Rated 4.37 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review A few tips to make this work
The first time I used this, it was a disaster. Sooooo shiny, with a grayish undercast… I thought I'd made a mistake. But I really wanted it to work - I had been using the Serum, and that wan't working for me. My complexion always looked dull, and it was too time consuming to blend it without streaking. I also didn't want to go back to the powder foundation. My skin is on the oily side, and with the powder, my skin always ended up even oilier by mid-day.
So I persisted with the Complexion Rescue, and now I absolutely love it. My skin has a nice, illuminated appearance, without looking too oily. The level of hydration is perfect for my skin.
I can tell from some of the negative reviews that they are making some of the same mistakes that I initially did, so here are a few tips I found that make it work beautifully.
1. Don't use too much. I can't emphasize this enough. A pea sized amount is all you should use. Think of a pea, and then make that size happen on the brush (Tip 1-a; use the brush). I dot that all over my face and blend until the brush feels pretty dry against my face.
2. After blending, let it soak in for a few minutes. If you try to put Mineral Veil, or Warmth on right away, it gets cakey and messy. Walk away and do something else for a few minutes.
3. Coverage is light to medium. If you have dark circles or red spots, dab on a concealer over trouble areas.
4. I use Warmth and a spot of blush but depending on skin tone, you may not need these. Coverage is pretty sheer, so if you are lucky enough to have some nice, natural color, this product won't hide it.
5. Don't skip the Mineral Veil unless you like super-shiny skin. The mineral-based sunscreen gives a white-ish shine which the mineral veil takes away. But - this is my favorite part - your skin still appears nicely dewey and lit from within after the dusting of mineral veil.
Most Helpful Critical Review Beware: Size is now MUCH smaller
The tube size has been changed significantly, but the price has not. This now costs about $14/ounce MORE than it did previously. This makes the product much too expensive for what it is. I hate how they kept the outside box the same and didn't change the external packaging at all. Seems very sneaky. I've loved the product for several years, but now the hugely increased cost per ounce means I might as well buy a better quality foundation for the price. Sigh. Hate when good things change.
Reviewed by 5886 customers no
kayla from kentucky
not for sensitive skin, gave me an allergic reaction. It did work very well to cover blemishes before my allergic reaction.
Marie from SC
I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and I love how natural it looks and the coverage. While it is a tinted product I feel like it does a great job evening out my rosacea complexion and then I spot conceal a la Lisa Eldridge's technique on any trouble spots. I have sensitive skin and it seems to be playing nicely with it. Excellent product that is my holy grail now.
Makeupdiva07 from Nashville, TN
I've been looking for lightweight foundation for everyday wear and I'm very happy with hydrating gel cream. This is light to medium coverage and feels like I'm wearing nothing. I have combination oily skin and I am prone to acne breakouts and this works for me. I bought in colors wheat and tan for winter and summer and both colors are pretty spot on.
AT. from Tennessee
I tried this in the past and didn't like it. Recently I retried it, I absolutely love it! I have struggled finding something for years. I have bought and returned alot trying to find something. I don't like heavy makeup but I want a little something to even skin. This has been working for me. I use the bareminerals foundation primer under it, I find it applies so much better on my skin that way, then I finish off with the mineral veil.
Mary from Kansas
This is the first tinted moisturizer I've used that has a perfect color match to my skin. I love the texture of the moisturizer and I get medium coverage. I have combination oily sensitive skin, but this did not irritate my skin. The finish is skin like/slightly dewy. I really enjoy this.
CM from Washington
I'm a natural redhead with extremely fair skin (with a pink undertone) and this stuff is absolutely amazing!! It's not too dark and it hides the pink. It also doesn't make my dry skin super noticeable like regular cover up does.
Best everyday foundation
Beth from Orlando
This is my go to foundation. I've tried a lot of foundations and this one i always repurchase as soon as i run out. I have combo skin and it never clings to my drier areas. It looks so natural and i always get compliments when i wear it. This product has light/medium coverage and a natural/glowy finish (no shimmer just hydrated looking). If you don't like the finish, set it with a powder and it's a beautiful soft matte. Love this product, but don't expect full coverage.
Sam from Cali
This stuff is seriously amazing. I spent years trying to find something that worked for my skin and went through so many brands of foundation. One day at Ulta I decided to try this since it was a "Gel cream" and oh my goodness! I'm so glad I did! It's absolutely beautiful! It's not heavy, gives the right amount of coverage while still letting my skin shine through in a beautiful way. Gives the most beautiful healthy glow. Just perfection!
Easy to use
Maria from Chicago
It's easy to put on but leaves my skin extra shinny. I have dry skin so it's never this shinny. I'm probably gonna return 🤷🏻♀️
rye_renee from California
I wanted to like this, but it was way too shiny and tacky. I tried it with both a sponge and foundation brush and both ways it came out blotchy and uneven. Returned!
Pretzel from Washington
My holygrail, buy it.
Adge from New York
Was so excited to try this, and it totally lived up to expectations! Applies beautifully for light coverage
Kat from LA
I had to return because this broke me out and gave me some type of allergic reaction.
rachel from Mississippi
this doesn't blend easily, and it tends to separate weirdly even if you use a good setting powder
Holy Grail product!
Cee from FL
Oh how I love this product! I bought this on a whim, because I was growing tired of wearing foundation every day. I knew it wasn't the greatest for my skin and I hated how cakey my face would feel by the end of the day (My skin is super oily, no amount of mattifying product can stop it). I had been searching for a product to give me very light coverage, enough to minimize any slight redness I may have, while also looking natural. And this is it! No, this product is not going to cancel out all redness or breakouts, its meant to be a light coverage product to even out your skin tone. So if you are expecting this to hide blemishes, you will be disappointed. I personally don't mind. After applying this, any imperfection I want a little more coverage on I use my Kosas Concealer to cover up. It doubles as a moisturizing product as well as an SPF, so its shortened up my morning routine as well. It is hydrating, so coupled with my oily skin, I typically will look pretty dewy by the end of the day. But with this product, I've learned to embrace the dew! Mainly because this product does not separate once my skin starts producing oils nor does it ever feel "heavy" on my skin. I should also mention that I do not bother to set this product with powder as well, because i enjoy the dewy look it gives my skin. However, I imagine it would interact fine with powder, as I will apply powder bronzer and blush on top often and have never had any issues with my products looking patchy. Likewise, I often use cream bronzer and blush on top of this product and the result is always a beautiful, dewy complexion. Lastly, I can't imagine applying this with a brush...seems like an unnecessary step. Just put a small amount of your hands and blend with your fingers. It takes less than a minute for me to apply this to my face, I love how easy of a step it is! I could go on all day about how much I love this product. For those looking for something very natural and hydrating, I HIGHLY recommend!
Lava from Ha
The best product I've ever used. I can't use anything else now. Makes your skin look amazing
Julie from Dunkirk, MD
I am unsure if I am applying it incorrectly. I have tried it with a brush, beauty blender and fingers. It is patchy/breaks apart and does not offer any coverage to speak of. Just not sure about this one, the reviews are great for some. might just be a person to person thing.
Go-to light coverage
Caitlin from Chattanooga, TN
This is so easy and effective for days when I want my skin to shine. Gives a lot of moisture and powder or cream blushes sit nicely on this product.
Did I do something wrong?
TaylorG from Chicago
I was so excited to use this because of the great reviews. I wanted light coverage with sunscreen. As soon as I put it on my face it began breaking apart and turned into a patchy mess. Did I get a bad bottle? Or did it react to something else on my face? I use hyaluronic acid serum and a vitamin c serum in the morning. I really wanted to love this!
Soothing to irritated skin
Victoria from Boston
I have used this product for five years now and I have always received many compliments. My skin is hypersensitive and very red. I use the shade Opal and don't find it to be to light. I apply this at first with a beauty blender, it is light coverage but so easy to build to fuller coverage. After I use the blender, I always buff out with a kabuki brush and then I'm good to go, blends like a dream and never settles in fine lines. This is a holy grail for everyday wear and those who don't want a full face but even complexion. I never write reviews ever but I had a pretty bad flare with my skin recently and couldn't put anything on to even soothe it EXCEPT for this! Yes, highly reactive skin and my makeup helped, that's a total win for me.
It works okay
Lucy from Aromas
It is a great product, but it won't cover blemishes or redness and it does separate because of it's gel like texture.
Exactly what I was looking for!
A from FL
I am not a foundation person. I was looking for something not heavy with light coverage when I came across this product. I tried applying with the recommended brush and found it was to streaky. I applied with my fingers, blended it in and and it was perfect! Just the right amount of natural looking coverage for me. I use bare minerals hydrating veil on top and I am very pleased with the look.
Lightweight Moisturizer that evens skin
Laura from Los Angeles
This product has virtually no coverage, but it's perfect for a light makeup day or just feeling a little put together in the morning! Because The coverage is so light, I felt like I needed more and more product to try and cover up. However, this moisturizer layers well with other products, so it's great with a full coverage concealer. It reminds me of Glossier products, which really enhances your natural complexion. I would recommend the Colourpop Pretty Fresh tinted Moisturizer or the Honest Beauty CC+ Moisturizer to those who want a more full coverage tinted moisturizer. For Lightweight everyday use, with sheer coverage, this product is great!
Ride or die
Hannah from Richmond, VA
This product is my ride or die! I have sensitive skin that has massive pores on my cheeks which results to texture. Heavy, full coverage foundation makes my skin look awful but this product makes my skin look healthy and flawless! Having bad skin doesn't mean you can't wear lightweight tinted moisturizers. Personally mine looks better with it!
HATED this. WHAT a poor product & sad option
Lipstick Queen from San Diego
I got this because it was advertised as a "natural looking skin perfecter with sun protection" FOR ALL SKIN TYOES. It couldn't have been more wrong. I had been using BareMinerals since 1998 and LOVED it and THE FANTASTIC SKIN CARE when Leslie was in charge. AFTER the sale of the company I tried to keep an open mind and go with the changes but I have NOT been happy with most ALL of the changes, THIS Is one of them. IT SEEMS ANYTHING that everyone loved and that WORKS WELL gets discontinued or replaced with a INFERIOR product. I have gone through one item at a time trying to continue using this line and have been constantly LET DOWN, disappointed and ended up PAYING WAY MORE FOR WAY LESS since the company has been taken over. I am DONE trying to make this line work for me. The makeup is a let down, the skin care is NOTHING LIKE THE ORIGINAL LINE and DOES NOTHING but break me out, cause irritation or do NOTHING AT ALL for FAR TOO MUCH money, This broke me out and was pretty much USELESS as a "skin perfecter" OR an SPF as it slides off and smears and is GONE before it can keep you from getting sunburnt. IT IS SO SAD, the products used to be so GOOD, now even the Mineral Veil is ORANGE & NOT "translucent" or usable on FAIR SKIN. There is ONLY a handful of things that are worth using.