Foundation Files / Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation

Foundation Review - Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain - Review & Swatches on Pale SkinIn the past, my skin has always gotten along with Rimmel bases – particularly the Match Perfection formula. This new launch immediately grabbed my attention with it’s name – Rimmel’s Fresher Skin Foundation*. I love a lightweight, fresh & slightly glowy base that looks like skin so I had high hopes. However, before receiving it, I’d been hearing fairly polarising reviews over the last couple of weeks. That definitely made me more interested to see how it performed on my skin. The formula is designed particularly for combination skin and says it gives breathable, lightweight coverage without clogging pores, providing a shine-free finish to the skin.


Although the pot packaging is the best-suited option for the formula inside, it can be tricky to get the right amount of product onto the brush. Often I dip my brush in a little too excitedly and end up with twice as much as I need. It’s compact and sturdy but not really ideal for travelling if you’re worried about breakage.


With my first few applications, I struggled to work out what method worked best. Because it’s such a lightweight formula, I mostly use a fluffy foundation brush to give quick and easy application. However, I find that it normally needs going over with something like the Louse Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush to make sure it doesn’t look streaky. Using a beauty sponge also isn’t incredibly effective because it sheers out the formula a little too much. It really did take a bit of effort to get the product to blend into the skin, rather than noticeably sitting on top, with either option.

Foundation Review - Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain - Review & Swatches on Pale Skin Formula


When I finally got my application right, I’ll admit that I did fall in love with the finish. It’s a natural, velvety matte finish but I found it made my skin look lit from within. When set down with a powder, it mattifies a little more but still retains that glowiness that I often look for in my bases.


I’ve found when it comes to this foundation it really is about getting just the right amount of product. Although the coverage is buildable, going in too heavy with the application leaves the foundation looking a little strange and cakey on the skin. It also can lead to a bit of oxidisation (more on that later).

I’ve been opting to use a little less product on the brush, resulting in a medium coverage. My freckles are still partly visible but my skin looks perfected and evened out. I hardly ever require a full coverage base so for everyday wear, this is more than enough for me.

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As I mentioned earlier, the wear of this one has varied on my skin depending on whether or not I applied too much product in the morning. For the most part, and when I haven’t used too much product, I’ve quite liked how it’s worn. When set down with powder, it maintains it’s velvet-matte finish throughout the day, not letting my skin get too oily. The coverage only wears slightly around my nose, chin and jawline.

The formula feels barely there on the skin, which I always enjoy. But it does tend to accentuate dry patches, which could be a dealbreaker for some. In summary, I haven’t been dealing with the horror stories that I’ve been reading elsewhere.


There’s eight shades in the range ranging from 10 Light Porcelain to 400 Natural Beige. I was pleasantly surprised to see their shade Light Porcelain was actually pale enough to pretty much match me. Most reviews I’ve read report that the formula oxidises a lot but I haven’t had much of a problem. I do notice when I apply a slightly thicker layer things can oxidise a tiny bit and look a little darker than when it’s first applied, so that’s just another reason that I opt for a light application.

Foundation Review - Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain - Review & Swatches on Pale Skin Swatch

If you have dry skin, the formula mightn’t agree very well with any overly dry patches of skin. The finish could be great for those who want a bit of extra glowiness, if you can make the formula work.
If you have oily skin, I’d be sure to set this one down with powder or else I’m not sure the wear time would be very impressive. It’d be a great finish for oily skin but only if you can really get application right.

In summary, I’ve been left feeling sort of eh about this one. The finish is nice but the application and wear can be a bit of a hassle for me. On no-makeup makeup days this will surely get used but it hasn’t become an instant favourite. Make sure you check out other reviews before handing over your bank card for this one, as everyone seems to be having very different experiences… If you’re looking for a similar formula from the drugstore, L’Oreal’s Nude Magique Cushion Foundation* could be more of a foolproof option.

Have you tried this one out? What do you think?

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  • It’s a tricky one hey! I am loving the finish also so I think I’m going to stick with it for a while! For hygiene purposes, I’ve been dipping a cotton tip in to the tub to get product out rather than dipping my brush in.. and then I can control how much product I get too! <3


    • Yeah, I’m still trying different things with it to see how it goes! That’s a good idea about the cotton tip, would definitely make it easier to control!

  • Shilpa Shetty

    I’m not a fan of pot packaging. Its not hygienic and also I tend to take more than required, so lot of product wastage,..

  • I stupidly requested a shade too light for me so I have only tried it out once but haven’t worn it. I just hate Rimmel’s shades! I usually go for a “beige” shade but it always ends up too dark and orange, so I figured I’d learnt my lesson and went for a lighter shade which of course…is too light. I just can’t win! Haha. From first impressions though, I was eh as well. I felt it wasn’t buildable at all, but I was satisfied with the light coverage. It felt very skinlike though which I liked. I dislike the packaging though, very messy! They would’ve really benefitted by making it a cushion foundation since it’s way easier to use, and it’s trending right now!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Yeah, their shade range does seem like it has a lot of gaps in it! That would’ve been a great idea, actually, turning it into a cushion product – the formula would suit it too!

  • I’ve been trialling this for the last few days and I’m torn as well. I am surprisingly happy with the level of coverage it offers, and it feels extremely light on the skin. BUT it definitely needs to be applied quickly as I find it can settle into dry spots easily. Great review!!

    Angie | Luxe & Bliss