I have been an huge fan of Rimmel foundations as they’re one of the best drugstore brands for super pale foundation shades. I’ve featured many of their foundations here on my blog including; Rimmel Wake Me Up, Rimmel Lasting Finish, Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude, Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable and I realised I’ve never dedicated a post to the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation even though I’ve repurchased it at least five times over the years.
Rimmel recently introduced a load of new shades to their Match Perfection foundation as well as reformulating their Match Perfection Concealer which never went pale enough previously but now it does which is great news.
The Rimmel Light Porcelain shade is one of the best matches I’ve found and I was interested to see what the new Fair Porcelain shade was like in comparison to Light Porcelain as I couldn’t find anything online.
From the awful stock photos it looked as if Light Porcelain was perhaps their lightest cool tone foundation shade whereas the Fair Porcelain shade looked like it was perhaps their lightest neutral or lightest warm tone foundation but I decided to give it a try and see if the formula had changed at all.
The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation is £8.29 and is available in a total of twenty four shades which is one of the best shade ranges within the drugstore, and it even beats Makeup Revolution’s Fast Base foundation range which claimed to be the best shade range.
The Match Perfection foundation has SPF20 and claims to offer invisible coverage and visibly perfected skin, packaged within a clear glass bottle with a pump dispenser.
• Invisible, mistake-proof foundation for visibly perfected & healthier looking skin.
• Weightless, smooth texture blends with skins real tone instead of masking it.
• 24HR moisture complex leaves skin feeling hydrated.
• Soft-focus powers help reduce imperfections, pores & dark circles.
The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in the shade Light Porcelain is pale, cool toned shade which matches me well providing I blend it down my neck. It’s not perfect, but I don’t have to add any lightening drops to be able to wear it like I have to with most foundations.
I don’t think Rimmel have any shade descriptions for their foundation/concealer shades which isn’t helpful when purchasing online but Light Porcelain is numbered 010 whilst Fair Porcelain is 001 which isn’t helpful either when trying to work out the lightest shades. My assumptions were correct though, Light Porcelain is their cool toned lightest shade whereas Fair Porcelain is their warm toned lightest shade which hopefully you can see in the swatch photos above.
I think it’s great Rimmel have created a warmer version of their palest shade as I know many found Light Porcelain to be too “pink” but I find Fair Porcelain to be too orange for me as I have strong cool undertone so I use the NYX White Pro Foundation Mixer to lighten the shade enough to be able to wear it. The formula hasn’t changed at all, it’s just the bottle design which has been revamped.
The Match Perfection foundation has light to medium coverage with a dewy finish which works well with my dry skin as it doesn’t emphasise dry patches and it feels comfortable on the skin. It doesn’t wear as well as the Wake Me Up or Lasting Finish foundations but it’s my go-to foundation for daily wear.
Some describe the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation as being a dupe for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation but I personally don’t find that to be the case as the Match Perfection has less coverage, and doesn’t last as long on the skin but they both have a natural dewy finish.
The Rimmel Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer is £6.49 and is available in six different shades. The concealer has a squeezy plastic tube with a long, narrow brush and the concealer dispenses through the centre of the brush so you can apply it directly to the skin with the brush.
I don’t like concealers that have a brush attached as you can’t wash it and it’s an inevitable bacteria breeding ground but I’ve used the brush to apply concealer to the back of my hand and then apply it to the face with my Beauty Blender. Described as a skin tone adapting concealer to conceal signs of fatigue, and highlight and illuminate the eye area with an ‘oxygen complex’ – although I have no idea what that is.
I have the lightest shade of the concealer; 01 Porcelain and it’s darker than both of the Porcelain shades of the foundation which is disappointing as I would have assumed they’d match seeing as they’re from the same “Match Perfection” range which is a little ironic. There is absolutely no ‘skin tone adapting’ of the concealer, it either matches you or it doesn’t so the name is a little misleading.
It offers a light coverage and I do find that it oxidises on the skin within around ten minutes so I just can’t make it work for me when it’s too dark to start with. I really like the Match Perfection foundation but the concealer isn’t one I’d recommend as there are many better concealers under £6 such as the Barry M All Night Long Concealer, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.
Have you ever tried the Rimmel Match Perfection range before?