“ Brand: Rimmel / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Powder / What it does: Lifts, „
At the ripe age of 26 I'm fairly new to using make-up and cosmetics. I've always worn nail varnish, eyeliner and the odd lick of mascara, but I've only been experimenting with concealer and foundation for about a year or so. I've been enjoying trying new products and finding out what suits my skin, but as summer arrived this year I found that my skin looked shiny a couple of hours after application.
I headed to google and looked up some reviews on powders that might be useful in making me look less shiny, but at a reasonable price. I do have fair skin, so I really have to be careful with the products I use. If I was sensible I would have headed into town and into Boots/Superdrug to test some of the powders, but I am an online shopper at heart (who can be bothered hitting the shops anymore?), and based on reviews that praised this powder as a godsend for pasty pale skin (or as my boyfriend lovingly refers to my complexion - Scottish Blue!) I bought Rimmel's Renew & Lift Brightening Powder with Minerals in shade 103, True Ivory, as the Ivory shade was a little too yellow looking for my skintone.
A few days later it arrived on my doorstep. The packaging is just ok - a circular compact with 9g of powder embossed with a crown shape - the Rimmel logo. It flips open at the bottom to reveal a mirror and the sponge applicator. Having the mirror on the underside is a little annoying,as you need to keep flipping from one side to another when applying the powder, but it's nothing I can't live with. The applicator's fine - pretty standard circular sponge. I have found that there's always a lot of powder residue left on the applicator and it can build up quickly. I use the powder almost every day (usually 2-3 times a day) and have to wash the sponge once a week or so.
The colour on my skin (thankfully) is fine. It doesn't make my skin look washed out, but it doesn't make me look like an oompa-loompa either. Result. The powder is supposed to brighten the skin and make it look radiant. I've found that it does a reasonable job at making my skin look healthier.
I'd say the coverage is light-medium. It'd be fine to wear on it's own if you have good skin and just need a little something extra to boost your complexion, or to even out skin tone. It's great at sealing foundation too, and rather than being completely matte it left my skin a little dewy - without being shiny. This was perfect for me. It also has a kind of soft focus, and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.
This powder lasted a good 4 hours or so before I had to reapply. It also didn't go cakey when I reapplied and did a good job of keeping my foundation and concealer in place. It does not oxidise either, which is fab!
If you can't tell I've been really impressed with this product. It's even better since I bought it for £4.25. A complete bargain if you ask me. The RRP of Rimmel's powder is £7.49, but it's regularly on offer both online and in-stores.
I reckon the powder won't last all that long. I've had it for about 5 weeks, and I'm down to the metal plate that the powder sits on. It might last me another 3 weeks if I'm lucky. I consider that quite a short amount of time (though never having really used powder before I don't know!) but considering the price I'd still say this was excellent value for money.
As a rule for work I tend to just wear liquid foundation, a touch of eye shadow and some mascara. In the summer however liquid foundation seems to melt shall we say in the heat so I thought it was time I looked into getting myself some pressed powder to see if that would sort the situation out. I haven't worn pressed powder for years there was a time when I used to just use it and not liquid but times change and now it seems I need both.
This foundation is by Rimmel as you can see from the title and I purchased it fom the 'make up man' on the market for £3.50. It comes in a round container looking at it on the store I thought you just got the foundation and so purchased myself a brush as well at the same time if I would have been more observant enough I would have seen on the back that it contained a sponge and mirror also.
My powder has a raised Rimmel crown on it and to open it up you simply lift the clear lid once that is done you can lift it up and thats where you find the mirror and sponge hiding. Now this is ok at the moment however I can't help but think that when the powder gets down a little and starts cracking as they used to many moons ago then I am not going to be able to lift up the foundation to see the mirror without the powder dropping out.
Anyway moving on. I choose Ivory as my skin is winter pale at the moment after applying my foundation I got to work on applying the powder I do atually prefer to use a brush to apply and found it went on well. The powder foundation gave my skin a less shiny apperance and a more matt effect which is what I was going for. I also feel it makes my skin feel smoother once applied I am not sure about renew and lift though. I have found that the foundation tends to last quite well through the day and it is small enough to carry in my bag so I can perform a quick 'touch up' if needed.
Overall I will give this foundation 4 stars.
I don't wear make up often therefore the make up I had I had owned for a very long time. I found that it was not lasting long so I decided to buy some new stuff.
I wanted a powder with a sponge and mirror with it and I did not want to pay too much.
I noticed this in Superdrug for £3.50 and I thought it was a good buy. It was the cheepest one that they had. I bought it in the True Ivory shade but it is available in three others, Ivory, Natural Beige and Soft Beige.
My skin is naturally quite tanned but I hate powders that make you look orange so I tested it on my hand and walked around the shop for a while so I could double check what the shade was like.
The set up of this is not really ideal though. It is in two parts. If you open the top lid you have the powder. If you lift the powder up you will have the mirror and sponge. This means that everytime you want to put some more powder onto the sponge you have to drop the lip and then lift it again to look in the mirror.
I have dry sensitive skin and I have to be careful with which productes I use on my face but this has been fine. It lasts alot longer than my other powders did as well.
I am pleased with it and would definately recommend to others