Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation Review

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a foundation review, so when I got the opportunity to try out Rimmel Match Perfection, I jumped at the chance.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation has 3 facets that made me really intrigued by it:

  • Smart-Tone Technology – mimics skin’s texture and tone
  • Oxygen Complex – helps skin to breathe so the color stays truer longer
  • Blue Sapphire Complex – fights yellow tones to keep skin from looking sallow
Sounds pretty advanced. As Mr. Boyfriend would say, “that’s pretty f’ing fancy”. Yeah. Cool right? Here’s how it broke down for me.
Texture – Liquid, not too thick or too runny. Went on smooth & blended easily.
Finish – Satin – Not too matte or too shiny. It’s REALLY shiny at first but kinda calms down. 
Coverage – Light to Medium (Buildable) – Minor imperfections and discoloration were covered easily, but if you have post-acne marks or other scars you probably will need an additional concealer.
Sun Protection – SPF 15
Shades – 16, from Ivory to Warm Caramel
Wear – This foundation actually wears pretty decently for a drugstore foundation. I was pleasantly surprised in that regard. It lasted through a 8 hour work day.
Okay, so those are the basics. Now for this skin tone matching complex business. Ivory, on a whole, is quite a bit too dark for me. I don’t think this is the fault of Rimmel because a lot of foundation is too dark for me. I’m paler than the average bear. ;) I do notice that the color/tone does change/adjust after being on my skin a few minutes. It’s kinda wild. Once it adjusts it does look a lot closer to my skin color, but alas still too dark. I think if either I were a little darker or if this were just a little lighter, the adjustment would have been able to compensate. If you’re someone who tends to be in between foundation shades, this might just be your holy grail. 
I would highly recommend setting this with powder. If you don’t, it can stay a little sticky. I have normal/combo skin and a couple of eensy dry patches, and this foundation doesn’t make them look way worse like many foundations do. I think this would be fine for any skin type except if you’re at the extreme end of one or the other (ie really really oily, or really really dry). 
The suggested retail price of this foundation is $8.99, although we all know drugstore prices tend to vary a little bit from store to store. It’s available wherever Rimmel is sold, such as CVS, Wal-mart, Walgreens, and Target. You can hit up the Rimmel website for more info on where to find it. It would appear that in the U.K. there is a powder and concealer to go with this foundation, so keep a look out for those in U.S. drugstores in the future. 
Sample provided for editorial purposes.

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