Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Defense

Being a huge lover of the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Cream, I was really intrigued when I saw the Defense version drop. But what is it? How does it compare?

Let’s unpack this new little addition.


What is the Complexion Rescue Defense?

  • A clever daily moisturising formulation, developed to protect the delicate skin against damage from exposure to the sun, blue light and pollution

  • Formulated with sugar molecules to block pollution particles from exhaust or smoke and a mineral SPF 15 to defend against sun damage

  • Provides instant and all-day hydration while an infusion of natural pearl grants an even, more luminous-looking complexion

So to be completely honest, to begin with, I was pretty confused.  As a fan of the original Complexion Rescue, where does this fit in? How does this differ? I mean, even the original has double the SPF than this newcomer. But, as it turns out this isn’t a tinted moisturizer at all. Instead, this is more of a sunscreen that adds a boost of radiance and hydration to the skin.  The name makes it a little confusing.

Now, I just want to mention that for the rest of the world this little guy is marketed as 30+ SPF. I am assuming that because of our harsh sun here in Australia and strict laws, this can only be classed as 15+ SPF.



How does the Complexion Rescue Defense perform?

The formula is creamy  and it looks quite light initially. But once on the skin, it blends out beautifully and leaves your skin glowy. It absorbs well, leaving behind no residue or tackiness which makes it perfect to wear alone or under makeup. My skin does feel hydrated and the formula isn’t too heavy like some sunscreens.


Overall thoughts

I have a whole lotta feelings about this. Firstly, I like it, it is really nice. It is the perfect priming product for under makeup to ensure you are somewhat protected from the sun. The formula is quickly absorbed, without leaving behind any greasy residue.

Butttttt, the SPF 15 isn’t great, especially in the Australian sun. While this formula does add a lovely boost of radiance, for me personally, I am not going to reach for this over the original, and here’s why: The original formula is 30+ SPF and it has a decent amount of coverage. I adore the way it looks on my skin. There is coverage, hydration and high sun protection in one easy step.  I get that Defense is much more skincare based with free-radical fighting factors, but it just doesn’t quite suit my needs.

If this formula had more SPF – I don’t think I would go a day without it. Most days I head out for a walk in the sun and then by the afternoon I am sitting in front of my laptop tapping away writing blog posts – So this would be ideal. It would cover all bases, but with an SPF 15, it just doesn’t cut it.

I do feel like the inclusion of preventative measures against blue lights is going to start being really popular in both makeup and skincare products. It is a very innovative idea.  The more time we spend in front of phones and computer, the more we will need to protect our skin from the damaging effects of blue light.


What are your thoughts? Will this fit into your daily routine?

Until next time,

Camille x


*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice


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