ColourPop has expanded into skin care with a sister brand called Fourth Ray Beauty. After years of making makeup they wanted to create a separate brand that focuses on the skin under the makeup. They believe that skincare should be more than a concoction of potentially harmful and harsh chemicals, more than “magic in a bottle” and free from overpriced, empty promises. So far they have five skin care products and you can get them all in a bundle for $54 (total value of $60, so you save $6 by getting them all together). They also have a few other items available on their website, but I’m just going to be focusing on the skin care products. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I have never been great when it comes to a skin care routine. Mainly as I can never figure out what works for my skin or what all to include in a routine. So I thought this collection was a great idea because it’s all bundled together.
What’s all included in the bundle?
BFD Cleansing Oil
This product is your makeup remover as well as clears your skin of dirt and other pollution. And is formulated with camellia, juniper berry, and meadowfoam seed oil so it provides your skin with nutrient-rich antioxidants. You get a 4.15 fl oz (122.75 ml) bottle which is the full size and costs $14 on it’s own. To use this product: apply directly to dry skin & massage thoroughly over face, then add water to emulsify product & continue to massage off makeup and debris. Rinse with warm water with you’re all done.
AM to the PM Gel Cleanser
After you’re done with the BFD, now is the perfect time to go in with the AM to the PM since you need to have a wet face first. If you don’t use the AM to the PM, this is a product to use after your makeup is removed. AM to the PM is a face wash that was developed to gently and effectively dissolve and wash away dirt and makeup without over drying or stripping the skin of natural hydration. Like other skin care products, this is made with natural botanicals (lychee, lotus, and jojoba) to leave your skin clean, comfortable, and fresh. This product contains 5.8 fl oz (171 ml) and out of the bundle costs $12. To use this product as mentioned you need a wet face first, then use one to two pumps on wet hands. Then rub your hands together and massage onto your face and neck. After rinse with warm water.
Keep Clear Clarifying Tonic
Next product in the full collection bundle at the time of the launch since I know this will increase over time, is the skin tonic. So after your skin is clear either using your own cleansers or using the Fourth Ray Beauty cleansers, you will go in with a tonic. This one is a concentrated, non-dying toner that clarifies and balances the skin. I always get these and notice how nice my skin feels initially afterwards, but I somehow always forgot about it. Keep Clear bottle contains 4.15 fl oz (122.75 ml) and costs $10 outside of the bottle. They formulated this one with ginseng, papaya enzymes, and witch hazel so it provides strong antioxidants and exfoliation properties for a calm, clear complexion. Like other toners, use a cotton pad to swipe the product over clean skin but don’t get it near your eyes.
The Lightweight Hydrator
Once you’ve cleaned and purified your skin the best thing to do is give it back from moisture. Yes the other products are non-drying and are supposed to leave your natural hydration alone. But you just opened your pores to clean them, so best practice is to add a moisturizer. Fourth Ray Beauty’s is called The Lightweight. It is formulated with squalane to help it absorb quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. You can apply this morning and night as this leaves your skin soft, smooth, and makeup ready. There also aren’t any fragrances or harsh chemicals so if you have sensitive skin you won’t have irritation or experience breakouts. One bottle of The Lightweight contains 2.0 fl oz (60 ml) and costs $12 outside of the bundle. To apply massage hydrator into skin using upward strokes.
Later Hater Spot Treatment
Last product in the full collection bundle is their spot treatment solution. This is an overnight treatment formulated with salicylic acid, sulfur, and calamine. Unlike other solutions this one is supposed to remind separated in the bottle with a liquid on top and a thick gel/powder on bottom. It is the smallest product in their current skin care range with only 1.0 fl oz (30 ml) of product for $12. But you only need to apply a small amount of product directly onto the spots before bedtime and allow it to do it’s magic while you sleep. To apply, dip a cotton swab into the pink solution at the bottom of the bottle then dab directly onto the spot. Allow it to dry then rinse off in the morning. As mentioned this product is meant to be separated so only use it once the layers are settled and keep the product stored upright.
Experience with Fourth Ray Beauty Collection
Now I wasn’t just going to review the products immediately after trying them the first time. That’s not how skincare products work, you need to use them over a period of time. So I’ve been trying my hardest to remember and use them every single night for the last thirty days. And here is what I’ve noticed after using their full system as it currently stands. Note at the same time I was testing these products, I was also using Halo Beauty Kiwi Seed Skin Boosters. Which my review of those went up around a week or so ago.
The Later Hater is the only product I noticed a major difference in my skin with. It literally zaps away pimples overnight, yes I have some acne scars. But overall, I don’t have pimples lasting more than a day which is amazing!
I cannot put on the moisturizer right after the tonic or my skin freaks out with an allergic reaction. If I use them separately there is no issue. So if I use the tonic, I need to reach for a different moisturizer afterwards to avoid a rash on my face. Not sure why that happens but seriously can’t put them on back to back. I also don’t think their moisturizer is the best one I’ve ever tried as it does hydrate the face but my skin still feels dry a few hours later.
As for the cleansers they do a great job at cleaning off your makeup and dirt from the day. Am I the greatest at reaching for these? No. I still prefer a makeup remover wipe but when I do creative looks this is instantly the first thing I go for as it gets everything right off.
Overall, I like the system but the true winner of this is the Later Hater Spot Treatment. What are your favorite skincare products?
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