Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber : Review, Swatch


If you follow even a single UK based blogger/Youtube guru, you have no doubt heard about the wonder drugstore powder – Rimmel Stay Matte Powder! I saw it at Parcos Infiniti Malad (Mumbai) on my last trip there and picked it up without a second thought. Its super affordable and I saw 7 shades at the store.

Price : Rs 195 for 14 g


Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber





My take on the Product


It comes in a very simple, fuss free packaging. The powder is in a round pan housed in a plastic circular tub with a clear, screw on lid. It doesn’t come with an applicator or mirror. I never use applicators (sponges/brushes) that powders come with anyway, but a mirror is handy for touch ups. When I bought my piece home, I realized that the cap was a little loose and didn’t screw on tightly. I thought I’d go back and exchange it but somehow I couldn’t and ended up using it anyway.

The texture is fairly smooth though not silky soft or powdery. It has pretty sheer coverage so it works quite well over foundation as a setting powder. It doesn’t give a cakey look to my face, doesn’t look heavy and just gives a nice soft matte finish to my foundation. Since the name was Stay Matte, I’d expected slightly better oil control. It doesn’t give me any extraordinary ‘stay matte’ effect. My (Very) oily T-zone and inner cheeks begin to show shine within 2-2.5 hours and I need a blot and touch-up after every few hours – which is pretty much what I get from pricier powders as well during the summer. Because its not too mattifying, it would work well as a setting powder for all skin types.

It has a mild fragrance which I’ve heard people describe as ‘old-lady’ scent 😛 Its pretty mild and not unpleasant so it shouldn’t be a bother!


Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber


Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber


Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber


Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder 009 Amber



The GOOD about Rimmel Stay Matte powder :

  1. Simple, fuss-free packaging
  2. Smooth texture
  3. Gives an even, soft matte finish
  4. Does not look cakey/heavy on the skin
  5. Very affordable!
  6. Wide shade range

The NOT-SO-GOOD about Rimmel Stay Matte powder :

  1. Slightly flimsy packaging (specific to my piece)
  2. Doesn’t come with a mirror – not the best handbag compact
  3. Doesn’t control oil for long


Overall Verdict

Overall, I think its a nice light powder – good for setting foundation/concealer or just over tinted moisturizer. It gives a soft matte finish, doesn’t look heavy or cakey though doesn’t really mattify oily skin for long. Its handy for travel though my piece is a slightly defective. You’d need to carry a separate mirror and applicator with this so its not exactly handbag material. I still think its a good powder and excellent value for money!

Rating : 4/5

Where to buy : Online at slassy.com and at Parcos Stores.


[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Have you tried the Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder? Which is your favorite pressed powder? Share your comments below! [/note]


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  1. May 20, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    Nice Review Ankita This is my HG pressed powder 🙂

  2. May 21, 2013 / 9:47 am

    I have heard sooooo much about this powder being excellent and even some say dupe to MAC powders! anyways for the price its def a must try 🙂

  3. arja
    May 22, 2013 / 2:45 am

    The dupe to Mac powders is the inglot AMC for sure.

  4. sophia
    May 22, 2013 / 3:26 am

    i have this in transparent but i wouldn’nt say its an exceptional powder-at the price it comes for it definitely works great….the packaging is quite flimsy and not at all travel friendly and the lid on mine also does not shut tight……

  5. May 22, 2013 / 10:30 am

    i want to try this one.. where i can get this from? rimmel is not available in my city.. maybelline fawn matches my skin tone perfectly .. could you please recommend me a shade and an indian online store that has this?

  6. shubhangi kaushik
    July 30, 2014 / 2:03 am

    hey i want to ask something…not related to this post but related to ur lakme absolute skin mattreal review post. i hav a really oily nose but rest of my face is on the normal side…. so i want to ask that which foundaton should i choose between lakme absolute skin mattreal mousse and chambor sheer delights ultra matt foundation. I am really confuse in these two. i live in delhi which always hav extremely humid summers so please Ankita please suggest me the best option in between these two.

    • August 7, 2014 / 8:18 pm

      Hi, what kind if coverage do you need? The lakme one us quite sheer so if you need more coverage, go for the Chambor one.

  7. Joo
    October 1, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Liked the product..

  8. swati
    January 27, 2016 / 10:32 am

    hi ankita u look so beautiful..<3..my skin tone is wheatish and have some acne so which powder shade should i use?plzzzz rpl

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