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I first picked up the Rimmel Stay Matter powder about three years ago when I was doing a quick trip into town in between lectures at university. I'd basically been in a rush that morning and hadn't powdered and I was feeling a little bit shiny. Anyway, I picked up the shade Sandstorm which is one of six shades (Transparent, Pink Blossom, Peach Glow, Sandstorm, Silky Beige and Warm Beige) and three years on, it's still going strong. I have since found out that Youtube sensation Tanya Burr loves the Stay Matte Powder too and she uses it in Transparent which would be a good one for everyone as it's completely undetectable colour-wise on the skin.If ever there was a reason to love a powder, Tanya's recommendation would be it. I use mine every day after applying foundation. I apply a light dusting using my Real Techniques Powder Brush, focusing on my T-Zone and chin. In terms of colour, I can't see the shade Sandstorm on my skin at all so I would say that if you're choosing a shade, go for Transparent, because the colour pay off isn't there anyway. That's not what we're using it for though, and in terms of mattifying the skin and keeping makeup in place all day (the real reason we're using it), it is fantastic. The best powder I have ever used in fact. It isn't cakey or drying and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all. And the best part, it costs £3.99! I cannot fault the powder. It does what it says on the tin. I think everybody needs a Stay Matte Powder in their life.
Rimmel powder I don't often wear powder but sometimes when I am going out at night and want my foundation to have a bit more staying power I do opt for a powder. This costs £3.99 and is available from chemists and supermarkets. It is I believe at the lower end of the price range for this kind of product but if it does the job then I'm not one for fancy names and prices. It promises up to 5 hours natural shine control And to minimise the appearance of pores, and apparently contains natural minerals to help achieve this. The product comes in a plastic tin like container with a lift on put back on lid. This isn't the greatest design for keeping th lid on top of the product as there is no catch to actually close the thing. I have the transparent powder which is apparently colourless but it is available in seven shades including pink blossom and sandstorm, so going through the shades of pinks and browns. The product itself is a pressed powder and to apply I have to move my powder brush on the surface of the powder so that the powder is picked up by the brush. I usually use loose powder so I was a bit dubious about whether or not it would pick up the powder, but it does this easily and my brush comes up so With plenty of the powder on it. One positive point is that it's really not as messy as loose powder and I don't have powder falling all over the floor. The powder is then easy to apply over the face and because this is transparent I can apply all over my face without adding colour, but to set my make up. VERDICT... this is a reasonably priced powder which is easy to apply and lasts for ages. I have now had mine for a couple of months and I don't even seem to have dented the centre. I do however thing that given the design of the lid, it will have to be thrown out because the lid cracks and then the powder cracks and gets dirty rather than me using all of the product. That then is the down side, the fact that the lid isn't strong at all and doesn't close. The powder doesn't have any colour and does make my make up last longer without making my skin look obviously powdery. It causes me no adverse effects and is easy ore move using my usual make up remover. Thanks for reading Daniela xx
As a self-confessed make-up addict I buy and test a lot of make-up products. Mainly because I am usually never fully satisfied with using just one make-up product. Now, I normally use the Collection 2000 pressed powder, to set me foundation. However while browsing in Superdrug this Rimmel stay matte powder caught me eye. I had actually heard about this in a magazine quite a while ago and I was really interested. When I wear my foundation my skin can look a little oily, much to my annoyance! So using a pressed powder or setting powder is most certainly a must for me! I have actually tried quite a number of pressed powders from different brands in the past. Usually when I wear other pressed powders, I have to make sure I bring them out with me whether it be during on the day or a night out, to touch up. With this product, I brought it out with me once, but when I checked my make-up (to my surprise) I did not need to touch it up! My make-up looked the same from when I had first put it on 3 hours previous! And in my books this was very impressive, especially for my skin type! This product actually states that it is good for 'up to % hours shine control,' and I would say in my opinion this statement would be quite accurate. I would say that if you did reapply this product, it may become caked looking. This can happen with many pressed powders if they are over applied, but with this product and it lasting power you really won't have worry about re-applying it! This products container is very much the standard container you find with most pressed powders. It has a clear plastic lid which when pressed, fits onto the bottom lid. The shade I have been using is 001 Transparent, which is perfectly suited to my skin tone when using other brands I have not always been able to find the right shade suited for my skin! This Rimmel powder is actually £3.99 from Superdrug. Which I actually think is a reasonable price for, in my opinion, a great quality product. Thanks for reading!
***Why I want the product?*** When in school and just learning about makeup I remember using Rimmel Stay Matte Powder because it was cheap. Eventually this love went elsewhere, mostly because of me trying new products. Due to this Stay Matte Powder were a forgotten friend and one I only re-discovered two months ago and wondered why I ever forgot about this wonder product. As I have combination skin (oily in my younger years) I often find myself reaching for powder on a regular basis. I have tried high end powders to middle price powders and I find with them all by the end of the day I looked cakey and I hated it. Hearing rave reviews over and over about Stay Matte I decided to get it...again. ***About Stay Matte Powder*** Stay Matte Powder is from the well publicised company Rimmel. Rimmel claim this pressed powder helps to control shine for up to twelve hours. It makes the skin look natural and not cakey looking, helping to minimise the appearance of pours and is dermatology tested. Stay Matte Powder comes in five shades all the way from transparent, natural glow to warm beige so there is a powder for everyone. ***Packaging*** Because this product is called as a drug store product you do not expect it to look glamorous or sleek looking but a packaging that does the job and I am okay with that. With that said Rimmel Stay Matte Powder comes in a circular plastic container. The lid is see through plastic with Rimmel New Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I do not know why the packaging states this product is new as it has been around for a very long time. The back as like all products tells me about the product and what I am to expect. As I can see the powder inside that looks like a sheer skin colour I must admit this got me slightly worried. ***Using Stay Matte Powder*** Opening the lid the powder itself although transparent looks a sheer skin colour and for me with pale skin I was a little worried this was going to make me either look orange through the day or be darker than my skin tone. I also noted the powder does not have a scent. After applying my makeup base such as concealer and foundation it is time to apply the powder to set it all and to mattify my skin. The powder feels silky soft and surprisely light weight and more importantly the powder did not alter my skin tone but I will tell more as the day goes on. As the powder touched my skin it has mattifying properties on contact without making my skin look at cakely at all even with a double layer. The powder blends in seamlessly with the makeup I have on instead of sitting on the top looking a mess. ***How did it stand through the day?*** Since I have purchased Stay Matte Powder I have found myself leaving my other powders and reaching for this every single day. This is the powder I carry in my handbag and stock up on. I have noticed since wearing this powder that the twelve hour claim is not right for me, although a big claim, on me it does not last twelve hours but more like a few hours until I have to apply another light dusting then all is fixed again. I like the fact I can apply it through the day a few times when needed and my skin never looks cakey or powdery, it actually makes my skin look flawless. Rimmel also claim Stay Matte helps to minimise pours, this is another claim I cannot vouch for as it seems to sit into my pores instead of minimising them. Due to my combination skin some mattifying powders can suck all the oil out of my face and make my skin look dry or feel uncomfortable through the day. I never experienced this with Stay Matte. Sometimes I actually forget I am wearing it as it feels so lightweight, does not ever make my fair skin look orange and nor does it alter the colour of my base. Even though it is a very affordable product it has never oxidized on me, which is a massive plus for me and other fair skinned ladies. I have found applying with a brush, sponge or powder puff to be fine. ***Price and Availability*** You can purchase this product for £3.99 from boots.com and other similar stores for 14g of product. ***Will I purchase again?*** For me Rimmel Stay Matte is going to be a staple product in my beauty bag for a long time to come. I find unlike other powders I have used in the past this is the only powder that keeps my skin matte and makes me feel comfortable and that my T-zone does not look like a shiny disco ball. There are a few negatives for me with this powder and not all claims are true for me but it does what I want it to do and that's mattify my skin. I have had my compact for around two to three months and have just hit pan and that is with use everyday up to twice a day. Stay Matte has never irritated my skin, broken me out in spots or blocked my pours. Defiantly a mattifying product I will recommend.
DESCRIPTION This is a pressed powder from Rimmel. The product is available in a wide variety of shades and claims to provide 5 hours worth of shine control and to help minimize the appearance of pores. I must admit this is one of my all time favourite make up products, I use it very regularly and it's one of few products I own that actually lives up to its claims. PACKAGING The product is contained within a spherical case. The lid is made of see through plastic and the base is made of a pale sort of skin coloured plastic. On the lid is the name of the product and an indication that there is 14g of product. On the back the main piece of information to note when buying is the shade name, in my case "peach glow". There are then the standard details like ingredients and manufacturers address underneath the shade name. To open the product you simply click off the lid, it comes away pretty easily. Inside is a pressed powder in your chosen shade. There is a tin base to the powder to keep it fresh. PRICE The product is available in Superdrug for £3.99 at the moment. PERFORMANCE This product does exactly what it says it will. I apply the product after applying my foundation or BB cream these days and also sometimes just use it alone. It's essentially a finishing powder and so it doesn't really provide coverage but if I'm having a good skin day it helps make the skin look slightly better because it conceals open pores and definitely makes my face look less shiny. Occasionally I will get an oily T-Zone and this product works wonders in creating the matt effect I am after with my make up. It's claim to last 5 hours is also a truthful one as most days I don't feel the need to top the product up at all, on hot days though you do need to reapply but it has always achieved the 5 hours it's stated from my experience. I don't have a lot of noticeable pores but I do have a few around the nose area, I always find this area looks less noticeable with this product. I really love this product, it's a great price, easy to use, matches my skin tone (it's available in several shades) and helps me achieve a more natural looking face instead of a shiny one! STAYING POWER As mentioned above it's staying power is really good, it lasts the 5 hours it states and usually can handle more time. OVERALL Overall this product is fab! Always in my make up routine and always in my make up bag, lasts a long while both on the face and in terms of before you need to buy a new one. Love it!
I have very oily skin, which means that my skin looks shiny after a few hours and so I decided to purchase a powder in order to stop my face looking shiny. I saw some good reviews about this powder, which is why I decided to try it. The powder is currently selling for £3.99 at Superdrug, and they often have a 3 for 2 offer on Rimmel products, which I think makes it a reasonably priced product, especially compared to other similar products which are often considerably more expensive. The powder comes in a pot with no applicator, and so you will need to purchase a brush in order to apply the product. The lid comes off the base quite easily, and so I would recommend that you are careful how you store it, particularly if you are carrying it around in your handbag. The packaging states that it controls shine for up to 5 hours. I have found that the powder does control shine, and it probably works well for around 3 or 4 hours, but after this period of time I need to re-apply the product. It is a shame that the product doesn't control shine for longer than this, as it is annoying trying to find the time to re-apply. However, as I mentioned previously, I do have very oily skin, and someone with less oily skin may well find that it lasts for the full 5 hours. I currently use the 'transparent' powder, which does have a tendency to make my face look slightly pale if I apply a decent amount, but if I put some bronzer over the top then I find it looks ok. I am probably guilty of sometimes applying the powder too liberally in the hope that it will control the shine for longer. It may be advisable to purchase one of the coloured powders instead, but I find it to be a bit of a risk to try one of these, in case the colour doesn't match my skin colour very well. In summary, I think that this powder is reasonably priced and works fairly well at reducing shine for very oily skin for a few hours, and may be a lot more effective for those with less oily skin.
Rimmel stay matte pressed powder comes in 6 different shades starting with 'Transparent' which is for pale skin, going up to 'Warm Beige' which is for darker tanned skin. I use silky beige which is 5th in the line of colours as it's the perfect match for my olive skin. I rarely feel the need to use foundation any more as my skin has cleared up perfectly from when I was a teen. I use it when I am going out of an evening or for special occasions and when I do, I feel very comfortable with it on. ==========Application and Use=========== I started using powder when I was a teenager and was fond of liquid foundation back then too, but as I've got older my skin has cleared up and my complexion is so much better so I don't often wear foundation. This powder is excellent for when I do use it. It's great for in the summer too when we all get that shiny "greasy" looking face from the heat. This foundation claims it's shine control from natural minerals and yes, I have to agree that it does work really well. It doesn't come with any kind of applicator which is a bit of a pain as I always use the round pads which often come with different branded powders. I have a few spare I had from other foundations so I just cleaned and re-used those. It is also really easy to apply with the brush if preferred. I would suggest popping into the shops which sell these and look at the testers before buying. Most people make the mistake of trying it out on their hands, but beware, you hands are usually a lighter shade than your face is, so just try a small bit out on the skin on your neck or face before making a decision. I have seen it being sold in: Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinsons, Tesco and Morrisons. You can also buy it online if your up for taking a risk of choosing a colour via the colour charts online. The pressed powder is usually sold at around £3.99 (RRP of Boots) and it a perfect powder for covering up any blemish or just to give your face a more matte clean look. I find it very easy to apply and it lasts quite a long time when applied. I usually just need to top it up under my eyes and around my jaw line if out for the evening. I would definitely recommend this powder to anyone wanting a smoother looking complexion and it would generally work for any skin type if applied well. I would also say to wash your face with a facial scrub before applying powder as any loose or dry skin will show up through the powder and be 10x more obvious than before. I usually give my face a really good clean and use a toner before applying to my skin. I give this product 5/5 stars for being an excellent powder and for only costing £3.99! Thanks for reading my review Helen190390
This is one makeup product that I've actually repurchased more than once, but to be honest I think that's more out of habit than thinking it's fantastic. The first time I bought it was on recommendation from a friend who swore it was the best powder she'd ever used. It's quite reasonably priced at just £3.99 in Boots, so I wasn't reluctant to give it a go. The packaging is minimal, it just comes in a fairly large round compact with a clear twist off lid. There is no sponge or applicator of any kind included so you will need to invest in one or use one you already have, but that's not a problem for me as I generally apply it with a large brush anyway. From what I can tell the powder comes in 6 different shades, of which I chose the lightest one, which is called Transparent, because I prefer a translucent or 'invisible' powder to a coloured one, as the coloured ones rarely match my skintone. The powder is quite finely milled and feels silky and soft to touch. It is easily picked up onto either a brush or a sponge, and I find it also transfers easily to the skin which makes it very quick and easy to apply. It goes onto the skin smoothly and it's very easy to get a smooth, even finish with it. It doesn't seem to sink into pores like some powders do, but it does cling to dry skin pretty badly, particularly when applied with a sponge. I use the powder both on it's own to stop shine and even out my skintone, and over foundation to set it. I find it feels really light on my skin and when used on it's own it does keep the shine off my oily-combination skin for about 3 hours, not the 5 hours it claims. Used over the top of my foundation it works a little better, keeping it looking perfect for longer and keeping the shine away for roughly the 5 hours it claims. After this time it does start to look a little worse for wear and really needs reapplying. The one main disappointment with this powder is that it shows up way too much on me. I'm very pale and find there's usually no powder light enough, but this is too light and it shows up almost white on my skin, I have to pay very careful attention to blending to be sure I don't look ridiculously pale, which is not something I usually have to contend with! I have since tried the next shade up from this and it's way too dark on me which looks even worse. All in all I think I'd have to say I have mixed feelings about this powder and I'm not really sure why, apart from the price, I keep buying it.
I wear both foundation and powder on a daily basis for me and although foundation is very important to me for creating a flawless base, a good powder is equally as important in order to both set the foundation and to keep my skin matte and away from shine. Over the years I have both used and accumulated many different powders due to the fact I either didn't get along with them and also the fact I have yet to find the perfect powder, these powders include brands such as MAC, Chanel, Max Factor and Natural Collection so I was intrigued to see how the Rimmel powder would compare. ==~~Price and Availability~~== This powder is priced at £3.99, which personally I find very reasonable. I also find that it is often included in offers along with the Rimmel brand such as that of 3 for 2 (which is currently on in Boots) or when you spend a certain amount on the brand you may receive the powder for free. As with most cosmetics in the Uk, this powder is available in both Superdrug and Boots, along with their online stores. Rimmel products have now also become available in many larger supermarkets, such as that as Asda and Sainsburys. Although there were not too many colour shades to choose from, I still found it to be a fairly good range of shades for a high street powder; there is also a transparent colour which is usual if there is not a good/ exact colour match available for you. Although I am fairly pale, I did find most of the shades available to be very pale and actually had to end up picking one of the darker shades, which could cause a problem if you have darker toned skin as there is not really much option. ==~~The Claims~~== This powder claims to give you a flawless matte finish that will conceal imperfections, yet still feeling lightweight on the skin. This powder also claims that it will not clog pores due to the fact it is oil and paraben free. ==~~Application~~== As with all my powders, I decided upon a brush to apply this. Unlike some other powders I have used this powder did not come with any sort of application device, so in order to use this powder you would need either a brush or a beauty sponge. This powder is very fine and so when applying it to my skin it did feel lightweight, yet I found there was very high pigmentation so only need to use a small amount for good coverage. What I really liked when applying this powder is that it was very easy to blend with my foundation and therefore did not create that powdery look as if it was just sitting on top of my foundation. Because this powder is so lightweight and blends easily it meant that there was no brush strokes left in the surface, helping to create a more flawless finish. I have also applied this powder with a beauty sponge on numerous occasions and found the powder to feel just as lightweight when doing it this way, although found that sometimes it did need a little more blending as although the powder is extremely lightweight I felt that it looked a little heavy when applying it this way. ==~~Results~~== I was very pleased with the results of this powder. It left my skin with a very matte, yet not at all powdery or cakey, flawless finish. I loved the texture if this powder as it felt extremely comfortable to wear on the skin and due to it being lightweight it didn't actually feel like I was wearing it. This powder, despite the fact it is fine, has very high coverage, meaning that if there were any I'm imperfections or redness on my skin that I could not cover with foundation alone, using this powder in conjunction really helped to create a really flawless base. As for 'staying matte' I believe this powder does this very well. It claims to give natural shine control for up to 5 hours, though I feel that my skin is free from shine longer than this and infact very rarely do I feel the need to reapply this powder, except perhaps on a night out. What I really enjoyed with this powder is that although it kept shine from my face, it was done so in a natural way and therefore the finish of this powder looked neither cakey or powdery and infact blended in very well with both my foundation and skin. I find that this powder also sets both my concealer and foundation to keep this in place all day and find that my foundation lasts far longer when used with this powder than when worn alone; which means I have to reapply my makeup much less or sometimes even not at all. I definitely believe this powder lives up to its claims in both being lightweight and very mattifying. It also claims that it will not clog pores and helps minimise the appearance of them; since wearing this powder I have had not any problems with it reacting with my skin or causing any breakouts so I agree that it does not clog pores. I am not sure whether it necessarily helps minimise the appearance of pores, it definitely helps to conceal them when wearing the powder, but I am not too sure whether I would go as far as saying that it minimises the appearance of pores. ==~~Overall~~== Overall I have been thoroughly impressed with this powder and have actually repurchased it, which is something I very rarely do with powder! My previous stay matte Rimmel powder lasted me about 3 or 4 months with daily usage, so I do believe this to be good value for money, especially considering it is often on offer. The only slight downside to this powder that I have found if the packaging, being that it is fairly flimsy plastic with a quite loose screw top lid I have found it to crack very easily if dropped (though as of yet the powder itself has never cracked) and also have found the lid has come off in my bag. Nonetheless I can put up with this due to the fact I have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of this product. I would definitely recommend this powder if you are look to a achieve matte, yet natural looking skin and to keep shine away all day. I am going to award this powder 5 stars as I am impressed with just about everything about this powder, although wish the packaging was a little sturdier, although at £3.99 I can hardly complain! ***i am very sorry but still don't have my laptop back yet and therefore writhing this on my tablet so it has not yet been processed properly yet so I am sorry for the very likely mistakes in both spelling and grammar and will be edited as soon as I have my laptop back!***
Although I don't wear foundation or powder every day, on nights out I will make the effort and put a bit of slap on so I at least look presentable. Due to not having perfect skin, I try to cover some of the worst of my dark circles and bags etc with the help of concealer and foundation. I sometimes get shiny skin which in photos looks horrible and looks like either you are in a very warm room or maybe whatever you are doing is taking its toll. I normally carry a pressed foundation around with me but recently have been finding it hard to find a colour that not only matches my skin but doesn't sit on top of my skin making look like I have had a fight with a bottle of talcum powder. I have fair skin so normal go for a fairly light colour powder. They do have a good range of colours which is good as you are at least more likely to find one that suits. I tend to avoid the loose powders as these go everywhere and make you look wispy, so I plump for the pressed powder with my trusty collection of mis-shaped sponges. This does come with a round sponge that's not too bad to use, some can be a little abrasive but this one is quite soft. There is no mirror in this compact and being of the cheaper variety the lid just lifts off rather than being attached so some caution should be used when having this loose in your handbag or make up bag. I saw this in my local Superdrug and after trying the tester on my arm found it matched my skin perfectly; I bought two as they were on offer 2 for £5. I have used these a lot and even tend to find myself putting this on with no concealer underneath. The product feels light on my skin and has a nice soapy fragrance, when I have this applied my skin feels very soft as well. It does wear off after a while but it doesn't take too long to re-apply and I love saying to people 'I am just going to powder my nose'. For a cheap version it is perfect for my needs and I shall continue to use it for a long time to come.
I bought this powder as a bit of a stop gap. My foundation had ran out and whilst dashing round Asda one day I suddenly remembered. Now to be honest I rarely wear make up but as ladies know, it needs to be there just incase! Usually I go for a liquid/foam/cream to powder foundation and then occasionally I will apply a powder on top. Understandably in Asda there was a very limited selection and although they did have some liquid foundations I couldnt see one that really appealed and as they were all a bit pricey for a stop gap foundation I decided to opt for this powder. I paid something like £3.49 for it which I thought was a reasonable price, especially for a well known brand. I bought the lightest shade that Asda had available (larger stores like Boots, Superdrug etc probably have a much larger selection). This was called Transparent and after having a quick look on Boots website they stock 5 or 6 shades varying from pale pink colours to more tanned colours. The packaging is very similar to that shown above, however Rimmel have made a slight alteration to the lids font and sizing of the words etc. The powder comes in a round palette and to open it you simply twist the cap and it comes off with ease. There is no sponge with the powder which I found a little irritating as I didnt have any new ones at the time so therefore I needed to rinse out my previous one the best I could. The powder was quite difficult to get onto the sponge, it didnt want to separate easily and I had to press quite hard in order to get some on the sponge. After just a few wipes of the powder it looked rather messy with little craters all over the surface. Applying the powder was a little easier but I did notice that I needed to press quite hard in comparison to other powders. As I chose the Transparent shade I was expecting a very pale cover on my skin primarily covering up blemishes, the occasional spot etc. The colour was good and it did what I required, my blemishes were toned down and my skin definitely looked a more even colour. However, I did find that any parts of my skin that were a little dry did struggle with the powder. As soon as the powder was applied my skin looked terrible and far worse than it had done before applying! Even using moisturiser before hand didnt help too well. The skin looked like it was peeling and right above my nose which is an area I struggle with for dry skin looked a bit like I had sunburn! However, I do suffer with an oily nose and the powder really helped to reduce the shine and my skin did have a matte effect. Throughout the day I noticed that the powder didnt stay in place as long as others I have tried. By lunchtime my blemishes were starting to come through but it did help keep the oil at bay. When it came to removing the powder a quick wipe with a make up remover wipe removed all traces and there was actually not a great deal of it left on my face so it didnt take long to remove. I do suffer with sensitive skin and this powder did not make it sore or itchy. It was very comfortable to wear and remove but it did not cope at all well with any slightly dry skin. However, most people do use the powder to seal in their other foundation and for this job I do recommend as I have done this and it does just help to put a thin top layer on your face to help you to get your skin looking all the same colour and it just tidies things up on the whole, I usually avoid any dry spots when I do this to avoid the issue that I had above. I would recommend this, but only for people who dont have any dry skin. It is great for oily skin or as a top coat for your make up however it doesnt give cover all day and you may well find yourself needing to reapply by lunchtime which in my opinion is a nuisance. I believe there are much better powders on the market for similar prices so I wouldnt rush out to get this unless you are entirely sure that it could benefit you.
I always like to wear powder over the top of my foundation to set it. I have a soft spot for powders and have collected rather a lot of them from all different brands. I have had this Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder for a while now, but I tend to favour other powders that I have so I haven't used it all that much. ~ Price ~ This powder is priced at £3.99 and is available at Superdrug and Boots and anywhere else that has a Rimmel make-up stand. ~ Packaging ~ It comes in a large circular compact with a clear plastic lid, which is easy to remove. The clear lid has 'Stay Matte pressed powder' on the front along with the foreign translation and the word 'Rimmel' also makes an appearance on the lid. The packaging is fairly plain and simple and it is not one of my most exciting powders. ~ Use ~ The powder itself can be applied using a sponge or brush. The applicator does not come with the powder. What puts me off using this powder more regularly is that there are tiny specs of glitter in the powder, which is not something that I would want or look for in a powder. On application the powder is matte and the tiny specs of glitter are not noticeable, but if you look closely for them you can see them glistening on your skin. I have bought other highstreet powders in the past and found that they don't all have glittery specs in them making them far more appealing to me than this one. Another thing I have noticed about this pressed powder is that it is rather solid and even swirling a brush around the surface of the powder or rubbing a sponge across it, it is difficult to free much of the powder so that it comes loose and can be applied to my brush or sponge. It seems that very little of the product transfers onto my brush or sponge. This means that the transfer of the powder onto my face isn't as evident as I would like. The surface of the powder has developed built up shiny bits where I have smoothed the powder from constant rubbing with the sponge and the smooth surface makes it even harder to disturb the powder to allow it to be picked up by my brush or sponge. When you do eventually get some powder on it gives a matte finish covering up any shine, but you can see the tiny glittery specs and I also find that it clings to dry skin and looks quite blotchy and uneven. ~ Overall ~ Overall I don't rate this product at all. The packaging is boring for a powder, it is difficult to get onto your brush or sponge and does not transfer to your skin easily and when it is applied it has tiny specs of glitter in it and the powder clings to any dry skin. I have used other Rimmel powders in the past, which have been fine, but I would say this one is a bit of a disaster of a powder!
I wear pressed powder everyday whether it be over the top of foundation, BB cream, or even just on its own to combat shine throughout the day. I bought this online for £3.99, which I think is very reasonable. It comes in 6 different shades, to suit a number of different skintones. There is, transparent, pink blossom, warm beige, sandstorm, silky beige and peach glow. I own 'sandstorm' which is a pale beige colour and matches my skin well. The product and Effects - Rimmel London says that this powder offers 'up to 5 hours natural shine control with natural minerals.' This product does give amazing shine control and I love the matte effect of this powder. It makes my skin look flawless even when on its own with no foundation underneath. I think it is very good that there are 6 different colours to choose from as it meant I was able to get a good match. Another bonus is that less is more with this product. Even if you only want to use it when you are out for the day, on the places where your face gets shiny (such as the T-zone) it would still be worth a buy. This pressed powder fits into my handbag perfectly and I haven't had any problems with it cracking either. Disadvantages - This powder's packaging also claims that it should control shine for 5 hours. However, I have found that this isn't remotely true, I have to reapply at least every 2 hours. It does reduce shine, but it doesn' keep my skin matte for 5 hours by any means. Another thing is that sometimes, this powder can be slightly chalky on my skin. I actually use a bronzer brush for it, as they tend to be much bigger and apply this product much more evenly. Overall this product lasts well, even though it isn't for the time stated on the packaging. It is gentle enough on my skin that I am able to use it daily too. However, for long lasting wear, other products might work slightly better.
I really do like a matt finish, and find that my skin often gets quite greasy and oily when wearing foundations. With an excellent price tag attached, I often find myself reaching for the Stay Matte powder whenever I need a quick fix. The product itself comes in a compact, with a removable plastic lid. This can be 'popped' out and placed into a compact quite easily without breakage by inserting a pin into the hole of the plastic base and wiggling it out from underneath. The powder itself is very fine and glides on easily, blending perfectly and giving a very natural finish. It clings well to a brush, excess taps off easily. It works well as both a foundation and a finishing powder, giving foundation and concealer a far longer life on your face. My only criticism of this product is that for my skin type, I do have to reapply a few times throughout the day. It isn't as long lasting as I would like. Would strongly recommend, it really works and is great value for money on top of that.
I was on the lookout for something new to try in regards to a foundation. To set the scene, I hate the feel of anything too heavy on my skin. I have pale, combination skin. I find it really difficult to find a foundation that is light, suits my skin colour and my skin type. My latest purchases in my quest to find the perfect foundation resulted in me purchasing this Stay Matte Pressed Power and a L'oreal BB cream (review to follow) from Superdrug. **Shades** There are 6 shades available. These are Transparent, Pink Blossom, Warm Beige, Sandstorm, Silk Beige and Peach Glow. Not all shades may be available in every store. Transparent is the lightest shade on offer, and this is the shade I decided to try after trying out the 'back of the hand' test in store. **Price and Availability** As already mentioned, I bought this product in Superdrug. It cost me £3.99 for the 14g of product. At the moment (August 2012) in Superdrug there is a 3 for 2 offer on Rimmel products, something to bear in mind if you wish to purchase this powder. The product is also available in Boots for £3.99. After a quick scout online, this seems to be a pretty average price for this powder. **Using the Product** Since purchasing this powder I've used it almost daily. I've been using the BB cream mentioned above as a base and applying this powder over the top to seal it. After applying the BB cream I use a make up sponge to apply a light, thin layer of the powder over the top. My forehead is the worst for getting oily in the day so I tend to apply slightly more here - obviously not too much more though - I don't want a colour difference! When using the powder in this way it gives me a really nice even finish. It seems to last me hours without any need to re-apply. On the label on the back of the powder it claims that this powder will give "up to 5 hours natural shine control". I've found this claim to be pretty much accurate to be fair. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the end result when applying the powder in this way. The end results looks natural, feels light, and seems to suit my skin, thus making me a happy bunny. I have also tried using this powder on it's own, without the BB cream as a base. This gave a completely different result in appearance. This I would attribute to my combination skin. Where my skin is drier - on my cheeks and on my nose - this powder seems to really highlight this dryness. It doesn't give the smooth finish that I was after. I tried leaving it for a while just to see if time would make a difference, but no. Still looked awful when I was ready to go out, so I removed it and re-applied with the BB cream base and got the finish I wanted. **Packaging** The product comes in a nice little circular container with a clear lid with silver writing on it. Superdrug have a habit of placing their security sticker things in annoying places on their products - in this case it's over most of the writing printed on the back. This is not a complaint of the packaging itself though. It would be nice if the powder came with an applicator of some description, but I've got several circular make up sponges so I've placed one of these under the lid to use with the powder. **Summary** So a good powder, especially for the price tag. Not so great on it's own - least for me anyway - but when used with the cream gives a great finish. I may have finally found a combination of products that work for my skin. I have dropped a star for lack of applicator and the result that I got when using the powder on it's own. I considered dropping two due to the poor results when it is used on it's own, but the result when using the cream too is too good to only give this powder 3 stars.
Up to 5 hours natural shine control with natural minerals / Helps minimise the appearance of pores / Dermatologically tested.