Are you thinking of trying Colourpop sister brand Fourth Ray Beauty?
Give this article a go and know everything about it before making up your mind!
I bring you today a review of a brand that has had me craving over their products for such a long time. As you may know by now, I am a die hard Colourpop addict, and if you follow this brand you might know that earlier in 2018 they introduced a brand called ‘Fourth Ray Beauty‘ that was defined as their ‘sister’. And that’s pretty much everything you have to tell me to get me to try something. I really love skincare, I really love Colourpop, and as you may know I’ve been recently getting into the double cleanse method, and since this brand had a cleansing oil as part as their daily routine products, I decided to excitedly give it a go.
Conveniently, Fourth Ray Beauty is also sold (at least the majority of the products) at the Colourpop website, so after controlling myself for a few months and always wanting to get it on my cart, I finally added it to my Colourpop order. Even more conveniently, they have curated kits with all the products you need for your routine or needs in a mini size, so you can get to try all the products and evaluate the results before buying a full size. I have to say that I love this idea because you get to experience the fullest of the brand without spending too much, which is ideal for getting into new skin care methods and routines. Sometimes products are meant to be great together and we can’t always purchase all of them at once, and for this matter Fourth Ray Beauty has the perfect solution.
Take Me With You Set
While already having my heart set on more of their kits and products, I ordered the ‘Take Me With You‘ kit before anything else, so I got to taste the full Fourth Ray Beauty experience while I figure out what I was going to do with all the other appealing kit options.
It finally arrived home and when I was in the right mood and had the right amount of free time and calmness, I got my kit out and began the ritual.
First off, let’s see what’s inside the kit and what these products promise us. I’m also going to include the ingredients because they can’t be found on the package and I first thought this was kind of strange, we all know that ingredients are important!
BFD Cleansing Oil
Instantly lifts and removes traces of makeup, dirt and pollution revealing healthy, clean skin. Formulated with Camellia, Juniper Berry, and Meadowfoam Seed oil providing skin with nutrient-rich antioxidants. BFD easily washes away surface debris without stripping natural moisture – leaving skin soft and cleansed!
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Juniperus Communis Berry Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Quartz.
AM to the PM Gel Cleanser
The ultimate daily face wash. Developed to gently and effectively dissolve and wash away dirt and makeup without over drying or stripping the skin of natural hydration. A complex of natural botanicals leave the skin clean, comfortable, and fresh.
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Lotus Corniculatus Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Quartz, Rose Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lanvender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Stem Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocamide Mipa, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimoniuim Chloride, Trisodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 4 (CI 14700), Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730).
Keep Clear Clarifying Tonic
A concentrated, non-drying toner that clarifies and balances the skin. A blend of ingredients provide strong antioxidant and exfoliation properties resulting in a calm, clear complexion.
Ingredients: Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Lactobacillus/Papaya Fruit Ferment Extract, Quartz, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Jania Rubens Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Carrageenan, Gluconolactone, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.
The Lightweight Hydrator
Provides oil-free, refreshing hydration for healthy, balanced skin. The Lightweight is a fluid formula containing naturally derived Squalane. It absorbs quickly without the greasy residue, leaving skin soft, smooth, and makeup ready. Developed without dyes, harsh chemicals or fragrances that can cause irritation and breakouts.
Water, Squalane, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Quartz, Sodium Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.
I’ll now be reviewing each one of the products and they I’ll give my general opinion and conclusions about the set and its efficiency when used together.
BFD Cleansing Oil
The cleansing oil is one of my favorite products of the set, though not my absolute favorite. It has a nice natural soft scent, which I like in my skincare products since I don’t like the feeling of strong scent that feels artificial (and that probably is).
The product is advised to be applied on your dry skin, massaging it in till all the dirt and makeup has been melted, and then adding a little bit of water to emulsify it before washing it out. In this point it was different than the cleansing oil that I usually use since it really turned of a milky consistency when you mixed it with the water before rinsing. I actually quite like this since it gives me the impression of a deeper cleanse, and then it’s easier to make sure you have rinsed it all due to the new consistency and appearance. I don’t really mind my other cleansing oils not turning into a milky consistency, but I have to admit that this was a nice point for this one.
AM to the PM Gel Cleanser
This probably is my least favorite of all the products I’ve tried from Fourth Ray Beauty. It gets the work done and it’s not bad at all, but it has a watermelon/sweet scent that I think makes it less desirable, and also I didn’t find it as special as the other products.
Anyway as I have said, it works properly and the scent is (leaving aside my personal preferences) quite nice. You use it like your regular face wash after the cleansing oil to make sure everything gets squeaky clean and to remove any trace of the oil, dirt or makeup. A very little amount is needed while you need almost three times the amount for the oil, which makes me think it’s weird that in he full size packages you actually get more gel cleanser than cleansing oil.
Keep Clear Clarifying Tonic
Now we get to the interesting part. This tonic might be my favorite Fourth Ray Beauty product and also probably my favorite tonic in the world. It has a strong scent of tea tree oil, which I like because I know that tea tree smells that strong naturally (and I also personally love the scent itself). This tonic does exactly what its name claims. I’ve never been a fan of typical astringent tonics and in fact I only started loving tonics when I started using the K-Beauty ones which are completely different of our Occidental regular tonics, so I didn’t even pay attention to this product at first. In fact I only got to try it when I decided to use the full set together to test its efficiency as a whole. And what a discovery. It is a traditional Occidental tonic but it works. Your skin turns brighter, clearer and of a much healthier appearance. My skin is sensitive and has been really problematic during my teenage years and a lot of time after that. This doesn’t irritate it or cause me to break out. At all.
I totally recommend this one, in fact it would be the first full size I’ll purchase if I get the opportunity. Also it pairs perfectly with The Lightweight Hydrator, which I always use with this tonic. In between I use always some kind of formula of serum (currently The Ordinary Niacinamide and Zinc solution), because I have noticed that the efficiency of the Fourth Ray Beauty pair doesn’t diminish this way.
The Lightweight Hydrator
As I said with the tonic as well, this Fourth Ray Beauty moisturizer does exactly what it claims: it is lightweight and it is a wonderful hydrator. My skin absolutely loves it, when it has actually always been (as well as with tonics) very picky about moisturizers. It might be the Squalane in it but this works wonders. You use it after the tonic and formulas/serums that you may use and it hydrates your skin perfectly. It leaves a nice feeling on the skin, absorbs really quickly and doesn’t leave any residue or stickiness behind. It’s literally like skin drank it up. Also, and I find this very special, it can be layered to achieve the desired amount or hydration.
I recommend you all this one too, specially if your skin is sensitive, oily, or basically any skin type or condition except super dry – I imagine that in that case you might one to choose something less lightweight, but I still would recommend this before your heavier creams. It just leaves such a balanced and smooth complexion, and it doesn’t dry my skin out at all (though my skin is not dry itself, it has some incredibly dry patches).
I think that the set works perfectly together and it is very convenient if you want to get started on the brand or on the double cleansing method. The products are great but the first two could be interchangeable with any other double cleansing products, while the last two are really special in my opinion and really deserve that you try your hand with them because they can be really game changer if your skin likes them.
All in all I would say this has been a great discovery, and that I was quite impressed with the products. The only downside that I’d have to point it would be the artificial scents in some of the products of the brand, which don’t go very well with my preferences or with the general concept that the brand is promoting. Besides from that, I can’t wait to keep trying more products because for the prize they have, they are of an amazing quality and have improved my skin a lot.
And that’s it! I hope that you enjoyed this review and that it made you made up your mind if you were consider trying it!
I absolutely recommend going for this set if you want to try the brand because it has a great value and you get to try the whole ‘routine’ which I think improves a lot when used together that if you just tried one product alone.
I’m very excited to keep trying and reviewing Fourth Ray Beauty so I’ll see you around here in my next review of the brand!
Have an amazing day and lots of love!