Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Turn Back The Hands Of Time??
Rimmel Renew & Lift Foundation
Member Name: sparkle1004
Rimmel Renew & Lift Foundation
Advantages: Smell delicious, gives good coverage and conditions the skin
Disadvantages: Not enough shades available
The whole business of buying foundation is often a really frustrating and confusing process. Once you've chosen the right brand for you, you then need to decide on which particular foundation created by that brand you want and then you need to decide which shade is right for you! Aaarrgghhh! Men don't know how easy they have it. After receiving a free sample of the Renew & Lift foundation by Rimmel and becoming intrigued by it, I went out and bought a full sized bottle.
What does the product do?
This product promises to do more than just the normal job of a foundation. It promises to turn back time and reverse the aging process within just twelve days. Rimmel claims that due to the special ingredients within the foundation, the skin will be lifted, rejuvenated and made firmer with repeated application. They also claim that your skin will look healthier, toned, radiant and flawless, as well as giving it a dewy glow.
That's a lot of promises from one little product and the reason that I was so intrigued after I received my free sample was because I wanted to know whether it could really achieve all that within twelve days. I wear foundation daily anyway so I thought I might as well purchase one that benefits my skin in so many ways at the same time.
How does the product work?
The foundation contains what Rimmel call the Time Reverse Complex which is made from Ceramides and Peptides. Ceremides are found naturally in our skin but their numbers begin to dwindle as we get older and this makes our skin age. Their inclusion in this foundation enables healthy new skin cells to develop and they hydrate the skin. They help to retain the skins elasticity which means new wrinkles won't form and they also fight against free radicals that are lurking in the skin.
The Peptides in this Time Reversal Complex stimulate the production of collagen in the skin which means our skin becomes plumper and wrinkles and fine lines will be ironed out. This leads to the skin looking more youthful and toned, and feeling smoother. The Peptides helps the skin to heal and repair itself and as it is an antioxidant, they also help to prevent any further premature aging of the skin.
The foundation also contains Glycerin which is a humectant. This means that the substance encourages moisture to be drawn into the deepest layers of the skin and helps it to be retained there. It leaves the skin on the face deeply hydrated and it will stay that way for a long period of time which prevents any dryness from returning, which in turn prevents wrinkles.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used in much the same way as a normal foundation. It should be applied to clean, dry skin that has already been moisturised. It is also beneficial to have applied a primer to fill in your pores and fine lines, to make the foundation look better and to help it to last longer on the face. It can be applied using the fingers or a make up sponge. You take a small amount of the foundation and smooth it onto the skin taking care around the eye brows and hairline to make sure that it has been blended in properly.
Packaging and Price
The foundation comes enclosed within a clear bottle on which the name of the product is written and some additional information about the product is displayed. When you remove the lid, you see the dispenser which uses a pump mechanism and when you pump it, the foundation is released.
When I went to purchase the product, I was surprised to see it was fairly cheap when you consider all that it claims to do. It cost around £8 to buy 30ml of the foundation and it can be bought from most departments stores, large supermarkets and many online websites so if you shop around, you might find it for a little bit cheaper.
There aren't many shades of this foundation to choose from which I think makes the chance of you finding one to suit your skin tone slim. Ivory is the lightest shade and the only other options are True Ivory, Natural Beige, Soft Beige or Classic Beige.
I chose to buy Classic Beige which on reflection is a bit too dark for my skin. When you dispense the foundation, the first thing that hits you is the aroma. I've never encountered a more delicious smelling foundation. It smells refreshing, sweet and even fruity like Sherbet. I am usually against face products with a fragrance but I can certainly accept it when it smells like this one does. If it's not your thing, the aroma dies down quite quickly once it's on the skin.
The texture of the foundation is gorgeous and it glides onto the skin effortlessly. It is easy to blend and you have time to work with the product on your face before it dries into an controllable mess like some foundations. It looks very natural on the skin and it most certainly gives you a dewy glow. There seems to be some sort of radiance boosting ingredient in there because it gives your skin a healthy and ethereal glow that is completely gorgeous. The coverage is good and it hides your imperfections and really does make your skin look flawless.
One thing which has disappointed me with this foundation is that it makes my skin shine too much. I have oily skin and this product is advertised as being oil free so I thought that it would be fairly matte on the skin. Whether it's the radiance boosting ingredients which causes this or not, I'm not sure. I need to apply a lot of mattifying powder to control the shine but this takes away the lovely radiance. Boooooo!
Despite it making my skin look fairly oily, it hasn't caused any blemishes or blackheads to form on my skin. My skin feels soft and smooth after the foundation has been washed away so it must be very moisturising. The foundation also comes with SPF 15 which means your face will be protected from the sunshine which will also help to fight against premature aging so this is a fantastic bonus.
As for turning back time, I'm not sure. I only have a few fines lines and they are still there. My skin does seem fresher however and more toned. When I first apply the foundation, it stings a little bit. The feeling subsides feeling quickly but I did wonder whether this was those special ingredients getting to work or maybe just because I have sensitive skin. Either way, I can't say my skin looks younger but I'm pretty sure it looks healthier and in a better condition but then again, sometimes we just see what we want to see!
All in all, this is a good foundation if you like to have full coverage. Unfortunately, there aren't many shades to choose from so it's the luck of the draw whether you can find one that suits your skin tone. The radiance it adds to your skin is gorgeous but it may be too much on oily skin. It smells completely delicious and does improve the condition of the skin. As for banishing wrinkles and fine lines, I'll keep trying and if I wake up one day to find they've gone then I'll update my review but I'm not holding my breath.
Summary: A age reversing foundation which conditions the skin and covers imperfections