A quest is by definition a long and arduous search. Which when I started this search, it seemed like it would be. To find a foundation that neutralizes my hyper-pigmentation without the use of heavy chemicals seemed impossible. For the likes of these brown patches, it seemed like you would need 50 ingredients and none of them would be recognizable words. Turns out, there are tons of options out there.
So hopefully the arduous part hasn’t been reading these posts….
This is third post in what will be a series of 5 (rest assured there is an end in sight).
Here are links to:
Now up to bat is: RMS un-cover up
Here is their product page. I decided to try this brand because I was so so so impressed with the blush I got in my Boxwalla box. I ordered shade 33 from Dermstore.com with a 20% off coupon and through Shoprunner so I was able to score free 2 day shipping. DermStore has a very generous return policy so I felt confident that if the shade or product didn’t work for me then I could return it. I just found that they also sell this on BirchBox!
Here is shade 33:
Disclaimer: I am not a beauty blogger nor do I know a lot about makeup. But who ever needed knowledge to form an opinion?!
Here are the ingredients from their website:
*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499]
Here is my face in natural light. I have Melasma that stems from tropical sun and Indian Heritage. Obviously there is no covering it all up. So I strive to dull and blend the two areas highlighted by arrows. This makes choosing a color tricky!
100% honesty here folks… Let your freak flags fly!
Here is a swatch of the product on my skin. This is the second to darkest color they make! In their ‘How to’ section they say that if the color isn’t an exact match you do not have to worry that it will “auto-correct”
Could it auto-correct some fine lines while it is at it?! Squinting in tropical sunlight has not been kind to my eye wrinkles..
My first reaction was that it goes on with the consistency of a concealer. I even went back and checked the website to make sure that they intended for you to use it as a foundation. Yep, they do. My second reaction was that there is no way you could apply this as a foundation without a brush because it is pretty thick. My third reaction is that using this stuff as a foundation could get expensive. The product size is .20 oz for $36 where as most other liquid foundations are in the 1 to 1.5 oz for a similar price.
Here are the results:
This is the brightest light I could capture. I also have on their lip2cheeck as a blush and a lip color.
This lighting is duller but you can see in my arrows that the coverage is good for what I am looking for with no overt orange tones.
Here is in my car after some errands:
3 hours later the coverage is intact in our hot humid weather. Despite being thick the product feels lightweight.
I did some reading on RMS Beauty and they have a pretty unique philosophy. Here is an excerpt from their website:
“RMS Beauty products are formulated with raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state, allowing their living, healing attributes to penetrate and rejuvenate the skin. In their purest form, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and their healing properties remain fully intact, encouraging amazing potential for anti-aging effects. RMS Beauty has also taken extreme care in the use of minimal heat in the manufacturing process of this product in order to keep all nutrients and healing properties alive. All RMS Beauty products are free of harmful chemicals, synthetic preservatives, synthetic vitamins, and genetically altered ingredients (GMO) etc. RMS Beauty is full of healing nutrients – nutrients that work synergistically with the skin, and are in harmony with nature and our environment. Each ingredient in RMS Beauty is carefully chosen to create a dialogue with the skin. Your touch activates the life force of the product, and nutrients interact with skin to promote hydration, softness, and luminosity.”
I am pretty impressed with this product and company. I could end my quest here because it is going to be pretty hard to top how pleased I am with their stuff (but I have 2 posts left because I had ordered samples of stuff). I don’t wear foundation everyday so for the days that I do I am willing to use this somewhat more expensive product. Plus the day I wore it I got several compliments on my skin!