Drugstore Foundation Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a review of the brand new Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. I’ve been using the Stay Matte Pressed Powder for years now, so when I saw that Rimmel expanded the Stay Matte line I had to try it out. Since I have combination skin that gets oily throughout the day, I hoped this new foundation would help control that shine and keep me fresh faced all day long. Let me share my thoughts on this foundation with you!

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation Review

The Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation comes in a squeeze tube at the standard foundation size of 1oz. There are eight shades in the line, and I got shade 091 Light Ivory. This foundation is advertised to be lightweight and control shine, as well as blend flawlessly for a natural look. It retails for around $5.49 at drugstores (I got mine at Duane Reade!).

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation – Formula

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation – Blended Out

As for the formula, I find it to be a bit on the thick side. It’s definitely a heavier consistency than I expected, but it blends out flawlessly. I’ve tried it both with and without primer, and I do prefer to use a primer just to have a smooth and flawless base. To apply the foundation, I use a damp BeautyBlender, which works perfectly! This is definitely a full coverage foundation, but it does not feel heavy on this skin. No cake face here!

The Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation also has an amazing wear time! I’ve tested this for about two weeks now, and when I get home after an eight to ten hour day, my skin still looks great. While I do get a bit shiny without any touch ups or oil absorbing sheets, I see a huge improvement when I use this foundation. It is definitely one of my new favorites!

All in all, I am really impressed with the new Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. It is so affordable, and my skin loves it! I highly recommend it, and now want to try the other new products in the Stay Matte line. Let in me know in the comments if you’ve tried the Stay Matte BB Cream or Primer!


  1. Nichole Mann says:

    I’m using the BB Cream right now! It’s much less expensive than the Garnier BB cream I used before, and it blends well with good coverage. It is much thicker than the Garnier BB cream; if you didn’t like the thickness of the liquid mousse, you’re probably going to have the same issue with the BB cream. I, however, like that about it, because I like heavier coverage. With this BB cream I don’t have to wear a primer or set with powder, though I do still use a concealer (Rimmel Wake Up). Only real complaints: coverage can be streaky if you don’t use enough or prime, and I don’t care for the smell- reminds me of stage makeup.

    • Adventures in Polishland says:

      I can’t say exactly, as my skin is a bit more on the oily side nowadays, but I haven’t noticed any issues on the few dry patches I have. If you exfoliate regularly, and use a damp BeautyBlender for application, I don’t foresee any problems!

  2. Doria says:

    Oooh nice! And if you ever want to sheer it down you can always mix with your normal face lotion–sounds versatile since it’s already full-coverage!

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