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I was recently given an introduction to celebrity make-up artist Rose-Marie Swift by my esthetician Ildi Pekar. Now if anyone knows that I hardly ever wear any make up, it would be Ildi and so I was intrigued when she insisted that I should get to know Rose-Marie and her line, RMS Beauty. I followed up and Rose-Marie sent me samples of her bestseller “Un” Cover Up Concealer ($36 in the shop) and something called Living Luminizer ($38 in the shop).
I have been using them both for the last few days and just love them. But before I go into details, the RMS Beauty back story is well worth a quick parenthesis. Rose-Marie Swift has daubed the faces of Gisele Budchen and Celine Dion. But one day she got sick and tests eventually revealed that her body held had toxic levels of things like aluminum and mercury. A technician actually asked her if she worked in the cosmetics business. She realized that her war paint needed a rethink and RMS Beauty was born as a line of avowedly non-toxic make up.
I relate to this story as I have always regarded make up as pretty much belonging somewhere along the spectrum from ominous to dangerous and largely gave up wearing it about 15 years ago because I seemed to be allergic to most everything.
If “Un” Cover Up and Living Luminizer are anything to go by, RMS make up isn’t just out to do no evil, it also performs incredibly well. “Un” Cover Up is a really good concealer – just about one of the best I have ever used - that is creamy without being greasy. Its coverage is subtle and yet cover it does (even men could use this undetected).
“Un” Cover Up can be used to dab at trouble spots or even as a foundation. I tried it all over my face (I’ve been using #22, a medium tint) and initially thought it looked too dark (in the pot, it is quite brown). However, when I caught my reflection a little later, my skin tone looked normal only much, much healthier. Apparently, "Un" Cover UP "adjusts to your skin tone".
Living Luminizer defies obvious nouns, such as highlighter. RMS Beauty calls it the “ultimate illuminator”. I was a little worried about how shimmery it seemed when I smeared it across the cheekbones, bridge of nose and just above the brows. But as with “Un” Cover Up, the initial effect soon miraculously disappears and all is that is left is a healthy, younger-looking complexion.
I found that they both play very nicely with Osmotics Inner Light. But even without this, I was really pleased with the way I looked – even under a harsh florescent light!
The only thing that mars these products, is the use of titanium dioxide, a possible carcinogen (although, its probably difficult to make them without it). All the ingredients are natural though and “Un” Cover Up includes nourishing cocoa seed butter and both have antioxidant rosemary.
I am now eyeing the RMS Lip Shine. Rose-Marie Swift might convert me to makeup yet.
Ingredients in “Un” Cover Up
*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]
Ingredients in Living Luminizer
*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019]