Match Perfection Foundation SPF 15
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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.

More Info:

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

Brand Overview

Rimmel At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensively priced; a great pressed bronzing powder; several impressive mascaras; a collection of praiseworthy of lip color products including gloss and lipstick; a couple of good foundations.

Weaknesses: Not the most user-friendly packaging; lackluster skincare-esque products; some gimmicky makeup items that turn out to be duds.

Rimmel is a London-based company, under the ownership of Coty Inc. since 1996 (Coty also owns other cosmetic lines such as philosophy and Sally Hansen). A self-proclaimed “edgy” cosmetics line that’s all about experimentation and “setting trends, not following them”, Rimmel livens things up with a mix of trendy and classic shade options and new product launches at a rapid pace.

While not all of Rimmel’s products are an absolute hit, there are some individual standout items (see top-rated reviews) that can compete with the best of what’s out there—at rock bottom prices no less. A few of their lip color products deserve special mention for their elegant texture and fashion-forward colors.

Where Rimmel falls into hit-or-miss territory is with its excessive collection of mascaras (it seems as though they launch a new one every month) which makes it confusing to try to figure out which one is the best. Some are impressive and absolutely worth buying, while others are gimmicky duds. Lucky for you, we’ve put them rigorous testing so you can make an informed decision! Oh, what our lashes go through so you avoid frustration and wasting money!

Rimmel also dabbles in a smidgen of skincare-esque products that claim to go above and beyond the norm. For various reasons mentioned within the individual reviews, these products tend to fall short of being worthwhile purchases, even at their bargain-friendly price point. Overall, while Rimmel has some misses, they earn our praise for several good to excellent makeup items at nearly unbeatable prices. Sort by three-star and four-star rating under this brand to find the best of what Rimmel has to offer!

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.

For more information about Rimmel, visit www.rimmellondon.com.

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Good Foundation for Everyday Wear

I think this foundation looks very natural on my skin. It's a little bit peachy but it's so sheer it isn't very noticeable. I have yellow undertones so I can't ever find a shade at the drugstore that matches well. I have dry skin and rosacea. I use a color correcting primer by boots that helps just the tiniest bit. I don't mind some of my redness showing through. I'd rather wear makeup that just helps cover some imperfections not mask it completely. I'm very happy with this foundation overall.

Reviewed by
Leah C.
My Favorite Drugstore Foundation

I have fair, red-toned skin. The shade I use is 101 Classic Ivory. I use a liquid, anti-acne primer under the foundation. I have large pores and, together with the primer, the foundation glides over smoothly and looks very natural. It dries to a dewy finish as Paula testifies. I agree a pump would be a good addition, but it is quite workable as is. I've tried most of the drugstore brands and several department brands and can say I've never been 100% satisfied until Rimmel Match Perfection

Reviewed by
Nancy R
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