Is Rare Beauty Worth the Hype? Our Editors Weigh-In on Their Favorite Products

A badass founder with a powerful mission is enough to make us fans of a brand, but when the products perform, have a broad shade range, are vegan and cruelty-free, and are affordable, you’ll be hard-pressed to get us to stop talking about them. Since its launch, Selena Gomez’s makeup brand, Rare Beauty, has had its fair share of waitlisted products, and for a good reason—everyone (including all of TikTok and our editors) is obsessed with them.

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We try a lot of products around here, so when the Founder Crystal Lee, calls a product “God-tier,” you know we mean business. From the bronzing stick that melts into the skin, our Founder is sharing her favorite Rare Beauty products so you know which ones you need to get your hands on ASAP:

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Our favorites from Rare Beauty

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

If you scroll on TikTok for a mere five minutes, there’s a pretty high chance you’ll come across this blush more than once. And while I hate to be preaching to the choir, this stuff is popular for a reason. When I say that a little bit of this formula goes a long way, I mean it. It takes one singular dot of this blush on each cheek to warm up my entire face, it blends so seamlessly and will last a long time. For me, that makes it worth every penny.

Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Sticks

I have dabbled with bronzing and contour sticks in the past but, earlier this summer, I wanted to find one that blended easily and warmed up my face. A lot of sticks I’ve used in the past were tough to blend (eating up way too much time of my morning routine) and, at times, would leave me feeling like I just smeared dirt on my face. I picked up this Rare Beauty bronzing stick and let me tell you—this stuff puts in work. It’s super creamy without feeling too liquid-like and melts into my skin like butter. When it comes to warming up my face fast, this formula gets the job done and is one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine.

Kind Words Lip Liner

My lips are extremely sensitive, with most lip products I use causing reactions (plump lips are in, swollen ones? Not so much). The Rare Beauty Kind Words lipliner is truly a godsend. It glides on so smoothly and leaves my lips feeling nourished rather than dry. I use a shade close to my natural lip color for everyday wear and I couldn’t recommend it more.

Positive Light Luminizer Highlight

The second Rare Beauty launched I knew I’d need to get my hands on this highlighter, and it has not disappointed me. It gives a beautiful glow without being in your face about it. On days I want to wear a little less makeup, I mix a drop of this with my blush and blend the two. It’s a holy grail kind of combo.

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Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush

Everyone always talks about Rare Beauty’s liquid blushes (which for the record, I love) but nobody ever talks about how incredible their cream blushes are. If you’re someone who loves a natural flush, you’re going to adore these. They blend out to give the prettiest, flushed cheek, and unlike the liquid blushes, they’re hard to overdo. I have two different shades that I love for day-to-day wear.

Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer

As a tinted moisturizer fanatic, this is one of my favorites of all time. Unlike many tinted moisturizers, this one gives me a bit of coverage and leaves me with a blurred, poreless, healthy-looking complexion. I love this for daily wear, but it’s also significant enough that I wear it to the office all the time, too.

Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara

This mascara has some mixed reviews on Sephora, but it still has a 4-star rating. Its eye-hugging brush is meant to lift, lengthen, curl, and volumize the lashes, and reviewers say that it does—as long as you wipe excess product off of the brush first to prevent clumping.

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Stay Vulnerable Liquid Eyeshadow

Liquid eyeshadows are a God-send because they make applying eyeshadow seamless and quick. This one in particular is a weightless, liquid-to-powder formula that remains creaseless and because of that, reviewers are loving it.

Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist

This 4-in-1 primer hydrates, primes, sets, and refreshes skin with ingredients like niacinamide to improve the appearance of skin and lotus, gardenia, and white waterlily to soothe and nourish. While oily-skin gals say it makes them look like a “grease ball,” dry-skin gals are loving the glow.

Primp Tip: This is for black and brown people aka POC, don’t apply too much because too much product will leave your face sparkly ghostly unless that’s your thing.

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Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation

Serum-like, weightless, and buildable foundations always sound too good to be true, and reviewers are torn on this one. Some say that it is the “best skin-like foundation on the market” and others are claiming that it is “patchy and cakey with REALLY bad separation.” This is one you’re going to have to test out for yourself to see if this foundation is for you.

Always an Optimist Soft Radiance Setting Powder

This talc-free, loose-setting powder visibly smooths, blurs, and controls shine on all skin types. Five shade options deliver a natural, comfortable finish. One reviewer says “it leaves your skin blurred and smooth, without mattifying,” so you can still get your glow on without looking greasy.

Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer

This lightweight, hydrating concealer offers medium-to-full coverage in 49 shades. With 1,500+ reviews on Sephora and a 4-star rating, this has been tested by the masses and the resounding verdict is that it’s a must-have.

Pore Diffusing Primer

This gel primer claims to blur the look of pores and fine lines, boost and extend makeup wear, and help fight shine. As confirmed in the reviews, it is suitable for all skin types and worth a try if you are on the hunt for a new primer.

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Youthforia Blush Review: Clean and Fun Makeup

Say what you want about TikTok, but it most certainly gets BeautyLeeBar credit for all of its beauty suggestions. Thanks to the app and our frequent 4 a.m. viewing, we have managed to be kept in the loop with some of beauty’s most viral products before they’ve sold out, including THE ICE FACIAL TOOL That Kourt and Kendall Love and now, the Youthforia BYO Blush.

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The BYO Blush is the world’s first color-changing blush oil that is said to include all skin types and skin tones (you had me at inclusive). Its formulation reacts to the skin’s natural pH to give your cheeks a unique pop of color. It’s supposed to make your cheeks look naturally flushed and works with and without foundation. While it is a blush, it’s technically formulated as a makeup and skincare product, which is a double win. For context, the Founder; Lee has a dry-sensitive skin type which doesn’t cause her too many issues, however certain makeup products, whether powder, water, or oil-based can leave her skin with evident dry patches, or leave her skin break out instantly, particularly on her cheeks and forehead. But there wasn’t a day that she couldn’t go on TikTok to see this infamous blush so she decided it was time put the innovative $36 BYO Blush to the test to see whether it was as good as she hoped.

@thirteenlune

@Youthforia’s BYO Blush gets a 🤌🏾 from a black girl blush entusiast

♬ KU LO SA (Edit) – KV

Youthforia truly created some next-generation blush technology, but does it work as great as it sounds? Keep reading to find out if this blush oil does create an ideal, lasting shade.

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Lee has been using her BYO Blush religiously for almost a week now and each time she is blown away by just how glowy and glass-like her cheeks look. A little certainly goes a long way with the application, and the brand recommends you start by adding two dots to your cheeks, wait a few seconds for the color to change, and then blend it out with a brush, sponge, or your fingers. Lee oscillated between her blush brush and fingers, with the latter being her preferred way as the blush looked extra glowy, and it felt much easier to control the application. However, using a brush is great for applying when out and about and when you don’t feel like coating your fingertips in a product.

The TikTok-worthy packaging includes a vibrant coral cap and transparent bottle, which unveils the green-Ish oil formula (it applies as a sheer oil and then instantaneously reacts to the skin’s pH to unveil a universally flattering shade) and is a nod to Youthforia’s super fun and playful brand message — which is exactly what founder Fiona Co Chan envisioned when creating the brand. Youthforia is a post-Covid company, and Chan tells BeautyLeeBar that she wanted the customer experience to be filled with constant excitement and optimism for all the upcoming occasions customers plan to wear their blush, whether that’s a dinner with friends, or like Lee, a long-overdue mooch around Target.

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In terms of the ingredients inside this little tube of joy, it contains 20 plant-based antioxidant-dense oils that provide targeted treatment for your cheeks, including jojoba oil and Macadamia seed oil. It’s also fragrance-free, silicone-free, vegan, and cruelty-free, making it a great option for anyone prone to sensitive skin. Each Youthforia product is certified by USDA BioPreferred Program to contain 98% biobased content (meaning there’s only 2% of fossil fuels within the formula) which has helped to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint, which is pretty impressive considering the brand is still fairly new.

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The Value: Pricey but a unique, worthwhile find

Youthforia’s BYO Blush is out of this world, and it’s the most unique product—it’s beneficial for the environment as well as your skin. At $36 for 0.22 oz., it’s a little pricey for a blush, but there’s nothing else like it on the market. A little goes a long way, so it will last you quite a while, plus the results are stunning, with a healthy, custom flush that complements any makeup or non-makeup look. The product is quite simple to blend, works wonders on Lee’s dry, sensitive skin, and heralds the beginning of something truly fresh in the makeup industry. BeautyLeeBar thinks it’s worth the investment, especially if you’re having trouble finding the right shade of blush for your skin tone.

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Final Verdict

Overall, Youthforia’s BYO Blush is definitely worth the hype and is Lee’s new go-to blush (Rare Beauty, you still have our heart okay chica). The consistency and formula have impressed us far more than any other powder and liquid blush has before — and that’s coming from a beauties who loves to coat their cheeks in a liquid blush or two.

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Youthforia’s BYO Blush Color Changing Blush Oil is the most unique and creative blush Lee has ever used. It goes on clear but quickly changes to pink on your cheeks. The texture is very smooth on the skin, and the unique technology provides the ideal natural glow appearance for your skin tone and gives your lips that natural rosy color. Youthforia’s BYO Blush works and builds beautifully. It doesn’t feel greasy, just hydrating and smooth. Oh, and the color lasts. Best lazy girl makeup product ever!

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We hope that other brands will follow in the footsteps of Youthforia, which has paved the way for pH color-changing blush oils. If you’re on the lookout for a new beauty staple for the Fall/winter, then look no further than Youthforia’s BYO Blush.

@kali.ledger

Hands down the easiest dewy blush, that actually lasts but stays dewy 🤭✨#greenblush #dewyskin #dewyblush #makeuptutorial #youthforia

♬ original sound – KALI
@nishabalsara

this is not an a d, I am just a chronic oversharer @youthforia also has some great videos on her Tiktok! #youthforiablush #colorchangingblush

♬ Wii Shop Channel – McTweet

Have my beauties tried TikTok Youthforia’s BYO Blush?! If so, what are your thoughts? Is this black/brown girl approved?

#HelloBeauties #BeautyLeeBar

Dewy Setting Sprays That Will Make Skin Glow All Over

Highlighter isn’t the only makeup product you can use to achieve an ethereal glow. You can further enhance radiance and counteract dull skin by finishing your look with the right setting spray. Dewy setting sprays can do a lot for your skin — like boost luminosity, extend the wear of your makeup and keep skin free of shine. To help you make your glass skin dreams come true, we rounded up nine of our favorite dewy setting sprays, below.

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NYX Professional Makeup Plump Finish Setting Spray

  • Keep your makeup fresh and your skin looking plump with this supercharged dewy setting spray. The unique formula contains five electrolytes and vitamins — including aloe, magnesium, zinc, citric acid, and biotin — to plump and hydrate skin so you look moisturized, not oily.

Dermablend Lock and Last Setting Spray

  • Lock your makeup in place for up to 24 hours with this long-wearing dewy mist. One spritz makes makeup smudge-, transfer- and water-resistant; plus, it works to hydrate and soothe your skin, so your makeup feels comfortable even through the longest days.

Urban Decay All Nighter Ultra Glow Setting Spray

  • The iconic OG All-Nighter Setting Spray gets an update with an infusion of hyaluronic acid and agave to give you a dewy, fresh-faced finish that lasts from morning to night.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Setting Spray

  • Infused with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and aloe vera extract, this dewy setting spray provides a naturally glowing finish. It also curbs excess shine and oil — and touts a yummy coconut scent.

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Set + Refresh Spray

  • Quench your skin’s thirst with this refreshing spray packed with blue agave extract and hemp-derived ingredients. It’s also infused with vitamin B3 to help nourish the skin and provide a glassy, hydrating finish.

 Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray: Hydrate+Illuminate+Set

  • Set your skin on the path to glowing central with Milani’s versatile dewy finish setting spray that also doubles as a primer. Don’t you just hate it when you get both your eyeliner wings just right and when your foundation looks almost airbrushed but melts away through the day? The Make It Dewy Setting Spray ensures your statement stays put with a brightening boost. This is a good dewy setting spray that cloaks your skin in hydration and shines for up to 16 hours with no fading, creasing or smudging! And with its refreshing feeling, you can very well use it in crazy hot weather too. You can also wear this hydrating setting spray without any makeup for a natural-looking glow that is bound to steal hearts wherever you go.

 TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

  • It’s well-known that TATCHA delivers some of the most eye-catching packaging, but their formulas deliver too. The Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is the best face-setting spray that gives off a soft shimmer under or over your makeup. It contains a blend of Okinawa red algae for the ultimate moisturizing benefits, camellia oil for optimum nourishment, and hyaluronic acid to quench parched skin. TATCHA’s dewy setting spray for dry skin is also infused with Hadasei, a 3-ingredient anti-aging complex. With the power of Japanese superfoods like green tea, rice, and algae, your skin will look and feel super youthful. Carry this long-lasting dewy setting spray around in your purse for an instant dose of freshness.

ORPHEUS RESSURECTION Bio-Luminous Dewy Essence

  • ORPHEUS’ award-winning moisturizing setting spray comes in a silky essence consistency that feeds irritated skin with nutrients and a luminous finish. The Orpheus Flower Cell Peptide Complex contains potent peptides, stem cells, and antioxidants that work to safeguard your skin from pollution. With the dual hyaluronic acid, the active serum deeply penetrates the skin for long-lasting hydration resulting in plump and younger-looking skin. A blend of the vitamins C, B3, B5, and E refines your pores and evens out skin tone, while a bio-luminescent flower extract imparts a shine that could put lights to shame. One spritz of this dewy finish makeup setting spray transforms your skin from within for the ultimate jaw-dropping glow.

 l.f Dewy Setting Mist

  • If you’ve been looking for a cheap dewy setting spray, your search can end at elf’s Dewy Setting Mist! Apart from keeping your makeup intact for a long time, this drugstore dewy setting spray feeds your skin with nourishing ingredients that contribute to a healthy radiance. Infused with coconut, this lightweight formula hydrates, and conditions your skin intensely so that it glows like never before. Green tea and cucumber moisturize skin and fight premature signs of aging for an ever-youthful look. Trust us, and you’re not going to regret adding elf’s dewy face mist to your vanity.
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Now that we’ve gone over the best dewy setting sprays on the market, let’s look at how you can bag the right one for you!

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How To Choose The Right Dewy Setting Spray

  • Skin type

Dewy setting sprays are ideal for dry and dull skin as they come packed with moisture or water-based formula. This helps give a soft glow to dry skin while also providing hydration benefits. Combination and oily skin types may find that dewy setting sprays make their skin even greasier, but if they don’t have excess oil, a lightweight setting spray which is also non-comedogenic may work. But dewy sprays suit dry and normal skin types better. Even mature skin will benefit from a dewy finish as the formula won’t cake up or settle into fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Formula

Ensure that the formula is lightweight and has a non-sticky and non-greasy consistency. Dewy setting sprays that are quick-drying help immensely for on-the-go touch-ups. Some sprays may have fragrance and if you’re sensitive to it, ensure to read the label to avoid it. A few setting sprays can have strong scents which may cause a reaction as they are directly sprayed on the face. You can patch test setting sprays as with every other beauty product or read some reviews online.

  • Ingredients

It is essential to invest in formulas with high-quality ingredients devoid of harmful additives. To prevent flare-ups, opt for formulas that don’t contain alcohol, fragrance, parabens, sulfates, and other harsh chemicals.

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After you’ve purchased a dewy setting spray you like, it’s time to learn how to use it for the ultimate glow!

How To Use Dewy Setting Spray

  • Step 1: Ensure that all your makeup is done, and you’re satisfied with how it looks.
  • Step 2: Shake the contents of the dewy setting spray bottle for an even mixing.
  • Step 3: Hold your dewy setting spray bottle about 8-10 inches away from your face and lightly spritz on the right side of the face.
  • Step 4: From the same distance, spray the mist on the left side of your face.
  • Step 5: Spritz once in the center of your face with your eyes closed.
  • Step 6: Wait for the setting spray to dry.
  • Step 7: Repeat if you feel the need for a brighter glow.
  • Step 8: Reapply throughout the day as and when needed to give your skin a boost of freshness.

Note: You can also apply dewy setting sprays on bare skin without any makeup for a natural glow to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh.

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Our facial skin is always exposed to dirt, pollution, and harmful sun rays. They damage the skin and strip away its natural glow. But worry not, because the best dewy setting sprays can give you a stunning glow to ensure a natural-looking makeup finish. They seal your makeup and make it last longer than usual. The products mentioned in our list have lightweight formulas that are non-greasy and keep the skin hydrated and primed. They dry within seconds of application and leave your skin with a silky texture. If you prefer vegan and cruelty-free makeup, you will find them on our list too. Most of these formulas are chemical-free and last for hours. Some of them offer anti-aging benefits and add brightness to dull and dry skin. Consider factors like skin type, product formula, and ingredients before investing in a spray. You should also avoid sprays that have sticky consistency or an overwhelming fragrance.

Comment Below Your Favorite Dewy Setting Spray!

R.E.M Beauty by Ariana Grande: ‘Out of Body’ Collection

R.E.M beauty is stepping into complexion products. The fourth collection ‘Out of Body’ features 60 shades of a skincare-infused, multi-tasking sweetener concealer supercharged with R.E.M’s proprietary essence for clinically proven results. The collection also features a blending sponge, face primer, and blotting paper sheets to control oil. The array of concealer shades and accompanying products of the ‘Out of Body’ collection will be available to purchase today July 28th on the R.E.M beauty website

Source: @rembeauty on Instagram

OUT-OF-BODY COLLECTION:

The ‘Dream Cloud Blender’ is a latex-free blender that is carefully sculpted to fit the contours of your face. The domed point gets into the creases around your eyes and nose while the rounded bottom can be used to softly blend out your concealer.

‘Dream Cloud Blender’
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Grande chose the cloud-like foam texture because it was just right: not too soft and not too dense. The sponge is infused with antioxidant-rich Ashwagandha for an extra boost. A bonus is the blender works wet or dry, with liquid or powder products.

‘Lunar Magic Blurring Primer
Source: @rembeauty on Instagram

The ‘Lunar Magic Blurring Primer’ is a long-wearing primer formulated with hydra-blur essence, which was previously found in the ‘Full Nights Sleep Cooling Under-eye Balm’ to cool, even, and hydrate your complexion. The primer also includes soothing micro-algae, anti-pollution ectoine, and brightening vitamin C-rich Jeju lemon. These ingredients will blur, smooth, and improve makeup wear for up to eight hours.

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‘Satin Sheets Blotting Paper’
Source: @rembeauty on Instagram

The ‘Satin Sheets Blotting Papers’ are black bamboo charcoal-infused blotting papers that quickly diminish shine, soak up excess oil, and purify pores. The slim packaging makes it easy to fit into any bag and is accessible to use when needed!


‘Sweetener
Concealer’ Source: @rembeauty on Instagram

The ‘Sweetener Concealer’ is perfectly designed for a smooth, lightweight application. The creamy formula can be layered to your desired level of coverage for a soft matte, veil-like finish. The goal with this product is to allow you to completely customize your look! The concealer is infused with R.E.M’s hydra-smooth essence. It is powered by skin-loving ingredients including hyaluronic acidAshwagandha, and Vitamin C. The ‘Sweetener Concealer’ will leave the skin looking sweeter than before.

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Primp-Tip: For the best application, apply with the new latex-free dream cloud blender sponge and lunar magic blurring primer for a seamless, streak-free finish.

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‘Sweetener Concealer’ is available in 60 different shadows to ensure you will be able to find your perfect match. Two artistry shades are also included in shades black, and white to lighten or darken a shade.

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sweet how-to

01 finding your shade for all-over concealing: choose a shade closest to your skin tone. identify your shade level (fair-rich) & undertone. shades progress in-depth as you go from 1-10 within your shade level.

02 for spot concealing: use a concealer the same shade as your foundation. to conceal a pesky blemish, dab some concealer on top and wait 2 minutes before blending it out.

03 for brightening: choose a shade at least 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone or use fair 1 for the ultimate, bright white highlight.

04 for correcting: choose a color correcting shade within the lineup. a pink-toned concealer helps conceal blue and purple tones in lighter skin and covers up dark spots and dark circles under the eyes. an orange-red concealer helps cancel out dark areas on darker-toned skin. a yellow concealer neutralizes redness around the mouth and the nose and brightens the undereye area. top with a skin tone shade to even out complexion.

05 for contouring: choose a shade at least 2-3 shades deeper than your skin tone.

06 to lighten a shade: mix in our true white: fair 1

07 to use rich 10, the blue-black shade: use to deepen the tan to rich shades and make them cooler, correct what you need, and contour the richest skin tones. a little goes a long way, so use sparingly and add as needed.

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And because, being in the industry, Ariana has all of the tricks of the trade, the r.e.m. beauty fact sheet also shares all the “sweet tips” you’d want to know to find the best concealer shades for all-over, brightening, contouring or correcting, as well as a few pointers for raising your makeup game.

PRIMP TIPS FROM ARI

  1. After filling in your brows, apply a small amount of concealer underneath the brow to create a well-defined arch line.
  2. Use to sharpen your winged liner. With a small brush, clean up the bottom of your wing liner with long strokes.
  3. A tiny bit of light concealer in your eye’s inner corner appears more awake.
  4. Clean up your lip lines and take a bit of concealer in the same shade as your foundation on a lip brush. Carefully outline your lips to create sharp lines.
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The ‘Out of Body’ collection launches today July 28th on rembeauty.com. The collection will soon be available in your local Ulta stores. You can keep up to date with the collection through R.E.M Beauty’s Instagram.

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We are excited to see what Grande and R.E.M Beauty explore further into complexion products. Will you purchase any products from the collection? Leave a comment down below!