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      24.11.2014 23:06
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      Stay Matte, but stay away from me.

      Rimmel make up is a brand I often go for as I find them to be good quality cosmetics at a decent price point. I have recently re-stocked my make up bag, and I used this foundation for the first time over the weekend. In the ranges available for a liquid foundation, this one stood out as ticking the boxes, and it was part of Boots' current 3 for 2 offer.



      It comes in a tall slim bottle, and contains 30ml for £5.99. This will last me for quite a while, so I considered it good value. Other liquid foundations I've used have been quite runny, but this Rimmel one has a fairly thick consistency which threw me a bit. The tube states "liquid mousse", which sounded like a really pleasant texture and what I was looking for. I prefer to usually apply with cotton wool or pads, but using this, I needed to use my fingers to apply and try to smooth it out.



      For me, applying my make up for a night out is more of a chore than a pleasurable part of the night out, so anything that means it takes longer is a bit of a downer. For that reason, I'll already say I won't be buying this again.



      However, to get to the actual facts, having gone to the super human effort of spending more than 5 minutes applying my make up, I have to say, it did do a nice job as a foundation. By taking the time to smooth it into my skin, it did give a nice even finish, and it was true to the colour I was expecting - I go for a pale tone as I try to go as natural as possible. Afterwards I applied a powder, and this took well and for me that represents a decent foundation.



      It's a pity about the consistency, but unfortunately I will be looking for a more liquid foundation sooner rather than later. I'm sure one of my girlfriends will give this a home and I will look for a replacement. Overall I would have to say that this is a decent foundation which does its job, but it's just not for me.

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        20.11.2014 09:37
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        Good foundation

        I love Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder and the matching foundation is good though not as excellent as the powder. It is the sort of foundation that I will buy when it is on offer but I probably wouldn’t buy it if it was full price as there are other foundations which are just as good and there is always one on offer.

        For my skin tone the natural beige is the best colour when I have a tan as it is quite a dark colour foundation but it isn’t too orange so it evens out my tanned skin without making me look orange. I wouldn’t use it if my skin was pale as it would be too dark for my skin.
        The foundation is a liquid foundation and it is quite a runny one so I need to be careful when squeezing some out of the bottle otherwise it just goes everywhere. Make sure and put the lid back on it though when you are finished because it dries out quite quickly and becomes too thick and difficult to apply.

        When I apply this with a foundation brush it goes on much nicer than when I apply it with my fingers. When I apply it with my fingers and try and blend it I find it really difficult to really get it even and it always ends up looking a little bit patchy. When I use a brush though it goes on much smoother and more even.
        It does a good job of covering my skin and covering up imperfections. The only problem with it is that it isn’t as natural looking as some but then I can use a BB cream when I want something natural and when I use a foundation I want it to cover my skin and make it look more flawless but some people may not like the fact it isn’t the most natural looking one.

        Over all it is a good foundation but it doesn’t have anything special about it to make it a must have. I like it and use it when I get a good deal on it but it isn’t special enough to make me want to pay full price even though at £5.99 it isn’t one of the more expensive foundations.

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        17.11.2014 22:00
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        What the heck have they put in this!

        I've used Rimmel a number of times since my teens and have never really not like any of their products, but this is one heck of an exception.

        What attracted me to the brand was the fact it was pitched as a 'new' foundation aimed at shine control and stays all day. This is advertised as a liquid mousse effect, so I immediately though this would not be too heavy on the skin, how wrong was I?

        Other benefits to this foundation were:
        Weightless
        Shine control
        Cakeless[ not cracks of the foundation on your face appearing over time.]
        Works for up to 12 twelve hours

        The foundation I thought I had been looking for.
        However, the actual product was very different.

        The product I normally go for in Rimmel and delighted they had in this product was Soft Beige. For £5.99, I purchased for 30ml, its appears small but obviously they are not expecting you to cake it on, still I thought this is expensive for a small amount.
        The liquid should have been a give-away but I reserved judgement till I had tried it.
        The liquid was slightly darker than the soft beige I am used to and I found that I had to use more than I normally do.

        I always [boring I know] follow the instructions to see how they say the products work. The first attempt was awful. It was so much thicker than I thought it was going to be or had ever used before. To use the foundation buffer I had clumped it over my face and when it set the difference between my skin tone [olive] was like I had been over excited with a blusher.
        I wiped off and tried again with my fingertips in circular motions, but the product was so heavy I found I could not evenly spread out the foundation.
        Once it had been applied to my skin I found I had a short time to use the foundation before it sort of stayed or matte where it was.
        I know I wanted 12-hour foundation but to remove the product really was harsh to my skin and it took a lifetime to soften the foundation in order to remove it.

        I tried a second time a few days later with a lighter shade and the same thing happened but this time I looked really ill and I was part of a miming company. The difference between my skin tone and product was awful and again I put my face through taking this awful product of.
        I tried a primer under-neath but not even that was any help instead the product peeled and rolled into tiny compact foundation. Again not a good look.

        It claims to minimise pores, that's not what I needed but it in fact revealed and highlighted the ones I did have and I was mortified it drove me into the loving arms of Estee Lauder make-up remover and foundation!

        I would not recommend this product to anyone.


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        16.03.2014 12:28
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        A great price and lovely finish

        Rimmel as a brand is quite a fun brand and reasonably priced, they are always bringing out new products and my make up box always has some Rimmel in it. Although it is quite reasonable, I find the quality to be high and up there with some of the expensive brands quality wise. This foundation comes in a number of different shades so you should find one to match you skin, I am in ivory which matches my skin perfectly.

        The back of the foundation says ' feather light, liquid mousse, blends flawlessly for natural looking all day shine control. Silky smooth formula leaves a perfectly matte, baby soft finish. Light weight texture won't feel heavy or greasy'

        ....Price and availability....
        You can get Rimmel in all of the usual places, Boots, Superdrug, asos or when you are doing your grocery shop in Tesco/ Asda/ Morrisons. The price varies depending on where you go, I would say around £5.99, this is the current price in Boots but it is on 3 for 2 so I think this is a really good price.

        ....My experience....
        I first tried this foundation when I had a sample in my Boots advent calender, luckily it was my perfect colour so I gave it a go.
        I apply this all over the face after my primer, the texture is mousse like and blends in really well, I find I need to blend it in more than some foundations to make sure I have no foundation marks, especially around the nose and hairline.
        I used to think matte meant dull, but I was so wrong, your skin still looks radiant through the foundation. I would probably not have picked up a matte foundation in store but I am so pleased I had a sample to try.
        Compared to some other foundations, especially my usual of double wear I can find this foundation does not lasts as long as some others if it is hot or having a hard day.

        ....Overall....
        I can not say this is the only foundation I will ever use as I do use others but I have just bought a second tube of stay matte and I am absolutely loving it. Do not be put off by the face it is matte, it does not dull the skin, only gives a beautiful finish. I would recommend this to all skin types

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        25.01.2014 20:38
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        Not a repurchase for me

        I was keen to try this stay matte foundation from Rimmel so when I received a mini tube in my Boots Advent Calendar I thought 'good' and put it to one side to try. The shade I received was 001 Ivory, which I had reservations about but it looked quite a medium shade out of the tube, plus I was mixing it with a neutral tinted primer so I thought it'd be OK with some bronzer too.

        The brand
        It's been a while since I borught anything from the Rimmel range but I used to use a lot of their range many years ago. It's usually quite cheap and cheerful and a little basic I find.

        My experience
        I thought it applied OK, quite thickly which is more than I am used to with my usual bb creams which are a tinted moisturiser more than a foundation mask. When I looked in the mirror at work mid morning I realised my skin looked ashen with a bit of a ghostly glow, despite the bronzer which was definitley not the look I was after.

        Price
        This costs £5.99 in Boots for a 30ml tube.

        My say so
        The first thing I do have to say is that it did seem to stop my skin from getting shiny so I guess the matte claim rings true with this product. Would I buy this in full size? Definitely not! It went on too thick for my liking and did my skin no favours. Perhaps a darker shade would have worked better but I still thought it felt too much like a mask on my face. I think if you wore this and the stay matte powder you'd feel a bit caked up on your skin.

        Final word
        I was disappointed by this. It did not meet my expectations and made me look like a zombie. No repurchase for me.

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          03.12.2013 15:57
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          I won't be purchasing again in the future!

          This foundation called to me for weeks, and as much as I tried to resist, I knew that it wouldn't last long.
          I have very, very oily skin, and so I was really looking forward to trying this, and was praying that it would work. I had very high hopes.
          The first thing that stuck me was the packaging, I have to say I was disappointed, I think it looks really cheap, especially if you compare it to the packaging of the Wake Me Up Foundation or the Lasting Perfection. This wouldn't be a problem if it was reflected in the price difference, but it's not.
          As someone with oily skin, it is hard to find a product formulated especially for my skin type, and when one does come along I feel like one aspect always falls down, this time it was the packaging.
          The product itself is ok, and I can't get any more excited about it than that. The colour range is a little weird, I bought two shades, Soft Beige(200) and Natural Beige (201), which are the shades I would buy in any of the Rimmel liquid foundations, however, they were both fairly ashy and washed me out. It is saveable with a liberal application of bronzer, because the Walking Dead look isn't a good one. I find that it does have a good velvety finish and my skin remains matte for the majority of the day. On first application I thought it would be cakey, but as long as you buff it in to the skin, then it sits very nicely.
          In summary it is an ok product, I won't be re-purchasing in a hurry. I really was hoping that this was going to be the Wake Me Up foundation for oily skin, but I was disappointed.

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            28.11.2013 12:20

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            Not perfect but not bad

            I bought the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation after using a sample sachet from a magazine.

            I have been using this for a few months now and have adapted the use of it over time.

            The product is a mousse style foundation but in a tube, a little goes a long way so I imagine a tube would last a long time.

            The foundation feels silicone based and smooths on to the skin well, it is easy to blend and the colour match for me is good.

            I have found though that applying this all over my face makes me look too caked (despite the main point of the ad bring 'no more cake' but it just feels too thick and mask like). To counter this I am now applying the product just on my nose and cheeks and then using a lighter coverage foundation alongside it. This is working perfectly as I get the matte finish where I need it but not too much of it.

            I am unsure whether I will continue to purchase this- I do like the finish now I have sorted out how it suits me best so I probably will.

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            30.06.2013 21:30
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            My on/off foundation

            This was one of he first 'adult' foundations that I ever owned and I have used it on and off for the last six years. Here are my thoughts.

            Packaging
            This comes in a see through plastic tube, with stay matte written on the front with stay matte written in blue on the front and a green leaf indicating it contains cotton, chamomile and cucumber. The lid is plastic again and is a kind is smooth beige colour. The nib here is fairly thin but when this product is brand new it can be a little sensitive when squeezed and far too much can come out to once meaning quite a lot of waste. Despite the fact this is encase in very durable plastic when it is getting to the very end this can be cut and will not try out for a few days meaning ou may get another days worth out of it.

            Formulation
            Throughout the years I have often tried other foundations but after being disillusioned will always come back to this one. This gives enough coverage so any spots are hidden and my skin looks even but at the same time it allows some of the freckles to come through. I love having freckles and it always upsets me when they get covered up.
            This can be worn with one very sheer layer to it can be built up as this does not go orange throughout the day no matter how much is out on the face.
            This is fairly thick but very blend able and this does look amazing with a cream blush. It very matte, which is me of my favourite things about It and if I haven't worn his for a couple of weeks and go back to it I will always get compliments.

            This is tear proof and sweat proof but but does not stand the test of a shower but after all who would want it after a shower anyway?

            This takes about 30 seconds to set and although gives enough of an effect on its own but works at better with matching powder and the two of them make a great skin look.
            Even without a primer this will last most of the day but I find everything is better off with on.

            Price and Availabilty
            I can always find this in the Rimmel stand and as Rimmel are everywhere this is always available. This rentals anywhere between £3 and £7 and even the latter is great value.

            Conclusion
            This is one of my favourites and will be for another 6 years I imagine. Well done Rimmel!

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            18.01.2013 18:09
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            A decent foundation for the price but better for oily skins.

            As I have such pale skin I have to be really very careful about which type of foundation I use, as it's very easy to look too 'made up' and overdone. One of my favourite foundations at the moment is Rimmel London Stay Matt. This is also suitable for sensitive skin and those of us with uber pale complexions. The product comes in a squeezy plastic tube and costs £5.99 at Boots. It lasts ages and doesn't seem to go off or separate if I haven't used it in a while, as I tend to swap and change foundations and tinted moisturisers quite a lot.

            This product is advertised as having 12 hours natural shine control and as I have an oily T-zone I thought this would work well for me. The consistency of this foundation is medium - neither too runny or thick and it gives quite a light coverage. I use pale Ivory as this suits my skin tone and colour and it blends well without leaving any tell-tale jaw line streaks behind.

            It lasts all day long and I would have to agree that my oily T-zone is less oily when I use this foundation so in that respect it does a good job. It's quite a light and natural looking foundation and probably more like a tinted moisturiser than your standard thick foundation kind of look and for this reason I really like it, especially if I use it in the summer months when the weather is warmer, as it makes me feel less made up as it feels really light on my skin.

            It comes off well with make up remover wipes and it does appear to be kind to my skin as I've never suffered from any reactions to it. It has little to no smell that I am able to detect and I am impressed with how long it lasts on my skin. On the downside, however, I have found that if I use this foundation on a daily basis, it actually has a tendancy to dry my skin out - even the oily T-zone area. For this reason, I choose not to use it every day, but probably about three times a week, maximum. It does erradicate any shine I have on my face but as it is quite a drying foundadtion, I also think it can have the tendancy to look a little 'flat' at times.

            For the price I think this is a good make up product but I wouldn't advise using it if your skin is on the dry side as I think this would make the problem worse.

            Overall, a decent foundation and not too expensive, but use plenty of moisturiser!

            Also posted on Ciao! as basketofbuttons.

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              14.12.2012 23:50
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              Not one for me!

              For many years this was my foundation of choice and this was simply because my Mother used it! Over the years the packaging has changed but as far as I am aware of the formulation hasn't changed any and it still comes in a 30ml size!

              The last tube I bought was a light cream colour and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and of course that it is a Rimmel product and it has a screw on/off black plastic lid to the base of it and then on the back of the tube other information listed includes contact details for the manufacturer. Now the tube has been modernised slightly and is only available to purchase in True Ivory and in Natural Beige and the last colour I had this in was the True Ivory.

              The Foundation:

              This is deemed to be Fragrance Free, Oil Free, Paraben Free and Talc Free and is a liquid foundation. It is meant to help keep skin look oil free of course.

              To apply this you can do on to naked but clean skin, over moisturiser or over a primer and me I always applied this over a light moisturiser.

              It is easy to apply it and I always bought the right shade for my skin tone. It was easy to blend though never gave my skin an oil free look to it with my greasy t-zone so I always used a pressed/loose powder over it to help blot my skin and to 'set' the foundation.

              However I gave up buying this in the end, as did my Mother. This never helped to matte our faces and even with pressed/loose powder over it we had greasy t-zones, something that we both suffer from. If I sweated this used to clump up pretty badly and I never personally liked it!

              Not one for me...or my mum though still sold in all good chemists and supermarkets at about £5.99 a tube I just can't say this is a good value for money product sadly.

              This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              07.10.2012 21:25
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              A bad foundation which gives very uneven coverage

              I have quite an oily complexion and I need to use oil free foundations if my face isn't to look like an oil slick by the end of the day. I have tried quite a few over the years but I do like to try new ones now and again in case I can find something better. My most recent experiment was Stay Matte by Rimmel.

              What does the product do?
              The product promises to give the skin a flawless appearance with a matte finish which should control shininess for up to 12 hours. It claims that it will hide imperfections and to leave the skin looking fresh. It should leave the skin looking matte in a natural way as opposed to a caked with make up way. It is suitable for use on sensitive skin because it is oil free, fragrance free and paraben free.

              Packaging and Price
              The product comes contained within quite a small plastic tube which is a creamy beige colour. It has little decoration other than a green leave and there is some extra information about the product on the back of the tube. It has a twist top lid and it is released when you squeeze the bottle so you need to be careful that you don't squeeze out too much because you won't get it back in. The foundation will cost you around £6 and you can buy the product from stores like Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.

              Available Shades
              The product only comes in a couple of shades ranging from Ivory through to Warm Beige. I think it's a bit daft to think that these few shades are going to suit everyone's skin tone and it wouldn't have hurt Rimmel to create a few other ones too.

              Application and Performance
              The foundation has a lovely creamy consistency and I thought this was going to do a good job. Unfortunately the that's as far as the good news goes. The colour is wrong for my skin first of all. It was too dark for me even though this was the shade which best matched my skin, hence why I think Rimmel could have done with creating more. The worst part of this product is the coverage. It goes on blotchy seeming to cover some parts thickly and other parts very sparingly. It dries before you have time to blend the foundation in so there's nothing you can do about the blotchiness and it looks really bad on my skin.

              It did feel soft and silky on my skin and actually make my face feel smooth but the appearance was such a disappointment that I need to wash it straight back off again and start over with my usual foundation. I can't really comment on whether it would prevent shine because it wasn't on my skin long enough to tell but I rather be shiny than wear patchy make up! For the short time I wore the product it didn't irritate my skin or cause me to develop any blemishes.

              Conclusion
              All in all, this is just a very bad product. It doesn't do the job of a proper foundation, never mind keeping my skin matte. It looked blotchy and patchy, and I didn't even want to leave it on my skin. Whether you have oily skin or not, I wouldn't recommend anyone buying this.

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              06.09.2012 14:32
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              Would not recommend for those with dry/sensitive or pale skin.

              I have developed a terrible habit of running late which means I often do my make-up on the train/bus. On one occasion I had forgotten my foundation so in a rush trip to the Boots in the station I bought Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation. I normally use their 25 Hours Foundation but as I was going out I thought I would try out this foundation as clubs get rather warm and lead to a bit of shine on the face.

              *~* Useful Review Info*~*

              Skin type: Dry/Sensitive
              Skin Colour: Very Pale
              Applied on top of a moisturiser.

              *~*Where & How Much *~*

              I paid £5.99 (earning myself 5p worth of Boot Advantage Card points) in Boots which for a foundation I thought was fairly reasonable. Rimmel stands are available in nearly all Boots I have ever visited, even the smaller ones.

              *~* The Product & Using It*~*

              The product comes in fairly standard plastic packaging with a screw top and the foundation squeezes out, therefore do not loose the top or leave it loose unless you would like a foundation covered bag.
              The foundation itself I would say is light to medium coverage, but I think you could layer it up if you wanted it a bit thicker. I thought the consistency was a bit oilier than I was expecting and it does go on quite shiny for a matte finish product. This product is not guaranteed to have not been tested on animals as far as I am aware, so if you prefer cruelty free products I would not buy this.

              I had bought this in Ivory but found the colour to be too orange for my pale skin. Especially as it starts to dry it gets darker and depending on what moisturiser I had used on my face this would get worse. I found that thicker moisturisers, such as those specially designed for dry skin conditions made the product discolour a lot. This may be because it is better suited for oily skin and dos not work well with heavy moisturisers.

              I found this foundation applies better with a brush and has a better finish when using the brush, I felt when I used my hands I was just rubbing it in and not getting much coverage. Also due to the colour change it was essential to blend down onto the neck and onto the ears as otherwise I got an obvious foundation line.
              I have worn this to work, daily and on a night out and overall I have not been impressed. I found that the foundation just stuck to any dry spots on my skin, so when it started wearing off I was left with small orange patches. The bottle also claims '12 Hours Natural Shine Control' but I do not think it lived up to this on m y skin. By lunch time I already found my skin looking in need of re-touching.

              *~*Overall*~*

              I think this is a fair priced product and I do love some of Rimmels other products however this is just not suited to my skin type and therefore would not recommend it for those with dry or sensitive skin. I also found the colour match too far off from Ivory so I would recommend trying another brand for pale foundations.

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                22.08.2012 20:29
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                This foundation isnt a one for me

                The rimmel stay matte foundation is another product that I managed to pick up for cheap on a visit to tj huges. I purchased the foundation due to it being £2.99 and I thought that wasn't too much to spend if I didn't like the product and on the other hand a major bargain if I did. The rimmel brand is popular and normally doesn't disappoint so I was more than happy to give this one a go.


                The product I have is different to the picture; however it is the stay matte foundation just in a different packaging. The one I have resembles the ones available in stores such as boots today so maybe the picture is of the old packaging. The foundation comes in a beige coloured 30ml tube that has a clear strip on the bottom in which the colour of the foundation can be seen through. The lid is also a beige colour and can be twisted off easily to release the foundation. The packaging looks very bland and I personal think the tube in the dooyoo picture looks more attractive.


                The tube advises that it will provide up to 12 hours of matte shine control with a cotton, chamomile and cucumber formula which will also help to calm, clarify and control the skin. It is talc free, paraben free, oil free and fragrance free. The shade I chose was 103 true ivory however this foundation is also available in:


                Ivory
                Soft beige
                Natural beige
                Classic beige.


                This foundation will cost around £6.00 in boots stores making it one of the cheaper varieties of branded foundations and there is a reason. I didn't find this foundation very matte at all. I have combination skin so matte sounded great for me but I still looked very shiny after a little while. The consistency is thick and really needs to be rubbed in well to be fully absorbed. The coverage isn't too good either as it doesn't cover blemishes or dark circles very well at all.


                I won't be buying this one again I'm afraid as unfortunately it doesn't have anything I am looking for in a foundation.

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                  31.07.2012 11:18
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                  A disappointing foundation.

                  I like to chop and change my foundations that I use, and tend to by a lot of different ones in a variety of shades. This is for two reasons: I have yet to find one that blows me away, and I change what I use depending on my mood.

                  It's actually probably no longer true to say I don't have a firm favourite...because I actually have two. I tend to always find myself re-purchasing two of my max factor foundation (which I have reviewed) as they are the best I've found so far. I hate shelling out loads for a foundation because it is something I use most days and get through quite quickly. I prefer something cheap, cheerful and practical. That's all of the thought that went into buying this rimmel matte foundation, I'd not used it before and thought I'd give it a shot.

                  I love to try quite cheap products out there in case one of them turns out to be amazing and I can save myself some money in the long run. I have found a few good products from rimmel (I especially like their powders) but others have been a completely mixed bag. They seem to favour look over quality a lot of the time and so I find their products lacking a little. That said, this foundation had an unexciting package and therefore I felt it held some promise.

                  The foundation is relatively watery and this is the first thing that struck me about it. It's weird because when I say watery it sounds as though it is thin and liquid in consistency. It isn't, it squeezes out of the tube and holds it's shape, it wouldn't run off the palm of your hand. But, it feels very wet to touch and it becomes liquidy pretty quickly once rubbed into your face. Personally I really hate the feel of it as I like quite thick and rich feeling foundations. They tend to be better quality in my experience and also easier to apply.

                  Applying this foundation is tricky, because it becomes liquid once rubbed in it is hard to get an even looking complexion from it. I find that lines are created where you brush it across your face (in my case with my hands as this is how I apply it). It absorbs pretty quickly so the coverage isn't great and I find it isn't effective at all in combating visible blemishes.

                  There are a wide range of colours available and this is always good if you like the product, but I don't. I find the consistency and feel of the foundation really off putting and unpleasant to use. I continue to use it occasionally, particularly in summer because it is quite light, just because I'm cheap and I want to at least use what I paid for. That said, I won't ever be buying it again.

                  This foundation costs £5.99 from boots. This would be a fairly reasonable price were it a halfway decent product but I really hate using it so I can't justify the price. There are definitely better foundations out there.

                  Overall, an unimpressive foundation.

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                    23.01.2012 14:00
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                    An awful foundation from Rimmel

                    When it comes to choosing a foundation I have for the past year or so stuck to the same brand and type of foundation which I have come to really like. However, my last bottle of my preferred foundation by Maybelline had been actually quite disappointing and I was glad to have finished it. So my hunt for a great foundation was resumed but it was quickly cut short when my only choice was from Rimmel due to me leaving it rather last minute and it seems that my local (and rather large) Sainsburys only stocks Rimmel!

                    My choice was incredibly limited mostly because the Rimmel display was poorly stocked but in the end I went with Rimmel's Stay Matt Foundation. Chosen partly because it was the only foundation available in the stock that was a reasonable shade for me and because I like that it is designed to keep you shine free as lets face it you don't want to walk around with a shiny face! Other than that my choice was limited but having used other Rimmel products in the past I wasn't too concerned about the quality.

                    After having a little search about the foundation according to the Rimmel website the Stay Matte Foundation offers a "Unique Natural Shine Control Complex" which is claimed to last up to 12 hours offering flawless matte coverage for that length of time, this is due to its long lasting shine control formula. The website also states that the foundation will provide "full coverage that hides imperfections" and that the foundation will keep the skin looking fresh and naturally matte. Pretty big promises from Rimmel and in my general experience Rimmel foundations can be a little hit or miss but as this was the only foundation I could buy at the time I had no choice other than to buy it!

                    The Stay Matte Foundation comes in a rather slim line tube which is semi transparent so you can see the foundation and more importantly the colour of it. I find this is incredibly important as although some foundations will give a sticker showing the colour of the foundation I find these 'stickers' can be rather misleading. On the front of the tube there is the product name and a little info and the on the reverse there is the longwinded ingredients list together with contact information for Rimmel - basically the usual blurb one expects to see on a foundation tube! The foundation is perfume free and contains

                    Now I don't get shiny skin so already this foundation is at a slight disadvantage as it is specifically made to help keep you shine free. The foundation itself doesn't have the best consistency as it is rather thin but it is manageable so you can apply it without the majority running. You can of course apply this foundation by sponge, brush or by hand and I tend to do a combination of sponge (to apply and blend) and hand (the blend around the eyes, nose etc) as it find personally it blends better and more evenly. Now on the sponge it did seem a little thin and I found I had to use quite a lot to get a good, decent coverage. When blending with the finger tips I found that the foundation was incredibly thin and once blended it seemed that I had to re-apply to actually get a decent coverage.

                    I am slightly disappointed with this foundation as other Rimmel foundations I have tried and tested over the years have been of a good standard but this just seemed too thin to give a good coverage and I was having to use quite a lot for it to actually cover and to blend well. Unfortunately that wasn't my only problem! Once blended I found that the foundation becomes quite clogged and when applying it would almost rub off in bits (whether applying or blending) which was not at all attractive. Despite changing my moisturiser several times the same happened which was quite annoying! It got to the point where I was applying it and then blending and the foundation was coming off and I think if I had rubbed my face it could have been rubbed off easily. The foundation certainly doesn't offer a natural matte look as I did find it looked quite patchy in places which was disappointing.

                    I also found that the longevity of this foundation doesn't last particularly well either. Despite being thin and horrible to apply I found that during the day the foundation would wear off with ease but would stick around the eyebrows causing almost an orange or tan colour where the foundation has been applied to form. Despite blending in as much as possible this happened everyday and I found myself reapplying the foundation quite a lot just to avoid this orangeness which has never happened before with my trusted Maybelline foundation, obviously I wasn't particularly impressed! A good point is that at the end of the day the foundation is easily removed with a facial wipe or cloth.

                    Overall, this is an incredibly awful foundation and one that I stopped using rather quickly as no matter how I applied it gave the same awful results. My skin isn't dry at present it is classed as 'normal' therefore I shouldn't really have any problems whatsoever and having even changed my moisturiser which I thought would solve the issues did absolutely nothing to help this foundation. It is far too thin and you have to apply double to get a half decent coverage which at best isn't great. I certainly would not recommend this foundation and I definitely won't be buying it or any other Rimmel foundation again as the quality was poor and for the price you pay there are far better foundations on the market which can deliver.

                    ~ Useful Info ~

                    Brand: Rimmel
                    Price: £5.99 upwards
                    Shades: Ivory, True Ivory, Classic Beige, Soft Beige and Natural Beige (only 5 shades available to pretty limited)
                    Misc: Fragrance Free. Oil Free. Paraben Free. Talc Free

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