Monday 20 May 2013

Rimmel Stay Matte foundation review

So I've been using Rimmel foundations for quiet sometime. However I usually use the lasting finish foundation that Rimmel make of which I have reviewed (Go check it out here) . Last time I went to town I couldn't seem to find that so I picked up the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation as I have an oily T zone so matte skin finish is something I'm interested in. I don't really use a thick layer of foundation however, for me foundation is more for correcting the tone of my skin and making it all clear. Luckily I don't suffer from ache so the converting of my skin is minimal. The reason I like Rimmel foundations so much is they are like moisturisers, they feel so soft on the skin and practically feel like you are just rubbing in a moisturiser. This foundation was no different, it felt so soft on my skin! They also last a pretty long time, my first ever package of Rimmel Lasting Finish lasted me about a year!

Above: Rimmel Stay Matte foundation

As you can see from the above picture I am in the colour 300; Natural beige; don't be thrown off by the colour of the packaging it doesn't represent what colour is inside! I purchased mine for the price of £5.99. Now although I don't like a thick coverage foundation I do have to say this Rimmel foundation is of a slightly thicker finish and consistency but not enough that it puts me off. I would still say this is medium coverage, but it is build-able to full coverage if you use bigger amounts than I do!

Above: A swatch of the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation

As you can see from the above swatch the foundation itself is thick in consistency but is easily blended out. As you can see the coverage it gives is pretty amazing and automatically becomes matte once it is blended into the skin. This foundation could be worn by itself rather than with a setting powder however I always like to top off my foundations with a setting powder just in case.

Above: A picture of me with the Matte foundation

I thought I would include a little picture of me wearing the make-up. As you can see it is most definitely matte and has a slightly heavier coverage than the Rimmel Lasting Foundation. I like to wear this on days where it is warmer because it seems to stay put and stop any greasy build up of product in the T-zone. It also allows for a good base for my blush, as you can tell in this picture my blush stands out pretty prominently on this foundation. Now for the claim of 12 hour coverage, on my normal-combination oily skin (I tend to get an oily T-zone) this product does in fact stay for 12 hours, much like the lasting finish. I love that it actually lives up to this claim as I am one of these people who hates re-applying foundation throughout the day or any make-up. I prefer to apply it once then relax for the full day just wearing the make-up as if it were like a t-shirt - absolutely no fuss! For those of you that want a no fuss foundation range I would definitely say checkout Rimmel!

  • A good price for a drugstore foundation at £5.99
  • Product lasts a long time
  • Coverage is medium but can be built to full coverage
  • Immediately goes matte on the skin
  • Lives up to its claim of 12 hour wear
  • Allows for an excellent base for blusher, contouring and highlighter - makes them all stand out much more
  • May not be best suited to those wanting light coverage or a foundation with a light matte finish

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