Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

First, apologies for the two foundation reviews so close together. I have been using this foundation for about a month now and haven't blogged about it yet because I wanted to give it a fair try before voicing my opinions. Now almost everyone has blogged about this, but I wanted to share with you what I thought about it.

The foundation comes in a thick glass bottle, which I like, with a bright orange cap and an orange pump dispenser. The glass bottle is embossed with the Rimmel logo on one side. I personally like packaging of this, it looks quite expensive, and although the bottle is glass, it is thick and looks very sturdy.

As you can see I use shade 100 Ivory.

Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation claims to "visibly reawaken and illuminate skin with a radiant glow and a flawless, natural looking finish". It contains an SPF of 15, which is a bonus in my book as I like to have some kind of sun protection on my face daily, and to be included in a foundation is just more convenient. The dispenser makes it very easy to get out the right amount of product, and I tend to use about 1-2 pumps for my entire face. The consistency is perfect for me; it's quite thick but I prefer this to a foundation which is too runny, though it is quite difficult to blend  in properly with your fingers - you will probably need a foundation brush/sponge.

Now, onto the one thing I dislike about this product, and you all probably know what I'm coming to here. The shimmer. Don't get me wrong, it's not like a glitterball or anything, and in fact it is barely noticable in certain lights, but under artificial lighting, you can see it. In fact, somebody I work with actually said to me "you have glitter on your face" (cringe moment!). The shimmer I think actually is a shame because other than that I do like this foundation. I still use it most days as I can't bring myself to buy another foundation when I have practically a full bottle here. It's fine for a night out or something like that because the coverage is amazing, just not if you dislike the glitter effect and are going to be under a lot of artificial light. The claim of reawakening skin and illuminating it, I believe it lived up to. My skin did look brighter and I did look more awake, which was good.

Overall, I probably wouldn't repurchase this. Don't get me wrong, I will use it, and I do like it APART FROM THE SHIMMER. Rimmel, bring this exact foundation out without the shimmer, and I am sold. Unfortunately I am not a fan of having glitter on my face, which is a shame :(

Kind of a mixed review here, and apologies for the lengthy review but I wanted to share that I do like it. Just not the shimmer.

What are your thoughts on this?


  1. I had the same problem with Revlon's photo ready foundation, damn glitter.

    1. I just don't see the need for the glitter! Would look so much better without it x