Setting powders are a boon for girls with oily skin. They help the foundation and concealer stay longer, prevent their creasing and keep that pesky shine away from the face. But sometimes the ‘cakeyness’ they bring along is rather unwelcome. This is where transparent setting powders come in handy. They do all that, just without adding any coverage, hence preventing the ‘cakey’ look. I’m going to share one such product with you all today. I’ve been putting off reviewing this product as it has been with me for a while and the packaging is showing a little wear and tear. But the product itself is so wonderful that I thought I had to share it with you guys.
Rimmel Stay Matte is an oil-absorbing pressed powder that leaves you with a flawless, shine-free complexion. Helps to minimize the appearance of large pores. Dermatologically tested.
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The Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder comes in a plastic pan with a transparent lid. The packaging is quite disappointing as the lid is rather flimsy, doesn’t lock properly and is pretty breakable. Plus, there is no mirror or sponge applicator provided with the powder. For all these reasons, I find it quite inconvenient to carry it around in my handbag.
The powder itself is quite finely milled and has a soft and smooth texture. There is no chalkiness to it whatsoever. It controls oil on my skin for around 3-4 hours after which it needs re-application. But even after those 3-4 hours, my oily skin never gets patchy.
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The shade I purchased it in is ‘transparent’, which is why it has an almost negligible coverage. It comes in handy when you just want to set your foundation/concealer and mattify the skin but need no extra coverage. It is also useful at the end of the day when you have your full face of makeup on and just want to touch-up the oily parts, but don’t want it to get cakey and patchy. I like the fact that although almost transparent, the powder leans slightly on the yellowish side rather than having an orange or pink tint that most powders tend to have. The yellowish tinge is very slight and helps it to blend into the skin easily.
I don’t think it has any more pore minimising properties as claimed by the brand than other setting powders. But then, there are other products for that purpose.
In the swatches below, it might look that it adds a light whitish tinge to the skin but that’s just because I’ve used a lot more product for the pictures than one would normally need on the face at a time. Unless overdone, the powder adds no extra coverage and just mattifies the skin.
Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Transparent is a good setting powder with a decent oil-control of about 3-4 hours. It is soft, blends into the skin and provides no extra coverage. The packaging is pretty bad but for the price, one can’t complain! Recommended for oily skinned girls.
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