When it comes to new releases, Rimmel have had me wow’d over the last year. Apocalips, Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliners, the Salon Pro nail polishes – they’re all on my massive love list. Which is why when I saw on Twitter that Rimmel were releasing a matte foundation by the name of Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation & I was excited to try it. I have a little bit of a bug bear with Rimmel in that their foundations are never pale enough for my skin. I wanted desperately to love Wake Me Up foundation for days when I need a little hydration and ZING to make me look, well, awake – but their lightest shade made me want to dye my hair green and dance next to a chocolate river – if you get my drift?
I had high hopes for Stay Matte, firstly the promise of “matte”, I’d heard it had good coverage (perfect for the impending autumn weather) and the new colours in the shade range “Light Porcelain” massively appealed to my translucent coloured skin. I had such high hopes infact, that even though I was purchasing a fresh bottle of Colorstay, I picked this up too.
Two positives about the foundation:
It does have really good coverage. I’d say its on the same level of Colorstay.
The colour range is much “pale skin friendly”. 0010 Light Porcelain is the perfect colour for my skin, if not perhaps a tad too pale coming out of the back end of summer, but given the up and coming cooler weather front I get to play snow white again & this would be perfect.
That’s where the positives stop.
The texture of the foundation is mousse, so its a lot thicker than your average foundation, but not quite Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. This makes it really difficult to blend. I’ve used this twice so far, once before a night out and once for work. No matter how careful I am with application, I’m left with “drag” marks and patchy skin – I spent twice as long blending as I usually do and it still looked awful in natural light.
Its very drying and makes my skin look dull and tired. Even after pairing it with Soap and Glory “Bright Here, Bright Now” which never fails to give me some much needed radiance, it left my oily skin looking dryer than the Sahara. It also clung to any dry bits of skin or healing blemishes – pretty unsightly.
I’ll add the standard “thats just my skin, we’re all different and maybe it will work for you” – but I say it with a lot of nose wrinkling. This will be thrown into the back of my makeup drawer and filed under “new products that were worth the hype but made me want to put a paper bag on my head“.
Sorry Rimmel, I do love you & I want to say its not you, its me… but it really is you this time. I’m going to go and play with my Apocalips to rekindle my desire for you.