Beauty Finds: Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation Review

Welcome to Beauty Finds! This edition features Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation.  

Okay, I purchased into the hype! When Selena Gomez released her beauty line back in 2020 I was curious. Marketed as vegan, cruelty free, breaking down unrealistic standards of perfection (why do we wear make up anyway? For some it’s art, expression, for other it’s to hide), celebrating individualism and sustainability when it comes to packaging, Rare Beauty is a celebration of make up. 

When I looked at the range when it launched in Sephora España July 2021 there wasn’t much I wanted to buy or rather could buy. I go for talc and silicone free eyeshadows, I have enough natural highlight thanks to oily skin without needing to add more, I wear lip gloss and lip balms, I got lucky with eyebrows (thanks Mum!). That left mascara, eyeliner, foundation and concealer. The eyeliner has SLS’s in so that was crossed off, I had just started another concealer, I didn’t like the mascara wand so that left foundation. I opted for Weightless Foundation in 180W as I don’t like full coverage foundations. 

It didn’t take me long to find a shade although I was surprised by the ingredients. For some reason I had it in my head that it’s also a clean beauty brand based on the brand’s name alone. As far as foundations go it is clean ingredient. It does however have 2 types of silicones in which I usually avoid as they promote my blackheads. Read on for my Beauty Finds requirements or skip a paragraph for the review. 

I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation.  

An innovative long-lasting foundation that combines the weightless feel of a serum with buildable medium coverage for truly breathable, layerable wear.

Weightless, smooth-glide formula dries to a natural, skin-like finish in 48 shades.
Pure pigments are packed in a super fluid, serum-like base, making it easier than ever to blend and build your coverage just how you like it—a little really goes a long way.
Evens out skin tone and smooths the look of pores. No clogging or caking.

Lasts all day without drying you out or changing color on you.
Convenient, mess-free doe-foot applicator lets you apply 1 dot at a time—all you need to cover your entire face!

I opted for 180W as while my skin tone is cool, my eye and hair colour are warm, I prefer beige over pinker undertones so I don’t look ill. The light shades seemed more pink blue undertone pale. The lightest light medium undertones were in the warmer shades. The lightest light to medium shade or darkest light shade is 180W. While there are 48 shades in total, Sephora España in store doesn’t stock all the shades. 

Rare Beauty’s own site take some searching to find the full ingredient list. It’s hidden under more in ‘What’s in it?’. Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is the synthetic version of mica. Not sure now I want that on my face or mica.

While it is lightweight, it’s not a skin-like finishes as it promotes. Well, not a flawless skin like finish. It seemed to emphasis all the fine lines, imperfections, left a chalk like finish that slowly as the day when on turn to a fine oil slick.

I now looks way too orange! My hands aren’t the best. They get dry and cracked easily

While it was goodish match after few hours slowly defusing away from its original application, I thought I choose the right shade according to the shade swatches online. The girls arm is a few shades paler than me and the 180W looked a good light warm shade. It wasn’t the best match. In some lights it looked perfect. In other lights even with a tan it looked way too dark. 100W the lightest shade was too pale and 170W looked too yellow according to the online swatches.

Told ya my hands get cracked easily! Here you can see its ‘skin like finish’. This is how it settled into some fine lines and left an oily looking finish while still looking chalky.

I stuck it out for a week or two before admitting defeat. As my skin gets oily quickly it didn’t stay put for long and I could feel the silicones sitting on my skin as it slowly melted away leaving an orangey film. 

I also didn’t like the packaging that much. It designed great for opening if you hands are slippery from other products but I didn’t like the big doe foot applicator. I also had it in my head it would be glass rather than plastic again based on the brands name. 

Any pros?!

The scent is okay! 

It swatched lovely on the my inner arm. Sadly my face isn’t like my inner arm. 

It does feel light weight on. I just couldn’t cope with the colour, the oil slick and decided not to try another bottle at €33.99 for 28ml.

Would I recommend? No, there are better foundations out there if you have oily skin. 

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