Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

This is going to sound really ridiculous, but I feel a little emotional, writing this post. This foundation right here got me through YEARS of mediocre to bad skin, and did a pretty good job even during the very worst of it. Strangely, this is not the best foundation that I’ve ever used in my entire life — but it served me well for so many years that I wanted to give it some credit for how good of coverage this has. I have at least six bottles of this in six different shades on standby in the my dresser drawer.

This is a mousse foundation that comes in a squeezable tube. When you squeeze it out, you’ll see the color come out with little “air pockets” — normal for a mousse. You would think that a little would go a long way with this, but it can be tough to spread, due to the thickness. Honestly I would put the initial layer on with my hands, and use a beauty blender only occasionally to smooth out some creases. This WILL OXIDIZE into a darker color. I’m sure it didn’t help that I used my hands to apply, but even with blender application, it will still oxidize anyway.

After the initial struggle to try to apply this stuff and make it appear smooth, you will find that the coverage is AMAZING — I’d say more full coverage than medium, in fact. I have covered up some spots that… well, should not have been able to be covered up. Redness, gone. Raised spots, gone (well not really, but it sort of looked like it). Also, this stuff played surprisingly pretty well with makeup — it needs a bit longer than most foundations to set on your face, but once it’s set, you’re good to splash blush and bronzer on to your heart’s content.

But the price to pay for coverage was large. This stuff is really messy, and also difficult to wash off. Even if your finger gets a microscopic distance away from your face, it WILL transfer to your skin. It WILL somehow magically transfer to your purse handles and your car steering wheel. Don’t even think about hugging people. “Oh but I can just use a setting spray/powder!” Wrong! Yes, use the setting spray, but don’t expect it to save you!

Here’s my next gripe: this foundation touts itself as oil-free, so I was excited as a crazy acne sufferer. After hour six, this foundation had completely broken down, but I don’t think it was just from my own face. I found this picture on reddit awhile back:

Oil test

there’s our friend circled in the middle. What IS that?? is that water or oil separation? In any case — this foundation breaks down pretty quickly and will create swamp-like conditions on your face.

So, I realize that I’ve complained a lot about this foundation. There are a lot of issues with it and I don’t really think it’s the best option for day-to-day casual wear. It can definitely a big perpetrator of “cake face”, since it’s medium to full coverage. I’m also not really positive it was “good”, from a biological standpoint, to wear while I had such bad acne. But let the six tubes of this in my drawer be a testament to how much I loved it, for many many years. The coverage is awesome. The shade range is awesome, possibly one of the only foundations that’s been able to match my skin tone through every single season. The price point is phenomenal as well, from $5-7 a pop.  Thanks for getting me through it all, Rimmel! ~A

If coverage is your issue, I strongly recommend picking up a tube of Stay Matte here: https://amzn.to/2M10jZa

Perceived efficacy: 3.75/5

Longevity: 2.75/5

How much I actually like this product: 4/5

Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color

Wet N Wild Megalast Nail

I’m starting to think that maybe I should call this blog “Everything else sucks in comparison to Wet N Wild”. Seriously!! That seems like a joke, considering Wet n Wild was always notorious for being that low-end cheapo stuff you buy when you’re 12, but I honestly like a lot of their stuff better than their way more expensive competitors.

As I mentioned before I’ve recently been trying to step up my nail polish game by buying slightly more expensive polishes than Sinful Colors, but I couldn’t help but grab this when I saw it at Five Below, in the colors Private Viewing and Sugar Coat. I’m a sucker for pink tones, nudes and neutrals so I figured throwing $2 a piece at them couldn’t hurt.

And.. my God they are amazing. Dries super fast. Dries matte. The brush is wider across so it spreads well, and gets most of your fingernail in one go. Color is phenomenal. A second coat will definitely help for the lighter colors, but the slightly darker Private Viewing didn’t require one. The colors are also pretty much true to what you see in the bottle. And for the price point, the longevity is phenomenal: four to five days without chipping.

I think I have to head back to Five Below (or literally any drugstore…) and stock up on these. They are amazing, and they are SO CHEAP. Unreal. Makes me constantly regret the $8 wasted on anything related to Orly. ~A

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Perceived efficacy: 5/5

Longevity: 5/5

How much I actually like this product: 5/5