THE MOST UNDERRATED DRUG STORE FOUNDATION?

It wasn’t until the other day when myself and my friend were flicking through the aisles of Superdrug, swatching all the many beautiful colours on the backs of our hands and swooning over all the new, shiny products, that I discovered the most underrated drugstore foundation – ever. The Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in ‘100 Ivory’.

My flat mate had tried it before and said how good it was, whereas I hadn’t even heard or seen of the product before. So I hastily picked one up since it was on a bargain 2 for £10 offer, plus I thought I had better join the deal with my flatmate (I’m just trying to justify myself spending money) and give this tucked away treasure a try.

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When you think of Rimmel London, to me, it’s all about Wake Me Up and Match Perfection foundation, among others that every single amateur makeup fan would have heard of. However, this one… not so much. Perhaps it’s just me that hasn’t really seen it before in drug stores, maybe I focus on the more liquid foundations in the glass bottles. Or maybe, I just don’t pay enough attention.

I have now been using this product for about a month, and I can tell you, I have been pleasantly surprised. Admittedly, the packaging looks a bit more cheap, as the Rimmel foundations are normally in a Glass bottle with a pump. Instead this one is in a little plastic tube which needs to be squeezed out. However, the formula is a thick liquid mousse which means that a little goes a long way, (trust me, I only use a small amount and I normally go a bit OTT on foundation), which ultimately means the product itself will last a long time which is great. The foundation itself is also very thin feeling due to its mousse consistency which is great as I hate them foundations that feel really cloggy and thick on my pores. Also, one of its properties is that it guarantees shine control which may be great for those that get oily skin.

Another amazing added bonus is that this product blends in like a dream. Honestly, I simply apply it with my real techniques buffing brush and it takes seconds for it to have properly blended in which means it’s a great foundation to use if you’re in a rush, as it doesn’t take long at all for it to completely blend in and ready to move on to the next product, which I love. Particularly because most times i’m running late.

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The only downside to this foundation is that I do feel like sometimes it highlights my pores, which is a real shame as it states that it tries to minimise pores. However, in comparison to other drug store foundations its not that bad, as others have been worse.

I also would not recommend this foundation for those who like a dewy finish, this foundation is quite heavy-going so may not be loved by those who love a more natural look!

All in all I love this drug store foundation and is now one of my favourites. Mainly due to its staying power which means I don’t have to worry about touching up throughout the day, and its lovely matte finish which doesn’t make my skin look dull at all, and its great coverage which can be built upon if necessary.

What foundations do you love that perhaps aren’t that well known?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

REVIEW: INFAMOUS RIMMEL FOUNDATIONS

Everybody has heard of them. That’s right, it’s the infamous Rimmel London foundations; Match Perfection and and Lasting Finish.

Shockingly, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I actually tried the Lasting Finish foundation in shade 100; Ivory. Before that I was using the Lasting Perfection foundation in shade 103; True Ivory.

Although they look fairly similar aesthetically, due to them both having the same 30ml glass exterior, and a plastic pump, they are in fact very different. Match Perfection has a medium coverage; whereas Lasting Finish has a full coverage.

Match Perfection gives a more dewy finish and does look a lot more natural. So, if you want that desired look, then I would definitely recommend this foundation. Whereas due to the full coverage, Lasting Finish gives a thicker, more matte look. Personally, I prefer Lasting Finish for the coverage as it requires only a pump to get my satisfied coverage, whereas I find I use more of Match Perfection, and then looking a tad orange. However, Match Perfection will be an amazing foundation for the summer due to its natural shine, and due to the light consistency.

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I personally found that Match Perfection did not last as long as Lasting Finish. After a few hours it would go a bit patchy and rise to the surface of my skin, whereas Lasting Finish has amazing staying power and stays on all day without any touch-ups.

However, both foundations blend easily. I did originally find that with Lasting Finish, the consistency is thicker than Match Perfection, so when blending you can feel it going onto the skin and have to put a tiny bit more effort into blending than Match Perfection, but that’s only very minor, and isn’t that noticeable.

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I would notice, more often than not, with Match Perfection when my foundation oxidises after a few hours, it does turn a few shades more orange, so when I get home after my day out I realise the shade doesn’t actually match my neck all that well! Lasting Finish also oxidises but not to the same extent, I find that it matches my skin tone a lot more.

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What I found mainly from Match Perfection –

Pros

  • Lovely, dewy finish
  • Light foundation
  • Great range of shades (12 to pick from)
  • Very affordable
  • Easy to apply
  • Smooth finish
  • Blends great
  • Light consistency

Cons 

  • Can sink into pores quite easily
  • Find that I can look a bit orange with an extra pump
  • Can get patchy with dry skin

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What I found mainly from Lasting Finish –

Pros 

  • Has a comfort serum for the skin
  • Stays on very well
  • Colour shade is true to the skin
  • Sweat, humidity, heat and transfer proof
  • Covers redness and imperfections really well
  • Doesn’t dry up
  • Doesn’t go cakey

Cons

  • It can accentuate fine lines (eg my smile lines)
  • Limited shade range (only 8 shades to choose from)
  • Can feel quite thick when blending.
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Top – Lasting Finish Bottom – Match Perfection

Personally, I would recommend Match Perfection for those who don’t have much redness or blemishes to cover, but instead want to have a lighter, more natural, dewy coverage.

Whereas Lasting Finish is more suited for those who want to cover more, and have a thicker, more fuller coverage, and more of a matte finish.

All in all, they are both very good foundations that have different functions and properties, and would recommend them both!

Have you tried both of these foundations out? Which one was your fave?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

ALL ABOUT THAT BASE

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For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than when you’ve got a flawless base of makeup. I find that when there’s a good base, then the rest of your makeup will also turn out great too, and will leave you feeling happy and ready to battle the day.

I think I have found great makeup products that looks great, and more importantly, lasts, so here’s what I do..

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I start off using the Nivea for Men Post Shave Balm. Why would I use that, you ask? It’s for men? Well, after watching Nikkie Tutorials’ video, where she tried it out and used it as a primer/moisturiser, I thought I may as well give it a go…

… And it’s great! I use it as both a primer and moisturiser as it is very nourishing on my skin, and it also includes glycerine, which acts as the ‘glue’ which sticks to makeup. It is better than any primer i’ve ever used, and it doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky or dry. Winning!

After that, I move onto foundation. I use the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation in 103, True Ivory. I apply this with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which is a great brush for a fuller coverage due to it being so dense.

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After this, I go onto concealer. I either use the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 1. Or the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light. Both of these products are amazing. They are great at evening out skin tones, erasing blemishes and under eye bags. I apply my concealer in a large ‘V’ shape under my eyes and simply tap it in to my skin with my ring finger.

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At this point, I look scarily pale and 2-D. To make me look more alive, I add some bronzer. I use the Ted Baker Bronzer and Blush Compact, in Rose Gold. I received this as part of a set for Christmas, and my gosh, it is amazing! I swirl my Real Techniques Contour Brush into both the blush and bronze and add it to the apples of my cheeks.

I look the colours as they’re so natural and make my skin look so vibrant!

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I then use my Real Techniques Setting Brush, dip it in to Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and pop it under my eyes, on my nose, and on the chin. Then leave this on for around 5-10 minutes.

After that, I swipe the excess powder off, which leaves my makeup looking non-creased and more flawless. I then go onto my favourite part of my makeup routine; highlight! I always go way over the top with this and end up looking like a disco ball – oh well.

I use the MUA Undress You Skin Shimmer Highlight, which I purchased in Boots for £3. It’s so worth the money as it is highly pigmented and the payoff is excellent.

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The end result –

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What’s your normal base routine? Is it similar to mine?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

The Most Underrated Drugstore Foundation?

It wasn’t until the other day when myself and my flatmate were flicking through the aisles of Superdrug, swatching all the many beautiful colours on the backs of our hands and swooning over all the new, shiny products, that I discovered the most underrated drugstore foundation – ever. The Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in ‘100 Ivory’. My flat mate had tried it before and said how good it was, whereas I hadn’t even heard or seen of the product before. So I hastily picked one up since it was on a bargain 2 for £10 offer, plus I thought I had better join the deal with my flatmate (I’m just trying to justify myself spending money) and give this tucked away treasure a try.

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When you think of Rimmel London, to me, it’s all about Wake Me Up and Match Perfection foundation, among others that every single amateur makeup fan would have heard of. However, this one… not so much. Perhaps it’s just me that hasn’t really seen it before in drug stores, maybe I focus on the more liquid foundations in the glass bottles. Or maybe, I just don’t pay enough attention.

I have now been using this product for about a month, and I can tell you, I have been pleasantly surprised. Admittedly, the packaging looks a bit more cheap, as the Rimmel foundations are normally in a Glass bottle with a pump, however this one is in a little plastic tube which needs to be squeezed out. However, the formula is a thick liquid mousse which means that a little goes a long way, (trust me, I only use a small amount and I normally go a bit OTT on foundation), which ultimately means the product itself will last a long time which is great. The foundation itself is also very thin feeling due to its mousse consistency which is great as I hate them foundations that feel really cloggy and thick on my pores. Plus, this foundation is oil free which means it would be great for people with oily skin as it won’t make it worse. Also due to the promising shine control which it guarantees too.

Another amazing added bonus is that this product blends in like a dream. Honestly, I simply apply it with my real techniques buffing brush and it takes seconds for it to have properly blended in which means it’s a great foundation to use if you’re in a rush, as it doesn’t take long at all for it to completely blend in and ready to move on to the next product, which I love. Particularly because most times i’m running late.

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The only downside to this foundation is that I do feel like sometimes it highlights my pores, which is a real shame as it states that it tries to minimise pores. However, in comparison to other drug store foundations its not that bad, as others have been worse.

All in all I love this drug store foundation and is now one of my favourites. Mainly due to its staying power which means I don’t have to worry about touching it up throughout the day, and its lovely matte finish which doesn’t make my skin look dull at all, and its great coverage which can be built upon if necessary.

What foundations do you love that perhaps aren’t that well known?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

*Where to buy – http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-London-Stay-Matte-Foundation_1378522/ (Be quick! It’s still on the 2 for £10 offer!)*