Rated 4.29 out of 5 stars
I have used and loved the original Complexion Rescue since it's release several years ago, but as an oily-skinned lady, I longed for a less "radiant" finish. Finally, BareMinerals has heard us!!! I was so excited about this product, I started using it before I finished my current tube of the original. My initial reaction was that the matte finish didn't blend as well or apply as smoothly. Then I started reading reviews, to see if I was alone. Lo and behold, I realized that this product is supposed to be shaken before application. I looked at the packaging again, expecting to see this in the directions; nope. The teeny, tiny text about shaking before use is located beneath the color name. Please, please, please...make this larger and part of the directions for use. Some of us have older eyes and can't see or read that teeny, tiny text without assistance. Once I started shaking the tube before applying, the matte version applies just as smoothly as the original, without that awful radiant (aka shiny) finish! TL;DR Love, love, love this for an oily complexion, but BareMinerals really needs to fix the packaging so the "shake well" instructions are a readable font size and part of the directions for use.
This is a matte-tinted moisturizer containing mineral sunscreen. It grabs onto any and all dry areas of the face. It doesn't play well with certain primers. (I highly recommend staying away from gripping primers!) I had good results with Benefits Porefessional however. If you have visible pores a pore-filling primer would do wonders because this skin tint has the tendency to sink into them.
Application is difficult. It has a soft mousse-y texture. Not too thick, like spackle, but not so easy to blend. You're supposed to shake it well before applying but I don't find that really helps with some of the separations of the pigments. I don't know if that's caused by the mineral sunscreen but you have to blend extra hard or you'll end up with a streaky mess. A damp beauty blender made the product pill and just looked odd on my face. (It gathered and bunched up. So strange.) A dry sponge applied it okay but used up a lot of product. Denser brushes applied it the best but I still had to pounce a dry sponge over my face to help get rid of brush strokes.
Coverage is light. It doesn't feel heavy on the skin. I didn't have any issues with applying my concealer or face powders. While the initial application is rough, letting the makeup set for a while makes it look 20x better. An hour after I do my face it looks pretty dang good and I forget about my earlier struggles. And it wears quite well. I wore it for 10 hours the other day, with a mask on, and most of the makeup stayed put and I didn't get too greasy.
The shade I received was a little dark but despite all my complaints I want to go find and buy a better shade match. I see myself still using it as the weather gets nice and warm.
Katelyn from Cincinnati, OH
I bought this because I am a MAJOR fan of the Tinted Gel Moisturizer and when I ran out of that product I decided to try this new one - I thought a matte finish might be nice. This product applies so terribly, I will not buy again. Pilly and patchy!
MissVnesss from Houston, TX
I like to use use on days I don't want to wear makeup. I do prefer a little less matte look, but overall I haven't broken out, it's easy to wash off, and makes my skin look nice.
Abby from Philadelphia, PA
I decided to give this a try for my very acne prone skin. Worst money spent. It peels off my skin no matter how i prep my skin and makes my skin look worse than it is
Kelly from CA
I love this tinted moisturizer. It has just enough coverage and doesn't feel heavy. I use this and the NARS tinted moisturizer, but this is my favorite.
MCC from California
there are too many variants of complexion rescue tinted moisturizer. I think I'm getting the same one as previous one, it isn't. The color isn't the same either. Frustrating, given how expensive this is.
Megan from Hernando, MS
It was terrible. I tried with moisturizer & primer, then with nothing. Each time it was very dry and doesnt speead evenly. Causes your skin to peel and look cakey. I used my fingers, sponge, and brush. Just doesnt do as it states.
AW from Philadelphia
I was searching for a vreat tinted moisturizer. My skin gets oily and shiny throughout the day. Even the laura mercier tinted moisturizer was too much of a moisturizer for me. Same with the Bobbi Brown serum. This is the only tinted moisturizer I found that really goes on matte and prevents my face from looking oily all day. And it comes in a perfect shade. I love it!
Clare from Shallotte
Light coverage and brightenimg
Donna from Undisclosed
Complexion rescue matte moisturizer is perfect coverage for a senior citizen WITH AGE SPOTS. Also good it has SPF.
Jessica from Undisclosed
I really wanted to like this product, but the more I use it, the more convinced I become that it's not for me. It dries before I'm even done blending it in and I'm left with streaks and separation. I've tried applying with my fingertips, makeup sponges, brushes (made by BM and other brands), prepping with various moisturizers, primers, no primers, etc. I was looking for something I could quickly apply and go. Since the original complexion rescue looks so dewy on my face, I thought I would prefer the matte version more. I was so wrong. Perhaps BareMinerals is for people in their 20s (I'm 38). It's a miss for me.
Darlene from Undisclosed
Moist skin with a natural coverage. No "caking" or blocking pours. A little extra concealer under the eyes and I'm "good to go".
Susan from Undisclosed
I have not liked this one at this time but will give it a little longer.
Laura from Undisclosed
Nice color and I like the added SPF. I have rosacea and like a natural look. However, this product was just very difficult to apply. I tried warming it in my hands, applying with a brush and a beauty blender, but it had too much drag even over primer. I tried it after finding the original tinted moisturizer to be much too oily for my skin. I'm 57 years old and seem to do better with loose mineral foundations.
Amber from Undisclosed
I love this tinted moisturizer. It blends well and protects against the sun. It also does not leave your skin greasy. It's so great you could wear it just by its self. What more could you want.
Shawna from Undisclosed
I've had to order and return this tinted moisturizer, because it's tough to find the right shade when ordering online. The "swatches" of the different shades do not align, even when trying to identify the model who has similar coloring. I believe purchasing makeup in general (for women of color) is tough to do virtually. Other than that, I like the tinted moisturizer. It feels good on my skin and is great when I want just a little something on my face. I'm still looking for the right match, however.
Deborah from Undisclosed
This matte coverage is perfect for my combination skin. It spreads very well and provides a light coverage that evens out my skin tone. I don't feel caked with makeup and can wear it all day! The best coverage I have used in many years.
Zephyr from Undisclosed
michelle from Undisclosed
Didn't go on smooth. Felt grainy and flaky. Maybe it will blend better with an added moisturizer. Expensive for the poor quality
Meagan from Undisclosed
Exceeded my expectations. I had an older formula that didn't match or blend well. This new product is much better and I prefer the matte finish.
Melisa from Undisclosed
I think it provides very nice and light coverage, which is what I had been looking for. Best to apply it using your fingers!
Anita from Undisclosed
I have used this for a while but it is horrible as an actual moisturizer. Can't use it alone or it just sinks into every pore and highlights them. Have to use moisturizer first and then use it as a minimal coverage product. Just evens out tone a little bit.
Marian from Undisclosed
I have rosacea. This covers well. I use as a base . It's also a nice moisturizer that isn't greasy.. this product gives my skin a nice natural glow and when you're 60 you really appreciate that.
Jenessa from Undisclosed
I love how it has safe I ingredients and is an all day foundation.
Leigh from Undisclosed
this is a wonderful product I wear it everyday .
Hidemi from Undisclosed