RMS Beauty Just Launched Its First Foundation, So I Tried It

Clean Foundation Review

I've been a fan of RMS Beauty for years, ever since I first dipped my finger into a pot of the brand's Living Luminizer ($38), which is a subtle and shimmery highlighter that has reached cult status among beauty buffs, editors, and influencers, thanks to the supremely dewy, almost ethereal effect, that it lends to the skin. Since then, I've used everything from the Lip2Cheek ($36), which is a multitasking lip and cheek color, to the Eye Polish ($28), which is a creamy and iridescent eye shadow. Like I said before, I'm a fan of RMS, and many of the brand's tiny white-capped pots sit among the hoard of beauty products in my bathroom cabinet.

I like the efficacy of the brand's products, but what I really like is the fact that they're clean. Like, actually clean and not "clean," as so many brands claim. RMS, which was founded by makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, is non-GMO, non-nano, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and cruelty-free. Plus, all of its products are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicone, talc, petrolatum, and polyethylene.

When news reached me that RMS Beauty was launching its first designated foundation, called the "Un" Cover Up Cream Foundation, I was immediately intrigued. This is the second "Un" Cover Up product; the first is simply called "Un" Cover Up ($36), and it's a concealer and foundation hybrid. Would this new "Un" Cover Up Foundation really be all that different? I had to know, so I did what any good beauty writer would do, and I tried it out as soon as I could get my hands on it. Keep scrolling to read my honest thoughts about this new foundation.

RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up Foundation
RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up Cream Foundation $52

First things first. I'm someone who struggles with moderate rosacea, so I require a foundation that evens out all of the blotchy redness that stays put in and around my T-zone. That's the most important thing. Yet I also have combination skin. It's oily in my T-zone but dry on the perimeter of my face, so I also prefer foundations that are somewhere between matte and radiant, in order to manage my skin's dry-to-oily irregularities (I'll be the first to tell you that I'm a picky customer).

I liked the brand's original "Un" Cover-Up ($36), because it met all of my requirements. It offers enough coverage, yet doesn't feel too heavy on my skin, and it sits somewhere between matte and super glowy. My only complaint was that it isn't as easy to blend as other liquid and cream foundations (which is why I use a combination of a foundation brush and a sponge to properly blend it out).

"Un" Cover-Up Review
RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up $36

The foundation is much bigger than the original "Un" Cover-Up, which makes sense, considering it's a true foundation, and not a foundation-concealer hybrid. It comes with a chic silver spatula, which you use to scoop the cream out from the glass pot. I decided to apply it with my fingers first, in order to get a feel for the consistency and the coverage.

My first impression was that it seems to be a bit creamier than the original "Un" Cover Up, although it offers a similar medium-to-full coverage finish, so it's kind of the best of both worlds. With one swipe of my fingers, I could tell it would cover all of my errant redness and blotchiness, and it did, even after I buffed it out with a blending brush for a sheerer and more subtle finish. With this formula, a little goes a long way. I used a little less than a pea-sized amount on my entire face.

Clean Foundation Review

After a couple of hours of wear, I was happy to see that my skin still looked smooth, bright, and even. Sure, my T-zone was verging on shiny rather than glowy, but that's nothing new, and I was able to dial the sheen back with a swipe of translucent powder (I've been loving La Prairie's Skin Caviar Loose Powder $220. It's crazy expensive, but it's smooth and silky, and it mattifies the skin without dulling its radiance).

What's more is that it kept the dry patches of my skin smooth and hydrated. That's probably due to the beneficial and moisture-rich ingredients like marigold, turmeric, ashwagandha, licorice, and olive leaf extract, as well as jojoba, castor, meadowfoam, and coconut oil. As for the latter, I know some people's skin is very sensitive to coconut oil, so if coconut oil breaks you out, then beware.

Even though I've been loving lightweight foundations throughout the summer, I think this thicker, creamier, and moisture-rich foundation is perfect for wearing into fall and winter. So, yeah, I'm happy with this new foundation formula. RMS has officially done it again.

Next, the exfoliating mask that made my sensitive skin glow.

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