Monday 27 May 2013

Double review! Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation & Rimmel Stay Matte Powder!

Bblogger and Youtubers seem to be going mad for this foundation and powder set at the moment. For those of you living under a cave I am talking about Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation and the Rimmel Stay Matte powder! I thought I would pair these two up in one joint review so prepare for a long one!

For those of you interested in my other reviews of Rimmel products check them out below:

Now on to this review!

Above: Rimmel Wake Me Up liquid foundation

Above is the first of the two products I will be talking about, the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. I picked up mine in Superdrug for £8.99, you can check it out here. I'd heard great things about it and wanted a foundation in my SPF so thought I would give it a look see. I got mine in shade 100 - Ivory. I read a lot of reviews that said this foundation tends to oxidise and go darker so I was a bit worried about that but since the colour selection had darker colours available I just chose the lightest available as that is what I usually do. This foundation comes in at 30ml or 1floz and comes in a glass container with a pump to access the foundation. The glass casing makes the foundation seem more expensive than what it is and even has Rimmel London in raised writing on the glass. The only downside would be you would have to depot this foundation before going on a plane. I usually don't like pump foundations as they are annoying when you want to get those very last bits out however I do like the shape and colour of this so I will let it slide!

On the back of the product Rimmel claim that this foundation 'visibly reawakens and illuminates skin with a radiant glow and a flawless natural looking finish'. They also claim it has 'instant anti fatigue effect'. The foundation also contains SPF 15 which is always a positive.

Above: A swatch of the Rimmel Foundation and rubbed into the hand on the right side

What I find interesting about this foundation is it seems to react so differently with everyone! I went on the site to have a look at a few reviews and there didn't seem to be a lot of common consensus about the foundation. A lot of people said it was the best thing ever and then a lot of people said it made them so shiny and glittery. I didn't realise till I read the review that the 'radiant glow' Rimmel claim is gained from this shimmer they have added to their product. I bean to worry for my oily T-zone then but to my surprise this foundation fits my skin really well! The colour didn't oxidise at all on my skin and the foundation actually became a nice matte finish after application. It did have a nice radiant finish though that left my skin looking fresh!

Another comment that I noticed from people was on the scent of the product. This product to me has a citrus type smell and since I love those smells I loved this. However some people didn't like this so I would stay away if you don't like scented products or citrus type smells. My biggest worry was that the scent would make my sensitive skin go mad but actually it didn't! 


As you can see the foundation for me didn't really change until the 6 hour mark where I did need to re-blot with the Stay Matte powder. Other than that I really did feel it make me look fresh face. It also allowed for a good base for the rest of my make-up. It lasted up to 8 hours on this day but I had a previous day where it managed to last for 12 hours wear! I would say this is a medium to full coverage foundation that would be good for Normal or dry skin but less so for Oily skin.

One tip I would give is to use a brush, from reviews I've seen and read people don't seem to get a flawless finish from using their hands so its best to use a foundation brush if you have one available to you. 

Lets have a look at the positives and negatives of this product before moving on to the pressed powder.

  • Average drugstore foundation price, won't break the bank but not the cheapest
  • Average size
  • Container is lovely and has a nice finish to it
  • Citrus smelling (could be a negative to some though)
  • Has SPF 15
  • Provides a fresh look to the face but with a matte application
  • Has around 8 hours wear
  • Good for dry to normal skin types
  • Some skin types may find this is way too much for their skin and it may go shiny
  • Some may not like the citrus smell
  • The pump is a negative for me as you can't ever get those last bits out of the container!
  • I wouldn't recommend this for Oily skin

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

Above: Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder

Now on to the pressed powder. A lot of people said a powder was necessary with this product but a lot recommended Rimmel Stay Matte powder alongside their Rimmel foundation so I thought I would pick that up as well. I also picked this up from Superdrug for £3.99 again you can check it out here. The colour selection is pretty much the same but I decided to go for 001 Transparent. For £3.99 you get 14g or 0.49oz of product. The powder in my opinion is similar to the Natural collection Pressed powder I reviewed here in that it is a no fuss product and isn't expensive however it is better at keeping the skin matte and also seemed to stop greasy skin pretty well. On the back of the container it says ' Up to 5 hours natural shine control and I would agree with the five hour mark, by then I had to reapply the powder or at least blot myself with it.

Above: A swatch of the powder and the powder itself

The coverage looks petty thick from a swatch but I would say on the skin it is a light to medium coverage. You can also tell from the swatch it s fairly matte. On the powder itself in pan is an embossing which looks really nice when you get it, naturally after about three or four uses this fades away. I think this is a great no fuss powder and if you want a basic powder that is matte in finish and also sorts out shine on the skin your best bet is this its cheap and easily accessible so why not give it a go. Also its bigger than your standard pressed powder so you are getting more bang for your buck. 

The packaging can be annoying though the screw off lid is a bit fiddley especially if you have long nails and it would have been nice for it to have a mirror to make it more purse friendly. But for £3.99 you can't argue.

So what are the positives and negatives?

  • Lives up to the claim of a 5 hour matte finish
  • A pretty big container of product
  • Has a matte finish
  • Cheap
  • Those looking for a powder that assists with coverage may want to look elsewhere

Above: The finished look

So above is my skin with the whole lot on! Actually everything on my skin was Rimmel at this point! Even my eyes and eyebrows! So what do you think? Have you tried this before or do you want to in the future?


  1. I love Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation but hate the concealer x

    1. I can't say I have tried it yet but I have looked at buying it a few times!



  2. This foundation gave me a horrible dry rash on my chin, it looked like a blackhead outbreak, but there were no blackheads, and i was severely dry. It looked terrible, literally like someone had got a needle and stabbed me in the chin over and over. Am i the only one with this terrible experience??

  3. I love both of these products! The colour is a perfect match for me!

    1. To this day they are still both fantastic products!



  4. I LOVE the wake me up foundation <3 <3 totally agree though, it could be a tad too dewy for some skin types,even my dry skin wandered into oily during warmer weather whilst wearing this. The stay matte is one of my must haves, I will repurchase this forever. Great post x

    We've just done a review on Wake Me Up also, we'd love if you could check it out if you get the chance :)


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