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November 18, 2011

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

November 18, 2011 | , , , ,
Before I decided to take part in Project Pan, I decided I wanted to try the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation. I watching a lot of YouTube and one guru, Hayleyistcb, swears by it. I'm not a ridiculous fan of Hayley, but it definitely sounded good enough to try. When purchasing the foundation I was unable to buy the Stay Matte powder as the store didn't sell it. 

The Rimmel website describes Stay Matte foundation as the following.
"Unique Natural Shine Control Complex for up to 12 hours flawless matte coverage Long-lasting shine control formula combats the causes of shine all day long. Full coverage that hides imperfections. Skin looks fresh and naturally matte. Sensitive Skin Assured: Fragrance Free. Oil Free. Paraben Free. Talc Free"
Firstly, this foundation is definitely not full coverage. I found it to be very sheer, even more so than my Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser, which was quite disappointing. Due to my uneven skintone and unpredictable skin, I tend to opt for medium to full coverage products. The watery and sheer texture of the product made it slightly difficult to blend, however it was definitely still manageable. 
Swatches of #100 Ivory 
Unfortunately, this product did nothing to keep my skin 'matte' or combat my shine. In fact, I found that it was quite the opposite. As I do with all my face bases, I set this foundation with my Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Powder Foundation (trying to use it up for Project Pan), a pressed powder I use to keep my face matte.

Regardless of the fact that I followed the same routine, my face was very shiny by about midday, possibly even earlier. After this, I found I was reapplying my Maybelline Mineral Powder Finishing Veil Pressed Powder hourly to mattify the shine. 

I also found that this product seemed to lift to the 'surface' of my skin. I'm not sure if that's the best way to describe it, but it's what I feel happened. Although it was fairly natural looking when applied, by midday my face looked 'cakey', built up and gross. I was on work experience for the day and, to be honest, I was embarrassed.

Sorry this review is so negative, ladies. I wanted to tell you all what I found, hoping that you didn't make the same mistake I did. However, at the end of the day it was on sale so I think I got it for under $10.00. Not bad for a foundation I'd wanted to try for a while.

Would I recommend this to others? I would not recommend this to people with oily skin. Definitely not. It might, however, be good for people with normal to dry skin who like the finish of matte foundation.

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