The Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation used to be one of my favourite drugstore foundations, so when they announced they were revamping the formula to be “new and improved”, I was instantly onboard. I have done a full review and swatch post on the new Rimmel Lasting Radiance Foundation, but as a spoiler – I hate it. The original Wake Me Up Foundation had the perfect, glowy finish with full coverage that lasted all day but that’s not the case with the replacement so I didn’t have high hopes when trying the Rimmel Lasting Radiance Concealer £6.99, which I purchased at the same time as the foundation.
“Live the London look with Lasting Radiance Concealer. This concealer instantly illuminates the skin with a healthy radiance for a fresh and healthy look. The inclusion of peptides increases elasticity so skin recovers and bounces back more quickly.
Contains the added benefits of Vitamin C and radiance pearls that illuminate the skin and gives you a dewy look all day long, so whether you’re working, shopping, on a special occasion, or out with the girls you will be ready for everything.
Gently apply under your eyes and on imperfections for a light smooth natural complexion. Lasting Radiance Concealer, Ivory, is the perfect staple of your make up collection or would be warmly received as a gift if you were looking to share your make up secrets and enjoyment of Rimmel London with others.“
With brands like Revolution, L’Oreal and Maybelline launching 20+ shades for their concealers, I couldn’t quite believe the Rimmel Lasting Radiance Concealer is only available in six shades. SIX SHADES. Six shades to cover everyone? That’s ridiculous. They launched sixteen shades for their Wonder Swipe Eyeliners, but six concealers is ridiculous when every other brand is focusing on inclusivity.
The palest shade is 010 Ivory which is actually quite comical, which you can see in all its glory in the swatches below but their deepest shade is Chestnut which will match tanned skin at most, with nothing for those with deep or dark skin. It’s not 2010 anymore, brands need to do better to ensure their shade ranges cater for more than six skintones.
The concealer contains 7ml of product which is very decent compared to Revolution Conceal and Define which only contains 3.4ml. It has a slim doefoot applicator, and visually looks identical to the Wake Me Up Concealer. I can’t quite believe how dark this shade is, but as I bought it online I wasn’t sure on the shades but it’s the lightest shade and it’s not light at all.
I have to mix quite a lot of the Revolution Foundation Mixer in White in order to make this shade wearable, which I feel does alter the formula as I have to use more drops to concealer ratio wise. The formula is very glowy so it’s not something I’d recommend if you have oily skin, as it almost looks ‘wet’ on the skin and as if it hasn’t been set which works for my dry skin as I need all the radiance I can get.
The concealer doesn’t have very much coverage which surprised me considering Rimmel describe it as offering “full and flawless coverage”. It offers light coverage and best, and it definitely doesn’t give a flawless coverage either.
I’m really disappointed with both the Rimmel Lasting Radiance Concealer and Foundation. They both offer very little coverage and aren’t at all comparable to the original Wake Me Up range. I know it’s all down to preference but in my opinion they’re both really disappointing compared to the originals, and I couldn’t recommend either. Shade issues aside, I just would much rather use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer as it covers what I want to cover, and it lasts on the skin.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried the new Lasting Radiance range yet?
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