MAC make-up Rimmel
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation9.7.13
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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