Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Brighter, healthier looking skin
Rimmel Wake Me Up Make Up Foundation
Member Name: pink_glitter
Rimmel Wake Me Up Make Up Foundation
Advantages: reasonable price, gives my skin a radiance
Disadvantages: clings to dry skin, bottle is too big and heavy
In general I find the more expensive the foundation, the better it will suit my skin, my current favourite being from Chanel. At over £30 a bottle however, I couldn't keep justifying the purchase, so I looked for a cheaper alternative.
After much deliberating and researching I finally decided on purchasing Rimmels Wake me Up foundation which seemed to suit my skin tone. I had read a lot of positive reviews of this and I also read that it was water based, which is something I prefer due to having dry skin.
The foundation comes in six different shades. I bought number 100, ivory, which is the palest shade. Having quite fair skin I often find it difficult to get a match but this is pretty good and doesn't look too dark. That said, being summer I have got a bit of colour in my skin, I do think this may look a bit too dark when my winter white skin returns!
The foundation comes in a clear glass bottle with a garish orange lid and pump. I like the shape of the bottle, however I do feel that it is too big and heavy to carry around. The bottle only contains 30ml of products but side by side with other 30ml foundations I own, this one looks huge. I do wonder perhaps if they are trying to give the illusion that you are getting more for your money?
I have fairly dry skin and I do find that I have to thoroughly prep my skin before applying this. I tend to exfoliate any dry bits and then apply a moisturiser (and sometimes a primer if I remember/have time) because otherwise this foundation does cling to dry bits and highlight them.
I tend to use 2-3 pumps of this each time I apply it. I find it dries quite quickly so you have to work fast. One thing I really didn't like is that when applying with my fingers, this would often leave streaks and lines on my skin. The best way I have found to apply it is with a rounded sponge (I use the Cosmopolitan beauty bouncer), using a dabbing motion as this seems to give the most flawless coverage.
Once on the skin, the foundation covers some imperfections such as redness, dark circles and small blemishes, but does not look heavy or caked. I do like the finish it gives and can see why it is called 'wake me up' as it does give a sort of radiance to the skin and I think it makes my skin look brighter and healthier.
In terms of longevity I find this to be fairly good. It will last through a night out with no problem and although I rarely wear throughout the day, when I have it hasn't had to be reapplied.
One small annoyance I have found with the product (other than clinging to dry skin) is that it can make my face feel a little bit tight for around half an hour after applying it. This does fade, but it also makes me worry a little at what it's actually doing to my skin.
I actually bought this on special offer so only paid around £5, but it usually retails at around £8.99 for a 30ml bottle from Boots or Superdrug. I don't think that price is too bad really especially as only a small amount is needed per use.
Overall I have been reasonably pleased with this foundation and I would certainly consider using it again. It does have a few downsides to it, the main one for me being that it clings to dry skin, but I am willing to overlook that and I would recommend it.
Summary: I'm pleased with it for the price I paid