Have you ever hit pan on anything?
I never did… until Rimmel entered my life.
When I was a makeup unsavvy student living in the UK, Rimmel only made it on my radar screen as an affordable (read: cheap) line of makeup which I might have purchased a mascara or 2. However, I was never really impressed with drugstore labels.
Fast forward many years later and boy do I have to change my mind.
Introducing to you… all the way from the UK (Ebay.co.uk)… Rimmel’s Stay Matte (4 quid) and Renew & Lift Pressed Powders (6 quid). The latter is available at selected Watson’s in Singapore for S$25.90.
(all photos can be viewed in their original sizes by clicking on them)
Stay Matte is cheaper than Renew & Lift. It has no compartment underneath and is 14 g in content. Renew & Lift has a hidden sponge and mirror compartment underneath and weighs a measly 9 g.
Stay Matte in 001 Transparent (not quite as it is slightly on the fair-medium side. If you’re any darker than NC 30, Transparent wouldn’t work for you). It’s somewhat on the beige side and just the slightest bit leaning yellow.
Renew & Lift in 100 Ivory actually goes on more “transparent” than Stay Matte’s Transparent. This definitely has a lighter beige and yellower cast to the powder. Works for fair – medium and slightly tanner skins too in the NC range.
Oh, that’s the first makeup item I’ve ever hit pan on. In case you’re wondering, the picture on the left with the untouched crown design is my backup 🙂
Because the sponge and mirror compartment is found at the base of the item, I keep forgetting to use them and pack along my brush instead. If they would swap the placement of the pressed powder with the sponge and mirror, it’d solve my absentmindedness.
Stay Matte’s made in England and Renew & Lift in Italy. There’re no ingredients on the back but you can get them off Rimmel’s site. Or my blog 😉
Stay Matte’s ingredients (with green leaf emblem) *note that this is not compatible with avobenzone sunscreen as it has EHM*
TALC,MAGNESIUM STEARATE, POLYETHYLENE, PETROLATUM, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE, POLYBUTENE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, METHYLPARABEN, COCOS NUCIFERA, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM, PROPYLPARABEN, PARFUM, ALOE BARBADENSIS, BHT, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, CITRONELLOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE, LINALOOL, BUTYLPARABEN. [ /- MICA, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77007].
Renew & Lift’s ingredients *Ok with avobenzone sunscreens*
TALC, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, DIMETHICONE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SORBIC ACID, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, LAUROYL LYSINE, METHICONE, DISODIUM EDTA [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR/ /-: MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), FD&C YELLOW NO. 6 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 15985), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742)].
Not sure if you can see the difference in swatches. This is with a single swipe. Renew & Lift is not as oil absorbent on me as Stay Matte. However, inevitably in Singapore and with a normal-oily comination skin, touchups are always required after several hours. But Stay Matte did stay matte slightly longer 😉 Texture wise, Stay Matte has a silkier, finer and more velvet-like feel than Renew & Lift. However, Stay Matte can look over-powdered if too much is used, whereas Renew & Lift can be piled on without looking cakey/over-powdered. They both have their pros & cons. I like them pretty much equally.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Quality: 9.5 (pretty much perfect and mucho impressivo for a drugstore label)
Overall score: 8.1
Rimmel Renew & Lift Pressed Powder
Overall score: 8.4