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I was browsing my neighborhood drugstore looking for new makeup products to try… when a red sale sign underneath Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer caught my eye. Yup. I was already sold. I’m so freakin’ weak!
I didn’t buy this product out of nowhere though. I’ve been searching and hunting for a good primer to help my foundation stay on longer. This sale was like opportunity knockin’ on my door. How could I possibly have the will power to resist?
I’m not ecstatic about this impulse buy, but I’m not kicking myself in the behind over it, either. In love, I am not. It does make applying my makeup easier though, so I will say I’m ‘in like.’
Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer Pictures & Photos
Claims: TRUSTED, but Product: Just OK
- √ Smoothes skin
√ Minimizes pores
√ Evens out complexion
X Prolongs the wear of your foundation
- Name: Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer
- Amount:1fl. oz. or 30ml
- What I Paid: $7.49 CAD
- Price Per Unit: $7.49/fl. oz. or $0.25/ml
- Where to Buy: Rimmel website, ULTA, drugstores & pharmacies
Rimmel Fix and Perfect Foundation Primer Review
Really smooth. Really lightweight. Really easy to spread out. I’ve tried some primers in the past that have been way too liquidy – it felt like I wasn’t priming my face at all. Now, Rimmel Fix and Perfect has a good consistency. It’s silky and liquidy enough for an easy application, and it feels like it’s got enough substance to prep the skin for foundation. It doesn’t feel heavy though!
What I usually do is apply an SPF moisturizer first. Then I put on my eye makeup while the moisturizer dries. After, I smooth this foundation primer by Rimmel on top, curl my eyelashes and apply mascara, then put on foundation. This way, your moisturizer and primer have enough time to dry in between steps!
Product Appearance & Fragrance
Erm. It’s orange… or peach – whatever you wanna call it. I tested it out in the drugstore, and it basically disappears when I blend it out. So this isn’t an issue for me. However, I’ve read that it doesn’t completely blend out for those with fair skin tones. Keep that in mind.
This Rimmel foundation primer is fragranced. Not the kind that punches your nose with a wham-pow fragrance. It’s very lightly scented; it smells kind of like sweet floral water. Very unnoticeable after you’ve applied it, unless you have a super sensitive nose.
Effects on Skin & Makeup
By the end of my day, I forget that I’m wearing it at all since my face doesn’t feel sticky or greasy. Definitely a good thing. And it does minimize the appearance of pores on my cheeks, which I really like. After applying this, my skin feels a bit softer, but that effect doesn’t last all day.
My foundation seems to love this primer since it adheres to it much easier than on my bare skin. I go over my face with the brush fewer times and with less product! Plus, it looks more natural.
Now onto the not so good. There are spots (mainly on my forehead) that can get oily during the day. And this Rimmel primer for foundation doesn’t prevent my foundation from oiling up in certain areas. It’s not horrible, just not what I expected. My skin’s dry, and it just makes me wonder how it would handle really oily skin.
Does it prolong the wear of makeup? Welllllll. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve worn the Rimmel Perfect & Fix Foundation Primer on only one side of the face, alternating sides every day. And I don’t really see a huge difference. Booooooo.
Final Verdict: 7.4/10
It’s an above-average product, but I got it for the main purpose of helping my makeup last all day and into the wee hours of the night. Doesn’t really deliver that for me.
Is there a great foundation primer that you’d recommend for me? I’d appreciate any suggestion. I’m getting a little desperate!