For girls with oily skin, a matte foundation may be their best choice. Matte formulas contain shine control, giving skin a smooth finish. I really like the matte effect because it provides a sophisticated look. Also, if the matte foundation works really well, I don’t even need powder afterwards.
As a drugstore brand, Rimmel London does well competing with top U.S brands like Maybelline and Cover Girl. I’ve purchased several of Rimmel’s makeup and have been fairly happy with them. When I was looking for a cost-effective matte foundation, I decided to give Rimmel London Stay Matte a try.
The formula was a little watery – not what I expected from a matte foundation, which is usually thick. I used a sponge applicator first and the foundation ran through the sponge, making it hard to apply. So I switched to a brush instead.
After applying the foundation to the entire face, I noticed that the coverage wasn’t as thorough as some others I have used. I expected thick and creamy, but got thin and watery. In the end I used two layers for the matte look I wanted, and it still fell short. To be honest, as far as coverage, I was disappointed with Rimmel London Stay Matte.
Something else that bothered me about this foundation was the color. With a rather pink undertone, it didn’t match my Asian skin. I found it best to mix this with another foundation of a darker, yellow undertone. For example, M.A.C foundation in any of the NC 40’s should work.
As far as lasting power, I don’t think Rimmel London Stay Matte did what it claimed, which is 12-hour coverage. I wore it for a few hours and it started to loose its shine-control power.
My skin didn’t break out afterwards, so there is a positive reaction to the formula that also claimed to soothe sensitive skin.
My final rating? 2/5
Repurchase? Most likely not!
With so many choices out there, it takes a lot of trial and error to find a perfect foundation. Although Rimmel London Stay Matte was not a success, I’m still glad to have tried it. Plus, the price was nice, so it wasn’t a total loss.