Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation Review

I've been using Rimmel's (somewhat) new Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation for a while now and I'm finally ready to share my thoughts.. Let's get right to it, shall we? Here are the claims from the back of the tube:

"Feather-light, liquid mousse blends flawlessly for natural-looking, all day shine control. Silky smooth formula leaves a perfectly matte, baby-soft finish. Lightweight texture won't feel heavy or greasy."
In my experience all of these claims are true, but first let's talk about the shade selection. Stay Matte comes in eight shades, and believe it or not I use '103 True Ivory', the fourth lightest. Initially, I thought I would be the next shade up ('200 Soft Beige') but it's too dark for my current complexion. True Ivory definitely isn't my perfect match though, and while I find that I'm able to get away with it I do wish that there was a shade between it and Soft Beige. Honestly, the shade selection is pretty lousy.. The jumps between each shade are a bit much, and there are no options for darker-skinned ladies.
Moving onto the formula and performance.. Stay Matte is just as it claims: a mousse. It looks and feels a bit thick at first, but you only need a little for your whole face and it's quite easy to blend. I've applied it with my hands, a brush (I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush), and a damp sponge and while they all work I find that it's best applied with the hands. As for the coverage I was pleasantly surprised! It has medium, buildable coverage without looking or feeling heavy and cakey, and I find that I'm even able to skip concealer with it. I usually have to use a concealer on the dark spots I have on my forehead from picking pimples (horrible habit; do not recommend) but this does a good job at covering even those! As for the finish, it's a nice, natural looking matte and it really does leave the skin soft to the touch. Finally, the wear.. My skin gets more oily as we move into the warmer months and I'm happy to report that this foundation not only does a good job of keeping shine at bay but it also wears well all day. The verdict? I like it a lot and think it's definitely worth a try if you can get one of the shades to work for you. If you've already tried it let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

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