Helloooo, new drugstore launches. Not much gets me more excited than an email in my inbox letting me know about what’s going to be appearing at the drugstore. Rimmel has recently released a couple of new base bits – a foundation and concealer, both reformulations of old faves, and a brand new product that’s incredibly on-trend. I’ve been testing them all out for a little while now, even though it’s been a little tricky as the foundation and concealer didn’t really match me. But I’ve made do and wanted to let you know whether they were worth a trip to your local drugstore.
I was interested to see that Rimmel had reformulated and rereleased the Wake Me Up Foundation. I remember owning this foundation back when I had no idea what I was doing with makeup. But all the same, I was a fan. Unfortunately, I think that the shade range has definitely shrunk with the re-release. The lightest shade, Ivory is far too dark on me. To test this on days where I was actually leaving the house, I’ve had to mix it with lightening drops to make it work.
That is a real shame, though, because when I did get it to match me, this base was really lovely. I quickly fell in love with the dewy finish and great longevity. I’ve been applying this with a dense buffing brush and the coverage has been great, too, I’d say light to medium. But it looks really quite flawless on the skin, blurring pores and smoothing out the skin. It takes a little while to really blend into the skin but the result was worth it. My skin looked beautiful and dewy all day long, with only minimal wearing on and around my nose. Applying it with a BeautyBlender means it blends in a little nicer but provides a similar end product.
I’d say this is best suited for dry to normal skin types. I can get away with it on my combination skin after setting it down but if you are any oilier than I am, things are going to go from dewy to greasy pretty fast. But if you can find yourself a shade in the range, and you have drier skin – definitely give this one a go if you’re after a glowy, affordable base. I’m honestly bummed that there’s no shade match for me in the range.
I was also a long time fan of the Wake Me Up Concealer, I even mentioned my love for it years ago. But unfortunately, again, the shade Ivory isn’t a great match for me nowadays. Nevertheless, the formula is beautiful. It’s a lovely one for under the eyes because it’s got just enough coverage to even out the area but it blends out effortlessly and never looks cakey or crease-y.
I love this one because not only does it cover darkness under the eyes, it also really seems to have a brightening effect to it. Which I’ll never say no to when I haven’t had enough sleep the night before…
Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory, heavily swatched & blended out, Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
I’m always excited to try out a new setting spray, especially one that smells like cucumbers. But what really got me interested was that they marketed this as a 2-in-1. Primer and setting spray, all together. I find the spray quite nice, it’s really fine, but I do need to hold the bottle a fair way back from my face to ensure a more even mist all over the face. I also love that it dries down quite quickly on the skin.
As a primer spray, this is subtle but nice. I feel like it doesn’t do a lot more other than give your skin a quick dose of hydration and calm down any redness. Luckily, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dehydrated, which can sometimes be the case with primer sprays. Especially when they have alcohol as an ingredient. As a setting spray, it does a beautiful job of making your base look nicer if you’ve gone a little too heavy on the powder. It doesn’t really change the finish of your base but just refreshes and prolongs wear.
I can’t say I’ve been blown away with this primer/setting spray but it’s definitely a great budget option if you’re looking to try one out. It leaves makeup looking better after application and keeps it looking that way all day long.
Have you tried any of these new releases?
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