RMS BEAUTY REVIEW
By Teri Sharp-Allbright
The new age of “what are you putting on your skin” has dawned. "Ingredient shaming" is a real thing among a fair number of social circles.
Fair trade coffee. Check.
Free range, grain fed, omega-3 rich eggs. Check. Check.
Foundation free of deathinabottlecycloparabenitratebenzooxychloride…bens. Uncheck.
I don’t think I am totally alone in saying, rather sheepishly, that I’ve embraced it in a sort of half-ass way. I started with skin care, and have discovered some really great products thanks to Indie Lee and Drunk Elephant. And while my skin care routine is totally changing for the better, color cosmetics is a different story.
While I am absolutely concerned about the things I am doing to myself that could be causing harm, it sort of goes by the wayside, and exceptions are made when things like color pay off, texture, and longevity are taken into account. I start telling myself one day nature and technology will find a middle ground. And until then I think of French women, who smoke like chimneys, eat butter, and chocolate, and are still outliving us. Damn them.
My transition to natural color cosmetics has not been a transition at all. Lest you count my discovery and love of Bite brand lipsticks, the rest is a complete toss up.
I truly wanted to start with a healthy foundation. You know, the stuff we slather on with our fingers, some of us buffing it into our skin the same way Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel-son the motions to “wax on, wax off.” I mean, we are really working this product into our skin. And our skin is taking it all in.
With that in mind, as much as I love the performance of products containing those long ingredient names you cannot pronounce, I decided to make it my mission to find a healthier alternative, and work it into my routine.
But where does a girl start? Unless you have been living under a Guerlain Meteorite the size of a boulder, you have heard of the RMS Beauty cult favorite, Living Luminizer, a coconut based cream that adds that perfect other-worldly glow without being sticky, greasy or glittery.
I had seen it everywhere. Three words finally forced me to pay attention: J. Crew Models.
Did I say I can sometimes be a bit shallow?
It seems RMS Beauty caught the eye of the Crew of J. with their pure beauty mantra. And now RMS Beauty Living Luminizer and Lip2Cheek products have become staples for J. Crew photo shoots. That glow all the J. Crew models have become famous for has been credited to RMS.
So naturally I got serious and looked for more information cause you know, this girl has to have some of that. I discovered they produce foundation too! What the What! It’s called the “Un” Cover-Up. And I had to investigate.
ABOUT RMS BEAUTY
RMS Beauty was founded by makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift. Name a top magazine, top fashion designer, or photographer, and Rose-Marie has them on her CV. She has been in demand for the better part of 20 years and knows a thing or a million about the beauty industry and the products that keep the wheels spinning.
And guess what?
Rose-Marie got sick.
Tests revealed that she had high levels of aluminum, barium, cadmium, lead and mercury in her blood. Whoa! It was as if she were turning into an X-Man...but without the cool super powers and latex body suit.
But get this, the medical technician asked her if she worked in the cosmetic industry?!?!? What does that tell you? Scary, isn’t it? So Rose-Marie set out to create a true, clean line of color cosmetics. And RMS Beauty was born.
Fast forward to the "Un" Cover-Up. On first sight, the glass jar of foundation seemed a bit diminutive for the price. I held it in the palm of my hand and decided it was about the size of my favorite Girl Scout Cookie, the Samoa. Which was fitting because they both contain coconut.
And you know what? The cookie has more ingredients than the foundation!
So suffice to say, when your beauty product reads to be more natural than something you would actually eat, you may be on the right track to fending off any future ingredient awareness shaming.
The “Un” Cover-Up is tightly packed in a small glass jar, and pigment rich. I purchased the lightest color, shade “00,” which they describe as the best hue for the real Snow Whites.
I will admit, the color looked darker than the normal tone I usually require, which I will call Snow White… in Death.
But RMS says the mineral pigments in the “Un” Cover-up will self adjust to your complexion. So I continued the process of application and hoped for the best.
The directions on the RMS Beauty website recommends “skin to skin” application for the best blending. But they also say we can use a synthetic foundation brush.
HOW TO USE:
My personal and professional recommendation is to use a small scoop to swipe some out. Use the heat from your fingers to melt the product down into a a silky texture. (This will allow you to blend it much easier than relying on a foundation brush alone.)
I didn’t use a primer, but did prep my skin with my favorite Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil.
I applied with my fingers and used on my entire face. The product smoothed over my skin with ease and I was impressed that it covered up a little red blemish that had just started its plans to destroy my day.
- It did not feel heavy or look like thick product sitting on my face.
- The coverage was hard to describe. It perfected my skin. I would say somewhere between light and medium coverage. Skin that looked like skin but covered the important stuff.
- It did not sink into the visible pores I have on the top of my cheeks. YA! (Huge pet peeve)
I was also very happy with the way it worked out under my eyes. I’ve read many times that some women will use this product just as their concealer for under the eyes or to cover a blemish. I have to say, it works lovely as a full foundation too.
*I am happy to report that the color DID adjust to my skin tone! I am happy to say the “Un” Cover Up passed this very important test for a winning foundation performance.
The first, and only con I came across was the way it interacts with peeling skin. I am a Clarisonic girl through and through. But when the battery life drains down on Clari I am terribly lax and lazy on getting her back to the charger. So with that said, Clari had been out of commission for several days, and I had some skin peeling in the usual circular shapes I get on my nose from retinol use.
The pigments from the “Un” Cover-Up found those peeling bits and made the best of friends. Which, to its defense, is what most foundations do anyway. I am telling you this so you can be prepared if you decide to make the switch.
So for the record, you’ll want your skin to be prepped without peeling, or change up your prep to compensate for the texture of the peeling. This was a small issue to deal with compared with the total performance of the product.
I wore the foundation from around 10:30 AM that day until late that evening. It did not migrate into that line near my mouth that tests the best of foundations and powders.
It didn’t turn to a greasy mess. The color stayed true and didn’t oxidize into Oompa Loompa chic.
I did blot with some DHC Blotting Papers mid day. I was so impressed that after the test, I’ve been wearing it on the days I’m not freelancing for a cosmetic company. Finally, I feel like I have won a contest in my search for a healthy foundation alternative. THANK YOU RMS BEAUTY!
NO BULLSHIT RAMBLINGS
Something that could be a drawback to some is that this foundation does not contain SPF. With that said, SPF can be irritating to skin. And there are a lot of women that can’t wear foundations with SPF because of this. See Sonia's article about chemical sunscreens.
As a makeup artist, I prefer to work with foundations without SPF due to running into this issue with clients, and also because of the flash back it will create in photography situations. There are many wonderful stand alone SPF lotions and creams that one can purchase and use under the RMS “Un” Cover-Up. I’ve actually started doing this myself. My favorite is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen. It’s super light weight, and I forget that it’s even on my skin. It has worked very well under the “Un” Cover-Up and on top of my Squalane Oil.
RMS Beauty the “Un” Coverup earns the Glossible seal of approval and I encourage anyone on the fence to give it a try. There are 5 shades in the range, all self adjusting.
You can find it on RMSBeauty.com for $36 or on Amazon for the same price but with Prime shipping.
The ingredients are: *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) *Indicates a product that is Certified Organic.