InTruBeauty: Rimmel London Face of the Day

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Rimmel London Face of the Day

One Brand Look of the Day: Rimmel London
Here is a look I created using only Rimmel London products. I've had a lot of experience with Rimmel as it is one of the most affordable drugstore brands available and because my former co-bloggie and friend Justina was one of the Rimmel 10 finalists for the past year! So, I got to share in some of the glory and swag!  I was inspired to create this specific look using only Rimmel  after seeing Katy Perry's Grammy look which was done using Rimmel London. You can see my post with the details on how to get her look here.

1. Apply a primer. I applied Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer 002. This comes out in a white lotion appearance with a powdery scent. The lotion appearance is deceiving as once it is applied it becomes silky and smooth similar to the feel I get on my skin with the Balm's primer or Smashbox oil free primer. This however doesn't compare as well in minimizing pores and making the foundation last.  

2. Apply foundation & concealer. Rimmel's foundations are very tricky for me. In the bottle the colors are really hard to differentiate for my skintone and the color appears different on than in the bottle. However, I do really like the Clean Finish formulation. Usually to get the right color and a little bit more lasting effects, I mix Clean Finish with Lasting Finish. Lasting Finish on its own is a very full coverage foundation that is a little too heavy for me and a little too much coverage. I mixed the Clean Finish 320 True Nude with Lasting Finish 100 Ivory to get this look. I've also noticed with time the Lasting Finish needs to be shaken up and has a little bit more of an oil consistency as you can see below. These provide nice coverage and are nice foundations, but on me made my pores appear a little larger than I would've liked. The concealer works okay at first, but a little more coverage and a little longer lasting coverage would be nice.
L to R: Warm Honey, Classic Beige, 320 True Nude
L to R: 303 True Nude, 100 Ivory
L to R: 303 True Nude, 100 Ivory
(you can see this is a more oily foundation, especially as it ages!)
L to R: 303 True Nude, 100 Ivory, Concealer in 245 Light

3. Apply powders. I applied the Stay Matte powder with a kabuki brush all over to buff in my foundation and create a flawless even finish. I applied the bronzer lightly all over with a fluffy kabuki brush and then more concentrated in the hollows area of my cheeks for contouring. In then applied the Match perfection blush using the two darker colors and the lightest as a highlight on my cheekbone.

L to R:
Stay Matte Pressed Powder 005 Silky Beige, Match Perfection Blush 003 Medium, Natural Bronzer 021 Sun Light

4. Apply Eyeshadow. I used the new Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in 002 bulletproof beige. The color was gorgeous. Is it bulletproof and lasts for 24 hours?  Not so much! I noticed some creasing on my lids within a couple hours of application. As far as oily lids go, I would put myself in a middle category. This was much better than other drugstore stick eyeshadows I've tried though which crease almost immediately. I would suggest using this as a base or as an eyeliner. I lined the inner V area of my eyes with this and really liked that result. For my look, I applied this all over the lid and topped it with a single shadow called Precious Rose which is a nice light pink all over the lid. I used the purple/plum shade in the trio pictured below in the outer V area, applying it with a crease brush and the yellow shade tapped on with a flat shadow brush on the outer lid area.

Top to bottom: 
New! Scandaleyes Shadow Stick Bulletproof Beige
New! Scandaleyes 001 Black Waterproof Kohl liner
Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner 040 Purple Passion
New! Scandaleyes Shadow Stick Bulletproof Beige
5. Apply Mascara. I used the Scandaleyes Show Off mascara in the bright pink tube. This has a rubber bristle brush that is much smaller than the original Scandaleyes mascara in the orange tube. As you can see, this has a little ball type shape at the end to help apply your mascara vertically and reach hard to reach little lashes. I thought this mascara looked pretty good, although I had to work at it with a few coats and there was some clumping together.
I also wish the wand was a little longer because it was hard to just use that main section without the tip kind of being in the way. My favorite Rimmel mascara which is actually one of my all time drugstore mascara faves is the one to the far right which is the Lash Accelerator mascara. I get the most incredible length with this one. A lot of it depends on your lashes and which type of wand you prefer. Its like Goldilocks and the three bears, Show Off is too short for me, Scandaleyes original is too big for me, but Lash Accelerator is just right!
6. Apply Lipstick. I used Kate Lasting Finish in 08. This is nice light mauve color. I love how these lipsticks go on at first, the colors are great and they feel moisturizing and have just enough shine to them. However, these last less than 2 hours on me and tend to be drying and flake off unevenly. I hope they work on their formulation as a lot of the colors are just spectacular. 

Overall Brand Evaluation:
*Based on price, longevity, color/pigmentation, application, ease of use.
Excellent: Lash Accelerator mascara, Single eye shadows (Precious Rose, Posh Peacock, Night Jewel, Spicy Bronze). I don't see the single shadows in stores anymore which is a shame as its one of their best products.

Good: Fix & Perfect Primer, Natural Bronzer, Stay Matte, Scandaleyes mascara (orange), Scandaleyes Show off mascara (purple), Scandaleyes 001 Black Waterproof Kohl liner, Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer & Highlighter 245 Light, Union Jack eyeshadow palettes, Clean Finish and Lasting Finish foundation, Scandaleyes eyeshadow stick in bulletproof beige (as a base and liner)

Okay: Match Perfection Blush, Eyeshadow Quads & Trios (shadows are very hit and miss), Kate Lasting Finish lipstick, Scandaleyes eyeshadow stick in bulletproof beige (as a stand alone shade)

Fail: Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in white, Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner 040 Purple Passion (these are the extremely cheap ones and not the new scandaleyes kohl liners)

I will be testing out their new BB cream soon, so stay tuned for that review! Don't forget to follow me on Google+ and +1 this post if you've enjoyed it! What is your favorite Rimmel product? 

Yours In Trubeauty, 


Four products were provided by the company or its PR affiliate for review, over 1/2 were purchased with my own money and the remainder I received from my former co-blogger Justina as she was one of the Rimmel 10 finalists for a year. You can check out her new blog at


  1. What a great post! I am actually really impressed with a lot of Rimmel products lately. The clean finish foundation has actually become my favourite, even over high-end brands. I just love the way it looks on my skin! The lasting finish one always seems to break me out though, sadly! Your makeup look is beautiful :)

  2. Their foundation is awful on me, their mascara is good, and I love their bronzer. Thanks for your honest review!

  3. Did you try and go for the Rimmel 10? I think they'll be picking a person soon!

  4. I didn't even know they were doing it again or hear about it at all.



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