Kitty Blackadder

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer


This has been on my 'to review' list for a couple of weeks now, but, as time went on, I kept nudging it back down the list - what was I going to say about it? Do I like it? What does it do? I kept thinking, 'I can't write a review until I can answer these questions' but ultimately, I think after a while, not being able to answer them is a review in itself.

As time goes on and I learn more about makeup and become more comfortable and knowledgeable in applying it to myself, I've started to delve deeper down the rabbit whole of base products - primers and lotions, creams and sprays, I've started to want to have a more in depth understanding of creating that 'your skin but better' look. Admittedly, it's not going so well. The first three primers I tried - I reacted badly to (Benefit's That Gal - which caused itching and redness, Benefit's Porefessional - which caused small bumps all around my nose and the Laura Mercier Face Primer - which caused a few  big ol' nasty spots to appear), so yeah, it's fair to say that it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I started on this primer!

Imagine my joy when after a skin test and a few days wear there was no sign of any spots, itching, rashes or mysterious bumps - I figured I could chalk that up as a win. But after the initial glee of finding a primer I could actually wear wore off (no pun intended), I started to kind of realise that while it didn't do anything bad to my skin... it didn't really seem to do a whole lot else either.

On application this has a bit of that silicone-y, slip feeling that I know some people don't like - but this one does feel much more like a cream/lotion than say the Benefit Porefessional or the Maybelline Baby Skin does. On 'flatter' areas such as my chin and forehead, I feel this works in pretty well. It takes a little minute of rubbing it in, but it seems easy enough to do really. However, on my nose - which is where I could really use some shine control - I find the consistency of this and not being able to easily 'rub' on such a small/curved area, means a lot of the time, it feels more like I'm pushing it over my skin, rather than into it.

Applying makeup over the top is no problem as this absorbs relatively fast into the skin - though I always apply my face primer, do my eye makeup then  go in with foundation, so maybe you'd run into issues if you started to apply foundation immediately afterwards. Over the course of the day though, I can't say I notice any difference with this being there.

I don't have serious oily skin problems, in fact, with the exception of my nose - and my chin and forehead to a slight extent, my skin is very dry and products always last fine on it, but even with my low shine issues, this doesn't seem to do a whole lot to keep my foundation in place and looking fresh. When wearing it to work, I still needed to powder my nose on my lunch break, I still could see that shine coming through on my chin at the end of the shift.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

I've heard a lot of positive things about this primer, and what with the drugstore price tag, I'd certainly recommend giving it a shot - especially if, like me, you've reacted to high end samples and are nervous about splashing out on something you have a high chance of not tolerating. Everyone's skin is so different; it has different needs and reacts differently to all different things - so while this isn't a win for me, I'd still say it's worth a try given its seemingly more gentle formula, the fact it won't break the bank, and because I've heard a lot of other folks sing its' praises. 

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer is available, here, for £5.99 

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