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Just recently I was in a Lloyds Chemist with time on my hands. It seemed to take them ages to put my prescription together so I decided to mooch about and see what make up they stocked. They only had a couple of stands of make up and one of them was a Rimmel stand. When I was younger this was a very affordable and somewhat cheap brand so I was surprised that after so long that I had looked at it that it was so expensive! I wasn't on the market to buy anything anyway and only really buy from a couple of brands that I know and trust. I appreciate quality so my make up purchases are on a need basis rather than buying for fun! However after spotting this on the display stand costing £6.99 I then was called to get my prescription and discovered a large box full of heavily discounted Rimmel make up products and this was one of them. The deal was 4 items for a fiver or £1.50 an item so I bought 4 products and treated myself on the cheap!
The loose powder comes in a round black plastic case where the lid pulls on and off to the top of it. On the top of the lid and in bronze writing we are told that it is Rimmel Silky Loose Face Powder and that it is 0.49 oz/14g and there is a bit of information listed on it in a Foreign language then on the base of it the colour is stated (my option is 01 Translucent), there is a bit of information listed on there about what it is (as well as yet more information in a Foreign language), we are told that from once opened to use it up within 30 months of doing so and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Once you pull off the lid there is a removable frosted, plastic sort of sieve idea and over that a white fluffy applicator sits.
Using this is simple enough. You can apply it over make up or to a bare face of course, me I always apply this over my make up to 'set' it and to try to keepgrease and shine at bay.
Applying this is rather simple but does take a bit of time to get used to. I chose a light colour because I am so light skinned and although it is a loose powder it blends easily providing you don't tip too much of the powder through what I call the sieve section so I simply sweep my brush over the powder and tap the excess off before applying it all over my face.
This is referred to as a semi matt powder and I'd agree with that summary. It is a fine, silky powder, my colour is translucent although when you look at the powder it is a peachy colour...when on it simply disappears and gives the skin a nice softness. However......
Although I don't hate this powder and find it easy to apply (I always use my Ruby & Millie Face Brush to apply this with) I do find that although it is quite effective at setting my make up rather well without a powdery look it doesn't keep my shiny t-zone at bay for very long at all. I can achieve a matt look to my skin when this is first applied but only for a while and then my skin goes shiny. It does however make my open pores look less visible and does gently cover spots (again only for a short time mind you) and it doesn't upset my sensitive skin one bit.
All in all for the price I paid for it, it isn't bad however I wouldn't pay anywhere near the full retail price for it and if I'm going out of an evening I wouldn't bother using this one as it isn't heavy duty enough for my needs in that situation and I certainly wouldn't want to take it out and about with me due to when I pull thelid off some powder flies out and it does take time to get the finish I require but for daytime use its ok.
Not great but really not awful and if your not worried about shiny skin and only want a setting powder for make up and a smoothish look to the skin this is ok!
Available in all good chemists etc, Google if interested in this for list of stockists.
Rimmel Silky Loose Face Powder is an ultra light loose powder to set and perfect your makeup / Air light /