Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Hello beautiful! I remember the first time that I ever saw a MAC store, it was in Nottingham when I was about 18. I was with my then bo...

Hello beautiful!

I remember the first time that I ever saw a MAC store, it was in Nottingham when I was about 18. I was with my then boyfriend, I squealed with excitement and ran across the road to purchase my very first higher end make-up item which is this lovely MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

As much as I loved MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation seeing as it has been my firm everyday make-up staple for me for many years (way before I got into blogging and ventured out into other products like foundation and BB cream). I re-purchased it more times than I can remember. However, seeing as every times I went back to repurchase it, the price was just going up and up. It got to the point where I can no longer justify buying it. Thus began my journey to find a cheaper replacement.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

With that, I took what I have left of the MAC Studio Fix Powder into Boots and start swatching all the powder to find the closest shade to NC25 and I came across Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Warm Beige. I have to admit that obviously, they are not exactly the same but once blended, it has pretty much the same effect.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is at a fraction of MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (£3.99 and £21.50 respectively). However, the price tag really does show on the packaging because Rimmel's version is feels rather flimsy with its clear plastic screwed lid and it is not as convenient as MAC's version, especially for travelling. This is because Rimmel's version doesn't have a mirror or sponge applicator.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

As you can see from the picture, the texture of these powders are really quite different. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder has a coarser texture whilst MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation has a velvety texture. Although, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Warm Beige looks slightly lighter than MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC25 but I find that once blended, they look exactly the same. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

As I mentioned previously, I loved MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation for many years. MAC describes this product as "It contains Silica, which helps to maintain a matte finish by absorbing oils on the skin, as well as Talc to provide a smoother, less reflective, matte finish. The talc has been milled to a microscopic size to provide a beautiful texture while allowing the skin to breathe". It worked very well for my skin when I had normal skin. I normally used it alone as I find that it has a great coverage. However, as I got older, I found that my skin has changed. My skin has gotten a lot drier. So, I haven't been able to use it by itself. Recently, I have been using it as a setting powder after I use foundation to mattify the look of my face.

I don't normally use Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder by itself because I find that it works better as a setting powder as it has very little to no coverage. Again as a dry skin girl, powder and matte look isn't exactly my friend as they tend to accentuate my dry patches, especially around my nose and these two are no different because they do just that. Although, I tend to avoid using them during winter when my skin was especially bad. They are pretty useful  over foundation and for the summer months though, as they keep my skin completely shine free.

As for longevity, they both lasts a fair few hours. Although, I still have to reapply around the nose area after a few hours but overall I don't think they are too bad.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

I would recommend Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder for anyone that is looking for a cheaper alternative of MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. Especially, if you are planning on using it as a setting powder. I'd recommend MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation if you are looking for a powder with a good coverage and if you have a bit of money to spare. Nonetheless, I still think these powders are pretty damn useful, especially when it's getting hot around here as well as when your foundation is looking a tad too dewy for your liking. I'm not quite sure how they bare with people with oily skin as I have dry skin so I can't comment on that, but if you have oily skin and are using/used these products. Let me know how you get on!

You can get Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder from Boots and you can get MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation from MAC.

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20 comments

  1. I love the stay matte powder, I use it all the time! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    1. Glad you like it.
      It's a pretty good stuff for the price.

      xx

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  2. i've been searching for a good foundation for oily skin and from your review i think i'm gonna go with the mac.plus good coverage

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    1. MAC powder is good, as long as your skin is normal. Haha.
      xx

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  3. the Rimmel Stay Matte powder is my favorite. I've been using it the last three years :)

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    1. It's hard to find a product that you keep repurchasing. Glad that you found one you really like.

      xx

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  4. I used to use both products at seperate times in my life but my skin has just gotten way too dry for tinted powders now. I just use a completely translucent loose powder as it works better for dry skin.

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  5. I have the Rimmel powder and it makes me soooo angry, as the packaging is horrendous! They must know how popular it is, surely they should up the price slightly and give us a lid that closes! I would love to try the MAC powder, it sounds lovely xx

    Gemma | ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I know right. Powder is obviously something that women would carry in their handbag for touch up, but Rimmel's packaging kinda stops that.
      xx

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  6. You can really see the difference in texture in the swatch - the MAC does look very velvety and the Rimmel quite dry and powdery. At least the Rimmel is super cheap and might work well to set makeup.

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    1. It blended to look exactly the same but it does work well that way.
      xx

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  7. I've been using the Rimmel powder for the last eight weeks or so and I have a very oily T-zone. It's rather annoying, especially as I think the powder is no longer effective as it once was.

    I've been trying to mix things up so that my skin doesn't become too used to it. If this is even possible.

    I really like the packaging of the MAC powder. The Rimmel powder's flimsy lid drives me mad!

    Sej
    x

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    1. Wow, that's some dedication to a product. I think that might be possible to get used to a product but I'm not sure.

      xx

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  8. I love using my the MAC Studio Fix Powder for touch ups!! Never leaves my bag :)
    The Rimmel does sound really good for setting though especially for my oily skin!

    http://itsjessicachoy.blogspot.com/

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    1. I used to love it a lot too. It just doesn't work as well for my dry skin now.

      xx

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  9. I love the rimmel powder..i used it for 2 months now and i really love the coverage

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  10. I've been eyeing of Rimmel powder for my T-zone and they really sound promising. This review helps a lot:-)
    ♡,
    Riza

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  11. I want to try the one from Mac!

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