27 December 2016


Rimmel London has really smashed it with new product releases in 2016, there has been so many great ones, including the Kate Moss anniversary lipsticks, and the contour kit to mention a few of my favourites. And now it seems Rimmel has done it again with the Fresher Skin Foundation and the Magnif'Eyes Eyeshadow Palettes..

The Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation is said to be a foundation that offers a breathable, light coverage for a natural-looking, fresh finish that stays shine-free all day. Now that's a big claim, especially for someone with combination skin.

The foundation has a light texture and contains natural mineral powders to absorb excess oil, as well as aloe, chamomile and sea algae extracts to help to reduce the appearance of redness and even out skin tone. It also has SPF 15 to help protect the skin from the sun.

The foundation has a lovely scent, and I do like how it is very light, yet does manage to even out my skin tone, but while you can build up coverage a bit by adding an extra layer or two, I still feel the need to reach for a concealer to cover bags under my eyes, blemishes etc. and it does leave my skin with a lovely dewy look, and with a nice healthy glow too.

Unfortunately it doesn't quite stay looking shine-free all day as claimed, and by lunch-time on a humid day I do feel my skin needs a touch up. But that said, it does not leave my skin as shiny or greasy looking as many other foundations, but a quick powder dusting mid day does quickly fix that.

And as for the coverage, - I do prefer a foundation with a tad more coverage, simply because I feel my skin needs that to cover a multitude of imperfections from acne scars, blemishes and increasing pigmentation, but for those days where I feel like a 'barely there, no-makeup look', this is a great foundation.

And then there's the Rimmel Magnif'Eyes Eyeshadow Palettes. They come in two colour combinations, including Keep Calm & Wear Gold and Grunge Glamour. I put the Keep Calm & Wear Gold to the test. This palette contains has an inbuilt mirror and comes with a double ended sponge applicator, and it has 8 shades in a mix of gold and copper hues with pale taupes and coffee colours, in a combination of high-shimmer and matte shades.

The shades are easy to blend, and considering the low price tag, they are soft and surprisingly pigmented, in particularly the darkest shades, where as the lightest shades, are a little less intense in colour. However, overall they all blend well. I love all the shades in the palette, as it is generally the type of shades that I'd reach for every day, so I will actually use every single colour, which makes it extra good value too, as you wont end up with several untouched shades. I also like the combination between matte and shimmery, and the fact that the shimmery shades are still subtle, and not over the top glittery. And the fact that there are both pale nude shades ranging up to golden and dark chocolate shades also means that there are shades suitable for highlighting and defining the eyes, as well as it is suitable for both simple understated everyday wear, to an intense smoky eye for a night out.

The shades claim to be non-crease, non-fade formula offers long-lasting staying power, and surprisingly I did find that they wore quite well, even on my greasy eye lids, although on a hot day, they do tend to crease up a bit (but then again, I think most eye shadows do!), so using an eyeshadow primer first is always a good idea.

However, all in all I do find that this is a great nude palette, it has a nice range of colours, and is very well priced too, so great if you're on a budget too.

Rimmel London Fresher Skin Foundation - RRP: $18.95 / 25ml
Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
Available from Priceline, Target, Kmart, Big W, select pharmacies and supermarkets

* Products have been kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.


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