Rimmel Match Perfection foundation

A few days ago I posted my spring make up look where I used this foundation as a base. At the time I already alluded to how I felt about this product. I had never tried a Rimmel foundation before and I was curious to try them. I love their BB cream and almost used up the tube last fall because I wore it every day. In my new quest for the perfect foundation, I decided to give the Match Perfection in 100 Ivory a shot.

Rimmel Match Perfection foundation 100 Ivory

What drew me into buying this foundation is the packaging. The bottle looks sturdy and not too cheap. I like how it’s made out of glass, which always makes for a more luxurious feel to the packaging. Most of Rimmel’s foundations look very dark and this one at least looked light enough to give it a shot. That was my second reason for trying this one. My last reason for wanting to try this is because beauty youtube guru Tanya Burr loves this foundation and after another one of her raves about the product I decided I had to try it.

I don’t remember how much I exactly paid for this foundation, but I do remember it being on offer. I think it was around the 10 euro mark, but it usually retails for €12.99. The packaging does not only look sturdy it most definitely is. The glass bottle feels heavy, and underneath the lid, which is embossed with the Rimmel logo, you’ll find a handy pump. I like pumps with my foundation as it means less mess and better hygiene. Another plus for me is that you can clearly see the color of the foundation in the bottle. The Rimmel BB cream comes in a tube which is just not as handy.

Rimmel says:

A match so perfect, it’s undetectable in any light! Light Perfecting radiance foundation. Traceless coverage and perfectly flawless skin under any light Lasts all day. SPF 18.

I got this in the lightest color available in the Netherlands: 100 Ivory. On the US Rimmel website I found that this foundation is available in 2 lighter shades in the United States. Other than that, Rimmel promises a radiant look which is easy to blend and looks like skin. It also contains an SPF 18, which is always an added bonus. The color should also match your skin flawlessly and should be long lasting. On to the swatch!

On the left you can see the drop of foundation which is dispensed after one pump. It’s a good amount of product. Secondly you see it as it is being blended out and last but not least when blending is done. I like the coverage it gives, but this foundation is so wet! I added another close up of the foundation just after starting blending, where you can really see the wetness of the foundation. Which is probably the reason why I didn’t find this foundation very long lasting. This foundation lasts about 4 – 5 hours on my face and then I become so shiny. It’s as if I just rubbed Vaseline all over my face. So much for long-lasting coverage.

Also if you look closely on that close up you’ll see that the edges have already started to dry up, whereas the middle is still wet. I didn’t find this easy to blend at all. To make matters worse, the color is also… erm odd. Just look at that most left and most right picture and compare the shades of my hand in both those pictures. Yup the after result looks much darker than my original skin tone. In fact, it looks a bit orange. The real test of course, is on the face. Let’s see whether this foundation turns me into an Oompa-Loompa.

no foundation – only on left side of face – full face

the color difference

As you can see the foundation actually looks quite nice on my skin. It’s got good coverage: it nearly covers my dark circles completely. Yet it still has a bit of glow to it, which makes my skin look nice and healthy. I wore this all day and it never caused me any break outs, itching or other signs of an allergic reaction. Because the inner part of my face is darker than the outer rim, this foundation looks really nice from the front. It’s when I turn to show you my profile that the horror ensues., especially with my hair up. My face is about 5 shades darker than my neck. Yikes! And not only is it much darker, it’s much more orange too. And that for me is a a deal breaker. Conclusion: this shade is no where near the one I need for ‘flawless’ ‘perfect match’ looking make up.

All in all, I really wanted to like this foundation. But with a product that makes me look like a side kick in Willy Wonka that looks like they’ve doused themselves in Vaseline, is not very long lasting AND needs a quick hand to blend it nicely, I decided not to keep this foundation. I gave it to my cousin instead and last I heard she likes it. This one is just not for me. Maybe if your skin is different (in tone and texture) you may really like this.

full face with make up

What is your opinion of Rimmel Match Perfection?

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