Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

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What is it?

A foundation setting powder that mattifies the face and helps prevent oiliness. Claims ‘up to 5 hours natural shine controlwith natural minerals’ and ‘helps minimise the appearance of pores’.

The Review

I discovered this product through a youtube beauty guru and had been looking for something to replace my MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural –  not that I don’t like it anymore – just that it is expensive, even though it lasts a long time.

I purchased the colour 005 Sandy Beige and when I tried it over my usual foundation routine for the very first time, I was thoroughly impressed. Although it didn’t add any extra coverage (incidentally this is something I don’t really need) it glided on beautifully.

It has a very light, smooth texture on the skin and such a natural finish that although it is mattifying (and it does this very well) I feel it’s barely detectable on your skin, lacking that sometimes common ‘cakey’ look.

Although I was impressed with the initial application, the real test would be how well, and how long it controls the oil for. To my surprise, as the packaging suggests, it did last the full 5 hours on me and even after that I didn’t feel it had worn off so badly that I HAD to reapply. I suspect on very oily skin it could last a little less, perhaps around 3 or 4 hours but I am so impressed with this product it has actually completely replaced my MAC powder.

I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and much prefer the more natural finish. The only issue I can see anyone having with this is the colour selection.

There are only 7 shades and they are all for light skin tones apart from the ‘Transparent’.

I know that sometimes transparent/translucent shades can look ashy and unnatural on darker skin tones and as I’m not of that colouring I can’t comment on whether this shade from Rimmel does have this issue or not.

Worth The Money?

Absolutely, for £3.99, a natural finish and the product delivering on all of it’s claims, this has replaced my MAC powder. If you can get great products for less that work just as well then why not?

This product is readily available on the highstreet in Boots and Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets with a make up section and online:

http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/face/stay-matte-pressed-powder

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup Foundation

What is it?


A light weight foundation perfect for the ‘no foundation’ foundation girl. Like a tinted moisturiser but better coverage.

 

The Review

I am the first to admit that I am a full face of make up kind of girl without the need for a full face of make up. I have good skin, no dark circles and only occasionally a small breakout generally in my t-zone where I am likely to get oily. I have combination skin – an oilier t-zone and dryer cheeks.

I had finally been convinced by a great make up artist I had been working with that I should change my foundation to a lighter one and so she recommended Estee Lauder.

What she had suggested was actually their tinted moisturiser, I, however was not completely comfortable with this idea and explained this to the lovely lady at the counter when I went in that weekend.

She suggested I try the invisible fluid makeup instead and actually did my whole face as I had brazenly gone in without a scrap of make up on.

I was very impressed with how good the foundation felt on my skin, how light it was and that it was ever so slightly mattifying without making my skin look dry or chalky.

After purchasing the foundation and playing around with it at home I found that I like to use a normal foundation brush to apply it or lately, the Real Techniques buffing brush for a nice even coverage.

The  base delivers a lightweight, slightly mattifying finish that evens out my skin beautifully without masking it.

The fluid formula reminds me of Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua. The bottle needs a  thorough shake to mix the formula before application and contains a small  ball bearing to help with this.  Unlike the Chanel, and despite its mattifying features the Invisible Fluid Makeup gives my skin a brightness to it.

The wear on this foundation is good too, I didn’t have to use a tonne and it stayed put all day with it only waning a little around the sides of my nose .

I also loved the fact that unlike most of Estee Lauder’s products, this one is completely unscented which I was surprised at.

All in all this is a lovely foundation for people with fairly good skin, those who suffer with blemishes may not find the coverage is enough and I would imagine that this foundation is also less suited to those with dry skin due to the mattifying effects.

 

Worth the money?

I believe this retails for £27.00 so it is pricey but then it’s a premium brand. I do really rate it though if you like a more natural look without feeling a little bare with just a tinted moisturiser. I would totally repurchase this and have to say, I was definitely a full coverage kind of girl, but now, especially for summer when there’s a risk of your perfectly applied full coverage foundation sliding off your face, I’m in love with this foundation and think it’s well worth the investment.

This product can be found at most department stores and the official website:

http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/products/643/Product-Catalog/Makeup/Face/Foundations/index.tmpl


Estee Lauder Haul & Initial Thoughts

I went shopping with my mum at the weekend and set out to find a much lighter foundation…

I let the lovely Estee Lauder lady do my make up (my mum had hers done too) and I came away with this lovely lot … oopsie!

Initial thoughts: Estee Lauder Signature 5 tone Shimmer Powder – 01 Pink Shimmer


Normally I am a peachy colour blusher kind of girl but after seeing this on my face I was convinced that a bit of pink is no bad thing! This is such a young, fresh medium pink that will suit fair and medium skin. This has a gorgeous sheen to it and brightens the complexion for a fresher, younger look.

I also love the fact that this is actually a ‘shimmer powder’ you could use the colours seperately if you want to on yours eyes too… and the packaging is yummy!

Initial thoughts: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara – 01 Extreme Black


I like to try different mascaras, normally however I stick to the cheaper brands like Maybelline and L’oreal because I honestly believe they make the best ones.

However, the lovely Estee Lauder lady, Jodie, used this on me and I loved it. Its just a really lovely deep black, doesn’t look clumpy and I like wand on it.

 

Initial thoughts: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick – 01 Crystal Baby

I love this colour, it’s a soft neatral peachy pink, almost like a ‘my lips but better’ shade with a subtle sheen. Very wearable and will suit most skin tones.

 

The foundation I bought that you can see in the first picture I will be doing a full review on so will not feature in this initial thoughts type post. It deserves its very own post!

The products shown in this post are available at most department stores and online :

http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/cms/promotions/index.tmpl?77tadunit=8f2e1210&77tadvert=11501396345&77tkeyword=estee%20lauder&77tentrytype=s&77tentry=2samples_freedel30_Feb12_brand_headline&cm_mmc=google-_-search-_-brand-_-estee%20lauder&gclid=CLepqsSBprACFSghtAodFi5tWQ

 

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (combination/oily skin)

 

 

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Combination/Oily) in 150 Buff

 

 

What is it?

A natural, satin finish foundation with medium but very buildable coverage.

 

The Review

I am absolutely in love with this foundation!

Ok so I’m not new to it at all, I had just been trying other things recently and decided that seeing as I’m quite oily in my t-zone (especially as im on and off the tube all day for work) that as summer is approaching I cannot possibly continue to use my beloved Nars Sheer Glow.

Having used the full bottle the first time I purchased this foundation last year I decided to repurchase and having been wearing it for the last week or so, I can’t imagine why on earth I ever stopped.

This foundation comes in a HUGE variety of shades with both warm and cool tones (i’m wearing 150 Buff and wear MAC NC15 fora reference) and is a good, affordable replacement for Mac’s Studio Fixing Fluid as it boasts many of the positive qualities affiliated with the well know foundation. It also comes in two types: normal/dry skin and combination/oily (i purchased the latter).

This foundation feels lightweight on the skin and I had forgotten just how well it covers despite this. I would say this is a medium coverage foundation but very buildable. Although a thin layer covered what it needed to, on application of a second think layer I personally found that I had no need for concealer at all!

This foundation wears well and gives a flawless, natural, satin finish for hours! I also found that even though my cheeks are quite dry, the combination/oily foundation kept my oily t-zone at bay (without any powder) for several hours without making my cheeks appear dry yay!

This foundation is easy to apply, just be aware that it dries quicker than most so you want to blend with a stippling brush or sponge (or whatever you prefer but I like those best) as you apply it.

 

 

Now, having said all this I do have a couple of points to make about the packaging…

Yes, the packaging is sleek and it does feel more expensive to have a screw top glass bottle but my issue with it is exactly that. It is a screw top glass bottle.

I can just about live with the glass bit as I have yet to experience a bottle smashing in my suitcase (I travel in and out of London every week for work) but the screw top is a bit of a pain.

As we all know, the danger with having no pump is that at some point you may well knock it over while the bottle is in use, not only that but it is a LIQUID foundation and comes out quite quickly and as with most liquids, is quite runny. This of course could get very messy and the outside of the neck of the bottle tends to get covered in foundation on a regular basis … a little unhygienic.

A pump would be much more efficient than our own unsteady hands at delivering the correct amount of foundation,

Worth the Money?

Despite the screw top? Absolutely! If you get that fed up with it decant it into something with a pump and your messy little problem is solved 🙂

I purchased mine from Superdrug for £11.99 but it is also available at Boots and most large chain supermarkets.

Alternatively order it from Revlon’s official website http://www.revlon.co.uk/#/1