Drugstore Make-up, Foundation, Make-up

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – Good or Bad?

I’m still on my quest for the best drugstore foundation. I like Revlon Photoready and rely on Rimmel Lasting Finish on days where I need a little more coverage but I still want to explore. I picked up a bottle of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation after my Lasting Finish ran out. It was on special for €6 in Boots – how could I resist!

I am always attracted to products that claim to brighten and provide a glow but products that actually achieve this are few and far between. I expected this to be like Rimmels previous anti-fatigue offering, their Recovery Foundation. Wrong in some ways but right in others – the grit in Recovery is not in Wake Me Up, thank heavens! The shimmery face however, is the same.

Here’s a photo of me wearing the foundation to give you an idea of how it looks on the skin.

I should point out that I had a hefty amount of Make Up For Ever Full Cover on my chin in this picture and a little Photoready concealer under my eyes.

So what do I think?

The good:

  • I like how it looks in normal lighting and on camera – natural and fresh. It creates a soft-focus affect.
  • It’s one of those Smear-it-on-n-run foundations. No need to worry about brushes and bases and over blending.
  • It’s cheap.
  • The shade suits the undertones in my skin – ie. this shade is not pinky
  • Coverage is on the medium side of light to medium. You will need concealer for posts and discolouration – but that’s not a foundations job anyway.

The bad:

  • There’s no glow for me, soft with a touch of dewy and sparkle. The sparkle level is a little more than Photoready and looks fairly obvious is harsh lighting and sunlight. (I was a bit paranoid wearing it to be honest – it could have looked fine but I didn’t want to look like a disco ball).
  • Staying power is a HUGE downer for my skin (normal to combination). I had no foundation left on my chin after 2 hours, well if you don’t count the bits clinging to the side of my spot! After a full day of wearing I had hardly any product left on my face, with the exception of slightly flaky areas, which looked worse.
  • The shade range doesn’t cater for fair skin. If you’re NW/NC20 or lighter you will probably have difficulty finding a shade that suits.

Would I recommend?

For my skin type, no. If you don’t want a shimmery face, no. But this could work really well on dry skin, or even normal. If you have no issues with shimmer it’s worth a look. If you look on MakeUpAlley, some people love this so it could be a skin type issue with me. Personally, I won’t be repurchasing, although I will use up the rest of the bottle – I’ll just wear it on dull days :)

As I mentioned, I bought it in Boots for €6 – it’s well worth a try for that price. You might love it. Then if it doesn’t suit your skin type there’s no need for boo hoo’s. It’s usually €10.95 I think, hardly going to break the bank but we’re all looking after out cents these days.

Have you tried this? What do you think?


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  • Beautiful Bedlam

    I had a totally different experience with this foundation! I absolutely love it <3 The shimmer doesn't bother me at all, in fact I hardly notice it, it's more dewy on my skin somehow. Although I'll admit the staying power could be better, I found primer was a must with this. Definitely agree with the colour range too, pretty poor!
    Great post x


    • Amy Dillon

      Beautiful Bedlam – I am very jealous that you managed to achieve dewy! As I suspected, it was probably my annoying skin type! Glad to hear it works for you x

  • http://thriftythreads101.blogspot.ie/ Sarah O’B

    I completely agree! I actually have normal to dry skin and I hated this foundation, from the colour to the shine and the awful longevity of it. It funny because I have a friend who’s oily and she actually loves it and wears it all the time. I just felt like washing it off every time I wore it and that usually never happens me lol it’s funny how products can be so different for different folks.

  • becka

    I have very fair skin so any rimmel foundation makes me bright orange my fav drug store foundation is maybelline dream satin its amazing for all skin tones and it dosnt dry out and it has great coverage I really think you should try it if you haven’t already:), congrats on the baby btw :D

  • http://lushblush21.blogspot.com Kathy

    I tried this foundation. I like the overall coverage. It gave my skin a fresher appearance but like you I noticed it was gone after a few hours! There didn’t seem to be much lasting in it. I liked how easily it went on. It does have a shimmer in it but I liked that for daytime, especially in Ireland where the days are dull this gives a boost :) x

  • Tracey

    I actually thought this foundation was great. I wore it out the other night and I had no issues with lasting power, although i did use about 2 pumps worth. I have oily/combination skin. Usually i would stay away from shimmer/glow foundations. However since trying the likes of Nars Sheer glow, i feel more used to this type of foundation. Most foundations I try sit in my pores and are cakey looking…this is one of the few foundations which doesnt do that. It looks great under a magnified mirror. It gives me a very fresh and youthful look…im 31 but it makes me look about 24…i even had lots of 25 year old guys chatting me up the other night it made me look that youthful and awake.

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