Review, photo of rare beauty tinted moisturizer on acne skin

  • Rare Beauty recently launched a $ 29 tinted moisturizer sold in 24 shades.
  • I tried the product and loved its light coverage, moisturizing formula, and glowing finish.
  • It also helped me embrace acne and redness, which I typically try to hide.

When my girlfriends started raiding their mothers makeup bags for lipstick and eyeliner as teenagers, I mostly only cared about foundation.

I was looking forward to finding more coverage products to cover my skin and used copious amounts of concealer to hide my acne. Although my skin – and my confidence – has improved over the years, I’ve never been truly satisfied with the redness, scars and blemishes that still appear.

So when Rare Beauty announced its new Positive Light tinted moisturizer, I didn’t think the product would be right for me. It looked great on models and brand founder Selena Gomez, but it definitely wouldn’t work for someone with acne-prone skin like me, or so I thought.

After trying the product myself, wearing a full coverage foundation on a daily basis doesn’t seem like a necessity for the first time in years.

Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer costs $ 29 and is sold in 24 shades

I purchased the product in its second lighter shade from Sephora, although it can also be found on the Rare Beauty website.

The brand describes its moisturizer as “makeup-free makeup in a bottle”. It is said to be moisturizing, light and protective thanks to the infused SPF 20 sunscreen. It also promises to provide “light, light to medium coverage” with a blur effect.

Rare Beauty recommends shaking the bottle before using it and applying the product to the skin with your fingers, a sponge or a brush.

Rare Beauty's Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer in the shade 12C.

Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer in the shade 12C.

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Rare Beauty’s description of the face product is spot on, in my opinion.

I applied the moisturizer with the Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Foundation Brush and it instantly melted into my skin. The pores on my cheeks looked fuzzy and the redness on my forehead became less pronounced. And that’s not to mention the glow – my skin immediately appeared radiant and healthy after applying the product.

While some tinted moisturizers I’ve tried previously felt heavy as a foundation, I’ve had the opposite experience with this one. It was gentle, hydrating, and light on the skin, almost like I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all.

Journalist Amanda Krause without makeup (left) and with Rare Beauty tinted moisturizer (right).

Me without face makeup (left) and me with Rare Beauty tinted moisturizer (right).

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Surprisingly, I also loved how this moisturizer didn’t completely hide my natural skin. The texture on my cheeks was still visible and some acne and redness around my mouth and chin peeked out.

Close-up photos showing Rare Beauty's tinted moisturizer on the skin.

I love the glow of this product (left) and its light coverage (right).

Amanda Krause / Insider


While wearing the product, I really felt safer and happier in my own skin

I’ve been wearing full coverage foundation with concealer on for at least a decade and it’s not an easy habit to break. Even while using this tinted moisturizer (it’s been a week and I’ve been wearing it mostly without any other makeup) there were days when I felt like I needed to add some extra coverage to my outbreaks and others. where I wanted to go back to my usual routine.

That said, I don’t think this product will completely replace the others in my makeup bag, but it will be my favorite for light makeup days instead.

However, there have been so many times when I have tried this product that I have looked in the mirror and felt light. There wasn’t the weight of a heavy foundation, and I was really happy to see my natural skin texture sticking out. As a result, I was reminded that the makeup-like base is supposed to enhance your skin, not hide it.

I wear lipstick, eyeliner and blush for fun, but foundation has always seemed more necessary. Fortunately with products like this on the market, I now feel it doesn’t always have to be this way.

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