“ Brand: Rimmel / Type: Primer „
I've been on the hunt for the perfect primer for a while now. I have oily/combination skin which has a tendency to get very shiny throughout the day, and makes it difficult to wear makeup without it sliding off or 'melting' off my face, so when primers came to the forefront of the beauty world I knew I needed one. I've tried quite a lot now, from the very cheap to the very expensive, and this Rimmel one is the latest. It's on the lower end of the scale price wise, and I picked it up for £6.99, though I can't remember where from.
The primer comes in a small white plastic tube which unfortunately is opaque so you can't easily see when you're running out. It has screw off lid which again is unfortunate as a flip top would make it much easier nod more convenient to use. That said, the packaging is ok, it doesn't have any major issues and it looks just fine.
The primer is a white creamy gel type substance, which is slightly different to other primers I've used. It feels smooth but doesn't have the same silky feel as most primers, instead having a kind of sticky feel. It is easy to apply by either dabbing or stroking it onto the face. You don't want to massage it in as such, but rather leave it sat on top of the skin to do it's job.
I find the primer sits well on my skin and I can't really feel it once it's on. I find it instantly takes away any shine from my skin and leaves it looking a little more even in tone. My mineral powder foundation applies well over the top of it and I feel it does give a good smooth base. The only slight issue I have hen I first apply it is that it doesn't make my pores less noticeable as it's supposed to, so my foundation can tend to sit in the pores and make them more obvious, particularly around my nose.
I find when I use this under foundation it does help my makeup to stay on longer, but it's not a miracle worker and it does still let the shine through after a few hours. However, I generally wear this on it's own as I don't tend to wear makeup on a day to day basis, and I find it does keep my skin looking nine free for most of the day when used on it's own, except in particularly hot weather.
All in all I do think this is a decent primer, but it's certainly not the best I've used and I don't think I'll be buying it again.
I've used primers for a good 3 years now so I was happy to see when some of the more popular high street make up brands decided to bring them out. I was used to forking out £21.50 on MAC Prep + Prime SPF50 which, when used everyday makes for a very expensive item for my make up kit.
I was pleasantly suprised with the Rimmel Fix & Perfect, it has the appearance and feeling on the skin of any of the more upmarket primers, does a great job and the R.R.P is just £6.99!
Come in a neat little squeezy bottle perfet for fitting in your make up bag, handbag and even small enough to take in hand luggage for holidays as it is only 30ml. The plastic the bottle is make from isn't too tough so when you're running out you can still squeeze out the last drops!
The product itself is a silky feeling primer, it is great to use for the whole face to provide a solid base for foundation which will not budge all day. I have had no problems with it lifting or budging, it is a great quality primer. The bottle claims is "Smoothes, resurfaces, brightens, mattifies, protects" I can say that it really does do all of those jobs and has become an essential in my make up kit.
The best thing about this product is the price, high end quality for a high street price. I cannot fault it!
**** What is it? ****
This is a primer by Rimmel, which claims to have 5 in 1 results: Smoothes, Resurfaces, Brightens, Mattifies and Protects. This can be worn under foundation to make it last longer, or worn alone, for that fresh faced look. To apply you simply dab a pea sized amount on your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, and rub into the skin. Allow primer to dry before applying foundation.
The primer comes in a 30ml, white plastic tube, with a blue screw top lid.
**** Price and Availability ****
I purchased my primer from Superdrug for £6.99, and it is currently on a 3 for 2 offer. You can also buy this from Boots for the same price.
**** My Thoughts ****
I wanted to try a primer as I was finding that my foundation was wearing off very quickly throughout the day. The reason I chose this Rimmel primer was because it was on a 3 for 2 offer and because it was only £6.99 (cheap skate, I know!). I have ever only used one primer prior to this one, No7 Colour Calming Make-Up Base, and I found it to be a complete waste of money.
I have previously used a primer which was green, and it turned my face green, so I was relieved when this one turned out to be white in colour (incredible hulk was not a good look). The consistency is thick and creamy. I normally squeeze out about a pea size amount of cream and 'dot' it around my face, before massaging into my skin. The primer glided on incredibly smoothly and evenly. It dried quickly (about a minute or so) and did not leave my skin feeling sticky. It has a slight floral fragrance, which is not too overpowering. I have psoriasis and I did not find this primer to irritate my skin.
After applying my foundation in the morning, I went to work as usual and came home. I checked my make-up in the mirror and found that my foundation was still on my face (hooray!). I was really impressed as usually my foundation only stays put for around half a day. After this, I kissed my primer and have used it everyday since. It only adds a few extra minutes to my make up routine, and it is really worthwhile. My complexion does look more even, than if I hadn't applied a primer. However, I do not think that it makes my face brighter, and I certainly wouldn't use this alone (without applying a foundation on top). This is not too much of a problem as I only use it to keep my make-up from vanishing.
**** Would I Recommend ****
Yes! This is an absolute bargain at £6.99 and It keeps my make-up looking great all day. I have been using my primer everyday, for about a month and there is still loads left. It is easy to apply and dries within seconds. This does 4 our of 5 of it's claims, so I am awarding this primer 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
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This primer is the best that I've come across! I've been using it for about 2 months now and I wouldn't be without it, it's amazing! It was a bit of an impulse buy to be honest and I bought it mainly because it was on offer but I'd happily pay the full price which I think is around £6.99 - it's worth every penny.
I wear it even when I'm not wearing any foundation or make-up because it makes my skin look so much better - my complexion looks more even and I literally look like I'm glowing (but not to the point of looking greasy) when I'm wearing it haha, and I've had people actually compliment me on my complexion when I've been wearing it just on its own.
It is also obviously amazing as a make-up base, it completely smoothens out any dryness/flakiness and helps brighten up dull patches and it creates a nice smooth, even base so it is a lot easier to apply my foundation evenly, and the finish is always flawless! My makeup always looks so much better when I've used this primer and it lasts longer too.
It keeps my foundation in place all day long and keeps my skin feeling moisturised and soft. My foundation that I am currently using is quite drying on its own and it tends to really stick to my skin and is hard to remove but this primer changes everything, it stops the foundation from sticking to my skin and becoming really dry if i mix a little primer in with my foundation before i apply it (I use liquid foundation) and it also makes it so much easier to remove too. It doesn't interfere with the consistency of the foundation either.
I only need a really tiny amount of this primer to cover my entire face and it makes a noticeable difference as soon as I apply it - it is refreshing, hydrating and I love the fresh, very slight floral smell of it. The consistency is lovely and creamy but nice and lightweight and it doesn't feel heavy on my skin or greasy and it soaks into my skin within a matter of seconds, it doesn't just sit there like a greasy layer and no residue or anything is left behind as long as I don't use too much.
I really like that it dries straight away and doesn't leave my skin feeling moist/wet to the touch so I can apply my foundation straight away without waiting around for it to dry. The squeezey tube is also an advantage because it is easy to get just the right amount of product out and it isn't messy or anything. I have very sensitive skin and I have not had a reaction to this primer in the time I've been using it and my skin never looks red or irritated or anything after I have used it.
I definitely recommend this primer and I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
I have made it my mission to try as many affordable primers as possible. I love using them and am keen to find one that is both cheap and effective. I've reviewed quite a few on here and so far my favourites are the l'oreal primer for special occasions and the Elizabeth Arden morning serum for day use. I saw this recently in the supermarket and thought I'd give it a try.
The primer come in a white plastic tube with a blue metallic twist lid. The design is pretty simple and to me it looks more like a moisturiser than it does a make up product. I do wish the plastic of the bottle was clear too as it is hard to gauge how much or little you have left. I do like that it can be cut open though as this allows me to get the most out of the product.
The primer itself actually has the feel and consistency of a moisturiser too. It is white and has the feel of a relatively thick cream. It rubs in easily and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated but not really primed in the same way other products do. I think it works well as a cheaper version of the clarins beauty flash balm which is a primer but has more of the feel of a moisturiser and is really hydrating for your skin before applying foundation.
The price for this product is £6.99 though Rimmel do often do deals on their make up. Personally I think this is a little steep for a product that isn't really a primer or a moisturiser, just a weird mixture of the two. I'll use it in place of my beauty flash balm on days where I am just going to uni or out somewhere shopping but for special occasions or long days at work I'll be avoiding it.
Overall, it isn't my perfect product and it doesn't fix my primer problems but I guess it's okay.
I've always been a bit on the fence about primers, as I've never really seen then as that much of a necessity in my daily makeup routine. The main reason being that I've not seen that much of a difference between using and not using one. I know primers are meant to help your makeup last longer, but going for the more full coverage foundations and then setting with powder, my makeup tends to last all day anyway. However after having some very dry skin one week, my foundation was quickly creating into any fine lines I had. Not good. Reaching for my first ever primer (No. 17 Photo Flawless), I thought that would help, but it did nothing. Remembering how much I liked the L'Oréal Paris smoothing one, I wanted to buy that but being on too much of a budget to purchase it, I settled for the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro. Plus as it was new, and I like trying new products!
The Fix & Perfect primer in 002 claims to have 5 in 1 results; smoothed, resurfaces, frightens, mattifies and protects. It also claims to prolong foundation wear. After using this for a few days, I must say, I wasn't sold on it. The reason being that it promised so much, and yet, I didn't feel like it did any of the things it claimed to do. I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it. So I put it at the bottom of my makeup collection where it stayed. Until recently...
Reading through a magazine, I saw this advertised and there was a column dedicted to it. Afterwards I decided to give the primer another go. I basically applied the primer all over my face, after moisturising, as with all primers. With most primers, I usually just apply where I think I need it. But with this, the look and feel resembling a thick yet lightweight moisturiser, compelled me to use it all over. The product is very easy to apply, and absorbs effortlessly into the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. This was a nice change from the grittiness that develops with some primers after applying. I also found that I didn't need to wait ages before applying my foundation either. I literally waited about 2 minutes. Applying my foundation was simple. It seemed to blend in more easily, and either I was just having a good skin day (I wish!) Or I did actually end up using less foundation and concealer with this! Not because the primer helped to conceal any flaws or anything, but because my makeup just applied better and easier than usual. It also looked slightly better in terms of hydration too. (In other words my skin didn't seem to look as dry at the end of the day).
As for all the claims this primer makes, I still don't think it lives up to them all. However, for a budget primer it is pretty good, especially if you're someone who simply cannot live without one. The main reason I like this primer is that it feels nice to apply like a moisturiser, and not that silicone feel most primers have. Plus it doesn't have any sticky or greasy feeling to it either, or any unpleasant scents. Just a nice to use, good quality base for your makeup.
I always dismissed primers as a con by make up companies to try to get you to buy another product which you didn't need (once you have moisturised why do you need another lotion for skin?) But after inquiring if my mum had changed her skin care regime after noticing a visible improvement in her skin she introduced me to this product and now I'm converted.
You are supposed to apply primer to the skin after moisturising but before applying foundation- almost like a make up base coat!
The product itself is a thick white shimmery cream and is easily applied and absorbed to the skin. On application it gives an immediate glow to the skin. Also I found make up really easy to apply onto the primer and there was a subtle yet noticeable difference in my skin - it gave me a nice fresh look and I found that my make up lasted longer when applied on top of the primer.
Each tube costs around £7 for around 30ml - and one tube lasted around me around 4 weeks (you only need to use a small amount each day). In my opinion this is expensive but unfortunately most primers are quite pricing no matter what brand (in fact £7 for 30ml is probably one of the more affordable primers out there)
Primers have become more and more popular in recent years and it is nice that the cheaper brands are now producing them. Primers are used over your moisturiser but under your foundation to even out your face and make your make up last longer. This one is white in colour and you just apply a little all over your face.
- This really does leave your skin feeling soft and smooth and provides a much more even finish. I felt it even improved the application of my eye make up.
- My foundation lasted a lot longer and it prevented my skin from getting shiny. I used this quite often on nights out when I find that my make up really doesn't last very long and really did notice significant improvement.
- I liked that this product is white and is almost invisible on the skin. I have used other primers before that have been slightly coloured and as I am very pale, I really didn't like that idea as I felt the colour did show slightly under my foundation.
-This is really cheap for primer. You get a decent amount (some other brands are cheaper but you get a much smaller bottle) and the bottle only costs around £6. A little goes a long way so it really is fantastic value.
-The only thing I can criticise this on is that I have used primers that leave the skin feeling softer and last longer but they are significantly more expensive. I am a big fan of the smashbox primer and loreal primer but they are alot more expensive and if you want to use a primer on a regular basis then this is alot more affordable.
This is a primer that works well but at an affordable price.
About a year ago I started to always wear a primer underneath my makeup. Since I discovered primers I have used one almost every day and have tried out quite a few different brands but this Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro is the first budget, drugstore brand primer which I have tried. A 30 ml tube of this primer cost me £6.99, which was a big saving compared to the other ones I had used which had all cost over £20. It was interesting to see how they compared!
=== What does it do? ===
Primers act as a base for your makeup, smoothing the skin to provide an even canvas for your foundation. They also help your makeup to last and look fresher for longer.
This Rimmel primer states that it offers 5 in one results and claims to smooth, resurface, brighten, mattify and protect. The fact that it is supposed to mattify attracted me to this product, as my skin tends to get oily rather than dry so I like to use products which will stop my face getting shiny and therefore mattifying products suit me much better than moisturising ones.
=== Application ===
The primer is housed in a white squeezy tube with a screw top cap and the product is dispensed from a small hole in the bottom. You only need a small amount, a bit larger than a pea should usually be enough, and due to the small hole it is easy to control the amount which is released from the tube.
The primer is a silky, pale white creme which I would say is of a medium thickness. It is not too runny and watery, but it is still very maleable and easy to spread. It is not really thick or dense. It is very easy to just smoothe it all over the skin and it feels pleasant. As you blend it across the skin it loses its white colour, making it sometimes a bit difficult to see where you have applied it, but you can still feel where you have put it so I haven't had any problems. It has quite a clean and fresh smell which I find nice enough.
After applying it I tend to wait about 10 minutes for it to settle before I put my makeup on top.
=== Effectiveness ===
When I put my makeup on top of this primer I do find it has left the skin looking very smooth and even, meaning the foundation glides over it with ease. As with other primers, I only need to use a smaller amount of foundation on top of the primer as compared to the amount I would need on bare skin.
I am usually a bit sceptical of any brightening claims from makeup products but I do find this primer gives a healthy glow.
As for the mattifying properties, my skin does stay matte and non-shiny. This is not only purely down to the primer as I make sure all my makeup and skincare is suited to oily skin to stop me ever looking shiny, but the primer did not let me down as far as this was concerned, and along with all of my other products it helps my skin act normal rather than oily.
My makeup lasts very well with this, looking pretty fresh until the evening.
=== How does it match up to the more expensive primers? ===
I actually think this primer's performance at helping my makeup look smooth and last longer is very good and nearly matches up to the more expensive primers I have used from MAC, Smashbox and Laura Mercier. I think it is better as a primer than my Clinique City Block. The Clinique and MAC primers have the added benefit of SPF 40 and 50 whereas this Rimmel one has no sun protection, but as my foundation tends to include some SPF I don't think is a problem for every day use, though I would use the high SPF ones on holiday.
=== Over all ===
I was actually really impressed with this primer. To be honest I didn't expect much as it was a cheaper product and I was just trying it out of curiosity. I normally don't like to scrimp on the most important essential makeup like primer and foundation, as they are directly next to my skin all day every day and I wouldn't want to risk any irritation, but this Rimmel primer works well for me. It feels nice, it's effective and I haven't had any reactions to it.
I would really recommend trying this if you want to cut down your beauty spend by getting something good that does not cost a lot.
Whilst I wear make up every single day as a rule I have never really been swayed by primers and such like. When I was going to Essex for my birthday night out I wanted to make sure that I did all I could to make my make up last well and so a few weeks before I went I purchased the Rimmel London fix and perfect pro primer as it was on a three for two promotion and I needed to buy a couple of other things. This is my review of the product.
The Rimmel fix and perfect pro primer comes in a white tube which stands on a blue screw top lid. The packaging looks simple but I think it is an attractive design as the white and blue compliment each other well and it doesn't look too fussy. The tube contains 30ml of the primer and you have eighteen months to use it but to be honest the tube isn't really big enough for there to be eighteen months worth of primer in there, certainly not for me anyway. On the front of the tube we have the Rimmel London name, as well as the product name and we are told that the product is a five in one primer which:
We are also told that it will prolong foundation wear which was the main reason that I wanted a primer but the claims the packaging made were enough to make me think that this product may help create a more flawless looking make up.
You should apply the primer to a clean face and as I cleanse my face in the morning before applying my make up this was not an issue for me. To use the product you need to unscrew the lid and squeeze a small amount of the primer on to your finger. You don't need much at all of this white cream for your face and so I would advise that you just squeeze a small amount out each time rather than have any wastage or too much of the product on your face. The primer has quite a thick consistency on the hand but rubs in well to the face and doesn't feel heavy at all on my face. It also has a really pleasant but subtle fragrance in my opinion.
When the primer is on my face it makes the skin on my face feel very soft and smooth and I always wait a minute or two for it to settle on to my skin before applying my make up. What is nice is with this primer on my face I actually need much less of my liquid foundation to cover my face nicely and so I am saving on buying foundation! Once I apply my entire make up with this primer underneath I do think that my face looks much more flawless and refreshed some what as well. I have been really impressed with the product to be honest and whilst I initially thought it would be something that I would only use until the tube ran out I am now certain that I will be soon replacing the tube as it is almost empty now after a couple of months of use a few times a week.
The primer does make my make up last longer throughout the day too which is a good thing for me when I go to work as I apply my make up around 7am and don't finish work until after 10pm and so I do need it to last as well as I can throughout the day. I seem to look less tired too when I have used this primer under my foundation and this is a massive thing for me as I seem to be constantly tired at the moment!
The primer costs £6.99 from Boots and I have to say that I think it is worth this and more considering that my make up stays looking fresher for much longer, I need less foundation when I am using it and it just seems to make my face look better in general. Whilst I have nothing to compare this primer too I do think that it is an excellent offering and certainly a product I will continue to buy I feel. My only qualm is it would be nicer if the tube was bigger but I suppose a little does go a long way with this one.
Thank you for reading my review!
I have gone through about 5 primers to date, fluctuating between the necessity and the desire to wear or purchase them depending on what money I had available or how great quality the products actually were. The first couple of primers I purchased were by no7 at boots, which unfortunately were rather pricey and did not live up to their expectations as they lacked softness and smooth blending and application.
I then opted for a slightly more liquid based primer by MUA, which again wasn't suited to my needs as it was overly watery and seemed to be as cheap as the price (£4). It didn't do my makeup any favours and actually made everything rub off my face much more easily than it did before without any primer.
So gradually getting frustrated with unreliable primers and make up bases' I had a boots gift card still stored away from my birthday a couple of months ago. I recently went shopping and found myself finding things down the make up aisle to spend my voucher on. I was initially drawn to the rimmel stand as I am a great fan of the Kate Moss lipstick range. However I saw this bright white bottle at a price of £6.99, which for a quality primer seemed a reasonable price to pay - so figuring I'm not actually going to lose out on any money I thought I'd give it a go. And I'm sure glad I did! It was the most ideal face primer for me.
The next day I ex-foliated my face before applying the primer so I had a 'fresh canvas' as it were. It went on smoothly and is the perfect consistency; it isn't extremely runny like the MUA primer I previously had and it isn't like a thick paste like no7, it was perfect! It almost had the consistency of a cheap foundation, so it's not too thick and doesn't leave your skin feeling clogged up and your face feeling heavy.
Although it does claim to "brighten" your skin, I have extremely uneven skin tone with both dark and light areas and there was no visible difference in that aspect. However it does smooth the skin, it also mattifies it; leaving your face feeling silky soft. The great thing about this is, you can wear it with just a dab of pressed powder or your usual foundation routine. It works as an excellent base for any make up you choose to put over the top.
Some primers claim you can wear them on their own and in my personal opinion I wouldn't advise it unless you're gifted with an even complexion as it doesn't rid un even skin tones and it doesn't hide any blemishes. Basically all it does is prepares your face and fixes your make up for longer.
The bottle contains 30ml which is more than most brands have to offer for such a reasonable price, I know maybelline's primer was significantly smaller and was £2 more expensive than this one, so it really is value for money as it also lasts quite a while as you only need a small amount.
I own 002, non-coloured and I have very dry skin.
The packaging is a white tube with blue and grey text. It looks more clinical than classy but I do not particularly mind that with a face/skin product as I think it looks sterile (even though I know colour schemes have nothing to do with sterility). I like that the cap is on the bottom which means the product drains into the lid making it easy to get out, in a hurry. The tube is light, small and tightly sealed so great for travel.
The product is smooth and creamy in consistency and is thick but not greasy. It sinks in quickly and is very hydrating which is great for my dry skin. It makes my skin feel smooth and soft too. The product matifies (? Makes matt) without the need for powder (although sometimes I apply a little powder over my nose around lunch time if my day has been unusually strenuous) and matifies without drying skin out, which is key for me. I can wear the primer with concealer and powder over the top for a flawless finish (without foundation/tinted moisturiser) which is great as often I do not want to wear a full face of makeup. I would also advise you to make sure you apply a little under the eye to help concealer glide on. With such dry skin I often find face products cake on me but not with this little beauty acting as a shield. The product is very lightly scented but this is unnoticeable when applied to the face. It is also fairly reasonably priced for a primer. It's key benefit? To help other products glide on.
There are not many negative aspects to the product. I do find I use it up quickly, but I figure that is just my dry skin and I do think a little does go a long way. I would like to see this sold in a bigger container. I also realise that the product is not all things to all people, as is usually the case with skincare products. It is too thick for my friend who has oily/combination skin; she found it did not control her shine as well as it controls mine either so definitely not a good primer for all skin types.
Overall it is a very good primer for my skin but is probably nothing special for most people which is why it lost a star. I wish they sold it in a bigger tube too (both a negative and a positive!), but I can't fault the product itself!