The one place the collection personally lost me was the lip products. I’m not a fan of liquid lipsticks, so even though the Lip Souffles were way less drying than most I’ve used, I’m just never going to reach for one over my usual bullet. I’m also not a huge fan of the shades I tried, but I think this red probably looks gorgeous across all skin tones. The dewy balms are more like sheeny lipsticks—really, I’d only classify the clear one as a balm. I find the coverage a bit patchy if I haven’t properly exfoliated my lips, but the shades are gorgeous.
Overall, I love the packaging and the vibe, and the giant doe-foot applicators across the brand makes application a breeze. The foundation has quickly become my must-have, and I’m super excited to see what Selena has up her sleeve for the next release.
Khaliha Hawkins, producer
The positive message behind each product and how accessible the line is makes Rare Beauty a welcomed addition to my quarantine stash. My favorite product in this launch is the Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Love. The matte terra-cotta color adds a nice touch of warmth to my face, that makes me look sun-kissed, even without bronzer.
In the morning, I’ve already become accustomed to using the With Gratitude Dewy Lip Balm in Honor, which is just a classic clear shade. The texture of it is light and pillowy enough that my lips feel moisturized for hours. I also like that the bullet is small and compact with a flat bottom, so that I can place it anywhere without it rolling away.
Last and certainly not least is the Positive Light Liquid Luminizer in Transcend. This rose gold highlighter looks great under and on top of my makeup, which is somewhat rare for highlighter. It also doesn’t rub off on my mask, which is a huge plus.
Erin Parker, commerce writer
I’ve put on a full face of makeup maybe twice in the past seven months, so for this, I decided to go all in and have fun. I started out by flipping through the booklet of brand imagery and loved the bold hues and that it embraces originality.
I cleansed and moisturized my face, and started by applying foundation. I liked that it wasn’t too thick or greasy and went on smooth without noticeable creasing. It feels pretty lightweight but buildable–so you can definitely even your skin tone without it feeling caked on (which is ideal for me since I prefer a natural look). The only issue I had is when it says “shake well” on the foundation bottle, it means shake really well—I missed that step and a bunch of liquid came pouring out into my sink. Make sure you shake to blend! The concealer instantly brightened my under-eye area and added slight luminosity, so I didn’t end up looking like a ghost—but it did crease after a few minutes.
The blush colors are so fun and different. From a deep burgundy to a bright coral, there are several directions you can go with it, and I chose the latter for fall vibes. The formula is super pigmented, so a little goes a long way. It might be a tad liquidy for my taste, but it’s still great in terms of application and texture. I wanted to nod at fun ’80s beauty looks but ended up going way overboard with the blush at first, so I muted it with more concealer and decided to keep it matte instead of adding highlighter. But I did add a pop of the liquid luminizer to my brow bones and cupids bow for more dimension.
The blush is pretty good, but the star of the line for me is the eyeliner for sure. That tip is so thin and easy to use that even a makeup novice can master a bomb cat eye, and when I washed my face, it barely budged. Lastly, I played around with the liquid matte lipsticks and went with the deeper hue for a touch of vamp. Again, super pigmented, so I went easy and blotted with my finger because I wanted a blurred look—but I have a feeling it would perform great for a true statement matte lip.
Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.