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 and I felt like it could break me out. 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 my makeup looked the way it normally looked and it seemed pretty matte.
After just a couple hours though, 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 was sort of embarrassing because my makeup looked so bad. I like to try to make my makeup look as natural as possible but when your foundation starts to separate and your skin starts looking super oily, it can be really annoying.
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 on the skin.
This is the Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro Primer. It’s 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. I feel like it does smooth out my face before I apply the rest of my makeup. It doesn’t completely mattify my skin completely either so it doesn’t look too flat.
Other than that, I wouldn’t say that it resurfaces, brightens or protect your skin because there is no SPF in it and I personally don’t know which ingredients would help resurface my skin or brighten it. My t-zone does get shiny if I wear makeup 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 longer.
I could clearly see the difference between using these two primers and I definitely 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 by Rimmel London.
[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.
However, I would really like to test out high-end primers because I feel like even though they’re expensive, they might be better quality than the ones currently on the drugstore market.
So that’s my product review for today! I hope this post was helpful and I’ll see you lovelies tomorrow!