July 15, 2019

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick (All shades)

Today we are talking about a new bareMinerals product, the Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick! Enriched with Volcanic Seawater and Red Algae, this multitasking foundation hydrates skin intensely while providing medium coverage and a natural luminous finish.

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BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick Review Swatches Before After MAC Equivalents

I'm usually not a fan of foundation sticks, I'm not sure if it's just me or my strange skin type (very oily, but dehydrated with dry skin patches) but they tend to look slightly chalky on me.

This one is different though, it melts on the skin like a gel-cream and feels very moisturizing! It doesn't look powdery or chalky on the skin, and doesn't cling on dry patches.

I would say that the coverage is medium but buildable. It can be sheered down with a damp Beautyblender too, if you prefer light coverage foundations.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick Review Before After
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick in 1.5 Birch and 02 Vanilla (without powder)

The formula feels cool on the skin upon application, and the finish is natural, slightly dewy. The finish is more dewy after about 1½ hour, and my skin is oily after 3 hours even if I set the foundation with loose powder or use a mattifying primer.

However, it feels sticky and heavy on my skin and that's not something I like in a foundation. For this reason, I think I would prefer the Complexion Rescue foundation stick in the cooler months because my skin is already very oily and I don't need that extra moisture right now.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick Review Packaging

By the way, this foundation provides an SPF of 25. It has a sunscreen smell but it doesn't linger on the skin. I love the fact that it doesn't contain fragrance!

As for the staying power, it has a tendency to look cakey after 6-7 hours if I use it on a hot and humid summer day. But on a 'normal' day, this foundation stick lasts 11 hours on me without separating if I set it with a bit of loose powder (I currrently use Givenchy's Prisme Libre Loose Powder) and my Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray.

Overall, the Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick has a beautiful finish and it's VERY moisturizing, but I think the formula would be more suitable for normal to dry skin types!

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick Swatches Opal Birch Vanilla Buttercream Cashew MAC NW15 NC15 NC20 NC30 NW35
Swatches on fair skin (NC15)

01 Opal is darker than NW15 (but lighter than NW20) and has pink undertones.

1.5 Birch is similar to NC15 and has golden undertones.

02 Vanilla is similar to NW20 and has peach undertones.

03 Buttercream is similar to NC20 and has golden undertones.

3.5 Cashew is slightly lighter than NW35 and has pink undertones.

04 Suede is similar to NW30 and has pink undertones.

4.5 Wheat is a bit lighter than NW35 and has beige pink undertones.

05 Natural is similar to NW35 and has peachy pink undertones.

5.5 Bamboo is slightly darker than NC20 and has golden neutral undertones.

06 Ginger is a bit darker than NC30 and has golden olive undertones.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick Swatches Sienna Cinnamon Cedar Mahogany Chestnut MAC NC50 NW55 NC45 NC42
Swatches on fair skin (NC15)

6.5 Desert is slightly darker than NC40 and has neutral gold undertones.

07 Tan is a bit lighter than NW40 and has pink undertones.

7.5 Dune is slightly lighter than NC42 and has beige olive undertones.

08 Spice is a bit darker than NC35 and has golden peach undertones.

8.5 Terra is slightly lighter than NW42 and has neutral undertones.

09 Chestnut is darker than NC45 (but lighter than NC50) and has golden undertones.

10 Sienna is slightly lighter than NW50 and has pink undertones.

10.5 Cinnamon is similar to NC50 and has neutral gold undertones.

11 Cedar is darker than NW45 (but lighter than NW50) and has neutral pink undertones.

11.5 Mahogany is similar to NW55 and has neutral undertones.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Sticks

The BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick retails for $40 CAD for 10g and is available at Sephora.

(I received these products in order to evaluate them and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial. This post contains affiliate links.)


  1. This has a really beautiful finish! It wouldn't quite work for my skin either, but sounds like a nice foundation for drier skins!

    1. Yes I think it would be amazing for dry skin types!

  2. I have yet to fall in love with a stick foundation but I love that this one is more suited for dry skin! I should check it out!

    1. Let me know if you try it, this one is different!

  3. Oh I like that it feels cool on the skin. It's too bad it's a little heavy, I think your right about it being better for cooler months

    1. Yes! I think I would love it more in the cooler months!

  4. What are the NW and NC comparisons, please?

    1. They are MAC foundation shades! Many makeup addicts know their MAC foundation shade so I always include them in my foundation reviews! :)

  5. Hi. Is there any plastic in the packaging? Or are they all metal or aluminum?


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