented. The green is very pigmented but also buildable if you want to go for a super deep green look. While it does blend down a bit, if you use even a smidge of this green it will be a green based look. It is just more highly pigmented and will be the feature color.

Surprisingly, all of the shadows swatched looking more powdery than they do when in use.

I really enjoyed using this Natural Oasis palette and feel that I will reach for it mostly when i want a light easy look. The shadows have almost no fall out (I do automatically tap my brush after dipping into any pan). I did find that towards the end of the day they did tend to fade a bit, becoming a little bit more washed out but never actually quite disappearing. They also never muddied. They all faded together but you could still pick out palm leaf or cabana. They stayed their own shades as they faded. when applying, I liked that they were buildable and that they blended beautifully with each other.

I would like to try more highly pigmented colors from bareMinerals in the future to see how they play together. The only really strong color in this palette was Palm Leaf. It would be nice to see how that green did with an equally pigmented shade instead of the more neutral shades in the palette. I’m sure I’ll pick up another bareMinerals palette and that is definitely a test i will do at that time. For now I am happy with this palette, plan to keep and use it and plan to pick up more bareMinerals shadows in the future.

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Using the bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

bareMinerals is one of those makeup brands that I really like, but tend to forget about for long stretches. Then I will use one of their products and wonder how I could have possibly forgotten about them. They are always good quality with good for the skin ingredients and for me they always work really well.

This week I used the bareMinerals Bounce and Blur blush in Mauve Sunrise.  According to the product page…

This fingertip-friendly, weightless powder blush blends like a dream — no brush needed. The good-for-skin formula blurs the look of pores and imperfections for a naturally airbrushed effect with no harsh lines or uneven texture. Choose between 4 shades inspired by the gorgeous tones of the sunrise and sunset.

Our breakthrough bouncy technology provides a buildable, blendable texture thanks to a Botanical Blend of hydrating botanical ingredients, naturally derived from Moss. Mineral Blurring Microspheres and Vitamin B blur and minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections. Like all of our mineral makeup, these blushes are Paraben-free, Sulfate-free and completely cruelty-free.

Okay in many of my skincare posts I have mentioned why parabens and sulfates are bad for you and not just a marketing gizmo. (well they may also be part of a marketing plan, but it isn’t an empty one) Parabens and sulfates can  potentially cause skin irritations and clogged pores and have been linked to certain cancers. So really not good to apply on the body.

I like that bareminerals does not have these nasties in them.

But how does it perform?

First off, the color I used is Mauve Sunrise which is perfectly suited to my skin tone.  While I have a sample size currently, this is the color I will be picking up in the full size.  And yes, I will be purchasing this in the full size once the sample runs out (I like to completely use up samples before I purchase the full size).

This bareMinerals‘ blush feels like a cream when touched, but applies like a powder on the skin.  It also blends like a powder, so if you have fears of cream products leave them aside. It may feel creamy to the touch but you work with it more or less as you would a powder blush. Which is kind of the best of both worlds in my opinion. I use both creams and powders and I like each for different reasons. This has the ease of applying that a cream has in that you can place it exactly where you want with your fingertip and have absolutely no fall out from the product, but has the blendability of a powder. I love the combination.

You apply this blush with your finger and basically brush it along the skin and then blend it in.  You can blend it in or use a makeup sponge or even a kabuki style brush to blend it in if you really want to, but fingers really do work best. And as I had my Makeup Eraser handy, once I was done, I simply wiped off my fingertips before reaching for the next product in my getting ready process. It was super simple with no mess.

I found it blended in well and gave me a nice soft look to my skin.  There were no harsh lines from the application and the blush stayed in place all day, it didn’t fade away throughout the day and it didn’t disappear when blending.  And best of all there was no fall out.  So my sink is not dusted with pink and all of the product that came out of the package was actually used. There was no waste. 

I very much enjoyed using this blush this week and I will be working to use up the sample.  Once it is empty, I will be purchasing the bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush in a full size. I will probably stick with the Mauve Sunrise as well as the color works really well on my skin and I can see it working well in both summer and winter for me. Truthfully the hardest part is knowing my shade and liking the formula. I really want to order a full sized version for my collection. Currently bareMinerals is having a 30% off sale so I may be checking them out later and if this blush is a part of it, I may pick the blush up now and just nt open it until I use up the sample. that way I can prevent waste AND take advantage of the sale. Of course even if the blush isn’t on sale, there are several bareMinerals products I wouldn’t mind stocking up on. The sale banner is linked below in case any of you fancy a bit of shopping as well.


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