Fourth Ray Beauty: Low Cost Luxury?
While there are quite a few brands that I wish it was easier to get in Europe, the one that stands out the absolute most is Fourth Ray Beauty.
Having been lucky enough to get a few of their products over from the States earlier this year I can only say that since I’ve started using them I’ve sort of regretted starting my obsession- because I already know it’s going to leave a genuine hole in my routine when I run out of this budget-yet-high-quality brand.
Fourth Ray Beauty
The skincare sister brand to popular budget makeup line Colourpop, Fourth Ray Beauty operates along the same principles of cruelty-free, high quality products at affordable prices.
Most famous for their face milks, cleansing oils and natural botanicals, the brand is vegan, as well as paraben, pthalate and synthetic fragrance free.
Of the three products I bought- the Good Mood Gel Moisturizer, Rainfall 2% Hyaluronic Acid , and the Watermelon Face Milk- Good Mood has probably been my favourite so far, simply because it has turned out to be so wearable even in the extreme heat this last summer.
Pretty much your typical no-nonsense hyaluronic acid serum (similar to what you’d get from say The Ordinary) and does what it says on the bottle (ie hydrate), this has a slightly sticky texture on first application, before drying to a non-sticky formula that has a slight cucumber scent (which I really like).
Great for: Simple hydration.
Not-so-great for: Anyone who likes their serum to tackle multiple issues in one go as this is pretty much just hydrating.
Watermelon Face Milk ($14/£12 for 30 ml, Fourth Ray Beauty)
This serum goes one step beyond Rainfall, and provides both hydration (water) and moisture (emollients/oil).
As well as being a seriously adorable (if not slightly Pepto Bismal like) pink it also has an uplifting watermelon scent which I love in summer.
The combination of cucumber, melon, aloe vera, jasmine, apple, mango and sweet almond extracts in this product also make it that rare combination of light enough to wear in hot weather yet really nourishing.
I’ve included the full list of ingredients of this (and all the products I’ve reviewed here) at the bottom of this post.
Great for layering under an emollient moisturiser on days when I need both a hit of hydration and moisture, I also use it on it’s own on days when my skin isn’t needy for anything too oil-based.
Rich in antioxidants, this also provides enough natural hydration to be used as a moisturiser during breakouts. The result is skin that is comfortable and gently glowing.
I’ve actually started rationing this to when my skin is particularly thirsty because I know I’ll miss it when it runs out (especially at this price).
For me, this is a great options for anyone serious about skincare but not anxious to spend hundreds to get results.
Great for: A combination of hydration and moisture, although this is a great all rounder that could probably work for most skin types.
Not-so-great for: I can’t think of anything- I really like this.
Good Mood Moisturizer ($14/£12 for 50 g, Fourth Ray Beauty)
Meanwhile Good Mood ,with its blend of soothing watermelon seed extract, cucumber fruit extract, hyaluronic acid and silicones, is aimed more at dehydrated yet oily types (which can tolerate silicones). My skin absolutely drinks this up when it’s sensitive.
Great for: Oilier types who like gentle hydration and don’t mind some silicones in their products.
Not-so-great for: Anyone who doesn’t like silicones in their skincare.
The full list of ingredients:
Rainfall: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Sodium Carrageenan, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Sea Salt, Quartz, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol.
Watermelon Face Milk: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Citrulius Lanatus Seed Oil, Squalane, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Cucumus Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lotus Corniculatus Flower Extract, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Citrus Clementina Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil, Quartz, Phospholipids, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (CI 14700).
Good Mood Moisturizer: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PPG-12/Smdi Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arginine, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Althea Officinalis Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Citrus Clementina Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Canaga Odorata Flower Extract, Juniperus Virginiana Wood Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Quartz, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (CI 14700).