This New Hybrid Gel Cream Gave Me Airbrushed Skin

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I'm always surprised when someone compliments me on my skin. Even now, more than a decade after my pimple-laden awkward years, I see my still-oily skin as not terrible (except for the occasional frustrating breakout), but not necessarily compliment-worthy, either. “Your skin looks amazing today!” someone will say, and I’ll be taken aback, confused, and slightly flattered, yes, but eventually shrug it off and chalk it up to particularly good lighting, or perhaps the person’s waning vision, or their espresso high. But now, I have something in my possession that I can confidently and unabashedly say does indeed give me amazing skin. Allow me to introduce you to BareMinerals’ Complexion Rescue ($29), a new tinted gel-cream that has brought my skin from pauper to princess.

First, the formula. At first glance, it looks like any tinted moisturizer. But then you swirl it around and apply it to your face, and you suddenly realize how very, very different it is. The color melts into your skin instantly and leaves no trace of its presence behind—except somehow, magically, your average, “this will do” skin has transformed into a smoother, more even version of itself.  

I have to admit, when I first used it, I didn’t think it give quite enough coverage. The gel formula is so light and airy, it doesn’t seem to do much (unlike other tinted moisturizers, where you can see the tint dispersing on top of your skin). But then, one day, I applied the gel-cream with a face brush—Sigma’s 3DHD Kabuki ($24), to be exact—and suddenly, a whole new world (or rather, complexion) unfurled in front of my eyes. Buffing the formula out over my face left a distinctly Photoshopped finish, without the heaviness or excess product. It looked like my skin—only better. It was my skin’s smarter, prettier, Harvard-bound twin, and I had no qualms about playing favorites. Oh, and did I mention the product contains SPF 30 and is made with hydrating ingredients like squalane to improve your skin texture over time? Like I said—not ashamed about playing favorites.

Now, I’ve bid my other tinted moisturizers adieu (“It’s not you, it’s me!” I say, as I gaily buff Complexion Rescue all over my face) and count this product as my everyday staple. It gives just the right amount of light, breathable coverage for LA’s ever-sunny temperament, while also protecting my skin and keeping  it moisturized. Now, when people compliment me on my skin, I smile and say thanks—not because I feel obliged, but because I genuinely think so too.

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