Finding a good foundation is like finding Prince Charming.
You have your little checklist – has to be tall, has to be handsome, has to surprise you with roses... and then he also has to be single.
Foundation is just like that. I had my checklist. I needed something light and breathable, low maintenance, in a pale but warm shade (because, yes, I look like I’ve never seen the sun in my entire life, but I also look bright pink if there’s even a hint of coolness to the shade) and then it also needed to be affordable and available in New Zealand.
In comes Rimmel. It ticks every box and even some I hadn’t thought of.
First of all, it’s light as air. You can barely feel it on the skin, and a little goes a long, long way. You can even set it with powder and still feel like your face is naked. It’s a medium coverage, and when coupled with the concealer it’s easy to customize your level of coverage to suit your needs.
The concealer is basically the same formula as the foundation except a little thicker because it’s full coverage (I mean, it’s a concealer, duh) but it’s still light as air and has a non-cakey finish.
It also ticks the low maintenance box – it’s incredibly long-wearing and you won’t need to touch it up throughout the day. I have normal skin, so if you have oily skin you may disagree, but I wore this from 6:30am to 10pm and it still looked fresh right up until I stepped into the shower.
It claims to last for 25 hours, I personally don’t have the energy to test that claim but if you do, more power to ya.
The final tick from me is that it is SPF20 – this is the perfect summer foundation. It’s lightweight, sweat proof and protects you from the sun. What more could a girl want??
It has a great big “cushion applicator” (picture a giant lipgloss applicator) which is actually a huge pain in the ass for me as a makeup artist because it’s much harder to decant than just a standard pump but if you’re buying it for yourself, you’ll probably really like how easy to apply it is.
My biggest problem with the range is that it does only come in 6 shades – while they have the perfect warm-but-pale shade for my skin (and I tried their lightest shade, porcelain, on a real-life ginger with actual real-life ginger skin and it was perfect for her), if you have darker skin you probably won’t find your shade here.
If you were wondering what a redhead with a tan looks like, here it is 🤷🏻♀️🌞 also a full month from my last hair appointment and my colour is still looking capital F R E S H so FRESH (thanks @jordichch ✨) Eyes: #hudabeauty Rose Gold palette and #inglotcosmetics 14 pigment mixed with Duraline, #dodolashes in style D307 (✨use code MICHEFRANCES for 💸 off✨) lips: #revlonnz Ultra HD Gel lippie in Desert 🌹 face: #maybelline Super Stay primer, #rimmellondonnz Lasting Finish Foundation mixed with #benefitnz Dew the Hoola liquid bronzer, contoured with #rimmel dual ended contour stick and all set with #inglot powder 🌸 @toofaced Papa Don’t Peach blush, #anastasiabeverlyhills Moonstone highlighter ✨ brows: #abh Dipbrow Pomade 💕✨🌸🌹 #motd #bronzed #duraline #abhfreaks #norvina #abhjunkies #sundipped #gingerhair #redhair #sttropeztannz #anastasiabrows #dipbrow #tanredhead #tanginger
This is something that definitely needs to change – if RiRi can bring out 40 shades in her first ever release, Rimmel (who have been around for donkey’s years) should be able to come up with at least 20.
But since it has an RRP of only NZ$24.99 and it’s available from Farmers, Kmart and The Warehouse, it definitely ticks the affordability and availability boxes.
TL;DR: perfect summer foundation, does what it says on the tin, but needs more shades.
As always, this blog post is entirely my own opinion and I do not represent anyone or anything. I did receive these products for free however my opinion remains honest and unchanged.