Organic Makeup | RMS Beauty Review + Video Tutorial
Confession time: I’ve been having a bit of an RMS Beauty ‘moment’ lately – to say the least!
Over the last few months, I’ve amassed more little frosted pots of bronzer, blush and eyeshadow than my capsule makeup collection should allow. But I can say this – with all these additions my makeup stash has made a noteworthy shift towards the natural / organic. Yippee!
Since I’ve now tried almost all of the product types in the RMS line (except – can you believe it – the famous living luminizer), today I’m sharing my thoughts on the brand and the products I own. If you make it all the way to the end of this post, there’s also a video of how I apply some of the products for a natural, dewy makeup look.
RMS Beauty – My Thoughts on the Brand
If you’re concerned about the toxic load of your makeup products and want to make the switch, RMS beauty is definitely a brand worth investigating.
Can I start by saying there’s a reason why many of the RMS Beauty products have reached cult status. These products are all organic, raw, and certainly deliver an effortless looking, outdoors-y glow (think J-Crew model!). They also inject a bit of much appreciated luxury into my makeup kit. This is a rare thing when it comes to natural beauty products!
When it comes to ingredients, compared to other natural beauty lines, RMS Beauty products have the best (and shortest) ingredient profiles I’ve seen. And when it comes to applying products to the skin – I believe the simpler the product, the better.
Pro’s and Con’s
Let’s talk pro’s and con’s. Of course, these are my own opinions, keeping in mind I have quite dry skin. For example, the coconut oil in these products has not been a problem for me, but may be problematic for acne-prone skin. Having said that, if you have oily skin I’d still recommend giving these a try!
- Remarkably short ingredient lists
- Quality ingredients (raw and organic)
- Quality oils (coconut and jojoba oils in higher concentrations than polyunsaturated oils such as sunflower oil)
- Long shelf life (coconut oil ensures these products last for ages – like, years!)
- Tasteful, minimalist packaging
- Price point may make you gasp! In Australia, each product retails for north of $45. Since I keep a minimal makeup collection, I don’t mind investing in quality – but price is something to keep in mind
- Cream products may have less staying-power for some skin types
- Can take longer to work with (is it just me…or does a full face of cream products take longer to apply!)
RMS Beauty Product Reviews
Here are my thoughts on some of the individual products:
- RMS Beauty Lip2Cheeks – This was the first product I tried, that inevitably had me hooked on the RMS line. I have the shades Beloved (pop of red), Demure (blue-based baby pink) and Modest (mid-toned, classic pink). I think come summer time, I’ll be back for the coral shade Smile. I replaced my old favourite cream blushes from Bobbi Brown with the Lip2Cheeks, and while the wear time is not as long, I am really happy with these. Easy to blend, tasteful colours, dewy finish, decent wear time – check, check, check! I will mention that these are marketed as lip and cheek products, although I think some work better for the lips than others. Modest and Beloved work for me as lipsticks, but Demure seems to have a slightly stiffer consistency that doesn’t work so well on the lips.
- RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer – I heard mixed reviews for this one. I bought it anyway! I was curious to know how this would suit me, given that some people said the shade was a perfect ‘reddish’ rather than ‘orangey’ tan. A lot of bronzers can come off orange on my fair skin, so I was intrigued. And they were right, I really love this bronzer on my skin tone. It has a slight shimmer through it, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this for a contour colour – this is a product for adding a sun kissed glow to the forehead, nose, cheekbones and collarbones. However, on rushed mornings I will admit that I reach for my powder bronzer over this – I find powder is easier to apply in a hurry compared to a cream.
- RMS Beauty Uncover-Up – Another cult favourite, it took me some time to actually get the hang of this product. Is it a concealer? Is it a foundation? Well, I actually use it as both! I dot it on after applying my sunscreen and blend with a damp beauty blender, and I’m really happy with the result. The RMS Uncover-Up is very creamy, all shades are yellow based (in most cases, I think this is more flattering) and provides a dewy, light coverage. Looking at the ingredients, I’m really happy with applying this all over my face. If I’m having a spotty day, I know that the coconut oil (anti-bacterial!) and other organic oils are helping to balance and soothe my skin – rather than just clog it up further. On that note I will mention that diet changes have cleared my skin of textural issues considerably (link to how I did this!), so I’m not bothered by the sheer coverage. FYI, I use shade 11 under my eyes and 22 for the rest of my face.
- RMS Beauty Lip Shine – Another lovely product! If I think of the Lip2Cheek products as lip sticks, these are the lip glosses. I have the shades Sublime (hot pink), Sacred (raspberry pink) and Bloom (rosey pink). The colour payoff on these is good, although Bloom is a very subtle shade. If you prefer lip products that aren’t tacky, you’ll love these. The colours are great – although I wish they did a coral – and wear reasonably well. And although I do love the lip shines, I actually find they have a little too much slip for my taste. I would trade some tackiness for longer wear!
- RMS Beauty Eye Polish – I heard a lot of gripes about this product. In short: it creases. It’s bound to, because this is another product based on coconut oil. But I do still suffer with some eczema and dryness on my eyelids, so I thought I’d give this one a shot anyway. I started with Solar, a classic bronze gold. I was quickly hooked on this product as an everyday lid colour! It’s easy to blend onto the lid with the fingers and gives a nice metallic, dewy finish to the eyes. The creasing doesn’t really bother me 1) because I have dry eyelids, and 2) I have a lot of lid space and a deep socket, so the creasing isn’t so noticeable. I find it easy enough to blend out any creasing with my fingers once or twice during the day, and that doesn’t bother me. But if you hate creasing, give these a miss! I also picked up the shades Imagine (deep purple), Seduce (dark brown, which also works well as a face contour) and Karma (brown-black, great for defining the lash line with a fine brush).
- RMS Beauty Volumizing Mascara – I’m still looking for the holy grail of natural mascaras. This one by RMS promises to add volume, and I do agree it does. But it’s still very much on the natural side and lacks the ‘wow-factor’ that I prefer in a mascara. Easy to remove, doesn’t smudge, but not knocking my socks off. Also, I may be acting neurotic but…why did they add wheat protein to this product?!
Can I just finish by saying how much I love the travel-friendliness of this makeup routine. For a weekend away I can literally pop a few pots into a makeup bag, and I’m done! No brushes required – just fingers or a beauty blender is sufficient. It’s a very carefree, streamlined feeling!
If you want to see how I use some of the products mentioned to create a natural, dewy makeup look for everyday, check out the video below. Have a great day! xx