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Rimmel wake me up anti-fatigue foundation
So this product had been on my wish list for ages, probably as long as I have been blogging, I have seen peeps rave about this foundation, that its their holy grail base, they cannot live without it. But other products had always stolen my attention with their dupe claims or for being the same price as a walnut whip.
At £8.99 its a mid price foundation for me, I know some say that its a cheapie but seriously I have found base that’s so cheap but is far better than the leading retailers.
I took the plunge and here’s what I found.
I really like the packaging. The orange cap makes it easy to find in my drawer on those half 4 starts and being one of my favourite colours makes me feel a little bit chirpier. The bottle is glass and has Rimmel embossed on the side of the glass which I’m not sure is necessary. A nice touch but if they could knock a pound off the price by not doing it, I’d be rather pleased. The bottle contains one fluid oz, or 30 ml if thats easier to work out. Underneath the cap is a bright orange, wait for it, pump.
Finally some decent pump action is happening up in here. Take notice Estée Lauder!
One pump released a decent amount and overall I was really pleased with the packaging.
There is rather distinct smell to this formula and I actually really like it, it kinda reminds me of hand soap and smells really clean to apply.
The formula is rather thick and viscous for a liquid foundation and if I was to tip my hand upside down like so, it wouldn’t run off.
One pump of foundation covered half of my face comfortably and I would describe the product as medium coverage but it is easily buildable if required.
On weeks like this when my skin is having a bit of temper tantrum, its nice to know that I can add a little bit more product on to achieve higher coverage without appearing cakey.
The finish in my opinion was satin as although luminous it did cover imperfections and blemishes well.
Here’s a shot of how you can build up the coverage.
Whilst on the topic of luminosity, Rimmel claims that this foundation visibly awakens the skin and illuminates with a radiant glow and a flawless finish.
I have to say that I was rather chuffed with this foundation until I went for a pub lunch with my old man.
We were sat by the window and it was a beautiful day and could have easily passed for summer. He said to me rather bewildered, whats on your hand?
I looked down and my hand looked like a glitter ball. I had no clue and was confused myself.
He took my chin and turned my face and said to me “Why do you look like a christmas tree” Now he’s used to highlighter and knows what my face should look like, Glitter on my face is not a good look.
I put my brain in gear and worked out that the glitter particles on my hand were from the foundation I was wearing, “Wake me up” I looked in a mirror and I looked like Bella from Twilight glistening away. I tried to take a picture but it couldn’t convey onto camera. I managed to get a shot of my hand and this is what it looked like.
Now I like luminous and dewy but that was a step to far. As soon as I was out of the window space Porter said to me that my face looked normal again (what a charmer) and I have to agree my face looked fine. I hadn’t plastered it on, I hadn’t worn a different primer. There was no explanation other than the fact that in this foundation there are particles that under harsh light (such as direct sunlight or stage lights) will turn you into a glitter ball.
It’s such a shame as I was prepared to love this foundation, it didn’t cling to any of my dry patches around my nostrils, it lasted for hours, It completed all the jobs a good foundation should. It seems a shame to not get any use out of this but I do have to make you aware that I would not recommend this as a summer foundation or if you work on stage.
Due to its low SPF of 15 this in my opinion would be a great night shift foundation or night out base. Due to its luminosity and vitamin moisturising complex I would recommend this for those who have dry to normal skin.
Its anti-fatigue and would keep you looking fresh for hours on end. There would be no harsh lighting for you to turn into a twilight character. The product is buildable and can cover all sorts of blemishes on your skin that you may have from being run down.
Rimmel seriously needs to sort out its cak range of colours however, 6 shades and their version of ivory was still to dark for me in all honesty. I tend to use this when I am wearing tinted moisturiser due to it being so dark. So not for you if you are fair skinned or anything darker than natural beige.
I am guessing about 60% of UK woman would not be able to match their shade in this selection. That is my opinion only but its a travesty that in 2015 a leading cosmetic company believes that there is no demand for their products from women paler than “Ivory” or anyone darker than “natural beige”
All in all a good high street/drugstore foundation but with a few tweaks it could be perfect.
I hoped this helped
Lots of love
So I am totally addicted to foundations at the moment. Its strange, I used to purchase crazy lipsticks or garish eye shadows but now I am all about getting my base right.
I recently posted about how to choose the perfect foundation and you can find that here if you fancy a read.
I never intended to purchase this foundation but I had to go to Boots for a prescription and there was a 15 minute wait.
Queue spending money when I shouldn’t.
But anyways, I’ve purchased it now and have skipped merrily back to my car even though my prescription was nearly as expensive.
This foundation cost £9.99 which to me is a medium priced drug store foundation.
There is currently 3 for 2 on selected Bourjois in boots at the moment, so its easy to justify an impromptu lipstick expenditure at the same time.
The packaging is okay. It came in a 30ml bottle with a pump. Yay! Love a pump. Especially when you don’t have to buy the pump separately. Shame on you cosmetics industry. You couldn’t lop the top off of this bottle without completely shattering it, so thats a shame. You win some you lose some I guess.
There were 8 shades available and surprise surprise, I’m the palest shade. I still did my colour matching though. I am 51, light vanilla in case you were wondering. There was a really poor selection for women of colour in this range and I feel that I ideally 2 more shades under light vanilla for us pale chicks is also necessary. Why do cosmetics companies believe we are all this ‘beige’ colour? I do not know one woman who is ‘beige’. If you are beige can you tweet me your picture because I am interested to know who ‘beige’ suits. You can tweet me @brazenrouge
First thing I love about this foundation is the beautiful smell. It actively promotes that it uses fruits in its formula. I don’t know if its a gimmick or not but it is a really pleasant smell.
The fruits mentioned are as following;
Really? An apple is going to protect my youth? How about well paid apprenticeships and a government who doesn’t sell out the young person at its first opportunity, to protect my youth instead?!
Alas, I digress.
Here’s a swatch of one pump. As you can see quite a lot is dispensed and I would describe the consistency as a creamy liquid. It did run, but not ridiculously so.
I applied with my Real techniques foundation brush to one side of my face. I did so without a primer.
It applied really easily to my face and one pump of the product covered half my face evenly and smoothly. It did dry quite quickly so you’ll have to work fast. I personally would rather work fast than have to wait 10 minutes for my face to dry though. My skin looked smoother and although I have no blemishes at the moment (hallelujah) it covered old scarring and discolouration around the nose. The colour was flattering and I feel Healthy mix provided coverage without masking my face. It felt comfortable and breathable on my skin and pleasant to wear.
The bottle mentions the word luminous which automatically makes me think this was going to be a sheer dewy foundation.
I would describe this as a medium coverage foundation with a satin finish. Perfect for those winter days when our skin needs more TLC.
It makes reference to the fact that it lasts up to 16hours on the bottle. I always think thats a cheeky bit of wordplay by the beauty industry. Customers assume that the foundation will look good for 16hours. Companies mean it was tested and it lasts on the skin for 16 hours.
I did not prime or powder my skin but here is an image taken at time of application. I found that 5 hours after application this had worn away. Apologies for the lighting, winter can do one now.
Worn with a primer and set with a powder this neared the 8 hour mark. I think this is a reasonable length of time considering its a drug store foundation but not fantastic.
All in all a good foundation, beautiful smell, average packaging. Does not last for 16 hours but lasts a nights work with primer and powder.
I can’t help feeling that the shade selection lets down this product.
Have you tried Bourjois healthy mix foundation? Do you find it hard to find your shade in drugstores? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Lots of love