The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Review

tinted moisturiser hydrating review

After a myriad of recent BB/CC/DD cream disasters, I was both relieved and delighted to find that bareMinerals’ new complexion-enhancing offering, the “Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream” was something of a winner. It’s basically just a very, very good tinted moisturiser – really hydrating, just enough coverage to perk up tired-looking skin and a dewy, healthy finish. I’ve been reaching for it again and again, despite the fact that the shade I have is very slightly too pale – I’ll be grabbing the next darkest one to see me through the summer.

bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream review

(Skin pictured above is clean of makeup, the one below has an artistically-placed swipe of product and the bottom photograph shows a blended-out application. Excuse the slightly depressed facial expression, it just happens automatically when I’m concentrating.)

ruth crilly model beauty blogger

Many of the “complexion” creams I’ve been trying recently just haven’t hit the spot – a little too claggy, not so easy to blend, weird “one shade fits nobody” kind of tints that leave my face looking orange – but the bareMinerals gel cream is light, easy to apply and blends out with no trouble whatsoever. And it sits beautifully on the skin – it’s pretty much undetectable, even with the lighter shade. (I have Vanilla 02, but I reckon I’m more of a Buttercream kind of tone.)

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ruth crilly wears bare minerals complexion rescue tinted gel cream

I think that the most noticeable thing about this tinted moisturiser is that it’s so very fresh and hydrating – I can wear this without having to apply a moisturiser underneath, which is pretty rare these days, and it feels comfortable and light to apply. I would say that oily skin might find it a little too much; the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue isn’t at all rich or heavy – more of a lightweight moisture injection – but still, it could feel just a bit too slippery. Combination would probably be fine, but it’ll be dry or dehydrated skin that will really benefit from this lovely little gel-cream; non-cakey, sheer coverage with an SPF30 that leaves the skin with a very slight sheen and a hint of a glow.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream is £26 at

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  1. April 28, 2015 / 11:03 am

    I’m desperate to give this a go. I’m a big fan of BM and have read great things about this product!

  2. Joanne
    April 28, 2015 / 11:24 am

    I bought this the first day it was launched but unfortunately had to return it as I found it too sheer with no coverage at all and looked shiny on me (even though my skin isn’t oily)
    I’m quite liking the no7 tinted moisturiser which I have been mixing with a little bit of foundation when I want slightly more coverage.
    Ruth can I just say congratulations on your pregnancy, (a bit late I know) I am one of those who lets just say has issues with conceiving etc so can really relate.

  3. April 28, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I absolutely adore this product! I wear it daily. I have super dehydrated skin so it hits the spot!

    Fab post :)

  4. T
    April 28, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    This gives you such a radiance boost!

  5. April 28, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    I was so excited to see this pop up on my Bloglovin’ feed – I always know I can rely on you to give a really decent review. I’ve been eyeing this up, having seen other bloggers and writers rave about this, plus it has pretty much sold out at John Lewis. My concern is the dewy finish – I do have oily skin, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. However I can easily get dehydrated skin too. I suppose a light sweeping of translucent powder would fix any excess shine but that’s often such a pain. It looks lovely on your skin, and you can just tell it’s light and hydrating too. I think I’ll have to hit up a counter somewhere and try it out!

    • Heather
      April 28, 2015 / 2:02 pm

      I have oily skin that gets dehydrated too (weird) and I love this product. The coverage is perfect, so light and summery but enough to make a real difference. I just keep a light powder in my bag to dust over my face mid afternoon when I’m inevitably shiny. (I’m yet to find a product that keeps me shine free all day and I have tried, so now I just work with the problem). Boots gave me two samples of this, they seemed tiny but each one lasted me nearly a week.

      Also Ruth, what do you think to the brush that they recommend with this? Ive only applied with my fingers but don’t think that I’ll need the brush x

      • Helena
        April 29, 2015 / 8:13 pm

        Hello, i also have oily skin that gets terribly dry, i also have large pores which are the bain of my life!! Do u think it would help my pores at all? It seems everyone is happy with the blemish concealing so thats one selling point, the bonus selling point would be how it reacts to pores x

  6. Alisha
    April 28, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    It looks so natural and glowy

    Alisha xx

  7. Vicky
    April 28, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Hi Ruth! I have seen so many good reviews about this one but I wonder, between By Terry (Sheer or Cover expert) and this one, which one would you choose? I know now you feel your skin is a bit dehydrated due to your pregnancy. I also have combination (oily T-zone to dry/dehydrated cheeks) and due to some pigmentation issues I wish to use one of these two you love, please let me know! :) xoxo!

  8. Vicky
    April 28, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Hi Ruth! I have seen so many good reviews about this one but I wonder, between By Terry (Sheer or Cover expert) and this one, which one would you choose? I know now you feel your skin is a bit dehydrated due to your pregnancy. I also have combination (oily T-zone to dry/dehydrated cheeks) and due to some pigmentation issues I wish to use one of these two you love

  9. April 28, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    I tried a sample of this about a month ago and really liked it. I’ll have to pick up a full size soon.


  10. Jacqueline McCormick
    April 28, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Love you for using the word “myriad” correctly- it actually happens to be my middle name, and it drives me crazy when people use it incorrectly!!

    • Lilly
      May 3, 2016 / 10:14 am

      actually I think most people (grammar pedants) would tell you that it’s actually been used incorrectly here (that it should never be “a myriad of”). Simply ‘myriad’ sounds more correct to me personally (e.g.
      “There were myriad cakes available”), but since the meaning is pretty clear in both senses I think either usage is okay!

  11. April 29, 2015 / 11:23 am

    Can’t wait to try this. I’m a huge fan of their original mineral makeup and have just ordered this!

  12. April 29, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Looks great and very natural! I have passion for tinted moisturisers – so useful especially while travelling

  13. April 29, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    This stuff gives me life! I feel like I have been using it almost every day this month, and that says a lot! I’m obsessed with it.


  14. Angeline
    April 29, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Oh it does look great, I need to try this!

  15. April 29, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Ahh I must be the only person who’s been disappointed with this product – I’d read loads of reviews on it so I couldn’t wait to try it but it didn’t seem to give me any coverage at all.

    In fairness, your skin is beautiful to start with so I can see why a product with not a lot of coverage would suit you. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who struggles with redness or blemishes.

    Megs Xx

  16. April 29, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    I have had my fair share of “One-shade-fits-no one” disasters in the past.

  17. April 29, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    This looks really good. I’ve read some good reviews about this. I might have to try it.

  18. KBee
    April 30, 2015 / 4:56 am

    Hi Ruth,

    Firstly, I must mention how much I love the appearance of your blog along with your detailed reviews of products. Whenever I am looking for an answer to a skincare solution, yours is a must-visit for me. For instance, my hunt for the perfect sunscreen recently ended with your recommendation of the La-Roche Posay Anthelios :)

    This looks like a great tinted moisturizer. I haven’t tried any ever (I don’t apply much makeup), but have been meaning too, and this looks tempting!

  19. April 30, 2015 / 7:42 am

    I love bareminerals I have been obsessed with there powder recently, but I have more needs than a light tinted moisturiser can provide. I feel that I would need more coverage. Thanks for sharing! :) xx

  20. April 30, 2015 / 10:35 am

    I love this product for my dry skin! It has a cooling effect on the skin that will be great in the summer!

  21. Annie Z
    April 30, 2015 / 3:13 pm

    Oh now that I see you recommend it I will take it seriously! How does it compare to the Burberry BB you reviewed last month? X

    • Susan C
      May 1, 2015 / 12:33 am

      +1 curious how it compares to the Burberry one…

  22. SueM
    April 30, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    I love this!! And I have tried everything from Laura Mercier to YSL, Dior, Jane Iredale, Bobbi Brown, you name it. Ruth, I also started out with Vanilla 02 and felt pale so now wear Natural 05 maybe give that a try. It’s so moisturizing and makes your complexion just that natural kind of beautiful that makes people tell you your “skins looking gorgeous today”. Can’t recommend it enough except to warn those looking for full coverage or scar camouflage they will need concealer as well.


    • Susanne
      January 25, 2016 / 11:39 am

      I am Torn between mercier and this – which mercier one have you tried? Are you normal/oily/dry.. thanks

  23. Susan C
    May 1, 2015 / 12:32 am

    Hi Ruth! Hope all continues to remain well with the little beach ball and with Dexter. Thanks for the review…struggled thru lots of bb/cc/ee etc disasters of my own…much to the dismay of my bank account. Have you tried the cover fx pigment drops that are meant to adjust shade /add coverage to *any and all* creams, concealers, foundations, etc? I’ve found them to be helpful in transitioning shades from cooler to warmer weather. Also, I’m hoping that I can sneak in a bit more coverage to my fave SPF. I’ve found that it does compromise the blendability (is that even a word?) of the product somewhat, or the texture if you like, but on the whole it seems useful. I’d be interested to hear what you think.

    • Susan C
      May 1, 2015 / 12:38 am

      Oh derrrrp never mind just spotted a ref to the cover fx product in one of your earlier posts. Don’t know how I missed it. Never mind…now just awaiting your review! X

  24. Gill
    May 3, 2015 / 6:03 am the blog!! I see that Bare Minerals recommend a special brush to apply? Did u (or anyone feel free to answer) use that? Or does using fingers/a regular brush work just as well? Thanks :) xx

  25. Sarah B
    May 4, 2015 / 8:05 am

    I really liked this too, but like you have the slightly too pale Vanilla. Going to try Buttercream next time. It doesn’t really cover my redness, so I need concealer, but that’s ok. So many bb/cc creams seem to be thick and foundationy so this seems refreshing, in both senses of the word.

  26. May 4, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    The results look lovely on your skin. My skin is quite dry so I think the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue would be a good choice for me. I’m impressed that it has SPF30 which is ideal for summer

  27. Elizabeth M
    May 12, 2015 / 10:06 am

    Love this stuff! But as you seem to have found also, I would recommend anyone torn between 2 shades to go up rather than down because it is so sheer. I have an absolute horror of being orange and wasn’t too impressed after a visit to a Bare Minerals counter to try out their standard mineral foundation that looked fine in the shop but noticeably tangoed at home in front of the mirror, but I’d read so many good reviews of this product and wanted something a bit more lightweight and multitasking with SPF to take on holiday so I thought I’d try it. From looking at the website I assumed I’d need Buttercream (03) but the counter woman tried that on one half of my face and Ginger (06) on the other. I was really surprised when we both agreed the darker one was much better. I was scared to open the tube at home thinking I’d made a horrid mistake under shop lighting and would regret it, but no! It looks really natural with just a little added warmth to my face. I didn’t buy the brush but found it blends perfectly well applied with fingers.

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