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Review and Wear Test of Rimmel London Stay Matte Mouse Foundation

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I’ll be honest. Rimmel has never been on my radar. They don’t strike me as the most “inclusive” of makeup brands. But since I can’t help to browse down every single makeup aisle at Walmart, I say they have some dark shades that just might work for me.

I’m no stranger to having to “make something work” for my skintone. I’ve been doing it since I was 13 years old. If something is too light, I can add a ton of bronzer or mix it with something that I already have. Having to mix foundations, especially with different formulas infuriates me. I don’t get to reap the benefits of said foundation because I’ve changed the formula by virtue of just mixing it with a different on just to get a good color match.
Well, having said all that, I was willing to give Rimmel a fair chance. Today I wore the shade Deep Mocha, without mixing, just to see if it would live up to it’s claims.

I took before and after pictures as well as pictures after 1 hour, 4 hours and 8 hours. I took pictures in the same lighting conditions each time.



Rimmel describes their foundation as

A feather light, oil free formula with an airy mousse texture that won’t feel heavy or greasy. Delivers all day shine control and blends flawlessly for a natural looking matte finish. Minimizes the appearance of pores. The wait is over – finally, shine has met its matte.

The texture is pretty light, almost with a whipped texture.  The coverage is absolutely full! I tried to sheer it about a bit because it felt almost too heavy but it was having none of that!  There was no difference when I applied it with a sponge or brush. The darkest color was still a hair too light.  I had to color correct some of my discoloration to keep the foundation for turning almost gray in those areas.

The finish was velvety and really matte.  I would NOT recommend this for dry skin.  Even as an oily person, I had to make sure my skin was well moisturized and primed or else it really emphasized all of the pores and texture on my skin.

Here is what the foundation looks like after an hour

Here it is after 4 hours

It hold held up pretty well up to this point.  There was some fading around my nose and mouth, but overall it still looked fresh.

8 Hours Later

After 8 hours there was a fair amount of fading under my eyes and around my nose.  It started to breakdown on my cheeks which tend to be really oily.

Final Thoughts

Overall this is a really nice foundation. There is a really significant jump between the two darkest colors which is annoying and a few darker shades added to the collection wouldn’t hurt.  This suits more oily skin types best. I probably wont repurchase this unless there is a shade extension.

XOXO Aisha

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No Makeup, Makeup Look Using All Drugstore Products

I wish that I could say that getting a, “No, I woke up like this!” makeup look was as easy as slapping on some tinted moisturizer, mascara and lip gloss and running out the door.  My dark circles, large pores and hyperpigmintation will not let me do that!

So I present to you, my no makeup, natural look using a product list as long as my arm!

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Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream in Coffee Glaze $4.99 for 1 fl oz.

This stuff is amazing!  It’s as light as a tinted moisturizer with the coverage of a foundation (depending on your application technique)

I like to apply mine with an elf foundation brush.  It gives me a nice amount to coverage and blends seamlessly.

Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer in Deep #60 $6.49 for .11 oz.

I like to apply this under my BB cream.  I know you’re supposed to apply concealer after foundation, but this works better for me.  I let it dry down a little bit, then stippled my BB cream on top so I don’t disturb the concealer.

Elf Sheer Finishing Powder in Deep/Dark $6.00

This powder isn’t my favorite because it reads really cool, almost grey on my skin.  However, it did an okay job of setting my BB Cream if i use a really light hand.

Elf Blush Quad in Dark $6.00

This blush quad is a super economical choice that works with many looks.  The quad comes with two cool shades and two warm shades in matte and shimmer.  I chose the matte warm color for this look.

Maybelline brow precise fiber volumizer $8.92 for 0.27 fl oz

Maybelline is really upping their brow game!   Whats great about this brow product is that it has tiny fibers that look like actual brow hair.  The more layers you add, the darker it gets.

Covergirl Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Q875 $6.94 for 0.13 oz

This chubby little twist up stick is amazing!  It gives a tiny bit of color and moisturizes like crazy.  This is one of those lip products I can apply without a mirror!  The color is the perfect glossy nude that can work on a lot of skin tones because it’s so sheer.

Elf Makeup Mist & Set $3.00 for 2.02 oz

This setting spray is just…meh.  I don’t expect a great setting spray at this price. I actually prefer to use it as a primer instead of a setting spray.  It feels just tacky enough to give my foundations something to stick too.

Loreal Paris Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black $8.97 

I hear this is supposed to be a dupe for the Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced.  I can’t compare because I’ve never used the Too Faced before.  I can say that this has become me holy grail mascara.  I like that It can build on itself without turning into one giant eye lash!

What are some of your favorite no-makeup makeup products??