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#FreeYourSkin with Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

Rimmel have recently released a brand new foundation and concealer and courtesy of Influenster I've been giving them a try along with a couple of existing products from Rimmel.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer
Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

Rimmel's latest foundation release falls within their Lasting Finish range and is the Lasting Finish Breathable foundation*. Rimmel claim this is their most lightweight, long-wearing formula with light to medium buildable coverage. It apparently has breathable skin technology and moisturises for up to 25 hours. It also contains up to SPF 20.

This comes in the same bottle as their Lasting Finish and Match Perfection foundations, but instead of coming with a pump this one comes with what I guess you might call a 'wand' with a sponge applicator on the end. Some might find this a little strange but my favourite foundation (YSL Fusion Ink) comes with a very similar applicator just with a plastic rather than sponge end, so I'm perfectly comfortable with this. I actually prefer an applicator like this rather than a pump as I don't have to faff around with applying the product to my hand or a brush/sponge, I can just apply it straight to my face.

The foundation has a light, almost serum-like formula, which I personally prefer over thicker formulas that can take some work to buff in. On the bottle this claims to be medium coverage but it is definitely closer to light to medium and you will need to use correctors/concealer if you have anything that needs covering such as redness, scaring and dark circles. It applies nicely, blending well and feels quite cooling when first applied with the applicator.

I'm a little confused as to whether the 25 hour claim is relating to how long the foundation lasts (what the bottle suggests) or how long it moisturises for (what the info I received suggests). Any 25 hour claim tends to annoy me a little anyway because there's only 24 hours in a day and who needs any product to last that long anyway? The only time I ever get anywhere near wearing my make-up for that long is when I'm working on set. But I wouldn't say it delivers on either; I don't find it particularly moisturising anyway (I have very dry skin) and although it lasts reasonably well I don't think it would last anywhere near that long. I sometimes find the finish this provides looks a little bit cakey (around my eyes or where I'm trying to cover some spots) and if you do need to blow your nose because of hayfever/a cold it does very visibly wipe away around your nose. When it comes to the breathable claim I'm not quite sure how to try and measure this in any way. It doesn't feel like it suffocates my skin or like my skin is caked in product that I just can't wait to remove, but I'm not sure that necessarily means it's breathable. Although in general I would prefer closer to medium coverage it's a pretty good budget foundation and one I would consider if I couldn't afford to replace my high-end favourite.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer
Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

Their newest concealer release is also within the Lasting Finish range and is the Lasting Finish Breathable concealer*. Rimmel claim this has a lightweight, breathable formula with medium coverage. This has similar packaging to the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer in terms of coming with a built-in sponge applicator. However the Rimmel one features a squeezey tube rather than a wind up mechanism like the Maybelline one. This makes it a lot easier to start dispensing the product the first time you use it; I nearly gave up with the Maybelline one I had as I didn't think I would ever actually see the product.

I do like the sponge applicator but I do have some concerns about how hygienic it is as I can't see how you can wash it without risking getting water in the product. You do also have to master remembering to keep squeezing slightly (not too much!) as you're applying to keep some product coming.

I would say this is medium coverage, but I do really need more than that. My dark circles are horrendous and I struggle to cover them with a corrector and concealer, so this isn't really heavy duty enough for them. I also regularly have to try and cover up a breakout on my chin or the marks left behind afterwards and this can struggle. My skin is usually pretty pale, almost see-through, but after spending 12 hours in a field shooting for a film in September I got quite tanned this year and so this is currently a bit too pale for me. Once we hit late November/December and I haven't seen light for a while it will probably be fine. But right now it does look a little too stark/highlighting.


The next two products I've been trying out are both existing products. The first of these is a Moisture Renew lipstick* in Vintage Pink. What I didn't realise was I already have one of these in a red shade, I have no idea where it came from, but I really should have taken more notice of it. This applies beautifully, is very comfortable to wear and provides a soft matte finish with the only shine being from reflecting the light. It's not the sort of shade I would usually pick out for myself as I tend to be drawn to reds/bright pinks, but this is a lovely neutral a couple of shades darker than my natural lip colour.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

The final product is from the Kate Moss range and is a sculpting palette* in Coral Glow. Again a coral shade isn't the sort of blush shade I would usually pick myself but this is a pretty shade that applies nicely, blends well and looks natural. I think there is a very small amount of shimmer in there but this is negligible. I'll admit I haven't used the sculpting shade because it's just not something I use but I would say it would be better as a bronzer as it doesn't look ashy enough and again does contain some shimmer. I'm also not a huge highlight user but I'm trying to remember to use it more often. This suits my skintone and can be applied subtly (what I personally prefer) or built up a little if you prefer.

Have you given Rimmel's newest foundation and concealer a try?

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*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

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