Sunday, 7 April 2013


Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation Review
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation Bottle

I know that recently this has been a particular favourite among beauty bloggers for a while as far as drug store foundations go and I can see why...

I like my expensive foundations. What can I say? I have combination skin which often verges on the dry side. Ever since getting into makeup I have loved using Nars Sheer Glow and Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser in particular. What can I say? I likes my dewey skin! Drug store foundations can be a bit hit and miss in my opinion (hmm as are high end foundations I suppose?!) but boy oh boy this did not disappoint. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foudation had been on my wish list for a while and I finally bought it a few weeks ago and have worn it nearly every day since. My skin has not reacted negatively in any way, which is pretty good as it’s not really used to wearing foundation so frequently.

In terms of finish it’s gorgeous - it’s not as dewey as Nars Sheer Glow but it still gives a nice healthy glow to the skin. I find that upon application it can appear slightly yellow-toned compared to my skin tone but once blended it looks a lot more natural. I’ve been applying this with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush which gives a medium coverage, but that can be built upon slightly without looking or feeling cakey. It also has a slight fresh scent to it - if you have super sensitive skin this could be a problem, but my skin can be quite fussy and I’ve had no issues at all.

The only complaint I would have with this foundation is it’s lasting power - I’m not one for heavily powdered skin but if you work a long day then a bit of powder is a must, especially if you have oily skin. I wore this on a night out once with nothing but a little bit of bronzer (probably a mistake anyway) and by the end of the night my boyfriend said that he thought it was looking a little patchy - I would probably put that down to greeting lots of people. It seems to last pretty well with some of my Mac Mineralise Skinfinish Natural.

I’m almost positive that I will be repurchasing this foundation - it’s a really nice substitute for my Nars Sheer Glow when I’m a little short on money. If you love a healthy glow but you’re a poor little student like me you should definitely pick one up from Boots (£8.99).

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

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Victoria Talia said...

I'm from the states and they don't sell that here but I recently ordered it from ASOS because like you said, so many beauty bloggers were raving about it. It is a great foundation for the price, I love the orange packaging AND the pump (I currently use Rimmel Perfect Match foundation and sadly, it doesn't come with a pump). I think my only issue that I had is that I bought a shade too dark, which means I have to apply a really thin layer. But yeah, all in all, great purchase! :)

Jessie-Ann Lewis said...

I've heard nothing but good reviews about this and am definitely going to give it a go! Thanks for a great review :)

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Xlovehappyx said...

i'd like to try the nars sheer glow. great that you found a less expensive alternative

Emily Stoker said...

I know it's so annoying when foundations don't have a pump!
And such a pain you couldn't swatch the foundation before you bought it :/ x

Ashley Kiedrowski said...

i've been hearing people rave about this foundation for the longest time! i really wish it was sold in the states though. i currently own the wake me up concealer which is amazing, so i might just have to order the foundation off asos! x

Michaela said...

I really do want to try this, I'm also finding my normal foundation too expensive now on my student loan, I feel so guilty buying it!

Emily Stoker said...

I know exactly how you feel!
Maybe switch it up for a while whilst you save for your more expensive foundation again? x

M. said...

That is the third review I have read about this product and I can't wait to try it out myself! I also have combination skin so a foundation that's not 100% matte would be perfect for springtime :)
Great review! x

Emily Stoker said...

Yes, I think it's perfect for combination skin :) hope you like it! x