bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

I’ve always been a mineral-powder kind of girl, but I can’t deny the appeal of a tinted moisturizer. Lately I’ve been seeing many-a-review on different tinted moisturizers in the green beauty scene, but they’re either too expensive for my taste (Suntegrity, Jane Iredale, Juice Beauty, they are beautiful but I can’t justify the prices) or not all that appealing to me (Honest Beauty). I had a gift card in my hands for a store that primarily sells conventional beauty and I naturally veered towards the bareMinerals shop, because they often have hidden gems with fairly clean formulas. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream was clean (by my standards) and actually had some good-for-you ingredients with moisturizing benefits. It had great reviews so I figured it was worth a shot and got it, and now have been using it for two weeks. Read on to see a swatch on the new-to-the-range shade I picked up and to see how I am liking it so far!

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.

What Bareminerals Says About It 〉

  • Powerful hydration meets healthy-looking coverage. The best of a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturizer…with a 215% increase in skin hydration after just one week,* this is a whole new way to think about makeup. Complexion Rescue is formulated with olive-derived squalane, marine botanicals, hydrating humectants trehalose and glycerin, and coconut-derived ingredients to replenish, hydrate, nourish and condition. While unique water-encapsulations give skin that instant burst of hydration. Your skin will love you for this.

COVERAGE 〉  Provides sheer to medium coverage. I first apply it sheer and build it to medium coverage in areas needed.

FINISH 〉  Initially sets slightly dewy, and sets to a radiant semi-matte with a setting powder. (I use the bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil, which is a translucent pressed setting powder)

SHADE RANGE 〉  This tinted moisturizer is available in an excellent range of shades, from the palest of shades to the darkest and with different tones for each. For reference, I usually fall under a “fairly light” (always the lightest neutral) shade and I correctly picked my shade birch 1.5 which is the second lightest one available. If you’re usually not cool enough for fair, but not warm enough for light, birch 1.5 might be the shade for you.

How It Worked For Me 〉

I’m extremely happy to say I haven’t experienced a single downside with this tinted moisturizer! I love the coverage it gives (my skin looking like actual skin is important to me) and the way it sets so radiant and semi-matte with a setting powder is quite beautiful. I initially felt meh about it having SPF because I assumed it would ball up on my face (every SPF does that to me) but lo and behold, it does not ball up! It also doesn’t streak on me. I find that it provides a nice base for applying concealer on top of, giving it a little something to stick to and not budge (I use the Au Naturale Creme Concealer, review here). I haven’t had dry skin lately so I can’t speak for how it might affect dry and flaking skin, but it does in fact leave my skin feeling moisturized.

I’ve only tested about 8-10 hours wear time with it and the oil starts to shine through about 3/4 of the way in. It’s also been very humid here so that also affects testing because humidity will make anyone’s face look shiny, but it honestly doesn’t get too bad. I just touch up with a bit of setting powder and I’m good to go.

As I mentioned above, I can’t justify high prices for makeup of the tinted moisturizer nature, so I definitely appreciate this one’s price point of $29. If you’re looking for a beautiful, well-performing tinted moisturizer with sheer-medium buildable coverage and will leave your skin radiant and glowing, I highly recommend it!

You can find this tinted moisturizer at Bare Escentuals, Sephora, Ulta, and department stores that carry bareMinerals.