Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Product Review : Rimmel Stay Matte

Stay Matte in shade Transparent - available in boots for £3.99

For a very long time I've been looking for the perfect powder. My criteria being a) mattifying b) long lasting c) afforadable & d) NOT orange. After trying out my fair share of drugstore powders, I think it's safe to say that I  have found it in Rimmel's 'Stay Matte' pressed powder in the shade 'transparent' - which is a bargainous £4 in the majority of drugstores and supermarkets! 

What Rimmel say....

Stay Matte boasts a matte finish which lasts up to 6 hours, and provides an all over 'natural looking' and 'long wearing' finish to the skin, as well as evening out skin tone. Furthemore, 'stay matte' is free from fragrance, parabens, oils and talc which means it shoudln't clog up your pores. 

What I say ...

As someone who favours the matte look, as opposed to the natural dewy look, I find the powder gives an ideal finish. It does even out my skintone, and gives my face an all over colour adding to the 'flawless' look I am after. I do like to add some shine back in using a highlighter or perhaps a cream blusher, but in general I tend to use less of this product on my cheeks anyway. As for my t-zone, which has always been a problem area .. this powder works miracles. It seems I have finally found a powder that actually keeps my skin matte,so no more oily nose by lunchtime for me! If I was out for the duration, so perhaps 8am until 8pm on days where I have uni and work then I will pop this in my bag and re-apply just before work at around 5, but as a general note, I do find this to last longer than other powders. Previously, I have found Rimmel powders often show up 'orangey' or just not my colour, but this transparent shade fits perfectly with my foundation which is usually ivory/vanilla. 

Overall - I absolutely love this powder, it is well within my dwindling budget, it keeps my oily t-zone at bay and lasts throughout the day. A definite recommendation and a thumbs up from me! 

Have you tried this powder? What are your thoughts? 

p.s any other recommendations for a pesky oily t-zone ladies? 




  1. I used to have this powder and absolutely loved it - did exactly what it says on the tin, but now I'm trying the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot which is even better :o). Xx

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  2. Mmmm, I have this powder and like you said it gives a nice matte finish, but my skin must be really bad because it's oily again after few hours :/ What powders have you used before that's helped you?

    If we don't chatter before Christmas, I hope you have a lovely time!
    Laura x

  3. This powder is one of my favorites, but don't you just loathe the packaging? I would be willing to spend a few extra dollars on a compact version of this for sure! As for oily t-zone, the only thing that works for me is benefit porefessional. If you can get your hands on a sample size, it lasts forever if you only apply it to your oily parts!
    I like your blog, really glad I found it!


  4. This is my salvation powder. It is the only thing which keeps my very slick t-zone in check and for the budget price it is win win! LOVE IT!

  5. me too. It is not overly powdery which I love. and the price is just perfect.