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
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!
The GOOD about Rimmel Stay Matte powder :
- Simple, fuss-free packaging
- Smooth texture
- Gives an even, soft matte finish
- Does not look cakey/heavy on the skin
- Very affordable!
- Wide shade range
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Rimmel Stay Matte powder :
- Slightly flimsy packaging (specific to my piece)
- Doesn’t come with a mirror – not the best handbag compact
- Doesn’t control oil for long
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.
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