Thursday, November 7, 2013

REVIEW: Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mouse Foundation

I'm pretty excited about this review!  I normally don't wear foundation.  My skin is oily and I have yet to find more than one foundation that doesn't exacerbate this.  I don't like heavy either, be it fragrance or formula.  That weighted down feeling is enough to ruin a day and when you couple that with Florida humidity, its the perfect storm for irritation.  Also, I have freckles along my cheekbones that I'm pretty fond of, so I don't like foundations that hid them.  Long story short, I'm a tough customer.

I received a complimentary sample of Rimmel London Stay Matte liquid mousse foundation from Influenster for testing and review purposes.  Like I said, I'm pretty excited about it and its because I have oily skin and a big forehead.  I'm not shy about it.  The problem is I have oily skin and a large forehead.  It's terrible.  Another reason I don't like wearing most foundations is because most have a shine and I usually have to couple the foundation with a powder and then I get that heavy feeling and start to think it looks cakey, no matter how light handed I am with both.  So when I got the chance to test this product before it hit shelves, I was all over it!

The packaging is cute, the bottle has no shine (in keeping with the matte theme I'm sure).  I had to choose the shade closest to my own over the internet and I was nervous I wouldn't pick a shade close enough to actually wear.  I selected their shade "True Beige" and even when I saw the shade on the outside of the bottle I was sure it would be too dark.  I tested it along my jaw and it seemed like a good fit *sigh*.
My initial testing happened while I was filming a quick unboxing via YouTube.  What I though was a small enough dab for a swatch was actually a lot more than I anticipated.  It smells amazing, like powder.  The texture is in fact light and airy and it definitely has an excellent shine control.  I'm not too concerned about minimizing pores, mines are decent for the most part.  Foundation needs to pass a few things before I give the recommendation.

My second testing was a complete look.  I was headed out with my husband for his doctors appointment and I wanted to see how the foundation would hold up A) against Florida humidity and B) against the day in general.  I've included some before and after photos below.  I wanted to do a half and half shot (of my one side of my face sans the shine control foundation and the other with) but I didn't want either side being out of balance.  I also included a pic of myself at the end of the day just to show how it held.  I a not using any setting spray to hold the look.

So clearly here's the before & after :)

And here's the end of the day!
Clearly I couldn't use the same lighting, but the foundation fared well!!

The foundation held up against a sticky 80 degrees :)  I felt fresh faced all day and not once did I feel like I was shiny! 

Rimmel London Stay Matte liquid mousse gets a huge thumbs up from this weary mommy!!  It met all my requirements and I am very pleased :)
  1. It must REDUCE my shiny forehead's shine!
  2. It CANNOT feel heavy
  3. It in no way can add to my oiliness 
  4. I don't want to have to do touch ups!  3 kids allow for zero wiggle room on this rule.
  5. I must look awesome!
Checks all around!  Here are links to Influenster, the Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation product page and my influenster profile.  If you've tried this product PLEASE leave me a comment on your experience :)  

Hugs til later,
Domesticated 1022


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