Drugstore Make-up, Foundation, Make-up, Reviews

Rimmel Recover illuminating anti-fatigue foundation

I bought this foundation years ago and quite liked it. Granted at the time I had only tried drugstore foundations.  I decided to give it another go so I could review it and compare it to other foundations I’ve tried. I bought it in the shade Pale Beige.

Let me start by saying that it didn’t cake during the day. This is probably due to the oil content of the foundation so for the same reason it doesn’t last all day on your skin.

It looks lovely and glowy from a distance but up close you can see the sparkle (think Edward in Twilight!) What bothered me about it was that it feels a little gritty, although no where near as gritty as it was when it first came on the market.

Personally I wouldn’t use it during the day, it’s too sparkly. If you’re planning on being photographed I would give it a miss, flash photography won’t do you any favours. Since this foundation doesn’t last too long on the skin it definitely needs primer and powder.

To make the foundation more wearable I would add 1 part Rimmel Recover to 2 parts other foundation. Although in the picture above I just applied straight from the tube.

Would I buy it again? To  be honest, I actually would. Although I would be very selective where I’d wear this foundation. I think a lot of people would really hate this product based on it’s gritty texture and sparkly effect but for me, there is something oddly appealing about it.

What do you think?

Amy x


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  • beautyjunkielondon

    I bought this foundation back when it first came out when I was in my final year at Uni (about 4 years ago) I absolutely loved it at the time and must have been applying it in bad light as didn’t realise how extremely sparkly it was. After moving on (like you do) to another foundation I came back to try it out again and realised how silly I must have looked. I don’t hate it though – like you said – just need to be selective where I would wear it or use it as a mix with something else!

  • http://www.bowsnhearts.blogspot.com BowsNHearts

    I can’t spot any sparkle either! When I tried out some Mineral Makeup in the past, a lot of them had bismuth in it and made me shine like a Xmas tree. This one, however, doesn’t have that glowy look.

  • Andrea G.

    whoops! IS gorgeous lol

  • Andrea G.

    your eye makeup it GORGEOUS! in this picture…tutorial??

  • Bianca

    I’m a bit dubious about Rimmel foundation. I recently tried the stay matte with the powder and it didn’t stay matte…..I have oily skin. Maybelline dream matte mouse does a much better job, imho.
    As for the glitter…that is very personal. Some people love it..some don’t. I usually don’t but I do like Nars Orgasm, although in some lights it makes me glisten like a Cullen. Wear it if you like the effect. The picture looks lovely though. I certainly didn’t spot any sparkle there.

  • Roseanne

    I got this a few years ago too,and i loved it,but im going cruelty free now so Rimmel is out of the question..

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