Review| Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

Friday, 24 January 2014  at 9:52 am

I've been in search for a setting powder for my oily combination skin for a couple of weeks now and finally stumbled upon one that actually works! Since my graduation is coming up, I'm trying to find products that won't leave a white sheen on my tan skin. It's safe to say that Rimmels stay matte powder doesn't leave any white sheen since the shade I picked it up in, is perfect for my skin tone! There isn't a shortage of shades in the Rimmel stay matte powder range and that's what I love about it! I hope you enjoy's today's post!

There are 6 shades in the Rimmel stay matte powder range (Pink blossom, silky beige, peace glow, sandstorm, warm beige, transparent). I don't know if it's just me, but I hate using powders that are translucent. I always find that there is a tinge of a white sheen left on my face, but why buy a translucent powder when you can buy it in your own shade and look perfect!

I don't have any gripes about the packaging, because I hardly go travelling so I can't say whether it's too big to take along with on a trip. The one fault in the packaging might be the fact that it works on a twist mechanism. So you twist the cap onto the product, there aren't any grooves to secure it. There are ridges in place but they offer very little security for the product itself. Over time though the secure grip tends to wear off, which means that the cap will slip off more easily. Which sucks if you want to keep it in your handbag!

I love the silky smooth texture of the powder and the fact that when you apply it on your face there isn't powder left everywhere in the tray!

I should have known the powder wouldn't blend in well on my hands, since my hands are way darker than my face *laughs*. If anyone is interested in that kind of thing of putting powder all over their neck and chest, you will probably have to invest in two different shades so they match both face and chest.

I chose the color Sandstorm because at the time there wasn't warm beige. I typically choose foundations and powder foundations in beige, but Sandstorm is a pretty good match. Sandstorm matches my skin perfectly because I have a warm skin tone with yellow undertones. It's probably not clear in the pictures but Sandstorm is yellower than the other shades I've seen. I picked this up for 99zar::$9, which I think is a pretty reasonable price for a powder that actually works!

Rimmel's stay matte powder claims to provide a natural matte finish for at least 5 hours and reduce the appearance of pores. I don't see any noticeable difference in pore size on my nose because my pores aren't big naturally. So on the claim that it reduces the appearance of pore size I'd say it wouldn't because this is just a plain mattifying powder, not a powder foundation. I tested the mattifying properties of this powder on a hot humid day and I happened to end up running back and forth between a shop and my car! I'd say on a hot humid day with the occasional run you'll get a good two hours worth of matte power out of this product. Although you'll only get two hours out of it, after I ran my face wasn't as oily as it would normally be if I had not applied a matte setting powder, which is a plus! On a slightly warm, verging on a cool day, you'll get a good 4+ hours matte power out of this easily! All in all I'm in love with this product! As my readers know I hate products that feel like they're suffocating my skin! This product is light and airy, I absolutely love it! It works great for my oily T-zone!

Till we meet again!
Bye Bye!


  1. Great review! I have combination skin too and I've been searching for a setting powder! So happy I found your blog and this review :) This will definitely be on my things to get list! just followed your blog !

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    1. I'm glad this review was of some help Wendy! :)

  2. Very nice! I'm oily in my T zone as well and after a couple of hours, it gets really obvious. I'm currently using the demattifying powder by UD it's been working pretty well. I definitely have to give this product a try once I run out of the UD powder.

    May from La Vie En May

    1. If they sold UD down here I'd definitely try their setting powders, but since choices are limited down here, drug store options are what I limit myself to ahahaha!

  3. Lovely review, like it very much the way you put everything together to cover each points.
    Looking forward to try it someday!


    1. I'm glad you liked the review Hetal! :) You should definitely try it out some day!