BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Review

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Review- Find Out The Truth

The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is Named the number 1 tinted moisturizer in the US, so naturally I had to try it out. To be honest, I’d heard and read so much about this tinted moisturizer, that I was really excited to try it out!

A tinted moisturizer is a perfect way to get coverage that’s natural looking and that has all the skincare benefits of a moisturizer. I love tinted moisturizers, from how comfortable they are to the no-makeup-makeup look that they give.

I had high hopes for the BareMinerals Tinted Moisturizer, but did it live up to its hype? Read on to find out…

What is the Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Mineral SPF 30?

Active Ingredients:Hyaluronic acid, squalane, mineral-based sunscreen, titanium dioxide
Cruelty-Free & Clean:Yes
Price:$33 USD / £32.50 for 1.18 fl oz

The Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer is a 3 in 1 multi-tasker moisturizer, skin tint and SPF 30. Made with Hyaluronic Acid, it boosts hydration and is ideal for dry to combination skin.

My Honest Review of the Bare Minerals Tinted Moisturizer

My Honest Review of the Bare Minerals Tinted Moisturizer

Before we get into the actual review of the tinted moisturizer, let me talk a bit about my skin. Until I hit my 30s, I had an oily to combination skin type that was prone to breakouts. Once I turned 30, I noticed a drastic change in my skin, it became a lot drier so I started opting for more hydrating products, one of them being tinted moisturizers.

My skin has never been particularly sensitive, most skincare products and makeup work well and don’t cause breakouts, so while I’m careful to choose good products, I’m not overly cautious.

BareMinerals Tinted Moisturizer Colors

The Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer fit the bill in all the ways I wanted. It has the most gorgeous texture that’s lightweight and easy to apply. It has a dewy finish that I fell in love with and it gives the skin a healthy glow while not looking shiny.

I bought the shade Opal 01, which is the palest shade. It’s perfect for my pale skin!

It applies smoothly and easily, blurring my imperfections and open pores. The tinted moisturizer lasts perfectly the whole day, although I did apply setting powder on top of it. But despite that, it still lasted better than other tinted moisturizers and foundations of mine. And to top it off, it has SPF30!

Complexion Rescue Swatches

So all-in-all, I thought I had found the perfect tinted moisturizer for my skin. Or had I?

After using the Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer for 3-4 days, I noticed breakouts and these weren’t the normal type of breakouts that I usually get. Different in texture and appearing in different places that I usually break out.

After cancelling out every possible reason, the only one left was that the BareMinerals Tinted Moisturizer was causing breakouts. But how could it cause breakouts when it’s dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic? Non-comedogenic means that it doesn’t clog pores so I’m still questioning that. But, digging into the ingredients, I noticed that the third ingredient is Coconut Alkanes.

Similar to coconut oil, it’s actually extremely comedogenic and is prone to clogging pores and causing breakouts. Bingo, I found the cause of why the Complexion Rescue was causing my face to break out. Read more about why coconut oil is not recommended for your face.

I don’t have acne-prone skin or particularly sensitive skin so I am really surprised that the tinted moisturizer doesn’t work for me. Especially when most of the reviews are really positive and barely anyone mentions that it can clog pores. While it may work for some skin types, there are loads of tinted moisturizers, like the Armani Neo Nude that are made with better ingredients that don’t clog the pores.

Pros and Cons of the Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer


  • Gives 24-hour hydration
  • Dewy glowy finish
  • SPF 30
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Lightweight
  • Blends well


  • Contains coconut alkanes which is prone to clogging pores

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Ingredients

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Ingredients

Active: Titanium Dioxide 6.2%. Inactive: 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.

After reaching out to bareMinerals and asking how they label the Complexion Rescue as non-comedogenic when it has the ingredient Coconut Alkanes that’s known to clog pores, they told me they can’t disclose or release this kind of information. Not the most helpful response, to say the least.

Products I Recommend

Common FAQs

A tinted moisturizer is really easy to apply. Much like your regular moisturizer, use clean fingers to work it into your skin. Touch it up with a beauty blender or brush if necessary.

The BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream lasts beautifully the whole day without it streaking or turning oily.

The Complexion Rescue is highly pigmented and applies easily and evenly to the skin.

Available in 20 shades, it’s suitable for very light to dark skin tones.

The complexion rescue tinted hydrating gel cream broad spectrum SPF30 is comfortable and lightweight on the skin. It has a skin-like finish and once applied, you can forget it’s there!

My Thoughts

While I love so many features of the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer, like the coverage, the texture and the color, the fact that it’s labelled as non-comedogenic, when in fact it contains an ingredient that is known to clog pores baffles me.

Do I recommend buying it? If it works for you that’s great, but buying a product that’s expensive and then realising it’s not for you, is extremely frustrating. There are loads of tinted moisturizers that don’t clog the pores, so I recommend checking them out and saving yourself the possible hassle and disappointment!

Recommended alternatives:

Hollie xx


About Hollie

Hi, I’m Hollie, and I’m passionate about everything beauty. Over the last decade and a half, I’ve tested thousands of products to bring you the best of the best! I also love bringing you fun and creative beauty looks. Learn more.

Beauty profile – 35, dry, aging skin, focused on aging well with a healthy glow and natural makeup look ✨

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  1. I have been searching for ages to find out why this causes acne breakouts across my cheeks! You may have given me the answer. I come back and give it a go every now and then, to make sure it is not something else, and without fail I get red skin and acne across both my cheeks, where I have never had problems before (also, I am in my late 40’s) Thankyou, I thought I was going crazy cause I couldn’t find any other mentions of this. It’s a pity cause an otherwise good product.

    1. I was also extremely surprised to find that it’s barely mentioned anywhere. However, I’m thrilled that my review has been helpful to you!

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