Recently I decided to see what all the fuss was about with the Rimmel brand of foundations. I had heard really good things about them and I was looking for a drugstore brand to try as my day to day foundation. I decided to buy the three following foundations to try;
I tried the London Match Perfection Foundation first which is the one with the blue top. It has 24HR moisture complex and it’s soft-focus powers help reduce imperfections, pores & dark circles – apparently! It also has a SPF 20 which is so important for any foundation. The foundation came out quite thick and I was concerned that it seemed to dark for my skin colour, even though I had colour matched myself in the shop. Once I started to work the foundation in to my skin using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, I became happy with the colour match and the consistency of the foundation was really creamy and felt quite luxurious. It was really easy to buff into the skin and gave a flawless finish and I was really pleased with the finished look. I did place some finishing power over the top of the foundation to set the makeup and then I started my day. I didn’t get the opportunity to look in a mirror till around lunchtime and I had been wearing the foundation for around 5 hours at this point, I was quite shocked to see how shiny the whole of my face was and it also felt quite oily to touch. I immediately had to powder my nose to take the shine down and keep an eye on my face for the rest of the day. I tried this foundation over a number of weeks and I kept having the same results with the shine and I even tried different primers under the makeup but they didn’t seem to have the desired effect. I really liked this foundation but I wouldn’t recommend it to people who have oily or combination skin as I feel that the 24hr moisture feature would cause excessive shine and oil, however, if you have dry skin then this would be a really lovely foundation for you to try.
Over the last few years, my very dry skin has become extremely oily and it has been really difficult for me to adjust my skincare and foundation to accommodate the change in my skin from dry to oily and after my experience with the Match Perfection, I hoped that the Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation with Comfort Serum (the red top one) would suit my skin better.
This foundation felt even thicker than the Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation and it was quite hard to evenly apply it to the face but I took the time to really buff the foundation into the skin to achieve a flawless finish and I was pleasantly surprised. The first time I used this foundation I had a lot of compliments on how nice my makeup was and how flawless my skin looked. I did find that there was a lot less shine and oiliness when I used this foundation but I still did have to top up with powder around lunchtime. I used this foundation for a couple of weeks and I did notice that if I didn’t use it with a primer then it became quite drying on certain parts of my face. This was quite strange as I explained before that my skin had recently changed from dry to oily so to have the foundation drying out certain parts of my face was quite surprising.
The foundation claims to be sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours and I would agree with this because it was still very much on my face when it came to bedtime and I had to really put some effort in to remove it.
I would highly recommend this foundation to anyone who had “normal” skin type. It wasn’t too heavy for day coverage but it was full coverage so if you want something a bit lighter then this probably wouldn’t be one for you.
The final Rimmel foundation that I tried was the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (with the orange top) and this felt a lot lighter that the other two foundations. I felt it was quite user friendly when I applied it to the face and it didn’t take long at all to buff it all into my face. It didn’t cling to any dry patches and it offered a full coverage without being too heavy.
This foundation has an SPF of 15 and it claims to offer 100% poreless coverage which instantly eliminates signs of tiredness and lifts skin from fatigue (how good does that sounds!). It uses peptides to increase the elasticity of the skin and it’s radiance pearls illuminate for a healthy, radiant glow! I would definitely agree with that statement as it felt like I had been for a facial before applying my foundation! I found I could use this foundation without a primer if necessary and I only had to powder when I initially applied the makeup and not throughout the day. I felt it really did brighten my skin and gave it a nice healthy glow that lasted through the whole day. This was by far my favourite foundation out of the three that I tested and I would recommend this foundation to anyone who has oily, combination or “normal” skin but I don’t think it would be moisturising enough for someone with dry skin.
All foundations are available for Boots and Superdrug.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation with comfort serum £7.99
Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation £7.99
Rimmel Wake Me Up Make Up Foundation 30ml £8.99