I bought the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation a few weeks ago but have waited until now to post a review of it as I couldn’t make up my mind whether I like it or not. After all the hype I had heard about it I was expecting it to be a ‘holy grail’ kind of foundation. It’s not a bad foundation by any means, but I think my expectations were too high and so I was quite disappointed by it. Obviously everyone’s skin etc. is different though, so you might love it!
I got the shade ‘Ivory’ which is the lightest shade and unfortunately it’s a little bit too dark for me. It looks okay once it’s blended in and I put powder on top, but if I wear the foundation just on it’s own it’s noticeable. I originally bought this foundation as I thought it would be good for a no-effort summer foundation that doesn’t look heavy or require lots of powder to keep it looking good, so the fact I can’t wear it on it’s own kind of defeats the whole purpose!
One thing I really like about this foundation is the scent – it’s really fresh and a bit like cucumber or something. It’s quite thick and almost gel-like so it feels moisturising on your skin, although instead of soaking into the skin like moisturisers do, it kind of just sits there and feels really tacky. When I touched my face it felt a bit like I had wet paint on my face, not so nice! I also find it tends to stick to dry patches and can look a bit cakey if it’s not blended in really well. The coverage is medium and one large pump was enough to cover my whole face.
If you have oily skin I would probably avoid this foundation as it tends to ‘slide’ quite quickly. I have an oily t-zone and I find I need to re-power after a couple of hours. Rimmel claim the foundation will stay put for up to 10 hours, but I would completely disagree with this. Even if you don’t have oily skin I think you would need to reapply after a few hours because the foundation is so dewy.
I actually prefer how the Wake Me Up foundation looks without powder, but because of its short staying-power and the fact that it’s too dark means I can’t really wear it alone. I think I will use up most of the bottle as it will be quite good for just quickly slapping on to go to the shops or to wear around the house if I’ve got friends coming over or whatever – times when I don’t really care if my makeup’s not looking perfect, but I don’t want to go completely without makeup at all. Sometimes when I wear this foundation I look in the mirror and think ‘yeah, actually this looks really nice’, but then the next day I’ll think completely the opposite.
Have you tried the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation? Did you love it or were you disappointed like me?