I had originally planned on writing a first impressions on the Rare Beauty brand but because of who I am as a person you get this review much later than I anticipated. So instead you get reviews after months of use.
While celebrity makeup brands may annoy some, the more brands there are the better the inclusivity gets IMO. With Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty offering tons of shades with every undertone available, brands have no excuse for limited selection and poor quality. Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty is no exception. I was initially skeptical of a brand from Selena Gomez because unlike other celebrity brands, like Kylie or J Lo, she’s never been marketed as a beauty guru.
These are the 6 products I was the most drawn to try (yes, it does include both blushes.) Four of the products I found in a cute minis set, so I am glad I didn’t have to pay full price for all of these items full sized. I love how the shade names are picked out to empower the wearer, like Grateful, Inspire and Transcend.
Rare Beauty is also designed with ease of use in mind. Selena Gomez has lupus, an autoimmune disease with a lot of terrible symptoms including achy or swollen joints. With this in mind, the packaging has rounded lids that are easier to grip and twist open and close.
Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation
I probably shouldn’t say this about the very first product in the post, but if you’re going to buy anything from Rare Beauty I cannot recommend the Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation enough. It comes it so many shades, making matching a breeze. The applicator is a giant doe foot and with a few spots of foundation you can cover your entire face. The formula is a semi-dewy natural finish with a medium/full coverage that can be built up and never dries down to that annoying foundation cake. It applies so beautifully with a sponge or a brush and I find it wears so well throughout the day plus it looks very natural. An instant fave for sure.
Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight
I wanted to love this highlighter. Look at it, she’s stunning. The packaging, the shimmer, everything about it is stunning. However, I found this formula too metallic and took too much work to blend in to the point where I was rubbing off my foundation underneath just to get the formula to not look too streaky. One of the pros is that it has a beauty finger feel to it and I find using my finger tips more intuitive than using a brush or sponge. The liquid dries down to almost a powder-like feel and I love the highlighter as a cream shadow.
Soft Pinch Liquid Blush
Beauty lovers know, this blush is not for the faint of heart. Super pigmented, one dot is all you need for an instant flush. It dries down very quickly so I would recommend blending in one side before working on the other. START OFF WITH THE SMALLEST AMOUNT. Trust me, this will blend out and cover a large area even with half a dot of product. I usually scrap the sides of the doe foot and put just a whisper of blush on the apple of my cheek. It comes in a radiant (dewy) and matte formula and I definitely favour the dewy. The matte formula is a bit more finicky and can apply patchy if you don’t work quickly or if you haven’t used the right foundation underneath.
Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush
If you’re looking for more natural blush that you can apply with just your fingertips, I highly recommend the Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush. The packaging is so cute and each shade is a very soft hue that can be built up and looks natural. It leaves a very natural finish and blends like a dream, although I do find it doesn’t last all day. At first touch it feels creamy but as you work it into your cheeks it transforms into an ultra fine powder finish with just a whisper of colour.
Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick
Matte lipstick has come a long way since it liquid lipstick first became popular. Instead of being drying and leaving butthole lips (iykyk) the Rare Beauty version is ultra lightweight and easy to apply. I love that it has a soft powder like finish and that when it dries down, you can’t feel it at all. It’s not long wearing enough to wear all day, but it looks more like a stain, wearing off evenly. After reapplication mid day it looks fresh and doesn’t cling to fine line and dry spots.
With Gratitude Dewy Lip Balm
I am loving the tinted lip balm trend. With shea butter adding a punch of moisture, the Rare Beauty formula leaves a medium tint while looking hydrated and juicy AF. That being said, there is nothing about the Rare Beauty Lip Balm that is so exceptional that you should opt for it over other comparable tinted lippies. This is one of the items I would not repurchase, but like enough to use up.