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?
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.
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.
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.
October favourites time! There are quite a few this month. I also came across quite a few products that I didn’t rate at all, maybe I should make a disappointments video too. I find those useful, let me know if you do. For now, here are my current favourite make-up and beauty products…
Nails http://tinyurl.com/64rppnh Face – Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation, Bourjois bronzer, MAC Dame blush, MAC All that Glitters & Satin Taupe Eyeshadows, MAC Fluidline, Collection 2000 Collagen Curl Mascara, MAC Angel lipstick, Collection 2000 concealer wand.
All of the opinions expressed in this video are entirely my own. I have not been sponsored by any of the brands mentioned in this video. (less info)
I needed a little pick me up yesterday so I bought a new book (The Radleys – meh!) and popped to my local Starbucks for a huge mug of tea. However, after I settled myself in to cosy arm chair it became apparent that I was sitting in the middle of some Mammy and toddler convention. Now I love kids but there was no chance of unwinding. I decided to take myself into Boots and treat myself to a few new lipsticks instead. I blame the hyper children :)
Boots are running 3 for 2 on Rimmel products so I had to buy three lipstick. Had to.
I swatched about twenty lipsticks and finally settled on three. I went for bright, current shades rather than my usual nudes/nude pinks.
The three I went for are 110 Pink Gossip, 620 Coral Queen and 340 Lily Extase (Left to right).
And here are some swatches…
All three are both creamy and pigmented, I think that’s why I chose them. Lily Extase and Coral Queen are a little outside my comfort zone so I’ll start with Pink Gossip. Face of the days using these bad boys to follow :)
I have been using Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation for a month now, exclusively – which is odd for me. I recorded a video review for those of you who are in the Market for a “drugstore” foundation. I hope you enjoy!
For my nails today I chose a rather vampy shade by Rimmel called ‘Desire’. I fancied something a little more sultry today rather than the usual taupey shades I have been chasing lately.
And some swatches… (taken in natural light)
As I have mentioned previously, I’m a big fan of Rimmel’s Pro formulations; they’re creamy, easy to apply, have a wider brush, dry super fast, last a decent amount of time and they’re cheap. What more in there to say! Love.
I’m on a bit of a nail care kick at the moment so I have been picking up products left right and centre, the latest of which are thanks to Rimmel. I’m a huge fan of the 60 second nail polishes so I am keen to try these.
Stronger, Pro Super Wear and Nail Rescue
Nail Rescue – This is a professional “salon”-style 2 week treatment that is designed for brittle and weak nails. It promises to make nails noticeably harder and stronger after just two weeks usage. Testing starts today on this one!
Pro Super Wear Top Coat This one is a high shine top coat, a 3D superior shine topcoat according to the label :) It claims to be chip resistant for up to 10 days. It’s designed to prolong intensity of the nail colour and wear. I’ll be back with an update.
Stronger Base/ Top Coat with LYCRA This one is designed to reinforce nails with diamond particles and calcium. Sounds fancy. It also contains Vitamin A & E, Pro-Vitamin B-5 for conditioning – this really appealed to me. According to the instruction I should apply it as a base coat and a top coat. They claim that the lycra formula makes the finish more durable. Watch this space.
Have you tried any of these? What do you use as a top and base coat?
I love trying out different concealers. Mainly because I’m searching for the elusive ‘affordable yet amazing’ one. I know, it’s a lot to expect but I think I may have found one that comes close.
I have using Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer for the past week. Not only am I very impressed, but I’m also delighted, I can’t help comparing it to YSL Touche Eclat.
It’s described as a 2-in-1 product. It claims to conceal and highlight in one, oh and blend to your skin tone. I was very doubtful, especially after my experience with Rimmel’s Recovery Concealer. It has a brush at the top of the tube for easy application.
I have shade 030, Classic Beige (I’m usually a beige shade in Rimmel foundations). There are two other shades available too, one lighter (ivory I think) and one darker. It has to be said that none of the shades are particularly dark. I would have expected more shades in the range but then again it does claim to blend with your skintone. Originally I thought I might be somewhere between the lightest and mid shade since I planned to use it under my eye and wanted it to be a little lighter than my skin tone. Imagine my surprise when I brushed on some 030 and it blended seamlessly with my skin tone.
This blended with my skin tone, didn’t sink into crevises, looked light and fresh and was also easy to apply. What else could I ask for. I’m not a huge fan of YSL Touche Eclat, there are plenty of products on the market that are practically identical and that don’t have a hefty price tag. I wouldn’t buy it again after trying the Rimmel one. I am also going to pick one up for my mum who doesn’t wear foundation but has broken caprillaries, this will be perfect for her.
The brush idea is both good and bad. It’s great for easy application but brushes do harbour bacteria so I would feel the need to use some brush cleaning spray on occasion, especially since this product is used close to the eyes. That being said, I also applied at the outside of my eye and along the side of my nose too.
For reference the tube contains 7ml. It costs £5.99 in Boots, chemists and supermarkets but I tend to wait for Boots 3 for 2 offers :)
Have you tried this? Do you have a favourite Rimmel product?
Rimmel Pro Lycra 291 Urban Princess is a perfect Barbie pink. I love the wide tapered edge brush, great for lazy girls like me. Two coats et voila, nails that would make Barbie jealous.
I didn’t apply a base or top coat, tut tut. It dried very quickly. It lasted 3 days before starting to chip at the nail tips. The chipping was quite minor though, I don’t think others would have noticed it.
For some reason, I’m not loving the colour. Maybe it doesn’t suit my skin tone at the moment. I might put it away until Summer when my hands are a little darker.
On a different note, I have no idea what is going on with my nails lately. I have to trim them every few days, they’re super strong and growing like mad. My nails have always been weak and crumbly so I have no idea what’s happening to them. Although, I’m certainly not complaining!