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      07.07.2012 16:45

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      Hard to apply, bog standard concealer, nothing special

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      The concealer comes in a 8cm plastic stick. The packaging a colours used are quiet common for make up brands, the packaging doesn't shout out off the shelf 'Buy me Buy me' but it'snot unattractive. The tube is covered in silver writing witch is hard to read, and is in many different languages that some may find confusing.

      Application/Use
      I hated the application - the stick did not glide across my skin well, it was sticky and clammy. It was very hard to rub into the skin, and the colour didn't blend very well. I tried to rub it in more but the residue came of in clumps, and i was left with small balls of concealer around my eyes. In the centre of the stick is a green 'blob', although it is not visibly green on the skin I am unsure about what it is, i was expecting it to be on the front of the stick. It mentions something about cucumber oil but I didn't find this helpful, i also looked on multiple sites, trying to find out I have found nothing. The concealer is called dual action - dual means 2 write - and I have looked and looked and on web pages or the packet it does not clearly identify 2 benefits of using the product. I also despised the smell of it.

      Removing it was also hard because the dampness of cleansing wipes, made it come off in clumps again.

      How effective?
      Once it was on and I had foundation on too it looked fine, and stayed on for at least 6 hours - and i should hope so too after the trouble of applying it. Like Rimmel says - it is good for oily skin, and stays matte and non-greasy all day.

      Value for Money
      I purchased the product for £4.99, it seemed a reasonable price for a Rimmel concealer, but after using it I think the price is too high and the quality terrible! I will not be buying it again.

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      24.09.2011 19:18
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      A good product for a good price!

      On a day-to-day basis I don't really use concealer, merely because I've never had the need to with my foundation. But having said that, to hide an odd spot, a blemish or those under-eye bags from a late night, it can be a life saver! While in my local Boot's store I picked up Rimmel's Stay Matte Concealer, just simply because I had noticed I was running out of my previous one.

      The concealer is available for £4.99 from Boots. The product is sold in four different shades: Soft Beige; Ivory, Soft Ivory, and Classic Beige. I chose Soft Beige, and I have a slightly tanned complexion. The concealer claims to be a 'blendable dual action concealer, which covers imperfections without clogging pores, whilst the inner core gently treats the blemish'.

      The packaging is simple; it is a small plastic tube, in a cream colour. It has a twist up bottom, to slide up the concealer. The lid clicks off to reveal a thin tube, in which the concealer slides up. The stick of concealer has an outer and an inner core. The out core is the concealer which covers imperfections, and is the colour of the shade you have chosen, whereas the inner core is of a mint colour and claims to gently treat the blemish.

      To apply the concealer all you need to do is slide up the stick, and gently glide over the area you want to cover up. You need to blend the concealer into your skin, to do this you can use your finger, a concealer brush or a make-up sponge, any would work fine. The product slides over your skin nicely and blends really well, so that you can hardly tell it's there.

      I have been impressed with the coverage this product gives, especially under my eyes; it really does its job well! I have found that you don't need much product for good coverage, but this can depend on what you are trying to hide.

      The inner core of the product works to a certain standard. It does (slightly) fade blemishes, but there are no extreme differences that I can say of. This factor is not something that is essential to me, so it really doesn't matter to me whether this works or not, but I have considered this in my rate.

      The only thing I can't comment on is how well it covers up dark marks on the skin, having never had any I would not know whether this product would work on them. But, because it does provide excellent coverage everywhere else I would think it will provide some coverage to dark marks.

      I have found that if you wind this product to far up it is susceptible to snapping, so you do need to be careful not to press too hard. Aside from that though I have had no problems with this product and money-for-value wise it's brilliant. You don't need to use much for it to work, so it lasts a while, especially if you don't use it every single day.

      In conclusion I like this concealer, as it provides good coverage and is a good price for what you get. I have rated it 4 stars because the only problem I can think of is the inner core doesn't provide miracles, and that you need to be careful not to press to hard onto your skin! Overall it's a great buy!

      Available in store from Boots, or online at www.boots.co.uk , I'm unsure if this brand is available at other stores.

      Thank you for reading; I hope this was of some use to you!

      Also posted on Ciao, under the username of Georgia713

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      30.08.2011 13:18
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      It's a good stand by, but will never be my first choice!

      Whilst shopping in a local branch of Boots recently, I noticed that my preferred brand of concealer was out of stock. As I knew I was running out of the product, I needed to buy a replacement so I had a look about to see what was on offer. I eventually decided on the 'Rimmel Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer' and I paid around £5 for the product.

      This particular concealer product from Rimmel is available to buy in four shades. The one that I selected was the '010 Ivory' shade as I have a very pale complexion and after trying the product on my hand in store I was happy that this shade would suit my colouring best.

      I found the Rimmel Stay Matte concealer was very easy to use; there is a 'twist up' bottom to the outer plastic tube, and this lets the concealer within slide up to the opening of the tube, which is a fairly standard design that is similar to your average lipstick. The main difference in terms of the Rimmel concealer however, is that the 'stick' of product within the tube is very thin, much thinner than your average lipstick or even other concealer products that I buy on a regular basis.

      When it came to applying the concealer the first couple of times I used the product, I found that it seemed to 'glide' onto my skin really easily and without much fuss. This is a plus point for me personally as I like a fuss-free make-up routine when possible. I found also that the Rimmel concealer didn't appear to 'clump' onto my skin or appear overly thick once it had been applied, and it seemed to have quite a light consistency to it.

      Furthermore, when blending the concealer into my skin, I found that this was very easy to do by using either a cosmetics sponge or my fingertip. I thought that the shade was quite a good match for the rest of my rather vast make-up collection and the colour was a suitable enough match for my pale complexion too.

      When it came to covering blemishes, I thought that the product worked well in this respect. Having a few acne scars on my face, I know from experience that some concealer products don't seem to handle them too well and they can often just sit on the surface of the skin without blending in properly. This can actually draw attention to the blemishes rather than hide or conceal them, so I was pleased that the Rimmel Stay Matte concealer performed well enough to avoid this annoying trait. Furthermore, the dark circles that are usually present under my eyes were easily covered up with the use of this product and I was pleased with the end result overall.

      Alas, I have a few niggles with the use of this product which is unfortunate as I was initially pleased with its performance. Firstly, I find the thin design of the concealer 'stick' is really not at all robust, and the second time I went to use the product it snapped clean off of the base of the outer casing. This meant that I had to use a brush to apply the concealer on this occasion as I had no other product to use. I then replaced it with a second purchase of the same product, but at £5 a time, this is not a particularly cheap exercise to carry out on a regular basis and it made me cautious about using the product again. Indeed, I have come to find that even using light pressure when applying the product can cause it to break and considering this is the purpose that it has been designed for, I can't help but feel it is a poor design and definitely deserves to lose a point or two for this point alone. I have bought much cheaper alternatives, budget-branded alternatives even, in the past and they have never had this problem, so from such a big-branded name as Rimmel, I feel this is unforgivable and is highly disappointing.

      Secondly, there is a 'dual action' element to this concealer product, in that the centre of the concealer 'stick' has a green-coloured inner core which is allegedly there to "gently treat the blemish". I find this statement to be quite untrue and I have found there to be no benefit to my spots or blemishes from using this product over another concealer product. To be fair, this is not one of the main reasons that I bought this product, but the statement and claim is evident on it and so I feel let-down that it hasn't delivered anything beneficial.

      Thirdly, there is quite a noticeable scent evident from the product when it is being applied to my skin. It is true that a lot of cosmetic products that I use regularly have a scent of some sort to them, and it is also true that the scent is not one that is particularly unpleasant or over-powering, but it is there nevertheless, and I know that this may put some people off.

      Overall, I feel that the product is not the best on the market and I would probably only buy it again in the future if my usual choices weren't available again. It is a good stand-by but it will never be my first choice.

      The Rimmel Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer can be bought from Boots for £4.99. Alternatively, you can purchase the product online at www.boots.com for the same price but with added postage costs.

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        16.08.2011 19:03

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        In love with this!

        Having tried possibly every concealer out there, this is definitely the best one I have come across and for its price it is amazing! As I suffer from combination skin - oily and dry, and from breakouts, this product was perfect for me. I have found that liquid concealers often clog my pores and result in breakouts, but stick concealers are far too drying on my skin and hard to blend in, so this was the perfect product, as it fits in between both. It comes in a tube form but glides on really smoothly and feels almost like a cream. It provides great coverage and can be worn with just pressed powder on top for a light and natural day time look. The added benefit is that the green centre is medicated and so helps to prevent and treat blemishes which is great as it actually does this. It really improved my skin condition as it left it smooth and not dry, and it reduced the amount of blemishes that I would get, so I only breakout very rarely now. I have been using this concealer for 6 months now and since then I have not got one blemish which has been a real confidence booster!

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        05.06.2011 21:47
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        A brilliant concealer.

        I have quite oily to combination skin, and I get spots on quite a regular basis. In addition to this, I do suffer from under eye dark patches and circles on a daily basis. These never used to bother me too much before, as my foundation did cover it well. However, recently it has been becoming more and more noticeable, and in result I have been becoming more and more paranoid about it. At this point, I decided to buy a decent concealer, and as I am usually happy with Rimmel products, I picked up this Rimmel Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer.

        My skin tone is fairly medium and is not at all pale, but not at all tanned. I am just completely stuck in the middle, so I opted for the 'Classic Beige' shade. There was quite a lot of different shades to choose from, and they did cater really well for paler people, and I know that finding concealers that will suit pale people can be a nightmare, so I would definitely recommend you to look at this one if you have a paler skin tone. Unfortunately, I felt that they didn't cater well at all for darker skin tones which isn't too good.

        The concealer itself comes in a thin stick, and the product is angled, which helps with the application. To use it, you simply have to remove the lid, and then screw up the concealer until there is as much as you need. Be warned that if you screw it up too much, this can make the concealer weaken and this has caused mine to fall off and break every time I screw it up, therefore it means I will have to purchase a new one, as it is too difficult to apply now.

        One of the selling points for me about the dual action concealer is that it works in two ways. Firstly, the inner centre of this concealer is slightly green in colour, and this helps with treating blemishes and spots, as well as reducing redness. The outer colour is whichever shade you chose the concealer in, and this helps to effectively cover up your dark circles and spots.

        When applying this, I found that it goes on to the skin very smoothly and you can apply over blemishes with one stroke. I find that it helps to dab on to spots and then rub in with your skin to ensure that you do not leave any excess concealer on your face, as this can be quite noticeable, and you want it to look as natural as possible. When applying around the eyes, it glides on fantastically.

        The results of this concealer were brilliant, and it does cover spots effectively, as well as reducing the redness of it well. But I felt that the place it worked best was around the eyes. It helped to reduce the dark circles around my eyes, and makes me look much more awake in the early mornings. It does last well throughout the day. I did find that on blemishes it did not last as well, and I did need to touch it up once or twice within the day, however overall I am very pleased with this concealer.

        You can buy it from Lloyds Pharmacy, Boots, Superdrug or supermarkets, and it retails for £4.99 which I feel is a very good price for the quality of this concealer. I will be happy to repurchase it. Obviously, by paying a little more, you can get a better quality of concealer, but this does the job for me just fine. Thanks for reading.

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          20.04.2011 23:57

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          Stuff to cover ya spots

          This concealer is quite cheap and quite good. You can buy it from many different shops including boots and also online. I like it because it covers my spots and when I get dark shadows under my eyes, it covers those too. It is not shiny on the skin and it matches my skin tone. It doesn't smell of anything so you can use it by your nose. I like this concealer but it not's not my favourite one. It's small so it fits in my handbag and I can use it on the go to cover my spots. If you drop it on the floor, it doesn't break because it's strong. My dog chewed it and the casing only cracked a little tiny bit. I like the way Rimmel is spelt because it doesn't rhyme with serious words, only pimmel and kimmel and also dimmel, so I buy a lot of their products because they look good in my bathroom.

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          08.04.2010 18:33
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          I have converted to Rimmel

          As Sods Law would have it, I woke up yesterday with a pretty large spot. I had a job interview today so needless to say the troublesome zit was not welcome and was having a fairly big effect on my confidence. I usually use Boiing by Benefit as a concealer but luck was not swinging my way yesterday at all and I scraped the very last dregs from the container to make myself presentable. I live in a small place where there is no Benefit concession and I needed an alternative to get me through the interview today so I headed in to town.

          I intended to go to Boots, but while in Tesco I saw that they had a new Rimmel display there and I thought I would take a look. I have had a few bad experiences with Rimmel over the years, foundations that are a bit cakey, clumpy mascara or chunky concealers this has put me off a little. But a few weeks ago a bought a new Mascara from Rimmel and I like it so I decided I would have a look at the concealers... a small look wouldnt hurt. There was not much to choose from, just the good old "Hide the Blemish" that they used to do when I was a teenage and that I never got on with, and then this one. "Stay Matte" I lfted it, and looked at the price. It was £4.45. I thought "What the heck, if it's no good I have time tomorrow to get a new one"

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          There was no tester available when I was making a purchase, so I picked up an ivory shade of the concealer stick. It was hygiene sealed so I couldnt see what it was like at all, but feeling a bit reckless I popped it in my basket and took the chance. There were 4 shades to chose from: Ivory, Soft Ivory, Classic Beige and Soft Beige. They are fairly typical of Rimmel.

          When I got home I pulled off the plastic hygiene seal. I pulled off the lid and was quite surprised to see that the conealer was skin coloured, but had a green colour piped down the middle. so, it was a fleshy colour AND green at the same time. I thought it was odd. But then my mother uses a green concealer to hide her red broken capiliaries on her face and it really neutrialises these so I did not feel too concerned. The proof would be in the pudding after all. And the 'pudding' was red and blotchy. It seriously needed a good coverage to give me back my confidence.

          To get the concealer up from the tube it is a simple twist action. You would not want to twist too much up as it would be likely to break. Instead just enough so that a mm or 2 mm is visible above the top this would give you enough to put a tiny bit of pressue on the concealer to press it on to your skin.

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          I was surprised to find that this was really very blendable and offered good coverage for my own issue. It blended in to my skin quite well. And today when I was using tinted moisturiser it performed really well. I went to my interview confident that my skin was looking healthy and perky. I am impressed at the performance for the price.

          I had to research a little about the weird green spot and apparently it is there to help treat the blemish. Now I am not sure how, but it seemed to help me overnight. There certainly was not as much redness today.

          I am very happy with the purchase and I think that I would certainly buy it again.

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            07.03.2010 20:29
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            I've recently discovered that I really like Rimmels products. Some of them aren't brilliant and not all that they claim to be however as Boots were offering a 3 for 2 on their entire make up range I didn't want to miss out on an opportunity.

            As I already own their stay matte foundation it was a bit logical to use their concealer of the same name. Where the shades would naturally be the same. In this case the one I bought was 010 ivory. It is packaged in a thin cylinder like tube and cost me £4.99. I did think this was a bit expensive considering how little it is. Once you've pulled the lid off and twisted it like you would with a lipstick you'll see the concealer has a slanted top. This is for a more easy application so you don't feel as though you are covering up more of your skin than you need to. Something which I have found with over brands thick crayon like products.

            It has a pale green centre which is supposed to 'gently treat the blemish.' This is something which works but only to a certain extent. It isn't a miracle treatment. As it is very thin it is slightly unstable which is why I wouldn't advise you to twist it out of the tube anymore than is necessary. You do have to be a bit firm with it as it isn't very creamy and doesn't glide on as well as other concealers.

            As I do have pale skin a lot of facial product can be visible in that horrible orange style. I have wasted quite a bit of money trying to find the correct one however this wasn't so bad. Without the foundation it is acceptable to say the least and isn't too obvious although when using it with the foundation it is a lot better at blending in. Naturally with it being the same shade that would be something you might expect. If you are a bad sleeper then it is useless at hiding any shadows.

            Considering everything I think it was too bad. The price, as I have a limited budget, means I think I'll stick to my usual brand. This one isn't as nearly as easy to apply and is virtually unworkable in colder weather as it makes the concealer get even firmer.

            There are better options out there but if you do have pale skin and are willing to fork out just under £5 then this could be something for you. Like a lot of Rimmel products it is by no means awful it's just not really either.

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              17.02.2010 15:26
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              So once again I find myself buying a Rimmel product (even though I'm not really a fan). I do have an excuse though... there was a 3 for 2 offer in Boots so I grabbed this 'new' concealer as my free item (currently retailing for £4.99).

              This concealer is part of the 'Stay Matte' range, and Rimmel have moved away from the traditional lipstick-style concealer, in favour of a thinner stick. It is still in the usual twist-for-more-product packaging, but I for one welcome the smaller surface area for ease of application.
              I've never understood the need for a splodge of concealer the size of a 1 pence piece: it just ends up looking like some sort of tribal decoration!

              The product comes in 4 shades: Ivory 010, Soft Ivory 020, Classic Beige 030, Soft Beige 040 (the latter being the shade that I purchased).

              It seemed that the shade I picked was the darkest of the bunch, and seeing as my skin isn't particularly dark in tone; this product is unlikely to be of any use to anyone with darker tones or olive skin for example.
              I'm surprised that Rimmel don't seem to cater past the paler end with a lot of their products.

              The biggest advantage of this concealer is that it is 'dual action'; explained by the packaging that the product; "covers imperfections without clogging pores, whilst the inner core gently treats the blemish".
              The ingredients that 'treat the blemish' are listed as extracts of cucumber, chamomile, and cotton.
              I'm always dubious of these claims to say the least.

              When I came to use the concealer, I was mildly confused as to the green dot in the centre of the stick. It took me a couple of minutes to realise that this is the area that is supposed to attack those nasty spots.
              As previously mentioned, I found the width of the stick much more manageable (more like the width of a pencil) when applying the concealer. It only ended up where it was needed, and allowed me to try and get the green blob on the spotty target - fairly successfully I might add!

              The green colour of the core doesn't show up on your skin (reassuring!), and ends up blending with the tonal part of the concealer.
              The product goes on smoothly and is indeed easily blended; although one point I would like to make is that I don't 100% understand the need for a separate 'core', as you HAVE to smudge/blend the concealer a little, otherwise it is obvious you have drawn on your face.
              This then mixes the tonal part with the elements that are supposed to 'treat', so surely it'd just make more sense to mix these elements into the actual concealer part? This also left me dubious as to what the result would be.

              Overall:

              I've actually found that this does work for my skin (of the combination variety, with the occasional spotty mishap). I have to confess that it does make a noticeable difference by helping a blemish dry up faster, but without the concealer caking on and looking dry and obvious.
              It works well alone or alongside foundation, and is very light and easy to apply. Coverage lasts for a few hours (for me), obviously depending on the situation & your skin type.
              The concealer is a convenient size, and the lid stays firmly put so I don't end up with the inside of my bag decorated in shades of beige.

              The only negative thing I can really say is that I don't think it'll last long overall. Pushing the stick up to it's maximum, you don't actually get a great deal of product for your money (especially with it being thinner than traditional concealer sticks). If Rimmel dropped the price to under the £4 mark, I'd be a little happier with the value for money.

              That said though, I actually do think I'd buy this again, as it actually does do what it claims. I'm pleasantly surprised by this one!

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