I’ve been trying out a couple of new Rimmel London products throughout the past week, so I thought I’d pull them out of the drawer to share my thoughts. Mainly all face products, with one body product I think is so worth a try. I feel like every time Rimmel bring out something new amongst their range of makeup, I have to give it a go. I love how bright and exciting their products always are, and testing things out to see how they work is always interesting.
I decided to try this foundation in the shade 100 Ivory, as I always go for the lightest one available. It claimed to erase signs of tiredness and daily stress, which I found intriguing as that pretty much sums up my life (and I’m sure a lot of others can relate!) It’s a skin brightening foundation with Vitamin C and radiance pearls. It’s thick in consistency, blendable with a sponge and the packaging includes a pump which is a plus.
Unfortunately, the lightest shade is just not light enough. It oxidises as soon as it touches my skin (as you’ll see from the swatches below) and comparing it to my neck – my whole face looks orange. It’s such a shame, as the finish is so nice. It’s really glowy, youthful and provides an even, medium-full coverage. It sits really well on the skin and you don’t even need to powder away the glow. The colour just isn’t right. If you tan or don’t have pale skin, you are more likely to find a colour to match in this foundation as it just gets darker from here. This shade though, is probably 2 shades too dark for me, so sadly, I’ll have to pass it on to someone else 😞
I haven’t used a Rimmel concealer in so long. It was the brand I went for when I first started buying makeup and I loved it at the time. After trying the Wake Me Up Concealer, I remembered why I loved it so much. The formula is so good – creamy, blends easily and doesn’t crease. The wand applies a decent amount of product, quickly. It immediately makes me look more awake and brightens the skin under my eyes, so it’s great that it lives up to the name.
The shade 010 Ivory works well with the foundation shade I mentioned above, as it’s several shades lighter to brighten and highlight. I’m not too sure if it will be light enough to brighten with the foundations that actually match my skin tone. I hope Rimmel considers pale skin in future product shades!
If you’re into cream products, especially throughout winter while your skin is probably slightly drier than usual, this is a really nice highlight and a product I can definitely recommend. I’ve heard others say it’s very subtle, but I think the opposite. It stands out without being over the top, depending on the amount you apply. It blends nicely on top of your foundation, doesn’t separate it at all.
I have the shade 001 Notting Hill Glow, which is a really pale silvery-pink shimmer. It has specks of silver shimmer through it, so if you’re into more of a smooth highlight this probably isn’t for you. Something great about this product is that it actually sets on your skin. It’s creamy at first when you apply it, allowing you time to make sure it’s spread out and blended by tapping your finger or using a sponge. After about 10-20 seconds it sets in place, you can’t feel it at all and it won’t budge.
I’m still undecided on this 2-in-1 primer and setting spray. I think as a primer, it’s brilliant. Very refreshing, smells slightly of cucumber and is a bit tacky at first on the skin, providing that base for foundation to stick to. I do believe it makes my foundation stay on longer, and I love how I can spray on a primer without needing to spread it out with my fingers or a brush.
As a setting spray, it doesn’t feel that great on my skin for a while after applying it. It does have that feeling of locking my makeup down, but in a tight way. I do have sensitive skin, so it could just be that. It may also be the layering of products which my skin doesn’t seem to like. For me, I think it works better as just a primer, and that is definitely how I’m going to continue using it because it is a really great product.
I finally said goodbye to my Australis Rapid Tan this previous summer and moved onto something new, the Rimmel Sunshimmer self tanning mousse. I’ve seen this tan pushed a lot over the last year or so, yet I never really took to it as I product I wanted to try. I think the name turned me off, as it just sounded like a shimmery bronzing product. After actually giving it a go, I was impressed. It’s a good tan!
I have it in the shade Medium Matte – there’s light, medium and dark. This colour is so good for fair skin, as it gives you a natural finish without the obvious look of wearing fake tan. As this shade is so light, even after letting it develop for longer than usual, I don’t know how much the light shade would show up, but I guess it depends on the finish you’re after.
It fades nicely, which was something I really loved about it. I could apply it on a Sunday and it would last for about 3-4 days. It then starts to fade gradually through to the weekend, without patchiness. It also doesn’t require too much scrubbing to start over again.
They do say it has no fake tan smell, which it doesn’t as you’re applying it. It does for me though, while it’s developing. I think it’s quite hard to avoid the smell of tan, but you get used to it after a while.