Monday, January 17, 2011

{Review} Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in Ivory

I know a lot of people have been curious about this foundation because I have had several people ask for me to review this foundation, so here it is! It makes a lot of bold claims, that it treats acne and will keep skin matte, pretty hefty claims.

The people over at Rimmel really made sure that everyone knows that this foundation has something called a Skinpure complex, which is apparently supposed to help clarify your skin. I'm not just speaking about this foundation but others as well that claim using them will help treat acne. They are almost all lying. At best a foundation won't break you out. But I have yet to come across a foundation, even from more high end brands like Clinique, that on their own treat acne. And I doubt you guys have either because lets face it, wearing foundation isn't good for your skin, no matter how much the cosmetics industry tells us otherwise.

This foundation also claims to keep skin matte. It is specifically oil free to help with this.

"Oil free. Non-comedogenic. Non-acnegenic. Fragrance free. Paraben free." All this doesn't do is save kittens, lol!

I really like the dispenser. I find that many liquid foundations come in a glass bottle with a hole at the top, which is incredibly unsanitary. This one comes in a plain, fuss free, clean squeeze tube, definitely a plus.

A swatch:

I have this foundation in shade 100 Ivory, the lightest they offer, and it is a good match for my skin tone. I don't know if you can see, but the texture of this foundation is very thick. Much thicker than most liquid foundations. It is more like a cream foundation, except much more difficult to blend. That's probably one of my biggest annoyances with this foundation, how difficult it is to blend.

As for it's mattifying capabilities, well, it doesn't keep me matte. But then again, I do have very oily skin. If you are combination or only mild to moderately oily this foundation may work for you. Also, if you don't like heavy foundations, do not buy this. I really like a foundation to give decent coverage, but not feel like a mask. This one feels like a mask. I felt aware of the makeup on my face all day long, which is uncomfortable.

On the plus side, this foundation does give good coverage. I'd say it's medium to full. You can definitely build it up to get a more full coverage. I like the finish, which is very flawless. It wasn't matte on me, but less dewy than other foundations right after I apply, which I suppose is something. And as far as an acne treatment, I haven't used it long enough to really test its effectiveness, but I highly doubt a foundation can effectively treat acne.

In general, not a bad foundation, but it definitely doesn't live up to the bold claims that it makes. If you have combination skin, however, this foundation may work for you very well!

-Good coverage, medium to full.
-Not as dewy as some foundations.
-Flawless finish.
-Oil free.
-Hygienic packaging.

-Thick texture makes it difficult to blend.
-Feels heavy on.
-Isn't really mattifying.


Price: $7.99

Ingredients: Water Aqua , Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Mineral Oil Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isostearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tromethamine, Lanolin Alcohol, Fragrance, Parfum, Sodium PCA, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Octyldodecanol, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT, Titanium Dioxide. May Contain - CI 77891, Iron Oxides.

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was purchased by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in comments!


  1. i just loooooove your blog and it really helps me when I'm shopping for makeup. love ya Nat:) This is just a suggestion but can you include information or some sort of thing on cosmetics that are tested on animals. I think it would help a lot of people stop using those types of things.

  2. Thank you so much! And yes, I will put together a post on animal testing because it is something that I look out for and can be a tricky subject. Thanks for commenting!