Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
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Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Advantages: Covers up shine and gives a natural finish
Disadvantages: It doens't allows last the full 5 hours
My skin is quite oily and although I use an oil free moisturiser, I still need the help of a mattifying face powder. I am quite loyal to my make up but powder brands is one thing that I will chop and change with as I find that they are all much the same. So when my last pressed powder bit the dust, I was tempted by the three for two offer in Boots and chose the Stay Matte Pressed Powder by Rimmel.
What does the product do?
The product promises to control shine for up to five hours making the skin appear matte and kicking pesky shininess into touch. It also promises to minimise the appearance of pores which is an unusual promise from a pressed powder but one that is welcomed by me.
How does it work?
Rimmel claim that this product works in a natural way. Natural minerals have been included in the product that absorb the oil which is released from the skin leaving it looking less shiny. The natural minerals also naturally and temporarily fill the pores making them look less obvious.
How do you use the product?
I use the product as a final step to my make up but it can also be used alone. You need to leave a large make up brush to sweep the product over your entire face, or just on the areas where you are prone to shininess. It can be reapplied as often as needed.
There are quite a few shades to choose from in this range. I chose to err on the side of caution and selected Transparent as I find the job of matching make up to my skin colour difficult. Also available is Peach Glow, Pink Blossom, Sand Storm, Warm Beige and Silky Beige. From looking at them, there's not a massive difference between them all but there probably is on the skin so choose wisely.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in basic packaging that it similar to what you would expect from a pressed powder. It is in a circular compact and it has a transparent lid, through which you can see the product which helps you to select the correct shade for you. On the lid, there is some silver writing and a leaf to indicate the natural minerals that have been included. The lid is quite sturdy and protects the product to some extent but it wouldn't be very hard to break as it is made out of plastic so you need to be careful if you are carrying it in your handbag.
The product costs around £3 for 14 grams which is on par, if not a little cheaper, than the pressed powders of similar brands. It can be bought from department stores such as Boots and Superdrug, from large supermarkets and from a variety of online websites. It is currently on a three for two offer in Boots.
The product has quite an old fashioned floral aroma that is not very evident and therefore shouldn't bother you if you don't like it. Most products of this type contain Talc so that may be what's causing the smell.
The powder is packed hard so when I use my make up brush with it, it doesn't kick up much powder which leads to wastage but there is still a nice amount on my brush with which to work with.
The powder feels lovely on the skin. It has a really silky consistency that feels really gentle and smooth on application. It smoothes out evenly on the skin and partly disappears instead of just resting on top like some powders can. It doesn't look like your wearing powder either as it gives a very natural finish and it doesn't dry out the skin.
It does seem to cover up my pores, although I normally also wear Porefessional By Benefit for this purpose but it seems to finish off the job well. The shine is immediately covered by the product and it does stay away for a long time. Sometimes it manages to last the full five hours but this depends on the circumstances like whether I'm at a night club or whether I'm at home. It is so easy to reapply and the powder works again instantly so this is not a problem for me.
All in all, this is one of the best results that I've had from a pressed powder and that includes the pressed powders by the high end brands that I've tried. The results are fairly long lasting and definitely natural, and it has a lovely silky consistency.
Summary: A lovely mattifying powder which helps to control shine