Over the last few years, Rimmel have really upped their game in the foundation department. Their “Wake-Me Up” foundation was a huge hit, and is still a foundation that I go back to every so often. “Stay Matte” is on the opposite end of the scale, in that claims it will give you a light-feeling matte finish, while controlling shine throughout the day. There is one thing I hate and that is a shiny T-zone, and anything that helps keep that at bay, I’m all over it.
Shades & Packaging..
There are 6 shades to choose from in this foundation, and I picked up two. True Ivory & Soft Beige. For reference I usually wear MAC NC20, and True Ivory was a perfect match. Soft Beige is just slightly darker and I use that if I am wearing tan. I didn’t find that they were overly pink or yellow toned, so pretty much neutral. I also love that it comes in a tube, which easy to throw into your make-up bag and also more hygienic than a bottle. The packaging does look like it is aimed at the younger consumer but really, don’t let that put you off!
The foundation & tips on application..
The formula is like a whipped mousse consistency and contains gel emulsifiers that really help this blend beautifully onto the skin. I couldn’t get over how much coverage this gives, I only needed a small amount of concealer afterwards under my eye area. It’s fantastic! You only need to use very little, a large pea-sized amount usually does the trick. This foundation really gives you an air-brushed finish, covers all redness and any acne scars or blemishes that you may have.
Preparing the skin before hand is vital, as it can cling to any dry patches. I have normal to dry skin but whatever your skin-type, I would recommend plenty of moisturiser before-hand. With it being Summer and to give the skin a bit of radiance, I am using the new Simple Illuminating Cream. This stuff is fantastic! I find that this foundation is best applied with a stippling brush, as opposed to a flat foundation brush or the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. The stippling brush will ensure that you get no caking as it gives you a lighter hand when applying. I also would not recommend using your fingers as again, it will leave the foundation looking too heavy.
(Real Techniques Stippling Brush & Simple Radiance Cream, help give this foundation a beautiful finish)
(One layer finished off with a small amount MAC Mineralize Skinfinish)
I found that this lasted on my skin a good 7-8 hours, which is pretty amazing for a drugstore foundation. There was some slight shine, but nothing that a quick dusting of powder couldn’t solve. If you are on the market for something with a bit more coverage, I would really recommend this. It’s also really affordable at €7.99.
Have you tried this foundation? If so what did you think?
Much love x