Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent [Product Review]


Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent is a product I have been using for around four years yet, for some reason or another, I've never actually reviewed it. In all honesty, I did fall out of love with it for a while and used Maybelline Dream Matte Powder for a while instead, but I've since realised it wasn't the powder I had a gripe with, it was actually the foundation I was using back then that I didn't like. (Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in case you were wondering!)

So, why do I come back to this Rimmel Powder time and time again? A matte powder seems an odd choice for a girl who enjoys having glowing radiant looking skin and as I've said - it clearly isn't so amazing that I've remained completely loyal to it from the first time I ever used it. The first thing I like about this product is the price. As far as I can remember, it's a mere £3.99 which is an absolute bargain. At that price, I don't really mind that it isn't the perfect product and I think £3.99 is a price which accurately reflects the quality of the product. You know you're not getting a holy grail product for this price, but you know it isn't an awful product either.

In all honesty the only thing I really don't like about Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder is its lasting time. I can only get a few hours wear tops out of this powder before reapplication is needed. Another small annoying thing is that the packaging is incredibly insecure and the lid will come off if you leave this in your bag.

That aside, on first application, it's almost perfect. I rarely wear it on my full face unless I'm having a particularly bad skin day but when that  does occur, it really does mattify my skin and increase my confidence about leaving the house. Generally though, for daily use, I just use this on my chin and T Zone because this is where my skin is at it's worst and needs all the help it can get. It helps set my foundation and concealer over blemishes and eradicates shine in the places where I don't want it. I'm not sure about other colours in the Stay Matte Powder range, but transparent is really transparent. It's not one for coverage but if you like to set your makeup with powder without losing any glow, this powder can be great.

If you're looking for your holy grail face powder, this isn't it. If however, you're after an easily accessible, inexpensive and good quality powder to control oil this could be the one for you. I fancy a change when I use my current powder up, but no doubt, I will repurchase this again one day as I have done many times before.