The Lightweight, Summer-Appropriate Bases

Four Lightweight, Summer Appropriate Bases - Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, NARS Tinted Moisturiser, Smashbox BB Water

In Summer, a full face of makeup is just a little bit more of a struggle – no matter how many spritzes of setting spray you might use, by the time you step out the door it’s already melting off your face. I also find that my skin gets a little oilier as the weather heats up. Over the last few months I’ve been trying quite a few different bases to see what can hold up in the heat but I’ve found that a lot of them just don’t perform well, starting to look a little bit messy after a few hours, but a few have managed to stand the test of time (and make it through a day of hot weather).

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue – 

My love for this base product is no secret and unlike a few more of my seasonal foundation picks I find that this one really works no matter what the weather condition. Although it feels really lightweight on the skin, I find that a quick dusting of loose setting powder over the top makes sure that nothing transfers, nothing separates and everything continues to look great all even through a heatwave.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – 

The only real ‘foundation’ from the line up comes from Rimmel and is normally the one I go for when I need to amp up the coverage a little more. The formula is thin and really easily blendable but you don’t need a lot to even out your complexion, which is great in Summer when you’re avoiding suffocating your skin by applying layer after layer trying to build up coverage.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser – 

Similar to the BM Complexion Rescue but with a slightly lighter consistency, I really love this base for when I want glowy, summer skin but I don’t want things to turn into a slippery mess a few hours into wear. It does tend to transfer if I don’t apply powder, particularly in the t-zone, but even with that, it’s got that lit-from-within glow thing going while managing to avoid the whole ‘this isn’t glow, it’s sweat’ thing. It happens to the best of us.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water –

For very lightweight, minimal makeup days, I reach for this – the most lightweight of the bunch, it blends out until it feel like you’re wearing nothing on the skin – ideal for those super hot days where you want the coverage but don’t want that uncomfortable feeling. This is another one that I’d recommend setting down with powder in the t-zone if you tend to get a little oily after a few hours.

What are your favourite summer-approved bases?

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  • Love this post! I am in love with the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue! I really need to try the other ones as well, because they sound like they would be just as lovely!

    Becky, xx //

  • I’m loving the Rimmel Match Perfection. I also love the NATIO Tinted Moisturiser, it is actually more of a medium coverage which is perfect. Also my HG which is the GoverGirl 3in1 Outlast Stay Fabulous! <3


  • The Sunday Mode

    Love the sound of the Nars tinted moisturiser, I’m such a fan of Nars bases in general. Also, can we just talk for a minute about how good that gelato/ice cream looks? I feel like it’s mango flavoured and it looks bloody amazing! (Totally not the point of the post but I thought I’d mention it, haha)

    • I can’t wait for the new NARS Velvet base that they’re bringing out – hoping that they’ll have a match for me! hahah it’s passionfruit flavour – I LOVE this stuff in summer and wanted an excuse to eat a bowl in the middle of the day 😉 Gelativo is where it’s at!

  • oh my god that sorbet looks so good…Now I want mango sorbet!!
    My favorite summer base is my MUFE Face and Body foundation. I just love how lightweight and skin-like it is but it does an amazing job of evening out my complexion. It’s the lightest foundation I own.
    I really want to try the NARS tinted moisturizer, I might pick one up before the next holiday I go on .

    chloé⎪ status.chlo

    • hahah sorbet is my life! This one’s passionfruit though 😉 I’ve heard good things about the MUFE Face & Body, I’ll have to check it out!

  • I definitely speak about it a lot – I love it! haha

  • Oh yeah, so good!

  • I love the nars tinted moisturiser, i did a whole post raving about it last summer and how perfect it was for the time of year. I just ordered the new skin tint so i’m hoping it’s as great 🙂

    Blush and Blend

  • I ignored Match Perfection for so long. It’s been sitting my drawer for probably over a year since the first time I reviewed it haha. I tried it with the Beauty Blender and it sit so well on my skin. I wore it during the over 40 deg day in Sydney and it held up well with the help of powder and setting spray.

    xo Kat @ Katness

  • I have heard that the new Mac Waterweight Foundation is identical to the Smashbox BB Water so I really need to pick it up to try out. I think I finally need to make the splurge on the Nars Tinted Moisturiser too.