Product Review: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

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I’m a light coverage gal when it comes to face make-up. For years, I’ve alternated between Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream and the classic bareMinerals mineral powder foundation. However, lately, neither has seemed to get the job done.

A poster for bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream lured me into their store during a recent trip to the mall. It boasted the SPF 30 formula was the best of BB and CC creams with no silicones, oils, parabens or fragrance. More importantly, it claimed to increase skin hydration – a must for aging skin.

Not only did this gel cream live up to every promise – it’s magic in a tube!

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I applied it by adding a drop to the bristles of the recommended bareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush and smoothing it all over my face. I felt an infusion of cool hydration the moment it touched my skin. I liked it even better when I looked in the mirror. While it doesn’t cover my age spots, the coverage is fresh and natural. It evens out my skin tone and gives it an oomph of youthful radiance I lost years ago.

I’m in love!

As a confessed beauty addict, I’ll admit to love usually only lasting until the next great product comes along. However, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream has me thinking long term make-up commitment as in buying an extra tube or two.

Phyllis BourneA Harlequin romance author and former newspaper crime reporter, Phyllis Bourne writes to feed a growing lipstick addiction. When she’s not at the computer, she can be found at a cosmetics counter or her favorite hair salon spending the grocery money. She lives in Nashville with an understanding husband, who in one kiss can discern the difference between department store and drug store lip gloss. Check her out online at


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  1. See, now there you go again. I should really do something like this. Though I like the Neutrogena BB cream for daily wear, I realized when I looked at some recent pictures that my skin could use some more help.

    1. And would you recommend using this *with* a primer-type thing (of course, still haven’t managed to get what you recommended ages ago, and can’t find the tweet), or on its own?

      1. Hey, DC Celine! I don’t think you’ll need or want to use a primer under this. It feels so good going on, I wouldn’t want a layer of another product between it and my skin. I felt the same way about my usual Maybelline BB cream. It just wasn’t enough anymore, yet I didn’t need a full-on foundation.

  2. I had been thinking of the Guerlain Baby Glow in Dore as my big purchase. This sounds much better. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. I think you’ll be pleased, Little Red. LOL! But the beauty junkie in my says – get both!

  3. Thanks for this review. I also bought the Complexion Rescue and got the same results. It does not cover my age spots but I love the ease and the feel of the product. Then, I got Marvelous moxie lipgloss in Stunner and love it.

    1. You’re welcome, Kurves! It does feel good on your face. Ooooh! Stunner is such a pretty color. LOL! Now I want it too!

  4. Yay! I’ve been holding off on buying this product until I got some “real people” reviews. Thanks for doing this! This is on my list for things to pick up this weekend.

  5. Yay I just bought this product over the weekend and haven’t played around with it yet (besides in the store). Your routine sounds like mine. I have to admit they also sold me on some bronzer and finishing powder.

    1. LOL! Now I want bronzer and finishing powder too! I bought two of the Pop of Passion lip balms. While I like the formula, the colors looked meh when I got them home.

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