Rimmel BB Cream Radiance

Spring is here! Finally! We are slowly thawing out of the deep freeze of winter and this makes me very happy. Along with sunnier, fresher weather comes my craving to switch to a lighter coverage in makeup. Push aside the foundations… tinted moisturizers and BB creams will most likely be making their way onto my skin more often now as the weather warms up.

My newest BB cream try is the Rimmel BB Cream Radiance.

According to the Rimmel website:

Wake up your skin and give it a healthy glow with this 9-in-1 skin perfecting super makeup!

This BB Cream primes, smoothes and gives a radiant finish. Awakens tired skin and brightens the skin with vitamin C complex. Conceals and helps minimise the appearance of pores. Provides natural looking coverage and moisturises for 24 hours.

What I like about BB creams/tinted moisturizers is that they can still give decent coverage but leaves my skin still looking like my skin. I actually find this formula has a thicker consistency than most BB creams/tinted moisturizers I own and it provides coverage most similar to a light-medium coverage foundation.

This formula leaves my skin more even-toned, cancelling out any redness I have (i.e. around the nose, forehead and cheeks). The finish is defintely one that is dewy and radiant — but bordering on greasy looking.  Not good. On intial application, I find that this tends to feel a bit tacky. I find after about 5 minutes as it settles onto my face, the result is glowy looking skin but still a little tacky.

One downside is that there are only two colour shades – Light and Medium (I have Medium). As with most Rimmel face bases, their colour selection is not the widest in variety, but I’ve lucked out in a few Rimmel bases, finding some pretty decent matches to my skintone. I also found that this BB cream tends to oxidize a little bit after it sets. But in the end, the shade isn’t a great match for my skintone — it leaves a bit of a grey/white-cast which is not a great finish for me (or for anyone for that matter).

I’ve applied this with my fingers and also with a buffing brush — both methods are fine; I prefer using the brush however, as it gives a more even and seamless coverage.

Would I repurchase?  Probably not. This BB cream is just not for me.  However, I think those with drier skin may get on quite well with this BB cream as the texture is quite moisturizing; those with oilier skintypes may not like this too much. Me, having combo skin, I find that the finish is dewy, but moreso on the greasy looking side. And again, the colour alone is just not a great match for me.

In my opinion, I think someone with a normal to dry skintype might find this OK. And those with a more light-medium skintone as opposed to a medium skintone might be a better colour match too.

I purchased this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $5.99 Cdn (on sale). This is an OK option if you have normal to dry skin and you’re looking for something less heavy to wear on the skin but still gives decent coverage.

I give the Rimmel BB Cream Radiance: a SHOULDER SHRUG.

Have you tried this BB cream?  Like or dislike?

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Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation

Seriously. As I was paying for this a few weeks ago, I thought “Do I REALLY need another foundation?” I barely have any more room on my ‘foundation tray’ on my dressing table to fit the foundations I already own. The Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation is a newer addition to the drugstore Rimmel display and for $6.99 Cdn on sale, no better time than now to buy and try out a new foundation!

It’s all for YOU, Pretties!! (and for me, hee hee!)

According to the Rimmel website, the foundation is described as follows:

Instant perfect coverage that feels extra comfortable and lasts all day

– Blends flawlessly, seamlessly, instantly and easily into the skin
– Sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours

Available in 7 shades.

Let’s start with the cons: I only really have one — that being this doesn’t come in more than 7 shades! Not sure, but I noticed that with most Rimmel foundation/BB cream products, there’s not a very wide selection of shades. That’s really too bad because I think if they expanded their colour selection, more people would probably buy (and like) some of their formulas. I went for the darkest shade on my drugstore display which was 303 True Nude. This happens to be the darkest shade in the collection — I am a medium skintone with yellow undertones, so for all you deeper skinned Pretties, unfortunately there aren’t any choices for you.

Now the pros: Firstly, it comes in a hearty glass container with a pump applicator! Why are not all foundations created with a pump applicator? It’s the best thing — no spill, no mess, hygienic, controls how much you use!

This has a medium consistency, meaning not too thin and not too thick. Very easy to blend on the skin. I use my Sonia Kashuk No.130 buffing brush to buff this in — about 1 and a half pumps is enough to give me a medium coverage. This claims to be a full coverage foundation — I completely agree with that — another 1/2 pump of the stuff and I could have a full-coverage face goin’ on!

This leaves me with a medium, matte, yet natural finish.

In spite of the fact that this is a full coverage formula, this is very easy to blend and does feel really comfortable on my skin. After applying I really like the coverage it gives at evening out my skintone without looking heavy. I am attributing the ability for this to have good coverage power while feeling light on the skin to the “serum” that’s in the foundation.

Now, I’ve tried wearing this foundation on top of primer and I have to say the staying power is definitely there! I think this might be the one foundation in my collection that really stands up to it’s claims of “25hr”!  Not that I have ever or ever will wear ANY makeup on my face for more than 25 hours… but you get it…. it’s long-wearing, long-lasting, doesn’t budge or smudge, and impressively, keeps it’s colour on my face all day. I come home after an 8-hour day and the mirror shows me that my base still looks great 🙂

The one thing I found was that when I tried this with a primer like the Benefit POREfessional or the NYX Pore Filler  (silicone-based) it worked very well to help provide a smooth canvas for this foundation. I tried this with the Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate primer and it was a NO-NO. I think any primer that is hydrating/lotion texture (the Maybelline) is not the best primer for underneath the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr foundation — I’m thinking it might be because the formulation of the foundation is already quite hydrating, that with the Maybelline primer it left my face looking quite shiny and feeling a bit tacky all day long.

Overall, this is a great foundation. I don’t really feel the need to touch up with setting powder until maybe 8 hours of wear. I think the true test however will be when the weather gets warmer — that’s when I’ll know for sure if the claims of being “sweat-, heat- and humidity-proof” are true!

I would definitely repurchase this foundation.

I give the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this foundation?  What do you think — like or dislike?  Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

Hey Pretties!

I had seen the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer on the drugstore display for quite some time and was curious to try it out. I didn’t do much research or read/watched reviews on this primer so I was going in with no bias. In the past, I thought primers were an unnecessary step in a makeup routine, however, finding the right formula makes application of foundation/tinted moisturizer so much more flawless.



The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer is very different from the primers I’ve been used to, in that the formula is not silicone-y; it’s more of a lotion consistency. It’s pretty lightweight for the most part — once I blend this into my skin, it doesn’t feel THAT heavy or thick on, but on the other hand, it also doesn’t feel as light as more silicone-based primers. It does give the appearance of mattified skin and somewhat reduces the look of my pores.


I can’t say this actually keeps my face matte for a serious amount of time, however I can say that it definitely does a good job of keeping my makeup in place.

I think those with oilier skin types may like the performance of this primer. Those with drier skin types may appreicate the lotion texture, however, mattifying may not be top priority for a dry-skinned gal.

I don’t dislike this primer but I also don’t love it — I think I’m partial to the more light-soft-powdery-velvet feeling of a silicone-based primer than this lotiony one. I will continue to use this so as not to waste the product or maybe I’ll hand it off to one of my friends — someone might enjoy this more than I do!

Although the price point of this primer is reasonable — $9.99 Cdn — for someone like me who likes to use primer every time I wear foundation, I will most likely invest in something that I know I will use and enjoy even if it takes a bigger bite out of my wallet, such as Benefit’s POREfessional ($36 Cdn) or The Body Shop InstaBlur primer (around $20 Cdn). Click HERE and HERE for my reviews on those products!!

I give the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer: a SHOULDER SHRUG

Have you tried this primer?  Like or dislike?

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