26 February 2012

Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation

I’ve been tired recently.  Really, really tired.  Sometimes it’s physical tiredness, sometimes it’s psychological.  I can’t really say what’s causing it as I don’t really know.  I’ve been quite busy at work and have been out and about a lot seeing people and doing things, and that’s lovely.  But it’s not left a lot of time around these parts for some good, old-fashioned blogging, and any spare time I have had has mostly been spent thinking about how tired I am and frankly, I’m a little uninspired as well.

I suppose this follows on from my post about Stuff, and my desire to get rid of it.  Lately I seemed to have reached a saturation point with the beauty industry and its products and I’m just a little bit sick of it all.  I’m tired of reading about swathes of new products claiming the same things they always have and in reality delivering nothing like.  I’m tired of seeing the same iterations of the same red lipstick or pink gloss or smokey eye.  I’m tired of reading about people talking about things they’re ordering and buying when literally an hour ago they’ve written or tweeted or videoed themselves talking about more stuff they’ve bought.

In short, in case you hadn’t guessed, I’m tired.  I need a pick me up.  Something to make me look alive, feel better and try to re-ignite my love of beauty products because, well, if I don’t love them anymore, I might as well say goodbye to Product Pixie but I don’t really want to do that because I’m really quite fond of it and all of you who have made it into the nicely populated corner of the internet that it is.
All of this is just a very long, self-indulgent way of telling you that I’ve found a new foundation, and I really bloody like it.  Like, really.  REALLY like it.  It’s the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation and I read about it on a little blog you might have heard of called Lipglossiping (I know, I like to give shout-outs to up and coming bloggers) and it piqued my interest enough for me to go and have a look at it in Boots.  Now, given that I did write that post about me not buying any make up this year, I feel a little guilty showing this a mere three weeks later, but technically I didn’t pay for this.  I STOLE IT!  Jokes.  No, I bought it with my Boots Advantage points, AND I’d just used up two other foundations so I thought it was a reasonable thing to buy.  And boy am I glad I did.

Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation is the newest release from the brand, and the blurb on the back of the – very nice, glassy, pretty similar to the Lancome Teinte Idole -  bottle tells us it’s designed to illuminate the skin and it has a Vitamin Moisturising Complex (please?) to visibly reawaken the skin.  Sure.  Whatever.  But I’ll have me some of that.
Anyway, as a fully paid-up member of the Oily Skin Brigade, I normally avoid these illuminating foundations like the plague, but Ms. Lipglossiping assured me it wasn’t too shinydiscoface so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  The pump dispenser makes it very easy not to tip out tons of the stuff, which is good because you don’t need to.  I use maybe 1 – 1½ pumps to cover my whole face, applying with my Daniel Sandler flat foundation brush.  I’d say the coverage is medium – full but pleasingly it doesn’t feel heavy at all.

The formula is kind of like a gel; not runny and thin, but it spreads around the face and blends beautifully.  It does a decent job on blemishes but I do still need concealer on the more stubborn campers on my face.  In terms of finish, it leaves me with pretty flawless skin, luminous but definitely not sparkly or too shiny.  However, the best bit about it is its staying power.  I’ve all but given up using powder for the last few months.  It’s been winter, for a start, so I haven’t need it as much, but also I felt like it was clogging my skin up badly and making it oilier.  As a result I haven’t been as shiny.  This is a fact. However, I’m obviously still prone to it but all I do these days is press a facial tissue lightly over my face once or twice a day, and that does the job.
With the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation, I don’t really have to even do that.  I know.  I bet you can’t believe what you’re actually reading right now.  But I wouldn’t lie.  It is amazingly resilient to oil, adverse* weather conditions, crappy office air con, overheated restaurants, ‘glowing’ red wine face…all of it.  It stays on almost exactly as it is applied, even after a 16, 17, 18 hour day.  I just can’t get over how good it is, and for a high street offering, too.

I’m so pleased I read about it, I’m so pleased I went to check it out and I’m so pleased I took a punt on it.  It has woken me up…a little bit.  I’m not quite back to full health and wellness but this is definitely helping and that’s what make up’s about really, isn’t it?  Putting the glow onto an otherwise slightly grey face.
*I say adverse, but I suppose ‘a bit windy with some light rain’ doesn’t really count as adverse.  I’m just being a bit dramatic.


  1. Goodness it sounds fantastic! The last Rimmel foundation I tried was Stay Matte which was so thick and heavy and absolutely hideous! This one looks nice and natural on.

  2. I'm going to have to try this now aren't I...darn you! xxx

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