Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Rimmel Renew & Lift Pressed Powder
Member Name: Nik-Nac
Rimmel Renew & Lift Pressed Powder
Advantages: Fab Value. Leaves skin looking and feeling healthy. Topping up powder doesn't leave make-up 'cakey'.
Disadvantages: Flipping between the powder and the mirror is annoying.
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.
Summary: A budget powder that gives impressive results.