It has been a while since I last used a drugstore foundation that I happened to love. I found that it can be a bit of hit or miss when it comes to finding a good quality foundation with a large variety of shades suited to most skin complexions. I was recently given an opportunity to try two shades (201 classic beige + 303 true nude) of the *Rimmel Fresher Skin SPF15 Breathable, Natural Finish Foundation, courtesy of Coty PR Australia.
This is one of the latest makeup products from Rimmel to hit Australia, which is now available for purchase and retails at AU$18.95. There are eight shades available and I found that although there are a selection of colours, if you are between shades due to seasons, you may have to experiment with two shades to get your colour matched.
The packaging is in a form of a transparent glass with a slight weighted bottom twist jar. As you know, this can be a let down with hygiene being the frontline of concerns. If you are familiar with Rimmel liquid foundations, they usually come in a squeeze tube or a glass bottle, which seems to be the preferred options for foundations for obvious reasons.
These Fresher Skin foundations are kind of a hybrid between a wobbly water-gel to a creamy texture that feels lightweight on the skin. It also has a refreshing scent of botanicals (aloe, chamomile and sea algae extracts), which may be a no-no for those with sensitive skin types that cannot handle fragrance foundations.
When I used my Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman expert face brush, I could apply and blend the foundation easily, however, I needed to buff the product in to avoid brush lines sitting on the surface of the skin, and could still have a flawless, smooth surface. This foundation has a medium to full coverage that is buildable, and does not give a cakey appearance, but a natural with a comfortable satin-matte finish.
After five hours of wear indoors, I noticed the foundation remained on the face without it slipping or sliding about. There were shine on my cheeks and nose area, which is typical for me when I wear a foundation containing an SPF ingredient. I have combination-dry skin type and found that having had some minor patches of dry skin on my chin and the sides of my nose, the foundation concealed those areas well and tamed down any dry skin in sight. I found that this could also be used as a concealer to hide away minor blemishes on the face, but for full coverage, I recommend a heavy duty concealer to completely hide away blemishes and fine lines.
Overall, this is a good foundation in terms of coverage and longevity. I do not think this formula completely “absorbs excess-oil” or “keeps skin shine-free all day” as it claims. From my experience, I would continue to use this, but with shade options and price point, this is not something I would happily purchase, as it is already expensive and buying two would be ridiculous – but an equivalent of buying a high-end foundation that could be my colour match.
I did not use any primer, separate concealer or setting powder during this trial, as I wanted to see how well this foundation would work alone, with its coverage level and longevity on the skin.
Have you tried this Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation? Has it worked for you?