I am on the hunt for my perfect foundation and concealer. I have found things I have liked (and disliked of course) but nothing I have fallen in love with. I saw that Rimmel’s popular Wake Me Up range had been reformulated it piqued my interest because I had heard a lot of people talk about this range in the past and I hoped that a reformulation meant that the products would be better than its previous success. I have tried the concealer in the past but I can’t remember being that blown away by it, so I wanted to give it a second chance and see what the foundation was like too. So I decided to give both a go and I wanted to share my thoughts with you guys.

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The Foundation –

This foundation claims to be skin brightening and has an anti-fatigue effect on the skin which revives tired and stressed skin and also contains SPF 20. I have this is the shade Light Porcelain which is their fairest shade in their foundation and it is a pretty decent match for me, but I don’t think the shade range in this foundation is too great and I think a lot of the shades pull quite orange toned from what I have seen. I have found this foundation to have quite a light coverage, but it is buildable and covers the majority of my imperfections well so I have been reaching for this on an everyday basis. It contains a subtle shimmer which I think is meant to make you look more awake. It isn’t noticeable on the skin (unless you are in direct sunlight) and gives a really lovely glow which I actually quite like. The consistency is quite thick, which I wasn’t expecting. I think because it is a light coverage option, I assumed it would be a thin formula. I do find myself using quite a lot when I apply it though which I think is because the coverage is light, so I think I may go through this quicker than other foundations. It does emphasis my dry patches a little bit, but nothing too horrendous. But I do like the glowy finish for my dry skin.

The packaging is great. It feels really high-end in a glass bottle and it comes with a pump which I really appreciate! You get a good amount of control when using the pump as well, so you don’t waste product. I like the orange lid too, the colour really pops when it’s on display.

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You can slightly see the shimmers in the bottle, they aren’t super obvious unless you are directly in the sun

In terms of lasting power, I wouldn’t say this is a great option if you want your foundation to last all day, but that’s the case with more dewy foundations typically and I don’t really mind that day-to-day. If I am wearing this for a prolonged amount of time I tend to just blot my T-Zone where I get oily and the problem is solved. I feel kinda neutral about this foundation after using it for a few weeks. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it, I kinda like it. I will keep using and see if my opinion changes as the seasons change, although I see myself reaching for this more in the summer.

The Concealer –

Oh man, I really don’t think I like this. I have the lightest shade, Ivory but it is so dark on my fair skin considering its the lightest shade and its supposed to be a brightening concealer! I can just about get away with the shade and my powder I use makes the whole situation a bit lighter which is good.  But it does crease a little bit on me after a few hours of wear, even after setting and it makes my under eyes look kinda dry.

The coverage as well kinda sucks for me. I have quite bad under eye bags and some redness that I like to cover with concealer and this concealer just doesn’t do anything for me. I might try using it with a colour corrector with it to see if that makes a difference, but that is an extra step I’d have to do. Which is kinda annoying when I don’t have this problem with other concealers I own/used in the past. It also, like the foundation doesn’t last very well which is kinda annoying because I want my imperfections to be kept at bay for as long as possible! I do kinda like it for brightening my forehead and chin and concealing around my nose, but other than that this is just a bit of a meh product. I also feel like the applicator doesn’t really distribute that much product so I have to keep going back into the tube to apply more, which just bugs me!

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This might be okay for a no-makeup makeup look or something, but other than that I am unimpressed and know why I never repurchased this in the past. I will keep using it since I paid for it but I definitely won’t repurchase this because I have other options that I prefer.

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Top – Foundation Swatch (pumped waaaay too much out of the bottle!) Bottom – Concealer Swatch with two swipes of product (thin formula and orangey…)

So there were my thoughts on the reformulation of Rimmel’s Wake Me Up range. I think the foundation is worth checking out if you are a dry-skinned gal and want a light coverage option for every day. But I don’t recommend the concealer unless you are blessed with no under eye bags and you just want to brighten the area up a little. Have you tried either of these products?  I’d love to know! 🙂

 

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