Without fail, after a couple of hours of applying my make up, my face transforms from a matte canvas to a shiny beacon. The shine that bounces off my face is even worse in warmer weather and for the past few years MAC Blot Powder has rarely left my side. My last back up recently ran out and I started to research other products in the same field that performed well, but cost less.
For years, I've purposely avoided translucent powder after a disastrous experience with one made by Corn Silk. I had purchased Corn Silk Translucent Pressed Powder after seeing it recommended in all the magazines in my early 20s. I didn't realise the influence advertising has over magazines back then and actually thought all product recommendations were given out of the goodness of beauty journalists hearts.
Anyway, after one application, I soon realised that this powder certainly didn't 'suit all skin tones' as advertised, and it soon found itself in the bin! It was THIS You Tube review that I stumbled upon a few weeks ago, that made me check out Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder.
This comes in six shades, and if you have a darker complexion and have been looking for a powder to help control shine that's easy on your wallet, then look no further. This little beauty has been sat in Boots and Superdrug right under our noses! Admittedly, I don't really pay much attention to Rimmel. I own a couple of eye shadow quads but and maybe a lipstick somewhere, but that's about it. I was sent their new mascara to try last week, so who knows, perhaps this may change my mind about the brand ..we'll see.
Shade 001 (translucent) is the shade that those with darker skins need to reach for. It controls shine amazingly well and considering it costs under a fiver, I'm very impressed. No ashiness whatsoever and it applies lightly, giving me a shine free, natural looking face which lasts up to five hours (as promised) before I need a light touch up.
It would have been great if a powder puff had been included in the packaging, so that I didn't have to root around in my make up bag for my powder brush, but I can overlook that small oversight given that it's such a great product.
How much is it? £3.99
Where can I buy it? Boots. Superdrug