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 wonโ€™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 โ€“ 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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