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Foundation for Fair Skin | Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 010 – Light Porcelain


Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in LIght Porcelain


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.

Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse Foundation in Light Porcelain

Foundation for Pale Skin - Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse

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.

before foundation

after Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse

(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?

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  • Jo
    July 17, 2015

    Y’know I’ve suggested it before, but you really *must* try Boots No 7 in Calico (or use their whizzy Match Made Service to check the colour, but I reckon it’ll say Calico for you too). I also have combination skin, so I use Stay Perfect all over my face, then dab and blend Beautifully Matte over my t-zone, which is where I’m most shiny. (Beautifully Matte on its own all over is too cakey, I find.) It stays on all day and doesn’t slide off – even when I’m red in the face from running around a badminton court! – the colour match is perfect, AND it’s got SPF 15. Go on, give it a whirl! 😀

    • Lily
      July 20, 2015

      Jo – I have the Boots No 7 foundation too and it’s lush. Am also a redhead though (and therefore pale pale pale) and the first shade I tried a sample of was Calico. It made me look as if I had smeared mud on my face it was so dark! I suspect it’s not a good colour for redheads. 😉

      • Jo
        July 20, 2015

        Oh, that’s interesting, Lily. I’m pale pale pale too and Calico is perfect on me – no tide lines along my jaw and it blends brilliantly. So what colour do you use? Is there a lighter one than Calico?

        • Lily
          July 20, 2015

          It blends fantastically for me too, Jo. 🙂 Definitely one of the nicest foundations around. I use ‘Cool Ivory’ which I think is a touch lighter than Calico. Although not by much. I actually find Calico is a perfect match for my cheeks (where I get tons of pale freckles), but my forehead and chin are a touch lighter and that’s where it makes my skin look too dark.

          • Jo
            July 21, 2015

            Just goes to show that there are many shades of pale! 🙂

            • Jo
              July 21, 2015

              PS. I’m a redhead too 🙂

  • CiCi Marie
    July 17, 2015

    I was tempted to try it (although probably in another shade) until you said it wasn’t quite completely matte… and there goes another one! That translates on me as ‘it will be shiny as heck from the moment it touches your skin’. I’ve still not found much better than L’Oreal’s Infallible Matte for oily skin in terms of actually staying matte, and that includes more expensive foundations! Problem with that range is that I’m wearing the palest shade, which means people who’re paler than me can’t even think about it…

  • Lynette
    July 17, 2015

    these look great on your very pale skin, do Rimmel do matte for more olive skinned types?

    • Amber
      July 17, 2015

      I’ve no idea, I’m afraid – I’ve only ever shopped for myself, but I’m sure any site that sells it will have a list of available colours 🙂

  • Emily
    July 17, 2015

    I was so happy when I found out Rimmel had released the shade ‘010 Light Porcelain’ because I am super pale too and I was shocked that a drugstore brand had a shade light enough for me in my favourite foundation (Match Perfection). I had a sample of this a while ago from ASOS and it was way too dark but I loved the formula. This post has reminded me that I need to go and buy this in full size in the right shade for me!!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Deva
    July 24, 2015

    I didn’t love this one either when I used it (I still have a lot of the tube left…), but I found it’s better when layered over a primer and applied very lightly. It was much less cakey when I used it over primer.

  • Cece
    January 21, 2016

    Have you tried the Younique foundation in Scarlet? I’m hoping that it will be pale enough and provide enough coverage for my “white” skin (well I would call my complexion Japanese flag). I’ve been considering going the “mixing” route of taking pure white foundation,but I’m just not sure as it may not blend well with others and it’s more of a trial and error kind of process and I don’t have the money to waste.Have you tried this yourself?

  • Lisa
    January 20, 2017

    Great review, I found it a bit cakey too.

    Lisa | lisawoodbeauty.com