Rimmel Match Perfection Cream Compact Foundation | Review and Swatches

For a makeup lover, very few things in life come close to the joy of hitting pan on a product, and when the momentous occasion arrives, you have to blog about it! I hit pan on my Rimmel Match Perfection Cream Compact Foundation in the shade 303 True Nude several months ago, but it still continues to be one of my favorite foundations for my travel makeup bag. When you are traveling, you want a foundation with a leakproof and compact packaging that also provides a good coverage and some sun protection. This gem of a foundation from Rimmel checks all the boxes and, therefore, is a handbag essential for me.

Rimmel Match Perfection Cream Compact Foundation Review

I am not a huge fan of powder compacts because they tend to make my skin look extremely cakey, which is why I was on the hunt for a cream based compact when I stumbled upon the Rimmel Match Perfection Cream Compact Foundation. This foundation is incredibly creamy and blendable and provides light to medium coverage depending on how much you build it up. The shade True Nude is the darkest of the three shades available in India and has a warm, peachy beige undertone. Unfortunately, if you are more than 2 shades darker than me, you will not be able to find a good match for your complexion in India although the brand has released different shades in some other countries.

Rimmel Match Perfection Cream Compact Foundation Review

The foundation comes with a square shaped sponge applicator which does an average job at blending the product on the skin but personally, I prefer using my fingers for getting the job done. The formula is light weight despite providing decent coverage but because it is not a matte finish, it lasts on the face for a maximum of 4-5 hours after which it starts creasing and fading. Reapplication, however, is very easy with this product because it almost has the consistency of a solid concealer, and can, therefore, be applied only to the patches where the foundation has begun to wear off. To assist with the touch ups, the compact contains a mirror that is of excellent quality and is perfect for checking your makeup throughout the day. To top it all, the formula also contains SPF15, which provides light sun protection in case you forget to apply sunscreen.

Rimmel Match Perfection Cream Compact Foundation Swatches

This product is priced at INR 765 for 7gms of foundation but trust me, it will last you for a really long time. Qualitywise, I feel that Rimmel foundations perform as well as the ones from Loreal that are priced at around twice the amount of money. If you find carrying liquid foundations or concealers in your bag a messy hassle or simply do not like liquid face products then I am sure that you will love the Rimmel Match Perfect Cream Compact Foundation. If only I could find darker shades of this product, I would use them for contouring too! I feel that this foundation is one of the less raved about products on social media although it deserves tons of praise. Hopefully, this blog post will correct the situation to a certain extent.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Rimmel Match Perfection Cream Compact Foundation here.

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Loreal Paris True Match Powder – N4 Beige | Review and Swatches

I am a huge fan of loose powders because they blend so much better than powder compacts but carrying them in a handbag is a really bad idea and can end up being a messy affair. I do need to powder my nose throughout the day though, which is why I have to resort to throwing a powder compact into my purse. This pack of the Loreal Paris True Match powder has been with me for longer than I would like to admit, so let’s just quickly move on to its review 😛

Loreal Paris True Match Powder Beige Review

This product comes in a pretty sturdy packaging which has two compartments. The first compartment contains the powder compact while the second one has a mirror and an applicator. The mirror is quite great, to be honest, and is perfect for touch-ups on the go, however, the applicator fails to impress. It is a square piece of some sort of a fluffy material which wears down pretty quickly. It is also not suitable for applying this kind of a product because you will have to go over it with a fluffy brush for a non-streaky finish on the skin.

Loreal Paris True Match Powder Beige Review

As for the formula itself, it seems a little chalky while swatching but blends beautifully on the skin and provides a non-greasy, natural finish. It is decent at absorbing small amounts of oil but you will need to touch up more than once a day if you have very oily skin. I wouldn’t recommend piling on too much of the product in one go because it may start looking cakey. One thin layer of powder is best for a light coverage and a smooth finish.

Loreal Paris True Match Powder Beige Review

I went for the shade N4 Beige but I feel that it is a teeny bit light for me. It is a pure beige colour which will suit those who do not have a yellowish undertone to their skin. For me, I think that the shade W5 Golden Sand would have worked better but I haven’t used it yet so I can’t say for sure. With a decent amount of blending, I can get away with wearing N4 too because the product mixes in with my foundation.

Loreal Paris True Match Powder Beige Review Swatch

You can buy 9gms of this product for a price of INR 999 in India, which I believe is quite expensive for a powder compact. The quality of the mirror and the product is quite good but for the price, I would expect a better applicator too. I am not an expert when it comes to powder compacts but I am quite sure that cheaper products do exist in the market. I have heard that the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is great, and it is available at only a quarter of the price. So, based on the price, I would recommend you guys to skip this product although the quality is pretty good.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Loreal True Match Powder in the shade N4 Beige here.

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream | Review, Swatches, and a Mini Rant

I know that a lot of my friends love the Ponds All in One BB+ Cream, and with good reason. The product is excellent for daily use and provides hydration, sun protection, as well as a light coverage. However, every time I look at the packaging of the product, I cringe a little. In this day and age when people all around the globe are fighting for the eradication of stereotypes associated with skin color, Ponds continues to market its BB cream as a fairness cream. When a popular brand like Ponds still feels that a product that is otherwise excellent in terms of performance will probably not sell as much if it is not advertised as a fairness cream, it saddens me a little. In fact, it saddens me a lot. I do not claim to be an activist, nor am I perfect; I am guilty of purchasing products that claim to provide fairness but I never purchase them because of the claim but because they perform well in other departments, and this cream is one such example.

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream Review Swatches

Another thing that annoys me about this product is the fact that it comes in only one shade, which definitely will not suit all skin tones. I feel that the shade will work well only for light to medium skin tones, which is a shame because the formula is actually pretty good. Moving on from my rant and focussing on my job, which is to review this product for you, this BB cream claims to moisturize and provide a natural coverage to the skin and also contains SPF 30. This makes it perfect for the Monsoon months if you do not have any stubborn blemishes that you want to cover.

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream Review Swatches

The product comes in a sleek tube with a pump that dispenses the perfect amount of product for covering the face. The formula has a mild, fresh fragrance that helps me feel more awake in the morning. The texture of the BB cream is slightly thick, but it blends beautifully on the skin. It has a yellowish/peachy undertone that helps to brighten up the face. However, perhaps due to the presence of SPF, it does leave a slight white cast on the skin which may not be noticeable in real life but tends to show up in photos.

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream Review Swatches Below is a picture of the product blended on my arm. As you can see, it provides light to medium coverage based on how much product you use but I will not recommend building up the coverage due to the white cast issue. In fact, the whole concept of using a BB cream is to go for a more natural finish which allows the skin to breathe a little and this product does just that. The product does not provide a dewy finish but is not too matte either, so if you are going to be wearing it in heat and humidity then I would recommend powdering the face to make it sweatproof.

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream Review Swatches

If you enjoy affordable tinted moisturizers and BB creams and the shade of this product suits you, then the Ponds All in One BB+ Cream might become your new favorite. I wish, however, that the brand brings out more shades and drops the words “fairness cream” from the packaging of the product. This blog is just a baby and I am by no means a famous beauty influencer, but if any beauty brands out there stumble upon this blog post, I would urge them to stop selling products as fairness creams and instead focus on creating something that celebrates the natural skin tone and beauty of a woman.

I hope that my lovely readers will understand the conflicted emotions of this post that are due to an excellent product being marketed incorrectly. Let us make the comments section a place for a healthy discussion!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

Essence All About Matt Oil Free Make Up – Matt Sand | Review and Swatches

The weather in India is so humid these days that I am constantly on the hunt for a foundation/bb cream that is lightweight and matte. Although I had not tried anything from Essence in the past, I took a risk and purchased the Essence All About Matt Oil Free Make Up, without even looking at the reviews online! To be honest, I was attracted to the cute packaging and the claims of this product being matte. Sometimes, such bargains do pay off, and I may have found a new favorite product for my face. 🙂

Essence All About Matt Oil Free Makeup Review Swatches

I am not sure whether to call this product a BB cream or a foundation, I feel that it is a combination of both. It is light weight and provides a natural finish like a BB cream but the coverage can be built up to resemble a medium coverage foundation. The consistency is also that of a liquid foundation and it literally spreads like butter on the skin. The formula is very blendable and gets absorbed into the skin pretty quickly, however, the coverage stays intact, thereby providing a natural, flawless finish. Unless you have any big blemishes to cover, you can use this product on its own, although you might need a concealer for the under eye area.

Essence All About Matt Oil Free Makeup Review Swatches

Coming to the color of the product, I went for the shade 30 Matt Sand, and it is a pretty good match for my complexion. It has a peachy undertone but still manages to add some brightness to my skin. The pigmentation is quite good and you do not need to layer the product unless you have some stubborn spots that you want to cover up. The most impressive part of the formula, however, is the fact that it is indeed completely matte, without being uncomfortable to wear. The product stays in place for a good 6-8 hours and it remains matte throughout this duration. I only noticed a tiny bit of oiliness in my T-zone but usually, this part of my face gets very shiny when I use other products. Basically, this tiny tube is a boon for the humid climate of the Monsoon season.

Essence All About Matt Oil Free Makeup Review Swatches

If you have oily skin and need an upgrade from your BB cream then you must try out the Essence All About Matt Oil Free Makeup. It also comes in two other shades that are lighter than Matt Sand. This foundation is perfect for those who want a matte finish without using a powder, and the added bonus is that it is quite hydrating too. Also, a 30 ml tube is priced at INR 399, which is quite affordable for this kind of a product. So, what are you waiting for, click this link to get your hands on one of these beauties today!

P.S. – I forgot to mention that the product has a faint, fruity smell of musk melons, another reason to love it, right? Do let me know if you try it, I hope it works for all of you <3

Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation – 301 Warm Honey | Review and Swatches

When a foundation claims to last for 25 hours and numerous beauty bloggers swear by it, you have to try it out, right? The fact that the said foundation is created by one of my favorite drugstore brands, Rimmel, was another factor that encouraged me to buy this tube that comes with the promise of flawless skin. So, did the Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation live up to my expectations? Read on to find out!

Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation ReviewI purchased this foundation online, which means that selecting the shade was quite a task. My basic strategy is to go for a darker than medium shade, especially if it is a foundation by an international brand. The shade I went for was 301 Warm Honey, which is a peach toned beige that matches the shade of my skin quite perfectly. Unfortunately though, the foundation tends to turn lighter on my skin with time and gives the appearance of a white cast within a few hours. This was quite a bummer for me because I really loved the texture and coverage of the foundation, perhaps I need to try another shade from the range to form a more solid opinion on the “whitening” phenomenon.

Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation 301 Warm HoneyTexturewise, the foundation is quite impressive, it has a liquid consistency but still manages to provide almost full coverage on the skin! This is the reason that I love this foundation so much, it covers all blemishes and gives the appearance of perfect skin without looking cakey. I haven’t really tested the 25-hour claim but I can confirm that it does stay put on the skin for 12 hours without getting shiny or patchy. I would say that the finish is a natural matte that should work with most skin types.

Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finsh Foundation Review Swatches 301 Warm HoneyThe foundation comes in a 30ml tube, which is priced at INR 600 in India. I was afraid at first that the tube will make the product go everywhere but it is not as messy as I had feared. In fact, it does dispense the right amount of product with a gentle squeeze. To be honest, INR 600 is a price that I would happily pay for a full coverage, long lasting foundation like this one. If only the white cast issue had not existed, this would have been the perfect foundation for me! I encourage all of you to try out this product but do go to a store and swatch the shades to make sure that the foundation does not change color on your skin. If you find the right shade in this range, you will never reach for another foundation!

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation in the shade 301 Warm Honey here.

 

The Battle of The Foundations: Maybelline Fit Me vs Loreal Paris True Match vs Loreal Paris Infallible

If you follow me on Instagram (@mrinalinism) then you might know that I had promised a battle of the foundations, so here we are. I recently purchased the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in the shades 230 Natural Buff and 322 Warm Honey and like any other beauty lover I have loads to say about how this foundation compares with the ruling drugstore favorites, the Loreal Paris True Match Foundation and the Loreal Paris Infallible 24H Foundation. I have previously reviewed my holy grail foundation, the Loreal Paris Infallible in the shade 250 Radiant Sand over here so do check out that post for a more detailed review of the same.

Now, here are my thoughts on the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation and its comparison with the products from Loreal:

Color: The shade range of the Fit Me Foundations seems to run a little darker than I expected. The color 322 Warm Honey is clearly very dark for me while 230 Natural Buff seems to be the closest match for my skin tone. Both these shades have a peachy brown undertone, which might look a bit dull and muddy on the face. The shade 250 Radiant Sand of the Infallible range is the perfect match for my skin tone and has a yellow undertone. As for the True Match range, N4 Beige seems to be the nearest match to my complexion but it somehow appears pinkish in the beginning but seems to oxidize with time and ends up matching my skin tone. So the Infallible foundation is clearly the winner of this category.

Maybelline Fit Me Loreal True Match Infallible Comparison Swatches

Coverage: I feel that the True Match and Fit Me foundations have similar coverage. They provide a medium coverage that can be built to a full coverage by adding a second layer of the product. The Infallible on the other hand has a full coverage in one coat and you do not need a concealer unless you have some really huge blemishes. Again, if full coverage is your need then you must stick with Loreal Infallible.

Finish- The Fit Me Matte+Poreless foundations have a comfortable matte finish. They are highly suitable for oily skin as they do not add any shine to the face. However, the lack of a glow might seem a little flat. Somehow, they seem to moisturize the skin despite being matte foundations and they are so easy to wear that I often forget that I have foundation on! The True Match Foundations are also moisturizing but they have a more glowy finish that is suitable for dry skin. The Infallible foundations are extremely matte but have a brightening effect on my face due to the yellow undertones. However, they tend to get a little uncomfortable to wear after a few hours.

Maybelline Fit Me Loreal True Match Infallible Comparison Swatches

Longevity- The Fit Me and True Match foundations have a comparable longevity of about 4-6 hours on my skin. The Infallible foundation, on the other hand, can last up to 8-10 hours in a similar environment.

SPF- The True Match foundation has an SPF 17 while the Infallible Foundation has an SPF 18. The packaging of the Fit Me foundation does not mention an SPF, so I am not sure if this one contains any SPF or not.

Maybelline Fit Me Loreal True Match Infallible Comparison Swatches

Packaging- Both the Loreal foundations come with a pump while the Fit Me foundation does not have one. The lack of a pump makes it hard to use and difficult to travel with.

Price- The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is priced at INR 525 only while equal volumes of the True Match and the Infallible foundations are priced at INR 1025 and INR 1400 respectively. With such a huge difference in price, I can definitely live without a pump!

Final Verdict- For oily skinned people like me the Infallible foundation is the best bet for long-lasting full coverage while the Fit Me foundation offers value for money and is great for daily wear. The True Match foundation is more suited for those with dry to combination skin types.

I hope this exhaustive review and comparison was useful and helps you in making the right foundation choice!

Buy the Maybelline Fit Me Foundations here.

Buy the Loreal True Match Foundations here.

Buy the Loreal Infallible Foundations here.

Let me know what products you want me to compare next.

XoXo,

Mrinalini

Beauty Bargains #2 | Lakme 9 to 5 CC Cream

I am back with the second post of my beauty bargains series and today I will be talking about a wonderful face product. I am yet to find a good high coverage foundation that is priced at less than INR 500, therefore I am going to talk about a CC Cream instead. The Lakme CC Cream has been around for some time now but they have recently upgraded the packaging and have relaunched it as a part of their 9 to 5 range.

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I love the Lakme CC Cream in the shade Bronze for the days when I do not want porcelain perfect skin but do not want to leave my face entirely bare either. It provides light to medium coverage that is quite buildable. The scent is fresh and citrusy, which is perfect to wake me up in the mornings. The formula is moisturizing and light but does hide some pigmentation and smoothens the finish of the skin.

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The color looks a bit orange in the swatch but is perfect for my complexion once blended. It is the ideal product for daily wear that provides a glow to the skin and also protects it with SPF30.

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A 30 gm tube of this product is priced at INR 325, making it much more affordable than most light coverage foundations available in India. It lasts on the face for around 5-6 hours if you stay in a cool and non-humid environment. It can also be reapplied in the middle of the day without the texture getting cakey.

My only issue with this product is that it comes in only two shades, but if you do find a shade that matches your skin tone then it is definitely a beauty bargain recommended by me.

Favourite Foundation: Loreal Paris Infallible 24H foundation

Can you tell that this is my favorite foundation? This is the only foundation I have used throughout 2016, it is the Loreal Paris Infallible 24H foundation in the shade 250 Radiant Sand (Sable Eclat). I have at least two bottles of this foundation lying around in my house at all times so that I never run out of this holy grail product.

Amongst all the foundations that I have tried till date, I feel that this particular shade is the only perfect match for my skin tone and I do not have to compromise or mix together two shades like I have to do with other foundations. I believe that the foundation is available in 11 different shades in India, both pink toned and yellow/brown toned so that almost everyone can find a near exact match. This is what I love the most about this foundation, the shades are on point and there is a wide range spanning all Indian skin tones, be it fair or dusky. With most foundations I feel that the shade that matches my complexion is always too orange or muddy looking, so I have to choose between either that or a lighter shade which is way too pink or pale for me. Radiant Sand, however, is a yellow toned shade that is such a blessing, I hope Loreal never discontinues this product or else I will have to resort to my color mixing skills again.

The formula is neither runny nor too thick, provides medium to full coverage and is very blendable and forgiving. You can use multiple layers for a flawless finish or go with a single layer for a more natural look. It blends seamlessly with the skin whether you apply it with your fingers, a brush or a sponge, I personally prefer using my Real Techniques foundation brush for easy application. The packaging is sleek and the bottle comes with a pump, the entire face and neck never need more than 2 pumps even for a fuller coverage. The only downside of the packaging is that the pump stops dispensing the foundation even though you can see quite some product still left at the bottom, but you can get around that if you are resourceful (keep the bottle upside down for a few hours :)).

The formula sets to a comfortable matte finish with a good staying power of at least 8 hours on my skin, although I need to powder around the 5-hour mark thanks to my oily skin. With a good primer or setting spray, I have been able to extend the wear time to up to 12 hours, which is great considering my skin tends to get rid of makeup quite fast anyway. It also contains SPF18 which is always an added bonus as we can’t ever get enough sun protection in India.

Different shades are available from INR 1,300 to INR 1,400 in various drugstores and online portals. Let me go and stock up on some more bottles now!

Buy it here.