Tuesday, 8 May 2012


Todays post is for the benefit of those of you who really think about where you spend your money, what you spend it on and the benefits of said products. There's the age old arguement in the beauty blogging world about whether or not high end makeup is worth splashing out on; today I'm going to compare two pressed powders; Rimmel Stay Matte (Pink Blossom) and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (Medium Plus). 

As you know I have major issues with oily skin so I really need a good mattifying powder just to set my makeup and reapply during the day without it looking awful and cakey. Also instead of using liquid foundation I'll often use a powder alone when I'm on holiday abroad because I find that liquid is just too heavy when it's so warm.


MAC: £20.50 from Debenhams
Rimmel: £3.99 from Boots

A massive £16.51 difference in price so it's really important that you know whether it is worth buying MAC or not!


MAC: A classic flip top pan, one issue being that the clear plastic probably wouldn't take much pushing out, one drop at the wrong angle and I'd imagine it'd be out, I've never had an issue with it but it's worth noting the potential for breaking!

Rimmel: Pull off lid, very much a budget design but doesn't impact the product in any way. 

Product Performance: 

MAC: In the pan the powder is so unbelievably soft and easy to get onto your brush, if anything I'd say it was bordering on a bit messy because it is so soft. You don't need much on the brush to get a full face of product on. 

If I apply this in the morning it gives me confidence that I'm going to be shine free for at least 2/3 hours after which I usually apply some more if I have it with me. What I will say is that if you are someone who constantly reapplies during the day, do be careful that this doesn't make you look cakey because it will build up fast on your skin. I'd definately recommend a spritz of a makeup refresher before you dive in with this for the 3rd or 4th time in the day just to see if that makes a difference. 

I'm NW18 and the shade medium plus seems pretty perfect to me, Light would be too light I think but any darker and it'd look orange.

Rimmel: I found this really difficult to get onto the brush and after a few uses the product like clumped up to form shiny patches in the pan which do need scraping off if you want to get some product onto the brush; this might be something to do with the fact that it's flat rather than domed, or maybe it's just the priduct, I'm not sure. However, because not much product goes onto the brush it is less likely to look cakey on the skin so quickly.

I didn't think that this was as good for use alone without any foundation underneath, I really did feel completely bare. However I would say that this would definately be worth trying if you don't have spots and you are just looking to even out your skin tone and mattify your skin. 

Overall which one am I most likely to rebuy?

For what I use it for and how often I use it I'm definately going to rebuy MAC Mineralize Skinfinish because it just totally does the trick for me whereas Rimmel just doesn't do enough, even though there's a massive price difference, in this case it's worth it for me to splash out. 

What I will say is that if your skin isn't too oily and you only have a slight shine after maybe 4 hours, definately try Rimmel first before you jump in with MAC but unfortunately for those with darker skin tones you might not find a Rimmel shade that suits your colour because they all seem very light ('beige' is their darkest shade) whereas MAC's shade selection seems to suit a wider range of skin tones; definately go to a MAC counter if you can and get matched.

Have you got a High Street/High End Must have pressed powder?


  1. This was handy thank you! I actually use the Rimmel one at the moment and have been contemplating going for a MAC MSFN. I find Rimmel works perfectly for me as a setting powder- I too prefer to wear only powder when it's really hot and the Rimmel powder isn't enough, I'd probably go for a mineral foundation instead.

    I use my ELF flat top powder brush to apply the Rimmel powder and find it applies just fine :) I push it on my skin (rather than sweeping it over) and find it keeps my skin matt longer than any other powder I've ever used. As I like to top up quite regularly I think I'd end up going OTT with the MSFN and looking cakey which I don't have to worry about with Rimmel!

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    1. Ohh never though of pushing rather than sweeping I'm going to try that in the morning!!


  2. great post jade! it is always a mass debate because some high street products really do out perform their high-end duplicates! a good one is the 17 pressed powder, i find it lasts basically the whole day and brushes pick it up really well!

    amen about the lid from MAC products popping out. its happened to two of mine!

    1. I'm going to have a little look at the 17 one, I definitely won't stop trying high street ones because if I can find a cheaper equally as good one id rather save money!!


  3. This is such a timely review! I've been investigating the Rimmel and MAC powders to replace my Maybelline one and I guess the MAC one wins out! xx

    1. Definitely go to a MAC counter and get matched up before taking the plunge! Xx

  4. I've used the Collection 2000 Pressed Powder which is only £1.99 for around 4 years and its great. I usually only re-apply once throughout the day around the T-Zone area and I don't find it gets cakey and its nice and soft too :) x

    1. Ohh I shall put the collection one on my list of 'to try's xxx

  5. I use MAC mineralise skinfinish natural too. I have used the rimmel one and to be honest once I finish my mac one I may go back to it, simply because I find it better at controlling the oil on my face compared to mac, but I don't know yet xx


    1. I might end up giving rimmel another go too because it wasn't a bad product I just think MSF does it better for me at the moment but maybe that's cos I'm going through a particularly oily time in my life



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