There has been a lot of buzz around new drugstore foundations this Spring. As the weather warms up, I need something that will keep my skin matte and my makeup in place.
The Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation popped up overseas last year, and won over UK bloggers. Having finally arrived in the US at the top of 2014, it was only a matter of time before it became a drugstore darling.
I have combo skin— an oily t-zone with drier patches around my chin and nose. When I choose a foundation, I want something that will balance my skin while offering good coverage.
The Stay Matte Liquid Mousse has a medium consistency whipped texture that blends into the skin easily. I’m used to very liquidy foundations, so at first the formula felt a bit thick on my skin. You barely need a quarter size to cover your entire face. If you build up too much, it could make your skin look cakey. Working with thin layers will help to avoid that.
My favorite part about the foundation is that it sets with a satin-matte finish while still giving it a natural glow. You’ll get almost full coverage and an even skin tone with a small amount of product. The staying power is pretty impressive, too! The finish, coverage, and oil control lasts for about 8 hours. I feel a smidge dewy at the end of the day, but far less than my bare skin and other foundations. However, if I have a particularly dry spot, it does become more noticeable topped off with Stay Matte. Makeup applies and sets well on top of this foundation.
As you may have heard from other bloggers, the biggest downfall of the Stay Matte foundations is the color selection, or lack thereof. With only 8 shades currently in the line, they all lean rather pink and orange. Shade 203 True Beige is the closest to my neutral skin tone (which leans yellow) and it’s still a cent dark on me. If I blend it into my neck, it looks a little better, but I wish there was a more perfect match and can imagine this will be the biggest problem with most shoppers.
For about $5-7, the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation is a great option for skin that leans more oily than not. It may take you a couple tries to get the right shade, but remember: you can return makeup at most drugstores. The coverage and staying power outperforms other foundations at the same price point, and will feel great on your skin. I would definitely recommend this product as we move into the heart of Spring and through Summer, when most of us will need shine control!
When’s the last time you tried a new drugstore foundation?
I received this product for free in my Influenster Uni Vox Box.