Makeup : Review of Stay Matte pressed powder By Rimmel

October 23, 2012
I’ve been on a hunt for the perfect setting powder ever since summer ended. Between prices, packaging and quality, I finally ended up buying the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder because of the hype about it all over the net. 

When I was in the store, I just grabbed the closest color to my skin tone without swatching it. Then I asked the assistant which color suits me best and she said “004 Sandstorm”. It ended up the one I picked!

To be honest, when it comes to setting powders I don’t care much if I got a shade lighter or darker than my skin tone because it is very sheer.  

There is absolutely no doubt that I hate the packaging! It’s very cheap and it doesn’t close very well. Normally I would go the pretty packaging alternative, but I thought “what the hell? I’ll give it a try”. 
They say that the product contains natural minerals, which is supposed to be good for the skin. 
After buying it, I noticed it had a sunblock scent to it and then I looked closer into the pan and realized small glitters. Uh-oh! You guys know how I always step away from glitter. How is it supposed to be “matte” powder when there’s glitter in the pan?!
Luckily, they are not noticeable when the powder is blended into the skin. 
It does exactly what a promises: leaves a matte finish and controls the natural shine of my oily skin up to 5 hours. 

I use my Sigma F30 brush that you can find here to apply the product all over my face, concentrating it on my T-zone mostly.
What I absolutely love about it is that you can keep on piling product on your face and it won’t look cake-y at all! It enhances the flawless finish.

This retails for AED 25! Which is quite cheap for a 14g product.

Overall, I’ve been loving this product and been using every single day even though I don’t have any makeup on. I just wished the packaging was a bit better and classier…

What setting powder do you use? Have you tried this one? Thoughts?

– Zein xx

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  • Reply Perla Sanchez October 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    It sounds like a great product! Esp since it doesn’t give the cake effect 🙂

    • Reply Zein October 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      It’s really great! You should try it 😉


  • Reply Shari October 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Yes yes – def the packaging is off! But the product itself is great! I use SEXY MAMA from The Balm as translucent and oil-control powder too – that one has nicer packaging 😉 Hihi

    The Misty Mom

    • Reply Zein October 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      I should try that! I’m a real sucker for packagings!


  • Reply Katy October 24, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I have this product but haven’t used it yet. I have to agree with you, the packaging is pretty darn cheap for me as well

    • Reply Zein October 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      You should, it’s really great… I know, the packaging bugs me a lot


  • Reply Libby October 24, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I’ve always skipped this because of the packaging. Might try it now.

    • Reply Zein October 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      You really should! At least try it in the store before buying it. Anw, it’s not really expensive


  • Reply Anonymous November 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Where exactly can i get this from? In dubai, i cant find this …there are pther versions of this by rimmel but thhe matte powder is a hassle tp fond 🙁
    Which shop did you buy it from? Perhaps i’ll be lucky

    • Reply Zein November 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      You can find it at boots, Rimmel is available their. You can find boots in Mall of the Emirates, The Dubai Mall, Jbr, just to name a few. Good luck, hope you find it and love it!


  • Reply jenny (beautykissxo) January 3, 2013 at 6:26 am

    I too HATE the packaging … and the fact that it doesn’t come with a mirror so you can bring it with you to touch up.. but i’ve heard a lot of good things about this in addition to your review, so I might have to give this a go after I finish my maybelline one!

    • Reply Zein January 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      The packaging pisses me off sometimes.. But you can’t go wrong with this one! 😉


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