Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Rimmel Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Rimmel Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer
Advantages: Easy to apply & blends well..
Disadvantages: Breaks easily!!
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.
Summary: It's a good stand by, but will never be my first choice!