Rimmel Match Perfection, €10.49. Press sample featured.
One of my favourite brands for budget bases, Rimmel, just relaunched a great foundation, Rimmel Match Perfection. For reference, here’s my review of Rimmel Match Perfection, the original. This edition is similar, only with added frills.
I’m using the same shade, 100 Ivory. It’s not as light as the fairest shade in other Rimmel foundations, and I only just get away with it. Pale gals, take note!
The finish is very dewy, there’s lots of glow. I’ve got a little Botanics Radiance Balm underneath, which is providing an extra dose of brightness in the picture above, but it packs a punch alone too.
How that works with oil is surprising. The only part of my face that started to melt by lunch was my nose, which is par for the course for me and any foundation. Even then, it didn’t separate or break down, it only got shiny. I’m not confident that it would hold up as perfectly on very oily skin, but it’s a safe bet for dry, normal and combination skin, as long as you’re okay with powdering or blotting.
Coverage is great – on the fuller side of medium. Also, the finish goes a long way towards making it appear as though you’re just wearing some tinted moisturiser. It looks natural, and it conceals way more than you’d think. I’ve skipped concealer everywhere but on my hopelessly dark circles.
Its texture is thick and rich – very comfortable and easy to blend. I can’t attest to the 24hr hydration claim, because I don’t live a life that could ever lead to wearing foundation for that long. What I will say is that it felt nice, hydrating and not at all tight from morning until bedtime.
On the point of it being thick, I find that using a pinch and blending it well gets the best results. Applying this with gusto didn’t work out – it doesn’t like to be layered, and I always ended up with a clumping, clotted finish when I tried. In this case, less is more.
Along with the hydration claim, we’re also promised a pore blurring effect. Meh. Not really? No better or worse than other foundations, and I wouldn’t have even brought the issue up if it hadn’t been listed as a selling point. My pores still looked like pores, large and in charge.
So, the verdict. All good on my end. If the shade was bang on, this would have been my easy, every day base. If you’d like to give it a go, it should be in stores from the 7th of September.