RIXREVIEWS: Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer

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I have super oily skin and the struggle is REAL. I envy those ladies who can go out for hours looking fresh. I don’t really like spending so much on anything, whether it’s makeup or clothes. But, that doesn’t mean I always settle for less.

Even though I am always very watchful of what I buy, that doesn’t mean I do not think of the quality. Quality is the most important thing. No matter how much you spend on something, if it doesn’t work well, you’ll feel it’s a huge waste of money.

So, little by little, I got myself a nice foundation and a powder – the L’Oreal Infallible Stay Matte liquid foundation and the L’Oreal Pro-Matte powder. They’re less expensive than the high-end ones, but they’re a bit more pricey than other drugstore and local brands.

Now that I have a reliable foundation and a powder, I need a primer. I heard of Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser and women have great reviews about it. However, for its price point, I find it too small. 😀 So, I passed on that.

I learned about the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm and for the size, its price of more or less P500 isn’t that bad at all. I almost paid for one, but last minute, I changed my mind. I found out about Master Oil Control Max with Zeroil facial moisturizer, and it is said to be a good dupe for the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm.

I had been hearing about Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer. Women are raving about this product and they’re saying how their makeup lasts long with this primer underneath. So I decided to give it a go. I inquired with several online shops, but only one responded that morning. It was Makeupholic_PH on Facebook. (They also have an Instagram! @makeupholic_ph) The primer is priced at P430, and I noticed it’s lower than other stores.

My first week of use had not been good. It was awful! I felt frustrated and almost cried because of the disappointment. I hated it! For a week, I tried and tried different methods and products with it, but it was all in vain. It kept getting my nose patchy and blotchy every time I applied my foundation. My heart was truly broken to pieces.

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with the other products I used the primer with

Until one Saturday, more than a week of frustration, I thought of changing my entire foundation routine. I switched from egg blender and flat top Kabuki brush to a round top one. I also gave the moisturizer and the primer a longer time to set. And, I cut down the amount of primer I applied on my face.

I think the new  routine did a good job!

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Newt Scamander inspired makeup (faux freckles) 😀

I, then, realized that everything should work perfectly well together – the products, the amount of product used, and the method of application. My makeup DID last longer than it normally would. However, the shine is still an issue for me, but I DO understand that it might be my extremely (and stubbornly) oily face! At least, with this makeup, my face produces less oil.

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My observation before and after going out

I’m still trying to experiment on this primer, so that I can make full use of its ability. It was a trial and error for me, but I’d say that yes, this product is dope! I’m glad I purchased this primer. It will surely go a loooong way.

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Do you use the same primer? What do you think about it? Feel free to share your experience and your recommendations in the comment section below. 🙂


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15 thoughts on “RIXREVIEWS: Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer

    1. It looks matte in the beginning, but I think it’s my oils peeking through. It’s supposed to be suitable for oily skin, but I guess it has its limits. 😔 This works well on others, though. 😊 It

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