RMS Beauty are a classic example of how a luxury organic brand can be just as good (if not miles better) than its mainstream, high-end counterparts.
I often receive emails from readers asking me to recommend them 'green/natural' versions of their favourite products, be it skincare or makeup, and I thoroughly enjoy the answering process which sees me rummaging through my collection to find a suitable alternative to suggest. I'm of course no 'expert' in the green beauty field, but as a beauty blogger who loves a bit of Chanel as much as she loves a new niche organic company, I've been able to try and test out a lot of products over the years. One such brand that I often recommend is RMS Beauty.
I first heard about RMS Beauty two or three years ago via a magazine, and I instantly loved their brand philosophy of describing their makeup range as 'skincare with mineral colour'. Created by celebrity makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift who has over 35 years experience in the industry, she wanted to make a range of makeup that was toxins-free after developing heath issues related to toxic levels of heavy metals, pesticides and other unhealthy chemicals being in her bloodstream. I feel that more and more of us are looking for products that not only make us look good, but are actually good for our skin and bodies as well. RMS Beauty ticks all the right boxes by choosing to only use raw, organic ingredients, and formulas that are free from potentially harmful chemicals (parabens, GMOs, synthetic preservatives etc).
I've had the pleasure of trying out a number of their products (their Lip2Cheek creams are particularly amazing), and I recently managed to get my hands on their popular Un Cover-Up and skin2skin Foundation Brush. These two have been on my beauty wishlist for a very long time and I'm thrilled to say that they're every bit as good as I hoped they would be!
RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up in 22* (5.6g, £28, link)
Unlike other brands who may have a whole shelf of different foundations available, RMS Beauty only has one product in this area; Un Cover-Up. Packaged in a small but chic, frosted glass jar with a white lid, Un Cover-Up is a true beauty gem. This clever multi-tasker can be used as a cream foundation and / or as a light concealer, but it won't give you a cakey, mask-like look as it's been specially formulated to enhance your complexion - think of it as 'your skin but better'. It's absolutely not a full coverage product, but you can definitely layer it to build up more to a light-medium level.
It has a light, creamy, almost balmy consistency, and virtually melts into your skin which makes it super easy to blend and work with. Composed of natural and organic ingredients such as Coconut Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil, it feels nourishing and hydrating, making it perfect to use if you have dry skin or during the colder weather months.
Available in seven shades, mine is 22, the bestselling yellow-toned base for light/medium skin tones. It's a perfect match (you can hopefully just about make out the swatch above) for me to use this as a foundation, and it's great as a light concealer underneath the eyes. It won't cover dark blemish marks/ circles or anything like that, but it plays nicely with my higher coverage NARS concealer to give me the finish that I want.
I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I love this product as I had some initial concerns regarding the Coconut Oil content (I feared it might break me out, but six weeks of use later and I haven't had any issues yet). I also thought it would only suit drier skin types as mine's combination with a tricky oily t-zone, but it gives me a lovely, slightly dewy finish and I just add a little translucent powder afterwards to set it.
So to recap, here are the pros and cons of RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up:-
- Feels lightweight, hydrating and nourishing
- Great organic ingredients with minerals and no 'nasties'
- Natural-looking, slightly dewy finish - 'your skin but better'
- Can be built up to light-medium coverage if layered
- Easy to blend and work with
- Can be used as a light concealer as well
- Concentrated formula - a little goes a long way
- Fragrance free
- Expensive (but price does reflect quality of ingredients)
- Coconut Oil content may be troublesome to some skin types
- Not suitable for vegans as it contains beeswax
RMS Beauty skin2skin Foundation Brush* (£30, link)
Anyone who knows me will happily tell you that I'm massive makeup brush junkie. I've amassed such a large collection of them that I really don't need anymore, but that doesn't mean that I don't want more of them! One of my friends recommended the skin2skin Foundation Brush when I told her that I was trying out the Un Cover-Up, and I just had to give it a whirl.
This brush has a slightly chunky metallic handle that feels cool in your hands when you're using it, and features a dense head of vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, synthetic bristles. These bristles feel super soft on the skin, and brush has been designed to 'mimic skin to skin application'. The head has an interesting layered design which looks like a captivating swirl in the middle, and its these graduated swirling layers that allows the brush to effortlessly pick up the product and evenly distribute it across the face.
I'm so impressed with it - it blends and buffs cream and powder foundations beautifully, leaving you with a flawless looking finish in no time at all. I don't have another brush quite like it in my whole collection so it's a great addition to any beauty junkie's stash, and also the ideal base brush for a makeup newbie.
RMS Beauty are available online at LoveLula.com who ship worldwide
Have you tried anything from RMS Beauty?