Rimmel London is brand we all know so well, in the UK you can find their array of products in most drugstores and their ‘Get the London Look/Live the London Look’ advertisements have been hugely successful. I have worn their products for so many years and have loved their recent Kate Moss line, especially the lipsticks. I was recently gifted a little box of Rimmel Goodies from Influenster’s Vox Box – which is a service that sends complimentary products to Bloggers and Vloggers to review. Inside my Rimmel London Box was their new Breathable Foundation which claims to be long-lasting and lightweight along with the matching concealer.
Coverage – I have been trying this foundation for the past week and so far I am really impressed. It is really lightweight in formula but does offer buildable coverage – 2 layers of the foundation on my skin was definitely a medium coverage look and I was able to build this without any cake-ing, streaking or with it looking heavy on the skin. The lightweight finish is certainly visible and if you have clearer skin than I do then one layer is all you need. I loved that it looked so natural whilst still providing the coverage needed. I also liked that I could build the foundation layers in the areas I needed (mostly my T-Zone at the moment) and leave my cheek areas with just one layer, yet it all blended so easily and well that you couldn’t tell which areas had more product. As someone with sensitive skin I didn’t experience any breakouts from this foundation either.
The Foundation – As the packaging claims this is a lasting finish, breathable foundation in a lightweight, longwearing formula with light to medium coverage. It is enriched with breathable skin technology and moisturises for up to 25 hours. I have dry skin and I have to say that I did find this to be quite moisturising on the skin, it definitely wasn’t drying in any way and the finish was more of a satin finish on me which I liked. I could see this product working for many skin types to be honest, especially combination skin. The product lasted well without primer throughout the day, it did start to fade a little round the chin area which is normal for me but this fading was around the 8 hour wear mark which is really good for my skin and very impressive! With primer this is an all day foundation on me for sure. It does contain SPF 20 but still manages to photograph pretty well.
Packaging – 30ml glass bottle with a screw top that opens to reveal an applicator which I wasn’t expecting. I used the applicator to basically draw lines on my face – on my cheek, forehead, nose and chin and then I used a Makeup Sponge to bounce/buff/blend the foundation into the skin and I really liked the application. You had time to work with the product and the applicator allowed you to be abit more precise in your product application. I also found by having this applicator you only used the product you needed from the tip, so there wasn’t any product wastage which is always a bonus. The Rimmel London Breathable Foundation currently retails for approx £8.99 which I think is excellent value for money. Also Boots or Superdrug in the UK often have ‘3-for-2’ or ‘buy-one-get-one-half-priced’ offers on Rimmel Products which are always worth checking out before purchasing.
Shade Range – I was sent the shade ‘100 Ivory’ which was a pretty good match, maybe a little light for me at the moment as I still have a bit of a tan from Summer but for the Winter months this will certainly be more my kind of shade. Its a great neutral shade for those with fair skin. There are currently 14 shades available.
Overall – I am really impressed with the quality and finish of this foundation especially for the price. I love how easy it is to build the coverage and I really like the satin finish. It also passed the ‘press test’ – after application you press your hands on your face to see if the product transfers onto your hands and for this foundation there was no transfer at all! Seriously impressed. Its natural looking and certainly does feel lightweight in texture. I think this would make a great everyday foundation especially with the no-mess, quick and easy applicator and for special occasions or events…add a little primer and it will see you through many many hours depending on your skintype.
Lasting Finish Breathable Concealer
To go with the above Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation, I received the Lasting Finish Breathable Concealer to try. Like the foundation this also claims to be a lightweight, breathable formula which helps to conceal imperfections with medium coverage available.
Packaging – 7ml squeezable tube with a cushion applicator. The one negative for me about this concealer was the applicator. I do like sponge applicators but found that you really had to squeeze the tube hard to get any product to come through onto the sponge applicator, and then I often ended up with way more product than needed leaving lots of product just sat on the sponge tip. The sponge tip itself did make it easy to pin-point blemishes and red areas for concealer coverage (although I did find the Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation did a pretty good coverage job on red areas and blemishes by itself) so not that much concealer was needed but it has a lovely light texture to the product and was very easy to blend into the skin.
Product – I used this concealer under the eye area and I really liked how lightweight it was there. For me, it really helped to banish dark circles and it brightened up the whole under-eye area but in a natural way. Like the foundation, the concealer was superbly blendable (I used my finger tips and a makeup sponge to blend the product) and again there was no cake-ing or streaking and it didn’t settle into fine lines either which is a big bonus for me.
Shades – I received the ‘100 Fair’ which I loved for under the eye area in particular and there are currently 6 Concealer Shades available. The Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Concealer currently retails for £5.99.
Overall – I think this is the perfect complimentary partnership to the Rimmel London Long Lasting Breathable Foundation, the products really do work well together and the concealer sits on top of the foundation in a natural way with no cake-ing. If you have great skin you can probably forgo the concealer to be honest as the Foundation offers such a buildable coverage, but if like me you suffer from blemishes, dark circles or are looking for a new concealer to try then I would certainly recommend this one. For me personally it worked brilliantly under the eyes, a little goes a long way with application here and I think this may well become my new go-to for an under-eye concealer. I can see this being one product that’s in my makeup bag for quite some time especially as we head into the Festive Party Season.
I also received the Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette (Highlight Illuminer, Contour Sculpter and Blush) in the Shade 002 Coral Glow as well as the Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in the shade 180 Vintage Pink which you can see along with the above Foundation and Concealer in the below Video – I will be writing a separate Blog Post on the Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette very soon but in the meantime here are all the products I received in action.
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