Beauty | Rimmel Stay Matte Primer Review

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer - swatched

As you may know, my favourite foundation at the moment is Rimmel’s Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation and I’ve been obsessed with it since I first bought it, repurchasing over and over.

Well my primer is just about the run out so I popped into my local Superdrug today to see what other primer’s are around at the moment and I noticed that Rimmel have released a Stay Matte Primer, so I just had to give it a try. Even better is that Superdrug have a ‘buy one get one half price’ on Rimmel at the moment, so I picked up a new Stay Matte Mousse foundation too. Perfect!

What Rimmel Say

“The new ultra-mattifying primer can be worn as a matte, silky base before applying your foundation, or on top of your make up to keep you looking effortlessly chic without clogging pores. Ultra lightweight formula that minimizes the appearance of pores. Controls shine for up to 8 hours creating a soft, perfectly matte complexion. Won’t feel heavy or greasy.”

First Impressions

I like the packaging, really simple and clear. The only thing I would say is that at a glance, I’ll probably end up grabbing the foundation or vice versa, because they’re very similar in appearance. Some people have said that they feel the packaging looks a little cheap, but I think it works and have no problems with it at all.

The tube is 30ml and the primer is white. Most primers that I have used have been clear, but this one is a lovely white cream.


I like to apply my primer underneath my foundation, so I take a pea sized amount and rub over my entire face. The primer goes in really nicely and definitely leaves it with a matte finish, as you can see above.

I found that if you leave the primer alone on the face for a few minutes before applying foundation, it does tend to turn slightly white and powdery looking on this skin. But as soon as you apply foundation over the top, this goes. This could well be the mattifying ingredients getting to work!

I would say however, that this would make me a bit dubious about using it on it’s own or over makeup, but I haven’t tried either of these methods of application, so am unable to comment. I’d love to hear from anyone who uses it this way, to let me know if they’re found it turns a little white?

What Do I Think?

I really like this primer and for me, is the perfect addition to my already loved foundation routine. I think this primer compliments the Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation really well, adding to the mattifying effect and reducing the look of pores and fine lines as well.

Available for just £5.99 from here, I think it’s really good value too. I really like the matte foundation finish, so I feel that this works with the foundation really amazingly and by the end of the day, my skin still looks matte and flawless. If you’re a ‘matte finish’ kinda girl like me, I say buy it!

What primer do you use and do you apply under or over your foundation?

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  1. May 4, 2014 / 7:53 am

    I love Rimmel foundations but I’ve never tried their primer. Now that the weather is getting warmer my skin is getting oilier so this looks like a great primer to try! At the moment I’m using Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser but I don’t really like it. I don’t hate it either – it’s just something I’m trying to finish up so I can move on to something better. I apply before foundation – it never entered my head to apply it after!

    Jaq @

  2. May 5, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    Nice post and lovely photos! I just picked this up today and I’m excited to try it. I’ve noticed primers are now stating you can apply it over foundation, which is odd to me lol! Right now I’m alternating between Benefits Porefessional and Maybelline Baby Skin

    xo Joann @ LD.Loves.

  3. May 6, 2014 / 6:56 am

    It’s not really occurred to me to apply over makeup either. Might have to give it a go! X

  4. May 6, 2014 / 6:57 am

    Thank you! I’ve never tried Porefessional, would you recommend it?x

  5. May 7, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    I wouldnt wear primer over a foundation, its supposed to prime the skin so that it is ready for the foundation to go on top of. Very strange idea.

  6. May 8, 2014 / 11:57 am

    It is a little odd, but I have heard people that do or have. Could be great if you want to take some shine off any area of your face during the day maybe, when your makeup is already on? Maybe I’ll have to experiment! x

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