The Rimmel Stay Matte liquid mousse foundation is one that I’ve used off and on since the spring and I’ve been reaching for it a lot recently. This is a mousse-textured foundation that is formulated to provide shine control without feeling heavy on the skin. Beyond that, a huge part of the appeal is the $4.99 price tag for a full ounce of foundation.
I bought this foundation at Ulta, as a lot of the drugstores near me have very limited selections of Rimmel products. I love how small and easy to store the tube is, though the fact that the plastic is completely opaque makes it a little difficult to pick out a shade. I picked out what ended up being the perfect shade for me, thankfully, and had based my decision not just on the color on the bottle but also the name of the colors and how many steps away this one was from the lightest option.
I have the shade 100 Ivory, which is the third shade from the top. I appreciate that it’s a pretty neutral shade (leaning a touch pink, compared to my skin) and it works well on my skin. It’s fairly thick when it comes out of the tube but doesn’t feel super heavy, and it’s really easy to get a smooth, even layer of it on skin. I love that it comes in a slim tube as opposed to a pot like the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème foundation (review), another mousse-textured product, as it’s much cleaner. My favorite brush to use with this is my Sephora Pro #47 foundation brush. With a thin layer of foundation I get medium coverage all over, and then I like to go into certain areas that need a bit more coverage and pat a little more foundation on top. I think it layers on itself really nicely and builds to pretty full coverage, and I generally don’t feel the need to reach for a separate concealer when I wear Stay Matte. If I have specific spots of redness still poking through, I pat a little foundation directly onto them with my finger and it works great.
This foundation gives a natural matte finish to skin and doesn’t look completely flat, which I love. I personally tend to find that mousse-textured products can be a little unflattering when applied heavily on the skin, especially on areas with larger pores or fine lines, but I don’t really have a big problem with Stay Matte. It does have a substantial amount of silicones on the ingredients list and my hunch is that they help out with this. I don’t find that it’s the absolute best foundation for minimizing my pores, but it helps, for sure. It doesn’t crease under my eyes or settle into lines, either.
Once it’s on my skin it doesn’t feel exactly like skin does, but it doesn’t feel excessively heavy or sticky. It does feel a little bit like clay, which was what initially prompted me to look up the ingredients list. It does indeed have kaolin about halfway down the list, and I’m sure that the clay helps absorb oil throughout the day.
Speaking of which, I think this foundation does a pretty good job of keeping the oil at bay. I don’t have tremendously oily skin, it’s normal to dry in most places but the center of my face, especially my nose, always gets oily and I hate having to touch up during the day. I tend to wear this foundation over moisturized skin (no primer) with a light dusting of powder. I’ve been using DreamWorld Hermetica’s Whipped powder (review), which is a silk powder that generally smooths over skin and minimizes pores and lines, but doesn’t do anything spectacular for oil absorption. I don’t think this combination looks too heavy, although I hear a lot of people avoid powdering Stay Matte for fear of it looking too cakey. I definitely think it works well without any powder at all, as well.
The foundation is not bulletproof, and I remember last spring when perhaps my skin was a bit oilier that I felt this foundation was good but it wasn’t necessarily a mattifying miracle worker. The other side of that coin is that I don’t find it drying, and it doesn’t make the drier areas of my face crackly. Now that the weather’s cooling down, Stay Matte is working fabulously for me and it’s been a go-to for days when I don’t want to take a lot of time with my makeup. I can apply the foundation and my Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Light Bronze (review) for a bit of dimension on my skin and feel presentable. I don’t have to look in the mirror for the rest of the day, as I don’t get shiny and the foundation doesn’t seem to noticeably fade, wear off, or settle in an unflattering way. If I do get a little shiny, a quick blot with a tissue solves it. Over the past couple of weeks I had a few low-key days and applied this foundation without any other cosmetics at all, and I asked my boyfriend for his feedback on how it looked on my skin. He only had good things to say, and commented several times that it looked very natural.
In discussing Stay Matte, a really easy, quick comparison I can make is with the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème foundation, as they’re both mousse foundations at the drugstore (though it’s worth noting that ColorStay Whipped is over twice as expensive). I’ll say that ColorStay Whipped is a tad more natural (less matte) in terms of finish, and I find it camouflages visible pores a bit better. However, Stay Matte provides higher coverage, wears better for me, and provides superior oil control. I can layer Stay Matte on areas that need extra coverage without it looking as heavy so I don’t feel the need to reach for concealer, while ColorStay Whipped can get heavy looking if too much is applied and I tend to rely on a bit of concealer to supplement it. Both of the foundations are SPF-less and photograph really nicely.
Above, I’m also wearing: DreamWorld Hermetica Whipped Peach finishing powder (review), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in #11 Peach Choux Wafer on my face. I used NYX eyebrow pencil in Medium Brown and Chocolate Soleil on my brows, L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte and Chocolate Soleil on my eyes along with Maybelline Colossal eyeliner (Maybelline India, purchased in Asia), Pixi Crayon Combo in Wide Awake (review) and Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes mascara (review). Derma MD gloss in Baby Doll (review) is on my lips.
At $4.99, I think the Stay Matte foundation is an amazing value! I don’t tend to go for matte foundations just because I prefer seeing a little more luminosity on my skin, but I think this looks quite nice. It is easy for me to reach for day-to-day because it allows me to skip concealer and powder, if I like, and I don’t have to worry so much about touchups throughout the day.
Ingredients: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, AQUA/WATER/EAU, ISODODECANE, TALC, TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 BEESWAX, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, KAOLIN, TRIBEHENIN, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, POLYPROPYLENE, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, DIMETHICONOL, LAURETH-4, BHT, TOCOPHEROL.
[May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]
Have you tried it? Let me know what you think!