In case you haven’t heard of Fourth Ray Beauty, you may have heard of the online cosmetics affordable mega-brand, Colourpop. That’s who created this affordable, on-trend skincare brand and now IG phenomenon. I kept seeing these products in flatlays on Instragram (follow me!) and the pretty, minimal-chic packaging caught my eye.
Now I didn’t neeed new skincare, so I kept delaying my order until I saw Fourth Ray Beauty release their Good Mood Gel Moisturizer. Of course, with buzzy ingredients like Marshmellow Extract, Hyalauronic Acid, Watermelon Extract and Rosewater and good reviews to match, it sold out. Finally, I have had the chance to try out the Good Mood Moisturizer along with a few other products and am ready to share my Fourth Ray Beauty Colourpop skincare review. (Note all products are $15US or less.)
FOURTH RAY BEAUTY SKINCARE REVIEW:
Good Mood Gel Moisturizer
Now my initial impression of this product is that it certainly is a gel. It has a super thick consistency that is super satisfying to apply and absorbs nicely. The packaging is cute, pink and definitely looks nice in my bathroom.
After applying this, the moisturizer itself didn’t leave as sticky of a base as I was hoping for a gel product. I actually wouldn’t consider this to be moisturizing enough if your skin is very dry. The formula however is good for if you have just exercised in the morning and don’t want to pack something on your skin that will be super heavy. Another thing no one has mentioned- the smell. Unfortunately, this kind of smells like fish, or those weird anti-moisture packets that they put in fake leather purses. It’s so unpleasant. The smell fades, but still…..not ideal.
Overall: 3.5/5. It’s okay, it’s not great. I would attribute its previous sold out status to marketing, cute packaging, and it’s buzz word ingredients. I really dislike the smell and wish it had stronger moisturizing properties like you would see from the Biotherm Aquasource Gel. Then again, that moisturizer is $50 instead of twelve.
Rainfall 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Ahhh hyaluronic acid. You may hear ‘acid’ and wonder what the flying f*** that can do for your dry skin?! Let me tell you- a lot. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000x it weight in water and has changed my life. It essentially works by attracting moisture from the atmosphere- a dry complexion’s dream. The formula also has hydrating cucumber and coconut waters.
When I initially started using this, I noticed it left a sticky feeling and that it would be great under makeup. Rainfall serum actually made my makeup pill so much once that I had to redo my whole face of makeup. Then I read the directions which call for the product to be warmed in the palms and pressed into the skin. For whatever reason, this exact method will not disturb your makeup and leaves my skin plump, hydrated and ready for the day! Thank jesus.
Overall: 4.5/5. Aside from the pilling issue, this is a great affordable serum. I don’t feel like it’s “cheap”; it does what it says and I’d compare this to high end serums. Also, I suffer from chronic dry patches in the fall and winter- so far this serum hasn’t irritated my skin at all and helps to hydrate greatly.
Mellow Milk Mist
I noticed that Fourth Ray Beauty had tons of “face milks” in bright colours, and also this milky mist. I’m more intrigued by face mists than face milk typically, so I got this one. It smells light yet slightly herbal, likely from the chamomile, calendula and white tea. That being said, spray quality is so important and this one missed the mark- it’s not fine enough.
Overall: 3/5- Pretty average and more herbal smelling than I expected. No real noticeable effects and the spray is quite wet and strong. Wouldn’t repurchase.
Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Setting Mist ($12US)
Now THIS is a great mist. I never expected to like this so much but for some reason this smells so lovely and delicate and the mist sprays like a dream! It’s such a fine spray I would honestly compare it to the likes of….dare I say it……Caudalie Beauty Elixir (see my feature review here). If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that is the highest compliment.
I also hadn’t owned a face setting mist that contained hyaluronic acid and coconut water. My heavy duty Urban Decay and Dermablend setting sprays are great, but both contain alcohol and I prefer to only use them when I really need to lock in my makeup.
Overall: 5/5 LOVE. It’s hydrating like it says, not drying, not mattifying, doesn’t make my skin look dewy, dries down quickly, sprays finely, doesn’t contain alcohol and is affordable. What more could I want?!
OVERALL IMPRESSIONS OF FOURTH RAY SKINCARE:
4/5. They missed the mark a bit with the Good Mood Moisturizer and the Mellow Milk mist, but I love the affordability and focus on natural ingredients, not to mention they are cruelty-free! I can’t be overly harsh on anything because it’s so affordable and you typically get what you pay for, but you also don’t wanna pay for crap. The high rated products are GREAT and definitely delivered beyond my expectations and I am super sold on trying more from Fourth Ray Beauty in the future. Have you guys tried this brand?
All images shot and created by me! This post is not sponsored.