Hello lovelies and welcome back to Makeup Monday! Today I wanted to do a comparison review on these two Rimmel primers, so let’s find out who the winner is!
This is the Rimmel London Stay Matte primer. It’s relatively inexpensive and can be found in most drugstores. This primer promises to create a “perfect matte complexion” and control shine for up to 8 hours. However, my experience with this was less than satisfying.
When I applied it, it immediately felt like it wasn’t sitting well on my skin. It had that silicone feeling, similar to the Smashbox primer, so it bothered me as soon as I applied it. But I went on to do the rest of my makeup and it looked how it normally did.
However, after just a couple hours, my face got shiny and you could see the oil coming through on my skin, which was kind of upsetting since it hadn’t been that long since I applied my makeup. By the end of the day, my makeup even separated a bit which usually never happens and it looked pretty bad overall.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this primer if you’re looking for something to combat super oily skin. I’m not sure if people with normal to dry skin would like this either because of the way it feels when applied.
This is the Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro Primer. This is also a drugstore product that can be found next to the Stay Matte primer. This product claims to smooth, resurface, brighten, mattify, and protect your skin.
I bought this primer before I bought the Stay Matte and I liked this one. This primer doesn’t feel like silicone on the skin; instead it feels more like a lotion and it seems to smooth out my skin before I apply my makeup. It doesn’t completely mattify my skin either so it doesn’t look too flat. Other than that, I wouldn’t say that it resurfaces, brightens or protects your skin because there’s no SPF in it and the ingredient list doesn’t seem to match those claims.
My t-zone does get shiny after a few hours, but I can definitely get away with it until about the 6-8 hour mark, which is better than not wearing primer at all. I also started using the Fergie Wet n’ Wild eye primer on the oiliest parts of my face which helps to keep shininess at bay for a bit longer.
I could clearly see the difference between using these two primers and I prefer the Fix and Perfect over the the Stay Matte primer. I haven’t used too many primers so I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but if you’re on a tight budget and you’re looking for a decent primer than I would suggest trying the Fix and Perfect primer.
[2017 UPDATE: I came back to the Stay Matte primer months later and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s still not the best primer out there, but after trying other drugstore primers, it’s probably the best you can find at an affordable price. My updated opinion on this is to try this instead of the Fix and Perfect primer if you have oily skin.]
[2018 UPDATE: I believe the Fix and Perfect primer may have been discontinued, but I still think Stay Matte is the best mattifying drugstore primer for oily skin.]
So that’s my product review for today! I hope this post was helpful and I’ll see you lovelies tomorrow!