|L - R Lasting Finish, Match Perfection|
Anyone with very fair, porcelain "English Rose" skin (or very dark, for that matter) will probably know how hard it can be to find a foundation that actually matches your skin tone. Without the tell-tale tidemark on the jaw line. Without having to blend like a mad woman. Without having to mix with white stage make up.
This, combined with any skin issues you may have - in my case, combination skin prone to breakouts - you mightn't be the biggest fan of buying foundation.
I had used Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation in 100 Ivory for a good two to three years up until a week or so ago. As you can see from the swatches, it's brown. I'm not brown, not in the slightest! This is the lightest shade in the Lasting Finish range. However, I used this foundation for so long as I would blend, blend, blend, I liked the medium coverage, fairly matte finish and it did last well especially with primer. Plus it has a pump, which is more hygienic. It's a good foundation for it's price but the shade range isn't great; much like most high street foundation ranges, really. All appear to have a different idea of what "Ivory" is.
Cue Rimmel London Match Perfection in 010 Light Porcelain. I picked this up on an impromptu Asda trip while scanning the toiletries aisles (habit), simply because it actually looked somewhat like my skin colour. I squirted a little of the tester on my hand and it blended in to the skin perfectly. Sudden excitement and having to buy it moment, so in the trolley it went!
All that drama aside, as you can see it's a completely different shade to the Lasting Finish. Quite interestingly, as both are from the same brand and these are the lightest shades in each range. Anyway, almost two weeks on, using the same Smashbox Photo Finish Primer as a base and Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply, I have nothing to complain about! It's a thinner consistency and has a light to medium coverage, dewier finish which I actually prefer. I have to apply more of this to achieve the coverage I like, with a little concealer, however it still feels fairly lightweight. It doesn't highlight any dry areas, plus it hasn't broken me out at all!
I'm yet to try this on a night out to see how it fares with more heat, any flash photography, etc due to the SPF 18, so may reach for the Lasting Finish in the evenings.
Overall, a good foundation for pale skinned girls on a budget!
What do you think of Rimmel London foundations?
Do you have the same problem when choosing cosmetics to match your skin tone?