When shopping for a truly matte-finish foundation, you may have noticed that the options are slim to none at the drugstore. Imagine our surprise with Rimmel's Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation: This is an excellent fragrance-free addition from the drugstore lineup. For most, the name is to be taken seriously, as this can absolutely "stay" matte for most of the workday.
Packaged in a tube, this formula is best for oily to combination skin (even acne-prone skin) and provides medium to full coverage. Among the eight shades, there are options for very fair to medium skin tones—those with deeper or very tan complexions won't find an option here. All eight shades are neutral, with nary a peach, yellow, or overly pink-toned option among them.
While the finish is natural looking, it's mousse-like texture builds coverage rapidly—a little of this formula goes a long way. In fact, because of its somewhat unique texture and coverage, we recommend experimenting by buffing it on with a foundation brush or sponge, because your fingers can easily deposit more product than you need.
Given its matte finish, the Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation dries quickly, so it may take an application or two before you get the hang of it—all qualities that you'll find consistent with very matte formulas like this.
- Available in eight neutral shades (with options for very fair to medium skin tones).
- Truly matte finish that is ideal for oily to combination skin types.
- Medium to full coverage that holds up over the course of the day.
- Fragrance free.
A feather light, oil free formula with an airy mousse texture that won’t feel heavy or greasy. Delivers all day shine control and blends flawlessly for a natural looking matte finish. Minimizes the appearance of pores. The weight is over – finally, shine has met its matte. 8 available shades
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Water, Isododecane, Talc, Trihydroxystearin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyglyceryl 3 Beeswax, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Kaolin, Tribehenin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Carbonate, PEG 10 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Polypropylene, Phenoxyethanol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Laureth 4, BHT, Tocopherol, May Contain (+/-):, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
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.