Welcome back to another #ShopMyStash post! Today I’ll be putting the Rimmel London Fresher Skin foundation to the test. I’ve been wanting to review this foundation for a little while now and thought this was the perfect opportunity to do so. If you’d like to know how it fared over a trial week, keep reading.
This is a newer foundation from affordable, “drug store” brand Rimmel that retails for $18.95 AUD from pharmacies and supermarkets. The brand claims “light, breathable coverage for an even, natural-looking, fresh finish that stays shine-free all day”. This foundation has SPF 15 in it and is available in eight shades.
For reference, I use the palest shade Light Porcelain and it’s a pretty good match. It has pink/cool undertones to it and is quite fair. My skin type is normal/combination – I can get dehydrated and dry around the perimeter of my face and a little more oily in the T-zone with some breakouts occurring on my chin and forehead.
- This is a lightweight, comfortable formula that doesn’t feel too cakey on the skin. I believe the “breathable” claims are spot on.
- The shade match is good for my skin, and there is a range of shades available for different skin tones.
- The finish on this foundation is beautiful. It looks really lovely and semi-matte once it has set slightly and dried down. It still remains comfortable despite the semi-matte finish. The foundation does stay relatively “shine-free” throughout the day, but still gives a natural look, as it claims.
- Because it does set itself, powdering is optional. I still powder to set this foundation but I think you could get away with not setting it at all.
- There is a fresh scent to this foundation that fades upon application.
- It performed quite well and lasted a working day beneath a pore-minimising, silicone primer. I found the longer I had this foundation on, the nicer it looked (maybe as my natural oils started coming through).
- The packaging. I really dislike the tub package and how difficult/unhygienic it is to get the product out. I wish it came in a pump bottle, but as the texture of this product is sort of like jelly I understand why it is in a pot.
- The application. I struggled hard to figure out how best to apply this foundation. I started with a flat top dense brush and that just made the foundation streaky and messy. Next I tried my oval brush from Simple Glam Girls, but again I had no luck combating the streaks. Moving on to the Real Techniques damp sponge but that just absorbed the product right off my face. I went into Priceline and asked one of the consultants there what they recommended and they suggested just using my fingers. I did this for a while but just found that messy and time consuming. The formula gets slightly tacky as it dries down and sets and I found that using my fingers meant I was pulling at my skin more. Finally, I settled on another beauty sponge I had in my collection from BYS that is much denser than the Real Techniques and doesn’t get as damp. This has worked the best so far, but it still takes time to blend the product well and get rid of streaks and lines.
- The formula itself is interesting because it seems to react very badly with water – it just comes straight off! This is why the RT sponge failed, because it was damp and the product was just not staying put on my face. I have only tested this foundation in winter, so I have no idea how it would react to the warmer weather and a sweaty face. My feeling is that this foundation will not perform well.
- This foundation is difficult to build up. The more you put on, the more comes right back off again. One thin layer seems to work well, but any more on top of that just sends you back to the start.
- Similarly, concealer doesn’t sit as well over this foundation – it can look cakey.
Overall, I rate this foundation 3/10. The coverage is lightweight and comfortable (in the cooler weather at least), which I prefer. The shade match is good, and I really like the finish after it has set. This is just a frustrating product to apply. Its packaging doesn’t help matters, and then to only be able to use one application tool successfully is a bit annoying. Even with the BYS sponge working relatively well, it still takes time to really buff and blend this foundation so it looks undetectable. I certainly cannot wear this foundation on a quick makeup day as the application time is ludicrous.
In saying that, I will get use out of this foundation (it would be a waste otherwise) when I have more time up my sleeve and I want a nice, semi-matte, slightly blurring foundation that feels comfortable. Luckily this is a more affordable foundation so the fact that it is not perfect is easier to accept. I can definitely make this foundation work for me, but I wouldn’t repurchase it and I don’t really recommend it.
Have you tried this foundation? Let me know your tips and tricks in the comments below!