Rimmel STAY MATTE foundation - Review & swatches

Rimmel STAY MATTE foundation - Review & swatches

Monday, February 14, 2011 Sara Hassan , 36 Comments
First of all, a Happy Valentines Day to you all :)

Today's review is about the NEW Stay Matte foundation by Rimmel London. Let's find out how it really is.

Rimmel London STAY MATTE foundation
Rimmel's new Stay Matte Foundation features upgraded formulations incorporating it’s first natural shine-control complex.  This innovative Natural Shine Control Complex combines three botanicals– Cotton to help control excess oil, Chamomile to help calm skin and reduce redness, and Cucumber for its clarifying properties – to soothe and clarify the complexion while absorbing excess oil. The result is a high-performance formula that continuously helps control shine and keeps skin looking flawlessly fresh and matte for up to 12 hours.

But that's not all.  While shine-control foundations can often be thick and heavy, Stay Matte feels lightweight.  It glides on smoothly to provide even, natural-looking, long-wearing coverage that effectively conceals imperfections while revealing your natural flawless matte perfection.  And, because it is free of fragrance, oils, parabens and talc, and because it won't clog pores, it's great for all skin types.

My thoughts
So I got this foundation in my mail some weeks ago and since then I have been using it to see how it is. First of all, it's NOT really a matte foundation. I would say it's rather 'Semi Matte' with an obvious dewy finish. When I first used it, I found it a little runny but smooth in consistency and because of that I felt it hard to control and blend into my skin. It takes some time to blend flawlessly however I wish it were a bit thick in consistency.

This foundation gives a light coverage which looks very natural. My face looks smooth and dewy when I put it on. It works like a tinted moisturizer for me. I have been wearing it to college for sometime and I have noticed that it lasts for some good 4-5 hours when I set it with a matte pressed powder which is pretty decent. Okay now, I have a combination skin and my T-zone gets shiny. This foundation doesn't eliminate any shine so it's not suitable for anyone who has an oily skin type. So far, it hasn't broke me out or clogged pores.



Here's how it looks after application

Overall, I'd say that this foundation has a decent coverage and is okay for everyday use. It doesn't give any cakey effect and my skin looks fresh wearing it. But it works best when paired with Rimmel Stay Matte compact powder. I don't see myself using it in summer, after all it's not really a matte foundation.

Rimmel Stay Matte foundation costs PKR 750 and is available at all superstore across Pakistan.

What do you think about it? Has anyone tried it yet?

36 comments :

  1. pretty Sarah.. ....The foundaion looks promising. :)

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  2. you know i hated this foundation , i gave it away , it was way too watery and very little coverage. It worked as tinted moisturizer for me
    PS love your winged liner

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  3. Cool I have been wanting to try this foundation; great review :)

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  4. nice review n you look very good :D
    wht you do for eyebrows they look very well defined

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  5. Sarah i always love ur winged eyeliner.
    how do u apply this perfect winged eyeliner ????

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  6. wow so pretty...the foundation looks great in quality...you are looking pretty as always.

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  7. I have this foundation and I quite like it! :) Thanks for the review!

    Your makeup is gorgeous! You are such a beauty!

    Happy Valentines Day sweetie! ♥

    xx Leslie

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  8. Thanks for the lovely comments ladies :)

    @maryam, I use an eyebrow defining pencil to shape my brows :)

    @Silverstargirl and @Sarah, thank you for liking my winged liner :D

    @Leslie, Awwwww thanks a lot for calling me a beauty :D

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  9. great review! you are so pretty in the pictures =)

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  10. Your skin looks so harmonious, you are very pretty :-)

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  11. Happy Valentines day doll!!! Anyway nice review for that but I'm currently using a lot of mineral make up right now, I'm hoping that it's just a phase that eventually it will go away hahaha!!!

    Take Care!

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  12. Great review.
    LOVE your winged eye-liner :)

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  13. Sarah i luv your photography & Camera :)

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  14. This one look nice. :)

    Dejoiss

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  15. hmmmm m thinking about buying it as well
    sara you have definitely increased my shopping list :P

    i think you should start winged eyeliner contest :P

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  16. @Sidra, lol :D Sidra if you're looking for a lighter coverage then get this one else I would suggest you to check other foundations by Rimmel, maybelline and Loreal that give medium coverage.

    Contest ??? why :P

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  17. hahah because every body is loving your winged eye liner, including *me*. :D
    and seriously girl i am confused with this foundation thingy. there are so many brands :o
    i seriously dont want to waste my money again :(

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  18. GREAT REVIEW!
    I followed you back. WINK :)

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  19. Hmmmm after your review, I really want to try it out. :) I've never tried any Rimmel before and now I think I should. Thanks for the review and your skin is gorgeous I don't think you need foundation at all.

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  20. The foundation looks really good on you! I like how it's paraben free too - I'm trying to switch to more natural beauty products.

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  21. awesome review hun and the foundation looks lovely on you.
    btw thanks for visiting my blog, i'm now your new follower ^-^
    http://beautystyleaddict.blogspot.com/

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  22. i love this foundation. ive used it for a long time..(different presentation) i set it with the stay matte powder and my face does stay matte for a longg time. i have oily skin and it works well for my skin. :)

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  23. I love how natural and smooth your skin looks...

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  24. Hey Sara! I really love your taste in make up and your honest reviews! Check out my blog sometime, or follow me too if you'd like. viralitis.blogspot.com :)

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  25. I love this foundation! however, I think the shade you're using is not quite right for your skin tone, you should always test it on your face instead of your hands, I think you should try a darker shade (never darker than your own skin tone of course) :)

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  26. Thanks For sharing i will go for it...

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  27. hey Sarah..awsome blog...finally smthing for karachittes...bt one thing , u mention just4girls.pk quite a lot..i visit the site bt ws quite dissapointed wid da prices..a few products r priced way too higher than they actually cost.. Mac's mineralize satinfinish foundation for instance...they r sellin it fr around 4k while i got it fr around 1200 frm a local cosmetic shop...i visted again and it yep 1200 it ws... :( i wanna order quite a few thngs bt cnt trust em now

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    1. Hi Rkhan, well mac sells mineralize satinfinish for 30$ which is equal to 2800 Rs and of course when you add some 500 Rs for shipping, you get around 3500 Rs. MAC doesn't sell their stuff lower than this price. I believe the one you have is either a fake one or an expired one. Please do not trust these local cosmetics stores. Always buy MAC from trusted sources. Thank you!

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  28. I got the stay matte foundation recently and use it as a concealer. Its really frustrating that there are no good foundations for oily skins! I'd like medium coverage (I have a lot of open pores and acne scars on my cheeks) what do you suggest?

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    1. I say you should give L'Oreal true match foundation a shot. it's meant for oily skin is much better compared to Stay Matte.

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  29. sara!! your reviews are very helpfull for me...
    you are looking very prettyy in the fotos above...i think you have weared the same foundation which u have reviewd above??

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  30. sarah wch lipstick n blush u wearn in ds post?

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    1. I am wearing Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Firecracker and Rimmel Mono Blush in Santa Rose :) x

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  31. you look a little bit like Sonam kapoor in this picture ;) .. Nice review =)

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  32. Nice review Sarah !!
    I am planning to get this one

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