While at the supermarket the other day I had a quick look at the make up stands and decided to get a few things Ive wanted to try for a while. I picked up the Wake Me Up foundation in 100 Ivory and 200 Soft Beige, Stay Matte powder in 001 Transparent, Sun Shimmer Bronzing powder in Medium Matte, and also repurchased the Stay Matte Concealer and Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer, both in 030 Classic Beige.
The Wake Me Up Foundation (£8.99) is very widely reviewed and even those who love high end foundations really rate this as one of their favourites. I was a bit disappointed with the shades range as there was only 3 colours in both the shops I looked in and I tend to be inbetween shades especially when my face is tanned. As you can see from the photo, there is a massive difference between 100 and 200, and I do have to mix them because on their own they're completely out for my face!The first thing I noticed when I used the foundation was the overwhelming smell, I wondered why no one had mentioned this in their reviews, but after the second use it dissipated quite well and its now very bearable. I really like this foundation and its been the only Ive used since buying it, its more matte than my usual Healthy Mix and Healthy Mix Serum but that's what I was looking for as I'm battling a bit of shine at the moment. It does have little shimmer particles in which I wasn't expecting but its not too much, and does make my skin look awake without being too shiny. I'm quite pleased with the coverage as well even though I have to build it up in a couple of areas, it doesn't get too thick or cakey which I love.
My only gripe is that this, like the other Rimmel foundations that Ive tried, does oxidise a bit on my skin and occasionally needs reblending, but its not a massive issue so hasn't put my off the Wake Me Up.
I bought the Stay Matte Powder (£3.99) as my Mac MSF in Light Medium just wasn't cutting it anymore, but I'm still quite undecided on the this powder. It does keep me quite matte but only keeps my make up in place for a little while and when I wear it I feel like my face looks a bit flat. I bought the shade 001 transparent as powder colours can often be a bit off for my skin and it's the shade that the lovely Tanya Burr uses (and she always looks great!). I was expecting this powder to be a lot better than my MSF and unfortunately so far am a little disappointed but am sticking with it in the hope that I might change my mind.
The Sun Shimmer Bronzing Compact in Medium Matte (£4.49) that you can see in the photo above is a lovely deep colour but Ive been having trouble with bronzers breaking me out recently and unfortunately this one was no exception. Ive been through 2 or 3 by different brands over the last few months so I think its just my skin but would recommend it if you don't have a sensitivity like me as it took barely any effort to get a great depth of colour and blended out nicely.
While at the Rimmel stand I also had a look for the Wake Me Up concealer (as if 2 Rimmel concealers wasn't enough!) but unfortunately they didn't have it. They did though have the Wake Me Up Shimmer Touch in Shimmering Sand and Radiance Rose. I haven't heard much about these and on my hand couldnt really decide what I thought, so if you have any reviews I'd love to take a look!