If you’ve been following my ongoing hunt for foundations for pale skin, you’ll know that the search pretty much ground to a halt the day I discovered the palest shade in the Rimmel range: ‘Light Porcelain’.
I’ve previously described this as the best drugstore foundation for pale skin (in terms of the colour match, anyway), and I currently own both the Match Perfection Foundation and the Lasting Finish Foundation in this shade. Well, naturally I needed MORE pale foundation (I mean, what am I, some kind of animal, with only two different foundations to choose from?), so when I popped into the supermarket for groceries a few weeks ago, I found myself leaving with a bottle of Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, in my favourite shade. And also a lipstick, a lip pencil, a bottle of eye makeup remover, and a bag of Haribo. None of which have anything to do with this post, actually, but I can’t be the only one who goes into the supermarket to pick up milk or something, and comes out with half the beauty section, can I?
Anyway, I bought this for two reasons. Actually, make that THREE reasons:
01. I’m physically incapable of walking past a Rimmel stand without buying something.
02. This was the only foundation they had in this particular shade that I hadn’t tried yet. I have the vague intention of working my way through the whole range at some point, so I figured I may as well get a move on with that.
03. I have combination skin (normal on the cheeks, greasy on the t-zone), but lately I’ve been looking even shinier than I usually do, and it’s starting to annoy me, so a foundation with the words “Stay Matte” in the name seemed like a good idea.
Colour wise, this is basically identical to the other two Rimmel Foundations I’ve reviewed: it looks a little darker here than it is, probably because the inside of my wrist is much paler than my face, but I’ve included a couple of shots of me actually wearing it, to give you an idea of the shade. For me, this colour is as close to perfect as it gets, so I was perfectly happy with the shade. I was less impressed with everything else, though, unfortunately, which was a shame, because I love the other two Rimmel Foundations I have, so I’d expected great things from it.
The main issue for me is the consistency. When I hear the word “mousse” I imagine something very light and fluffy, not to be confused with a moose, which is a big creature with scary antlers. This mousse, however, is actually quite thick: it’s not hard to apply, and it does blend quite easily, but I find that once it’s on, it looks very cakey, especially around the nose, lips and eyebrows, where it’s very visible on the skin. I have to use tiny amounts of it to avoid this (I learned this the hard way, having had to actually go and wash it all off and start again a couple of times when I used too much), but tiny amounts don’t offer much in the way of coverage, which kind of defeats the purpose.
(The foundation magically refreshes your lipstick, too: it’s a miracle, I tells ya!)
The coverage itself is pretty good – I’d say it’s medium/full and although it’s very cakey on my skin, that’s obviously not to say it’ll be the same on yours so, you know, don’t let me put you off, here. The cakey-ness also doesn’t really show up in a photo which makes me seem like I’m lying about it, but I promise I’m not! Ultimately it’s just way too dry for me, but, despite that, it actually doesn’t leave my skin totally matte, either – I still have to use powder on the t-zone, which isn’t what I’d expect from a product called ‘Stay Matte’, to be honest.
Still, as I said, this is just my experience, and it looks like this just wasn’t the right choice for my particular skin type. I do still love the colour, though, and will be continuing to try out products from the range. So far my favourite is still the Match Perfection, which was the first one I tried – I guess the clue was in the name there, huh?