Rimmel Stay Matte Primer – Tried & Tested

I have to admit when it comes to Primers, I haven’t really been using them that long and it’s only the last few years the mainstream brands have jumped on the bandwagon and provided us with an affordable offering.

Having combination skin, I know it’s important to use it under make up.  Though it’s often mistaken as an alternative to moisturiser, it’s not!  So make sure you keep up moisturising lovelies.  It’s part of your preparation routine before putting on your make up.

My usual choice of brand is Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, which is ok, but having run out I thought I’d give something else a try.  Don’t get me wrong The Revlon was nice, but I wanted something that would have me shouting OMG!!

Looking at online reviews I found Rimmel’s Stay Matte Primer had a lot of  mixed bag of reviews, the positives I read hailing it as “Best budget buy” , the negatives were about the texture and some about it not working for them.  At  £5.99 I thought what the heck, my skin is combination/oily so meets the criteria and pricewise it isn’t too bad.

On Rimmels own site they describe it as  ultra – mattifying with a silky base.  So first impressions,  thick in consistency,scentless and  blends in well leaving a soft, silky, matte feel on skin.  Pores seemed well covered and once make up was on looked great!

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Obviously didn’t use that much on face!)


On the Back of the pot it states controls shine for up to 8 hour.  So once Make up was applied (MAC Studio fix plus), I went on about my day as usual.
Coffee meeting in the morning, followed by a small helping of window shopping. Then back home for lunch.

 As soon as I got in I checked myself out and was horrified to see my whole face looked liked I’d face planted a bowl of oil. It was shine central, and not just the T zone which is normally where I am generally  affected.  My cheeks were shining, my make up had been saturated by the oil.
That was just day one.  I gave it a few days,  but by day 3 I noticed my skin was  starting to break out!

So unfortunately for me this wasn’t good for my skin, doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped.  I’d say it lasts about 3-4hrs but then shine starts to come through.   I don’t have excessively oily skin so had thought this was going to be ok sadly it was not meant to be.

They say you pay for what you get and at £5.99 you can’t argue about the price, but as a product I’d say there are far better products in the market.  So my pursuit continues for a good matt primer. I’m currently testing using Too Faced as heard lots of great things about it so will let you know how I get on.

Do you have combination/oily skin?  Have you tried this product, what did you think?

What primer do you use to keep it under control?  Drop me a line and let me know what you think.



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