The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer is a product that I haven’t had with me for much of the summer while I was traveling because I tried to be very restrained in how much makeup I packed and carried with me from place to place. I reunited with it about a month ago and have slowly fell back in the habit of reaching for it. I bought this last winter, not too long after it was released, having been temped by it’s claims and budget-friendly price tag and I’ve kept it close at hand for most of the time since.
This is a white cream that has a somewhat stiff consistency, which I might liken to glue. I don’t think it’s as gross as it sounds, though, and I don’t have trouble smoothing it over my skin. I start with smoothing it over general areas and then patting it in until it sets up. I only really use this in the specific areas where I want some shine control, and I really don’t use very much product at all. I don’t find that more product applied means better performance.
I really like this primer. It helps with shine control throughout the day and I think it fills in the appearance of pores a little, too. It’s not miraculously effective at keeping oil away for an entire day, but it makes enough of a difference to me. It keeps things from getting out of control and eases my dependency on blot powder. Really, for right around $7 it can’t be beat.
I like it a lot more than the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer, which is supposed to provide 5 benefits but has a less specific purpose than Stay Matte. I’ve never got around to writing a full review on the Fix & Perfect Pro because I had always been on the lookout for results from it, and gave up on using it before I found any. It has a more lotion-like texture which makes the experience of putting it on a little more pleasant than Stay Matte, but I don’t see any evidence of it extending the longevity of my makeup or mattifying, which are two claims I’d very much like to see realized.
Over the past two weeks, I haven’t been wearing as much makeup as normal, yet I’ve started reaching for this when I won’t even be applying any foundation on top. It makes my skin just look a touch more smooth and keeps the luminosity more even throughout the day. It’s a super easy step, and it’s working for me. All in all, I think the L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base (review) is still my top primer pick from the drugstore, but it’s also almost twice as expensive as the Rimmel and I’d definitely recommend Stay Matte for a budget-conscious consumer looking for some help with shine control.