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Rimmel Lasting Finish Minerals Loose Powder Foundation

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      07.12.2012 11:22
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      Not really worth it!

      I had been wanting to try mineral foundation for a while and I found some Rimmel Lasting Finish Mineral Powder Foundation going cheap on ebay, so decided to give it a go. The packaging is not at all like the Dooyoo picture for this product (which makes it look like there is a brush), it currently comes in a small round pot with a plastic wrapping to secure it closed before purchase. The bottom of the pot is see-through and the top is a brown/black colour. Price and availability I managed to pay about £3 for 2 lots of this, it generally retails between £3 and £5 depending on where you buy from, although the RRP is £7 it's rare to pay that much for it. I can't currently find it in Boots or Superdrug but many places online have it in stock (such as fragrancedirect.co.uk). I have found the foundation available in the following colours/shades: Classic Beige, Natural Beige and Sand. I found the colours to look darker in the pot than they do once applied. The price isn't bad for a mineral foundation, but there isn;t a great range of different colours available and it's a bit annoying that it is tricky to find in the shops. When you open up the pot you find an application sponge attached to the neck of the pot. This means that stray powder won't escape when you open the pot and you always have your applicator handy. However, it also means that you have to use the sponge to apply the product when I would have much preferred to use a brush. It took me a while to find a good way to apply the powder to my face, I find I need to alternate between patting the sponge onto my face to get the powder out and smoothing the product around my skin with the sponge. Once on my skin this mineral foundation didn't really offer any coverage for blemishes or uneven skin tone, so although I could see that the foundation was on my skin it wasn't really improving the look of it at all. The foundation blended in fairly well with my skin tone but didn't quite look natural like I had expected it to. Thus product felt nice and light on my skin and my skin also felt reasonable smooth (just a shame it didn't look it!) whilst wearing this. Rimmel say this in their product description; "Rimmel's revolutionary Lasting Finish Foundation has the staying power and freshly applied look to leave your skin radiant all day. The foundation stays on as long as you want it to" but I sadly found this not to be true. The foundation stuck around for maybe 6 hours, which isn't bad but certainly isn't what they advertise. The foundation is easy enough to remove, in fact it might have even decided to remove itself by the time you want to take it off! I wasn't impressed with this foundation, it wasn't absolutely awful but I wouldn't recommend it to others and I won't be bothering to buy it again.

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      27.03.2012 18:34

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      Awful for pale skin!

      I have always used Rimmel silky loose face powder for the last 10 years because it suits my skin tone perfectly and give the desired effect when I put it over my foundation but recently this has become increasingly difficult to find so I dcided to try thier new loose face powder, longlasting minerals. I bought the lightest shade they do as I thought this would best suit my skin tone with being pale. What a mistake this was! Even the lightest shade with no foundation underneath made me look orange! The lightest shade is far too dark for those like myself with pale skin. I also did not like the way it sat on my skin or felt on my skin. I am now left with a quanry of what to do if they discontinue my original powder as I won't be buying this one again! They need to realise that not everyone is dark skinned and cater for those with paler skin! Also, the applicator brush was neither use nor ornament, it was so small that it would take ages to apply this powder!

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      13.03.2011 12:53
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      I have been trying out a lot of loose powders lately to try and get one that seems just right and the latest one to be tried is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Minerals Powder Foundation. I don't buy a lot of Rimmel products but when I do see something different that I want to try and with them having a counter in supermarkets, it does seem like I can't get away from them and I always stop and have a look. PACKAGING This comes in an unusual packaging, it comes in a box with the usual circle jar that has the powder underneath and holes on the plastic lid so that some comes out. It also comes with a small brush that has a small crown on it and it comes in a few different shades: Ivory, Soft Beige, Classic Beige, True Nude and Natural Beige. These are a good range of shades really to choose from. The packaging has the Rimmel logo on the lid and is very securely fastened so no powder falls out. THE POWDER I usually use a bronzer on my daily make up routine but tried this due to the price being cheaper than my normal bronzer. The product is over 95% minerals, it also is meant to let skin breathe and is preservative free and gives a foundation like coverage in a silky light powder. I do find this quite an easy to use powder, it is just a case of unscrewing the lid and then you can get the powder. It has a few holes on the plastic top layer which is to let a little powder out but not too much which is a good idea. Now, this is where my problem is with this product they give you a silly little brush to apply powder which will give you a very blotchy and uneven application so the first thing I recommend you do is get a very big face brush like you would use for blusher or bronzer as it will lightly dust all over the face evenly and just goes on better. In terms of how it looks on skin is the main thing, I just took my brush and dipped it into the top plastic lid to get a small even amount on my brush and tapped to get all excess dust off. I then swept it across my face to give a bit of colour. With this powder it does show up on skin the powder but it doesn't seem to go on too heavy just lightly. The only thing is that I didn't really notice that it was on my skin and swept again to give a bit of a noticeable bronzy color. I don't mind this powder but I think I'll stick to my pricier brand. The only reason being that I didn't feel the colour lasted all day and it seems to be a cheaper consistency than other powders I have used. It didn't have the most natural colour on my skin either and at places was patchy making me have to rub my skin and in the mornings I don't need the trouble when I'm applying my make up I want something that sweeps over my face and looks good without too much effort. COST If you are still wanting to give this a try you can get hold of it on Amazon for £5.99 and that will be with free delivery which isn't really too bad a price at all. Also on eBay they are a lot of sellers selling this for a cheaper deal than the original RRP which is worth taking a look on also. If you want more information on Rimmel and their products then they have an official UK website at http://www.rimmellondon.com/uk/

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        24.02.2011 14:50
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        not as expected

        I've got to the age where a little make-up enhances my skin as when I was young I never wore it at all prefering to look natural and as with all youthful skin you can get away with no make-up when your in your twenties but now I'm in my 50's I need a little help as I have a few blemishes that have appeared over the years and so a foundation cover up is sometimes needed to give my skin a nice even glowing look when I am going out on a business meeting or business lunch trying to get those elusive contracts. I bought this Rimmel Lasting Finish Minerals Loose Powder Foundation online as I hate to go to shops when I can just get things delivered to my door, especially as I work funny hours it's nice to come home to a package to open and I bought this for 5.6g tub from shopmania.co.uk for £2.98 you can get it on Amazon for a little more, but why pay more when you can find it cheaper, as with all items bought online you have to pay the postage. Buying a few items at once saves money on postage though. There are a few tones to choose from I got the classic beige as I thought this was the best one for my skin tone, I thought a lighter skin tone would need the ivory colour and there is also sand and natural beige for the deeper skin tones. I find it's always best to think about your skin tone before buying otherwise the face won't look natural when you apply the foundation, this I learned from an older sister who used to use foundation when we were kids at home, sometimes she's end up going out with an orange face ! This is another reason I would go without make-up in my youth as it always looked so false then, but things have got better since those days and products are really higher standards now. Rimmel has a great reputation and this product lets it down slightly. The tub has a twist off lid and the powder inside is quite compact. You can apply it with the make-up brush which comes in the box or use the fingers to get an even covering all over the face avoiding the eyes and lips. This covers lightly and you may have to go over the blemished or darker area's of your face twice to get a smooth covering, but once it is on it lasts for a few hours without fading or wearing off unless you wipe it off. I have used this a couple of times but found that it gets a little darker once it has dried on the skin, so for me the colour wasn't right even though I had chosen the right tone for my skin I should have gone a shade lighter and got the ivory tone for a better match. I was a little disappointed with this but it wasn't too expensive so I wasn't that bothered. I won't be buying it again as the tones are not suitable for my skin. The covering was good but I just didn't like the shades available.

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          27.07.2010 00:41
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          I would not recommended this foundation.

          After using other mineral foundations I thought I'd try this one out but I wish I hadn't. When looking at the box the foundation comes in it seems somewhat appealing, it states that the foundation lasts up to 12 hours and is oil, preservative, talc and fragrance free. When purchasing this foundation I found there wasn't a huge selection of shades to choose from, I think 6 in total. I have quite pale skin so I went for the lightest shade they had which was 100 Ivory costing £4.99 - for a 6g pot. In the box there is also a kabuki brush included, the brush is quite mini but I find it to be a good size to carry around. The bristles of the brush I thought were relatively nice, not to hard or stiff. When removing the lid from the foundation there is a seal which needs to come off also, once peeled there is about 10 mini holes the idea is to tap the foundation into the lid in order to use it. Already I didn't like this concept for a few reason the first being I didn't know how much to tap out, so I found myself having to tap little by little until I didn't need any more. Another reason why I didn't like this method was because I found the foundation would go everywhere, it just seemed very messy. Also after using the foundation there would be some left in the grooves of the lid, so when I screw it back onto the pot the remaining foundation would go everywhere. Applying the foundation - once I tapped some of the foundation into the lid, I dipped the kabuki brush into it and tapped off any access powder, I didn't want to apply to much to soon. I began applying it, at first it seemed to be going good the foundation went on smoothly. After I went over all of my face I noticed it was there but was offering hardly any coverage and that it was very light. I began to apply a bit more, I wasn't thickening it on I was just adding little amounts building it up slowly. I then noticed at this point it seemed to have an orange tint to it and became quite blotchy - no matter how much I tried to even out the patches it just looked unbalanced. The orange tint I thought seemed quite noticeable, it looked awful. I removed the foundation from my face and thought I'd give it another go. This time after applying a thin layer I thought I'd wait and give it time to fully set hoping it would make a difference. After waiting a while it looked no different so I tried to add the tiniest amounts again and the same thing happens, it seemed as soon as I asked for some coverage it decides it can't handle that and just becomes an orange blotchy mess. If that wasn't bad enough, I noticed my face sparkling, I realised not only is this the worst foundation I've tried but they've added glitter into it. Removing the foundation was easy but to be honest I couldn't seem to get it off quick enough. I don't know if the staying power is 12 hours like stated on the box as I haven't worn it that long to find out. Overall I think this is a complete waste of money, the only good thing that came from it was the brush. I don't think this is still available in stores but can still be purchased online for sites such as Amazon, my advice is save the £4.99 and run.

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          05.07.2010 19:31
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          Not for me

          ** My skin is fair and neutral and I used this in #100 [Ivory]. The ivory shade's of Rimmel's liquid foundations are to dark for me, but this was a good match ** - - - - - - - - - - - - First impression - - - - - - - - - - - - My first impressions of Rimmel's LASTING FINISH MINERALS powder foundation were all good; Good enough to buy some. The powder melted seamlessly into my skin, the coverage was very even, it didn't cluster around dry patches of skin or look 'cakey'. This product does contain a few glimmery particles, but only a few for a glowy look to skin, rather then a 'on my way to a Ke$ha concert' one. - - - - - - - - The wear - - - - - - - - I was really impressed with the wear; It lasted for the whole working day. I just needed to control some shine using a pressed powder compact. True; the coverage wasn't the fullest out of the various brands I've tried, but but the ease of application and the incredible lasting power made up for it. - - - - - - - - - My verdict - - - - - - - - - Damn. It was all going so well too; After a few uses I noticed that the colour of the product would begin to darken on my skin after a few hours wear. I think this is more of a reflection of my colourless skin, rather than the actual product so I'll still recommend that you give this a try. - - - - - - - - - - - The packaging - - - - - - - - - - - The powder comes in a sifter jar with a mini Kabuki brush. The brush gets the job done; but I prefer to use my Benefit Bluff Puff for application [The mini kabuki brush is handy to have for blush or bronzer application though]. - - - - - - Price - - - - - - It was sold for £7.99 full price, but I think it's discontinued. Your local Boots or Superdrug may still have remaining stock though. Various online retailers (including Amazon) sell it for between £3 to £6, so it's a bargain if it works for you.

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          23.06.2010 00:37

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          not the best pressed powder

          This was a waste of money! I have used it once and the term used is quite loose. When I'm using a powder it's usually cause i want extra coverage for my skin and this was terrible. I realise that people want to look natural, however, i want to look natural in a made up way! This stuck to the oily patches of my skin and skimmed the other parts. A short walk around the house and you wouldn't have known I was wearing any foundation at all ( minus the patches). I can honestly say my skin looked worse after wards. The other bad point about this was the brush that comes with it. It's tiny! It reminded me of the types of blusher brushes that come with mini fake make up kits for dolls and small children. whilst my face may not be enormous it needs a bigger brush to cover the area. It would have been better had they not supplied this pointless tool. Overall, not a great experience and I think that the same container of this that I bought has probably expired now since it hasn't been touched since the first day it was tried and tested.

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          14.02.2010 22:35
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          A great foundationfor the price. You really can't go wrong.

          Being a natural redhead i have very pale skin, my skin can also be quite dry or quite oily, so finding a foundation that can accommodate both of these things can be somewhat difficult. I've tried a vast selection of brands and types of foundation, but nothing has been quite right. Matching my skin-tone is yet another issue i have. Once again, i turned to rimmel. As this brand isn't particularly expensive and is one of the more common high-street brands, people tend to go for higher priced brands, thinking they are better. We've all done it, myself included. The foundation can be picked up for a mere £5.99, which is about half of what a majority of other leading make-up brands charge. The brush that comes with it, is also suprisingly good quality and it's very easy to apply the foundation with. It's a very lightweight foundation that blends beautifully even and seamlessly. I went for shade 100-Ivory, which really is the perfect match for my skin-tone, it enhances my pale skin and gives it a very natural looking 'glow'. I've had many people compliment my foundation and ask what it is. As i said before, my skin can get oily, so i use oil-absorbing sheets, which worked well on top of the foundation without removing it. Don't expect miracles, but it is long lasting, i find i can mostly go all day without having do any touch-ups. The pot is only small, being a bit bigger wouldn't hurt but a little bit of this powder goes a long way, so it does last longer than you'd think. I would highly reccommend this.

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          05.02.2010 15:23
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          Not a nice product!

          I seen this in a local store on offer and remembered I need some new foundation, so I thought I'd give Rimmel a chance. I really wish I hadn't bothered. I have naturally pale skin so I tested different shades to find mine. Always try the colours on your hand or lower cheek before you buy foundation as different brands have different names and shades. I found my shade and decided to wear my new foundation out down town that night! Well the moment I opened the tub the minerals went every where so already I was unimpressed as my cloths were covered in foundation, next came applying it, my gosh what a disaster that was... for a start the brush was far to small and all the minerals seemed to stick together and go all lumpy on the brush so when I got around to apply it to my skin I had patchy orangey skin it looked terrible. No matter how hard I tried to even the minerals out it just would not work. The point in mineral foundation was suppose to be that it was easier and more effective to apply mineral make up instead of creams and liquids for a flawless finish. Well this really didn't work out for me at all. Although the tub is large and would last a really long time the application brush is not big enough so you would defiantly need to buy a larger one. You need to have a lot of time and patience with this product, there wasn't enough clear instructions on the box to follow making this product very tricky to use. If your not one to take a long time to put foundation on I strongly recommend NOT buying this product. Like me you will be disappointed! Once I had managed to sort my face out and correct the mess the minerals did feel really soft but, personally I would much rather stick to my creams, i'd rather pay more and be happy with the results!

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          13.01.2010 17:52
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          Rimmel Lasting Finish Minerals Loose Powder Foundation

          Lately every major make-up brand out there seems to be introducing these new "mineral powder" foundations to their range and a lot of people seem to really like them. Now when I first came to try this one I was a little bit sceptical because in my opinion a powder just isnt going to give your face enough coverage when you use it on its own, foundation and powder can look really good and cover your face the way you want and give you a nice clean sort of canvas to do your make-up on. But when i was in Oasis market just before New Year and I was having a peek at the little make-up stall I saw this on offer for £1.99 so I thought Id be the latest to jump on the mineral bandwagon and try this out. I honestly wish I hadnt. Shades: I personally chose the shade Soft Beige because even though it was slightly darker than my skintone it was the one I felt matched it the most because the other two shades did not look very nice at all. Ivory - This is for really pale skin or emo's. It really is more or less white so if you have the palest skin tone then this will suit you. Soft Beige - The closest to the average skin tone which isnt really tanned but not deathly white. Classic Beige - This is probably the best shade for dark skinned women, although I dont think it would match exactly. Curse Rimmel and their lack of shades now this should have been a sign of things to come but I still picked up a pot and went home to try it out. The Claim: [Found on the Rimmel website] The secret of naturally flawless skin? Natural, skin-loving minerals of course. New Lasting Finish Minerals Loose Powder Foundation is made from 95% minerals, making it a gentle formula for all skin types. The silky-light, loose powder blends effortlessly onto skin leaving you with a flawless matte finish that last up to 12 hours. Skin feels soft and literally breathes in beauty. Application: This product does come with it own little powder brush but I found it was really hard and the bristles actually hurt my face a little bit so I decided to continue applying this with my own powder brush. I found this went onto my face pretty easily and evenly and the powder was really soft and not as messy as I thought it was going to be. Unfortunately when I had finished and took a proper look in the mirror I noticed that I had those horrible orange tide lines around my jawline and orange lines around my hair line which after about 5 minutes of rubbing werent disappearing. Now I didnt apply a lot and I made sure to try and brush it in properly so I shouldnt have had any lines at all but I persevered in rubbing and after around 15 minutes I was left with no lines at all. If your thinking that was the end of my problems you would be wrong. I carried on getting ready and doing my hair then just before I left the house I went for another quick peek in the mirror, and god I am glad I did. I had weird patches of orange and white colours all over my face and it was glittery! I could have cried but I knew there was no way I could solve that many problems so I scrubbed it all off and applied my normal foundation. I was not happy with the application or my results. Overall Opinion: I was right to think that a powder foundation couldnt give me full face coverage and if this is the way all mineral foundations work I wont be trying any more. This was a waste of money and although I only spent about £2 on it I was still annoyed because after that first use I threw the whole tub of the stuff away. You'd look like a right n*b wearing this so I dont recommend you even try it. Thanks For Reading x-0 Salz 0-x

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            24.09.2009 22:44
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            An incredibly frustrating foundation

            Is it just me or are Mineral Foundations taking over the make-up universe? It used to be we'd go out and buy a tinted moisturizer, liquid foundation, and loose or pressed powder to put on our faces before we go out to face the world. Those three items seem to have disappeared from existance and been replaced with what looks like just...powder. Now, when I first tried mineral foundation I was a complete skeptic. First off it cost me far more than a liquid foundation did ,(It was Bare Minerals). Secondly, the small jar only seemed to last a little less than a few weeks. This isn't to say I didn't like the stuff. It worked,made your face feel healthier, saved time, and seemed to last all day long. I guess I was just a little upset with the cost effectiveness of it. If the item cost me 25 pounds and I was only able to use it for about 14 days, that averages out to almost 2 pounds a day! Most liquid foundations (the good ones) can also cost you around 25 pounds, but then they'll at the very least last you a month or two. Alas, so went my dilemma. Then one day I walked into boots and decided to give the "cheap brands" a chance. I figured, since mineral foundation is so much better than liquid, surely a cheaper mineral kind will still be at least slightly better, (Yes that is a glimpse into how my brain works). I checked out the various brands and came across the Rimmel Minerals Loose Powder Foundation for only 7 quid and thought " SCORE!". Oh if only that were the case...... It was NOT a score like I anticipated. As a matter of fact , let me walk you through my day the first morning I put it on before I went to work. 7:28 AM ( After several snooze presses) : Get up get in the shower 7:40 AM: Brush and Blow Dry Torture my hair 8:00 AM: Start putting on new Rimmel Lasting Finish Minerals Loose Powder Foundation I just bought yesterday. 8:01 AM: Really not liking the brush with this foundation 8:02 AM: HATING the brush with this foundation 8:03 AM: Spilling lots of foundation on my chest and bathroom sink because of it not really sticking to the brush or my face. 8:04 AM: Finally getting some of it on my face. 8:05 AM: Looking in the mirror and wondering why my face looks a little orangey when I bought the foundation for "Fair". 8:06 AM: Still looking in the mirror and now seeing sparkles all over my face. Sparkles. Are you serious!? What women want their foundation to be "sparkley"? MAYBE if i'm going on a night out I could get a little trashy and I could possibly handle sparkles then, but NOT for every day wear. By this time though I had to finish putting the rest of my make-up and clothes on to leave for work so I couldn't just take it off. I went through the entire work day with people giving me little side head looks. You know the kind. Where your talking and the other person starts to move their head to the side and towards their shoulder a little while they stare at portions of your face wondering why the he** you have sparkles all over it. As soon as I went home I scrubbed everything off and went to go return it to Boots explaining my disatisfaction and used the 7 pounds on Chocolate instead. Which,no I can't wear chocolate, but at least it tastes like heaven and doesn't make me sparkle when I eat it. The moral of this review is..... Do not buy it. Unless you like a rough feeling brush, colour problems (ie. fair colouring equaling orange), and a sparkle face. The reason I gave this two stars though is because it was very easy to return (although that's more of a star for Boots not Rimmel), and I guess teenagers they might like it. Like anything else you get what you pay for sometimes. I will say that shortly after my return of this product I went into another store and bought another mineral foundation that I am now in love with and will buy over and over again. Look for that review coming soon!

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              21.07.2009 20:50
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              The worst foundation I've ever used

              After deciding I wanted to try out a Mineral foundation and finding the first one I tried to be too drying although it had great coverage, my already dry skin just suffered from the talc it contained, I was still on the hunt for a more suitable mineral foundation. This Rimmel one costs around £7 full price, but I found it on the market for £2.99 so snapped it up and couldn't wait to try it out. There are five shades available, and it comes in a loose powder form in a jar container with a sifter that you tip upside down and tap before unscrewing the lid to, to get some of the powder out. You then take the brush it's supplied with and swirl it into the powder, tapping off the excess before buffing into your skin in circular motions. Using The Foundation: The mini kabuki brush that comes with it looks adorable, a funky silver base with the new logo of a purple crown on it. However it is useless, the size wouldn't matter much as it means you can get to all those awkward places like alongside the hairline and around the nose with the smaller brush, but the bristles are HORRID! Stiff, and uncomfortable to use, it barely applies any of the product whatsoever. I chose the shade 'Soft Beige' as it was the next shade up from the lightest, 'Ivory', because I have a bit of a tan and I found the Ivory was too light for me. However I got that awful orange face you get when foundation is just too dark for you, so instantly I cursed the lack of decent shades. I ended up using a brush I already owned on the second and subsequent times I tried to use this foundation. It worked a lot better but the coverage still left an awful lot to be desired, it wasn't patchy, but it was very light and I require a medium coverage from my foundations at least. Length of time it lasts before you can notice that it's slowly rubbed off or is fading I have no idea on, seeing as other than tinting my face a night orange colour, the coverage was so bad that it didn't cover a thing from the beginning. However it disappeared from my nose and forehead about three hours later, and my t-zone is really not the greasiest one seeing as my skin type is dry! This foundation really does make me look like I have terrible pores (I don't, they're usually pretty good), and makes my skin look greasy, not dewy or glowing, but greasy. My Final Opinion: A complete waste of money for me, this was worse than the Revlon one that I tried - at least that gave a fab coverage and didn't make my face look greasy! The brush is a waste of time, and should just be left out rather than included to make the price seem like more of a bargain. I really did hope it'd be better than this, I wasn't expecting perfection, just some coverage but it didn't even give me that whilst making my skin look awful, much worse than it is without make-up. Lately, Rimmel has done nothing but disapoint me, and I don't think even Sophie Ellis-Bextor herself could persuade me to try out any more of their products. It doesn't even deserve one star, but I guess at least it doesn't contain talv which makes my skin dry and makes it look patchy. And so my search for a decently priced mineral foundation continues. With two failed attempts I am beginning to wonder if I'll find it...

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                28.05.2009 16:11
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                A mineral rich powder foundation worth trying.

                I was recently sent a free full sized sample of this new Rimmel powder foundation as part of the company's promotional campaign to endorse the product. It's actual retail price is around £7 to £8 and it is available at all major chemist chains like Boots and Superdrug as well as supermarket chains selling the Rimmel brand. The product comes packaged in a neat little box which holds the plastic case of the powder and a mini application brush. Information about the powder and it's benefits are listed on the outer packaging. The powder boasts a lot of 'free' claims: it is oil, preservative, talc and fragrance free! The brand promise this powder will provide up to 12 hours of wear. The plastic pot has a screw top lid which feels very sturdy and which is easy to take on and off. When you open the lid the inner portion of the case is fitted with a built in plastic sheet which has holes punctured into it. It looks a little like a pepper pot! The idea of this is that you take the lid off then shake the powder into the lid. The lid has a built up rim of around 12mm so you can be sure that you aren't going to spill any over the edges. A couple of taps on the edge of the case and a generous sprinkling of powder is dispersed. I like to tap the powder out as I need it though or else I'm left with excess in the lid which can't be returned to the case. I find the whole method of doing this slightly messy and fiddley. The case becomes quite dusty all over the inside of the lid and around the edge of the case where you screw on the lid. I have never wanted to put this into my handbag incase plumes of powder escape from the edge of the case. There is a little plastic tab that you can plug into the holes in the plastic inner layer which stops powder coming out during transit but nevertheless the powder seems to end up all over the case just through normal use. I have racked my brains thinking of ways to improve the design and actually can't think of any better way, however, so perhaps this is the best that a make-up company can produce right now?! Anyway, I have the shade 'True Nude 303' which is one of the darker of the shades available. It has a reddish tint to it which means it's good for tanned skins or for those who need a healthy glow. I have been reading lots of buzz about how this new design of mineral rich powder foundation is THE latest thing to have for super looking skin. According to make-up professionals and relayed to me by the ever so honest articles in my beauty magazines, mineral make-up reflects light and does not clog up the pores of the skin, allowing you to achieve a healthy, natural looking glow. In theory it sounds amazing and certainly the idea of putting a mineral rich substance on my skin is quite appealling to me. It sounds like giving your exterior the equivilent of a vitamin tablet! I at first tried to use the supplied 'Kabuki' brush to apply the podwer. I found the brush to be uncomfortable to hold - the stem is too short and makes me feel like I'm just stubbing the brush at my face. So I then used my own brush after this. The powder is easy to collect on the bristles - it has a very soft, feathery texture. I do need to tap off the excess before softly sweeping the brush over my skin. I find that the powder spreads evenly over the skin and does NOT look patchy. It gives quite thick coverage which means that it has the same benefits as a liquid foundation and pressed powder combined. The appearance of the powder on the skin is good. The powder is definately light reflecting although it does not sparkle like some light-reflecting products do and merely seems to glow. It reminds me a little of Piz Buins's tan intensifier. It has the same effect as seeming to make your skin look healthy, slightly sun kissed and well maintained. The powder takes away greasy shine and replaces this with a cool, iradescent glow. It also feels very nice on the skin - soft and fawny and not at all heavy. I do not really agree that the powder provides cover for up to 12 hours. The powder's consistency is so soft that it does seem to rub off my skin more than my usual product pressed powder does. Re-application is necessary for the freshest, just-applied look. Overall I'm quite pleased with the powder although I really don't like the mess the powder makes when you have to tip it into the lid before use. I also find this time consuming and a bit of a hassle if I'm in a hurry. I also frequently find that I've got excess powder left in the lid which I just throw away. The powder looks good (although for less than the 12 hours promised) and provides a beautiful finish on the skin. Check out: www.rimmellondon.com for more information.

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                  15.03.2009 16:35
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                  Reasonably priced cosmetic that lacks spreadability!

                  Rimmel Lasting Finish Minerals Loose Powder Foundation : the latest cosmetic company to jump on the minerals bandwagon. Until this last year or so, mineral make-up was only available online or at very expensive cosmetic company counters. It is supposed to be the make-up that nourishes your skin, and fans even say that sleeping in it doesn't do your skin any harm. Wow! What a claim that is. I was thinking of buying some of this to try, as Rimmel are offering mineral make-up on a lower budget, for those of us who are not supermodels. The average retail price is around £7.99 ish. However, luckily it cost me nothing, as I entered the competition on their website and my jar of this foundation arrived through the post yesterday, yay! I have got the shade 200 Soft Beige, which luckily, will just be about the right colour for me. This comes as a 2 piece set, with a little screw-topped jar containing the powder, and a diddy little brush with silver handle and Rimmel 'Crown' logo on it. Apparently the brush is a 'Kabuki brush with natural bristles' . The pot contains 6.5g of foundation powder. These are set within a clear plastic 'frame' which, in turn,is within a box that has all the instructions and information printed on it. The make-up is free from: oil, preservatives, talc and fragrance, making it ideal for sensitive skins. The box tells me that it has 95% minerals and gives 'flawless finish' for up to 12 hours while letting the skin breathe. There are instructions printed on the back in English, then on the sides in 4 other languages. Okay, so I have tested this product this morning: Applying it instead of my usual foundation, I have been wearing it all day, including having been out for a longish walk in the elements (very windy, bright sunshine, eyes watering and the tears running down my face because of the weather, lol). First of all, I am usually a user of liquid foundation , although I do sometimes apply powder over that, but I have to say I found this difficult to apply - First I find it hard to judge how much to pick up with the brush, then I find it quite 'claggy' for a powder, and when the brush touches my face, I am finding that the powder all sticks to one place. Of course I used the brush to blend it outwards, but this just wasn't easy for me and I wasn't very successful with it. I'm not a makeup artist, but on the other hand I have been wearing make-up for over 20 years, so I should be able to do this, surely? lol So I ended up using a bit of cotton wool, fluffed up to make it like a powder-puff, to spread the foundation properly . Also remembering to work it into creases and corners, I tried this with the brush, but again, needed the cotton wool as well. After returning from my walk, I checked in the mirror - Well, it had stayed in place quite well, but I felt that I could see 'patches' where the foundation was more obvious than others, and they looked a bit dry. Also, it doesn't contain any Sun Protection Factor, which I do like to have, although I have been told that it has some natural protection within the minerals. The shade I have, 200 Soft Beige, is the same shade that is available for all the Rimmel foundations and powders, which is good, because it makes it easier when matching it to other cosmetics within their range. Overall verdict: I think that this is a perfectly good face powder, but not sufficient to be called a 'foundation'. I will use this up now that I've got it, as a powder over my usual foundation, but not on it's own. Also, I have got no sensation at all that it's 'feeding my skin' as mineral makeup is supposed to do. If anything, it dries it out. Sorry Rimmel!

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                  26.02.2009 12:32
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                  Don't believe the hype

                  I really like the idea of mineral makeup in principal. Lightweight, oil, talc, fragrance and preservative free etc. I had a look over the various different shades and products available and decided on trying the Rimmel Lasting Finish Mineral Powder Foundation (try saying that after a few shandys!) because it was the closest shade to my skin and it was a reasonable price. The makeup comes in a nice neat silver box with black and pink text and includes the pot of mineral makeup and a small application brush with a stubby silver handle. It cost £7.82 for 6.5g The so called Kabuki brush (which it isn't) is too coarse for my liking. I would have rather paid a little more for a softer brush which would be less likely to flick the very fine powder all over the place! It promises a flawless matt finish which lasts up to 12 hours with the same coverage as a conventional liquid foundation, which I'm afraid it doesn't deliver on. The powder is lovely and fine with a smooth texture once applied but I find it doesn't quite have the coverage of a normal foundation and has a tendency to over emphasise any small lines around the eyes. Too heavy an application leads to a kind of orange hue, which in my case having pale skin, isn't a good look. I've taken to using this as a normal loose powder which it seems to be quite suited for. It helps give that little extra coverage when you're having an 'off' day and you don't need very much at all. All in all it's not too bad but the results are on par with a normal loose powder, certainly not worth the price tag.

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