I put off writing this review because I was on the fence about this foundation. Much like I was with my last Rimmel Foundation (25 Hour Lasting Finish – review here). I have had it for ages now and its taken me that long to make a decision, here’s what I found…

I bought this foundation like many when it was first released. I heard more good things than bad about it and one of the mainly bad points I kept hearing was the shade range – there is only 6 shades in the collection which is quite limited really. Luckily I was able to match myself to Classic Beige shade 201 but if I was slightly darker I would have struggled at the time so this probably won’t be a summer foundation for me. With such a limiting colour range I feel Rimmel really needs to expand otherwise many people won’t be able to use it.

The packaging wasn’t much to scream about; its the standard glass like rectangle bottle with a pump dispenser on top. One thing I do like about this packaging is you can clearly see just how much foundation there is in the bottle so you are unlikely to run out mid-use. The pump dispenser also means you also use just the amount you need and don’t waste any (I find 1 pump is usually sufficient but sometimes opt for 2).

The foundation claims *source*;

Introducing Rimmel Wake Me Up, our first makeup that instantly reawakens skin with a healthy, radiant glow and minimizes premature skin ageing.

A light, smooth texture for natural, 100% poreless coverage instantly eliminates signs of tiredness and lifts skin from fatigue. Radiance pearls illuminate for a healthy, radiant glow. Flawless natural finish. Peptides increase elasticity so skin recovers and bounces back more quickly. SPF 15 protects.

Wake up and glow! *source*

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation SPF 15 blended out on my skin

Quite bold statements which I have to say are actually true. I have found when I apply this foundation my skin does look more flawless. It also has a glow to it which isn’t shimmery like a highlighter would give but a ‘light reflecting’ type of glow which makes me look brighter. This foundation is similar in what the L’Oreal Lumi Magique (Review here) does in that it makes your tired skin look more luminous (Just without the Edward Cullen sparkles).

My problems with this foundation start here. You see I love the effect it has on my skin and its a lovely light to medium (More medium but if you go sparingly a little goes a long way and gives a lovely coverage) coverage. What I don’t like is that it doesn’t seem to last very well. I am having to touch up 4 hours later which I don’t do with many of my other foundations (Even my tinted moisturisers last better). So, this for me is flaw number 1. Number 2 was I had the WORST out break to this foundation for a whole week which I had to plough through before my skin got used to it. It’s a very ‘oily’ foundation and extremely moisturising which for oily skin may be a little too much!

My Skin with Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation in Classic Beige 201. I have no concealer or powder on just the foundation and my skin looks luminous and healthy with amazing coverage!

So, if you can tolerate a possible reaction to this foundation (To be fair I had a similar problem with 3 other Rimmel foundations) and bare in the mind you will probably have to re-apply or touch up in the day time then I would say buy this foundation. Yes it is only a pharmacy brand and isn’t really expensive, but at £8.99 I was expecting a little more I think – still the finish speaks for its self (Now you can see why I’ve been slightly tied as to whether I liked or loathed it).

I do really like this foundation – I just wish it would last longer!

At present Boots are running their 3 for 2 across cosmetics and you could probably pick up a couple of other lovely products if you wanted to try this. As I said Rimmel’s Wake me up foundation costs £8.99 and is available in 6 shades. Rimmel is widely available too in most pharmacies, some supermarkets and other stores too.

Have you tried Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation? Did it last for you?

Lots of Love,

Mel xxxx