I will admit I’m incredibly picky when it comes to foundation, I like medium to full coverage as my skin is naturally very red, I also need it to stay in place. I think for me my criteria has to be pale enough to suit my skin, decent coverage and maximum longevity. I’ve tried a lot of foundations but Rimmel is a brand that I tend to go back to for budget foundations for days when I don’t need my makeup to last. I really liked the Match Perfection and Lasting Finish Foundation so I was pretty excited to try the Fresher Skin, here’s my thoughts.
I’m not going to go into detail for the packaging simply because I have a sample sachet. One thing to note is that this is a pot foundation which is good in the fact that you can control the amount you use and see what you have left but bad due to hygiene. This is a £7.49 which is around the price for most Rimmel foundations, this is also stocked on the high street.
Rimmel London describe this foundation as the following:
“A revolution in lightweight foundation – Fresher Skin Foundation offers light breathable coverage for an even, natural-looking, fresh finish that stays shine-free all day. The ultra-smooth texture is easy to apply & blends perfectly, for a barely there feel that does not clog pores and lets skin breathe. Formula with mineral powders helps absorb excess oil preventing shine, while the formula with Aloe, Chamomile & Sea Algae extracts help reduce the appearance of redness and evens out natural skin tone. For a freshly applied natural-look and feel, shine-free throughout the day!”
Starting with the shade, I have Ivory which is okay for me, Ivory is my natural skin colour anyway for Rimmel foundations so this is a good match for me. The texture and formula of this is quite unusual, it is light coverage but I’m not sure how lightweight it feels. It doesn’t feel like a mask however, it does feel heavier than something like a BB cream or a Tinted Moisturiser.
I applied this with primer and I decided to use a buffing brush rather than a sponge since it is already lightweight. As described the coverage is a light coverage however, this managed to cover my redness and blemishes. I think that you can get away with this and it did seem to be buildable which is good.
(Left: Before. Right: After)
The finish is quite unusual, it does appear matte however, at the same time it does have a very skin-like appearance I’ve not actually come across anything like it. It didn’t seem to cling to dry patches and it managed to stick to my oilier areas too. Usually when I wear foundation you can tell I’m wearing it but with this it really did seem very close to my natural skin so if you are a fan of natural looking makeup I think that you will love this.
Unfortunately, the longevity of this is poor (it may be better with a primer). I noticed that as soon as I so much as touched my face the foundation started breaking up on my nose, I also found that within a few hours of applying this it had completely disappeared off of my skin.
I think that this will be a good one in summer for when people don’t want to wear a lot of makeup, it is quite an unusual product, I don’t hate it, in fact I quite liked wearing it however, on a daily basis I need something with higher coverage and better longevity so I don’t think I’d purchase this. I would recommend it to fans of lightweight and light coverage products as I think you will really like it!
The Rimmel London Fresher Skin Foundation is available from Boots for £7.49.