When it comes to liquid foundations with sunscreen this one isn't the absolute best, but it does earn high marks for its built-in broad-spectrum sun protection and beautiful creamy texture, which feels surprisingly lightweight. The formula is ideal for normal to combination skin that's slightly dry. Equally impressive is this foundation's natural-looking coverage, blending ability, and hint-of-dew finish.
There this product falls short is its staying power (you need to use a powder for this to stay put all day, especially on oily areas), and the clear glass screw-top bottle is hard to use. A pump dispenser and an opaque bottle would've been a nice touch.
- Silky texture that smoothes easily over skin.
- Medium coverage that can be built up to full coverage.
- Feels lightweight on skin.
- Neutral shade palette works well for light to medium skin tones.
- Slightly dewy, shimmer-free finish makes skin appear hydrated and healthy.
- Looks impressively skin-like without exaggerating pores or fine lines.
- Broad-spectrum sunscreen.
- Coverage begins to diminish by mid-day.
- Narrow screw-top bottle makes it difficult to dispense.
Rimmel claims that this foundation's Smart-Tone technology "mimics your skin tone." While it's impossible for any makeup to intuitively adjust itself to a wide variety of skin tones, by developing a line of neutral shades Rimmel does make finding a match quite easy (provided you have light to medium skin).Note:
This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.
Active: Octinoxate (4%), Titanium Dioxide (4%), Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Propylene Glycol, Triethylhexanoin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Glutamate, Tribehenin, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Lecithin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Luareth-7, Fragrance, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Propylene Carbonate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Ceramide-2, PEG-1- Rapeseed Sterol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, BHT, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Sapphire Powder, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tocopherol, Isobutylparaben
Rimmel is a London-based company that has been under the ownership of Coty since 1996. Coty's namesake presence in drugstores has vanished, but their history lives on via this acquisition. Once exclusive to Wal-Mart, the line has branched out and is now available in other drug and mass-market stores. Given the low to very low price points and several good products, this expansion is good news for cosmetics consumers! What's worth paying attention to when you come across this line are the mascaras, automatic pencils, and bronzing powder. The foundations and concealers are worth a look as well, but without testers, it's always a guessing game as to which color is best for you, and there are no options for darker skin tones. The needs-sharpening pencils are basic but worth a look, though a few of them smear terribly. There are dozens of nail polishes to consider, not to mention a pleasing lipstick and lip gloss selection. Actually, the Lasting Finish Lipstick deserves special mention for its elegant texture and fashion-forward colors, all for under six dollars.
My only significant complaint about Rimmel is the packaging. The tops to the blushes and eyeshadows are awkward and tricky to remove, though this is a minor technicality that's easy enough to live with, especially at these prices!
For more information about Rimmel, visit www.rimmellondon.com.
Note: Many Rimmel products featured on their Web site are not available in the United States; they are exclusive to United Kingdom drugstores. The products reviewed below are those that are consistently found at U.S. stores nationwide, specifically Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.