The Rimmel Insta Selfie Makeup Collection landed on my doormat in early June but I decided to hold back and wait before doing my blog post on the collection as so many were doing their posts at the same time, I didn’t want to add to the overkill of posts in the first few weeks. I have to admit my initial thoughts on the collection weren’t entirely positive as I found the name to be a little cringe to be honest, but I know the collection is perhaps targeted towards those in the teens and early twenties, but products with an hashtag in the name just didn’t appeal. I was also taken aback by how dark the ‘Light’ shades were as I knew they’d never match me but I decided I’d do my post and include swatched of everything for those that don’t have super pale skin like mine. If you have the same skintone as myself, you won’t be able to use the Conceal & Contour Palettes or the Contour Sticks but let’s move onto the products.
The first item in the Rimmel Insta Selfie Makeup Collection is the Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray £6.99 which was the product I was most looking forward to trying. Described as being a quick drying facial mist which help to lock in makeup for upto 8 hours and claims to prevent colour from smudging or settling into fine lines for all day staying power with an oil-free formula. The atomiser on my bottle isn’t brilliant as it sprays in two squirts leaving my face very wet so I’m going to see if I can decant the mist into another bottle as I think it’s an issue just with mine, from the reviews I’ve read where bloggers have praised how even the spray is dispensed. The mist has a very strong cucumber scent which I think you’ll either love or hate as it lingers for around five minutes after use. For me this isn’t a ‘makeup setting spray’ or primer, instead I think it’s a nice facial mist but it doesn’t ‘lock’ my makeup in place or improve colour intensity. For £6.99 and 100ml it’s not the best, as I’d rather repurchase the Superdrug Hydrating Mist which is £2.99 and contains 150ml and has skincare benefits whereas this has none – In fact the ingredients for this spray aren’t great at all with alcohol as the second ingredient.
Next up is the Rimmel #Insta Fix & Matte Translucent Powder £4.99 which is my favourite item within the collection, and is a very basic but very effective translucent setting powder. It’s a very soft, smooth and silky powder which works brilliantly at mattifying the skin, and setting my makeup without leaving my skin looking powdery or dry. It really reminds me of the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder except this powder is half the price and just as good.
There are four different Rimmel Insta Conceal & Correct Palettes, and whilst the three ‘skin’ coloured palettes don’t match me, I can still use this corrector palette. The Rimmel #Insta Conceal & Correct Palettes are £6.49 each and there is just one palette available for correcting, and three for concealing. The palettes are all nice and compact, with a slim mirror within the lid which is handy when on the go. This corrector palette contains three corrector shades; a peach for dark circles, a green for redness and a lilac for dullness. Sometimes skin correctors can be a little hit and miss, and sometimes they’re too vibrant in colour that they take forever to try and conceal but these three shades are nice and muted.
These are the three Rimmel #Insta Conceal & Correct Palettes £6.49 in the three shades available; Light, Medium and Dark. As you can see from my swatches, the ‘Light’ kit is very dark and I’m unable to use any of the conceal, highlight and contour shades unfortunately so I can’t let you know how good the wear time is on them as they’re not wearable. I wouldn’t recommend trying the ‘Light’ kit unless you have light to a medium skintone as fair to light skintones would struggle to make the shades work. They look really greasy and awful in the palette with residual oil laying on the surface but they’re surprising good formula wise, with a cream to powder texture. I am disappointed to see there are absolutely no cool toned contour shades in any of the palettes as the whole point of contouring is to create the illusion of shadow but they might work well for those with a strong warm undertone. I’d love Rimmel to introduce a ‘fair kit’ as they have the BEST pale skin friendly foundation shade in the drugstore with their Light Porcelain shade, so I’d love a kit based on that shade as I don’t think these kits are bad for the price.
The last items within the Rimmel Insta Selfie Makeup Collection are the Rimmel #Insta Duo Contour Sticks £6.99 which are available in Light, Medium and Dark. They’re retractable, dual-ended sticks which feature a contour stick to contour your cheekbones, forehead and nose as well as an highlighter stick for highlighting the high points of your face. The contour shades are still on the warm side, but I am able to make the ‘Light’ contour shade work providing I use it very sparingly but the highlighter shade is a very pretty light champagne shimmer. I really wish they’d use the contour shades from these sticks within the palettes as they’re much better contour shades than the very warm and dark shades within the palettes.
I would love to know if you’ve tried any of these products within the collection? What do you think of the shades?