Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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The trusty stalwart of my makeup bag
Rimmel Stay Matte Press Powder
Member Name: isobelj
Rimmel Stay Matte Press Powder
Advantages: Does what it says on the tin, a great price, good range of shades
Disadvantages: No applicator, not very long lasting if your'e not wearing foundation
I've been using this product on and off - but mainly on - since I was about 14. When I was a teenager it was pretty much the only stuff I could afford, and since then every time I've traded up and gone for something a bit more upmarket, I've found it didn't really perform that much better.
Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder comes in a round, shallow plastic pot with a removable, transparent lid. Unfortunately, there's no applicator included which is one of the reasons I've knocked off a star. However, your standard foam or velour applicators (they're about £2 for 3 in Boots) work perfectly well. I tend to switch between shade 003 Peach Glow and 005 Silky Beige - it really depends on whether I'm rocking any kind of tan at the time (unlikely!). I do think that a shade in between those two wouldn't go amiss but at the end of the day, that's the case with every makeup brand - I don't think I've ever found anything that matches my attractive shade of grey skin with red blotches perfectly yet! A girl can dream!
There is a shade 004 - Sandstorm - but that's a bit on the dark side for me.
The powder goes on nice and smoothly, and you feel 'made up' when you're wearing it. It feels soft on the skin. I usually wear it over foundation and it does a good job of evening things out and covering any shine. Then I add a little blush and I find that everything stays in place for a decent amount of time. I am cursed with quite oily skin, partly by nature and partly because of a cream I have to use at night, so I do have to reapply in the early afternoon. But this has always been the case with any powder that I use, so I do think it has more to do with my skin than the product itself.
I do occasionally use it directly onto my skin if I'm just popping to the shops or if I'm having a good skin day, and whilst it doesn't give the best coverage, it does even my skin tone out and get rid of any shine. If you don't wear foundation and want a powder that gives good coverage alone, then this may not be for you - but it does work well enough for the price. It's not especially hard wearing or long lasting in this situation, which is another reason that it's lost that fifth star.
Usually one of these powders lasts me about 2 months, which I think is great value for money considering I wear this more or less every day, and reapply in the afternoons. Sometimes it seems like it's going to run out really quickly, because the metal bottom of the pot starts to show through quite soon. But even after you can see the bottom, it lasts ages longer. Do be careful though as towards the end if you drop it you will find yourself with a pot of powder crumbs. I get really annoyed when this happens, but it does take a good bang to break the powder up.
Obviously the price varies from place to place but you're looking at a consistent cost of about £3.50. I've rarely seen this product in any particularly good offers or I would have snapped about 20 of them up! I've found previously that products in the same sort of price bracket don't perform as well, and the pricier ones closer to the £10 mark are only equally as good.
Recommended if you want: a good, reliable product that covers shine, evens skintone, and doesn't cost the earth.
Not recommended if you want: something long lasting with heavy coverage and you don't mind paying more for it.
Summary: A handy if uninspiring product