Five Foundations We Love, Part 5

Welcome to the last of five posts about fabulous foundations! If you missed the others, check them out here, here, here, and here.

You didn’t think we’d forget to include our first love, RMS, did you? It’s funny now to remember just how scared we were to switch to clean makeup when we were first writing the book. In fact, we wrote the Face and Makeup chapters last just to postpone this transition!

But I remember talking to Siobhan right after she interviewed Rose Marie Swift (the company’s founder) in New York, discovering RMS for the first time. She was giddy with excitement on the phone, and it marked a pivotal moment for us: We finally understood that everything was going to be okay—nay, better! If this was what natural makeup felt and looked like, we were ready to throw out our Nars at last. (Okay, maybe I’m being hyperbolic for storytelling purposes, we held onto our Nars for a while yet.)

The ‘un’ cover up in particular was a revelation to me, and it still is. Up until that point I’d been wearing mineral powder—pouffing like the best of them, just how they’d shown me to in the Bare Escentuals how-to video. There wasn’t really anything wrong with those minerals (though the over-zealous poufing part is a bad idea because of inhalation risk)—but as my skin got a little dryer, as I got a little older, I was starting to look awfully masky.

I still use minerals (these ones) but mostly for spot concealing, while the ‘un’ cover up is my go-to foundation. Many people don’t realize that this product is not just a concealer (the small container and rich pigment is deceptive). My favorite way to use it is to dab it around the center of my face—around my nose, on my chin, under my eyes—and then spread it outward. It’s very spreadable and you can control how opaque or translucent you want it (on good skin days I apply with a bit of moisturizer). And while it does even out skin tone, you never feel like it’s hiding your skin either—a testament to the good clean ingredients they use. And speaking of ingredients, here they 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]

It’s available at Nubonau, Future Natural, RMS’s site, Spirit Beauty Lounge and elsewhere.

See? Food for the skin. Have you tried this RMS product?

22 Responses to “Five Foundations We Love, Part 5”
  1. kristen says:

    I love love love this one!! I use it as a concealer on breakouts and over the living luminizer to cover dark circles under my eyes. it is so creamy and light but has such great coverage, and it doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin at all! I have even turned my sister (who doesn’t really care about clean products) on to it. she said its better than any dirty concealer she has ever used, and i agree!!! thank you ladies for turning me on to such a great product/lifestyle!!

  2. Kris says:

    Yep, I LOVE this one too! :)

  3. Rosemaria says:

    I was wondering when you’d mention RMS…

    I am totally thrilled with this product – it is the most natural, beautiful, easy to wear foundation I have ever used. Thanks for your original review – you have led me to my favorite cosmetic of all time! And bless you, Rose Marie Swift! Your products are marvelous!

  4. Rebecca says:

    I like the un-cover up as a concealer, as I prefer a mineral foundation. But this product is great for those days when I need a little extra coverage. RMS is awesome all the way around. The products feel great and look amazing. Their lip shines are the best lip colors ever.

  5. Amy Evans says:

    I just tried this for the first time today. I love the feel of it but it didn’t cover my under-eye circles as well as I thought it would. Do I need to layer it? Also, do you set it with powder? Any suggestions or help would definitely be appreciated.

  6. Alyssa M says:

    I love how the RMS products look on me, but I have a bad reaction whenever I use them.. my skin gets these little bumps and looks terrible for a week, so I finally had to pass the stuff on to my sister. I was sooo sad. No idea what it is in the product that I’m allergic to, but it sure did make me blue. Her cosmetics are awesome.

  7. Katherine says:

    I’m so happy I found this blog!! I have only recently been trying out clean cosmetics and I have the exact same quesions that Amy Evans has. Ladies who love RMS, can we newbies get some tips on how to use this foundation/concealer? What should we use as primer and should we set it with powder? I find that if I use it under my eye I get black smudges from my eyeliner/mascara. Any advice? Thank you!!

  8. Andrea says:

    Has anyone heard of RMS being sold in Atlanta? I am having trouble ordering from their website today and wanted to try a couple of their products including un cover up.

    By the way – I recently tried the Josie Maran Matchmaker Serum Foundation in Light and like it. I also use the Jane Ireldale pressed mineral foundation and like that a lot as well – but I still want to try new things to see if there is anything that wokrs better for me.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    @Andrea, I don’t know about RMS being sold in Atlanta, but I DO know that you can also order RMS products from the following (awesome sites).

  10. Rebecca says:

    for those wondering about using the product…

    When I use it as concealer, I find it works best to put on my mineral foundation first, then use this to cover a spot (apply with finger), then a bit more mineral foundation over and it works all day til I wash my face. Seems to actually help heal a pimple too. I haven’t tried this for under eye circles, but I suppose it would work the same way. I’d use a very light touch with each layer for best results. I like the idea from Kristin above about using it over the living luminizer, I’ll try that on allergy-induced dark circles one day!

  11. Andrea says:

    Thanks for the websites, Elizabeth!

  12. angel says:

    this stuff is pure magic.I just ordered last month and MAC step back,here comes RMS!

  13. rms beauty says:

    RMS is now also available in Germany / Deutschland at – they ship throughout the EU.

  14. Lisa says: is a great place to buy rms and some other clean brands. Anything is shipped free! I can always get 10% off by adding what I want to buy to My Favorites list first. And sometimes they have deeper discounts. They have always shipped my things quickly, too. They include fun bonuses, too, like I just got a year of InStyle magazine free! :)

  15. Anna says:

    All you folks who break out from coconut oil need to steer clear of this one!! I use my old Cheek2cheek as a lip gloss now. It’s gorgeous, but can’t touch my skin anywhere else or I’ll break out like crazy.

  16. RachelC says:

    With respect to covering under eye circles, I read an interview with Rose Marie Swift where she recommended applying a light layer of Un Cover Up along with a light layer of Living Luminizer to cover hide them. I believe she suggested to go slightly lighter than your skin tone with the Un Cover Up. I actually apply the Living Luminizer on top of the powder as the powder kind of takes a bit away from the luminosity of the product. The powder is so finely milled, I’ve even managed to apply the cream eye shadow on top of it. I find it gives a bit of grip for the eye shadow so it doesn’t crease as much. I have kind of droopy upper eye lids so unfortunately the RMS shadows do crease on me. I find applying it more on to the upper lid/crease area and leaving the eyelid itself bare helps avoid creasing.

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