Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

During the summer, I often go without wearing foundation since I only sweat it off. For the times when I want to look really nice, I like to wear a primer to keep the shine to a minimum.  Although I usually wear a silicone-based primer, I picked up the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer while I was in the US.
What it does: (from the Rimmel US website) 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.

Price:  As with all US drugstore products, the price will vary depending on where you buy this product. lists this product for $7. Scent:  I did not notice any scent while applying this product.

This product comes out white, but spreads well and does not leave any noticeable color on my face.

Availability:  This and other Rimmel products are widely available in US drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, etc) and supermarkets (Walmart, Target, etc)


  • For the most part, I think this product lived up to its claims.
  • This product does not claim to help your foundation last longer, but my makeup did last fairly well.
  • This product blurred my pores and made them less noticeable
  • This product is lightweight and does not make my skin feel greasy
  • This product did a good job of controlling the shine on my face


  • During the summer, sweating tends to be a bigger issue for my makeup than oil control. Unfortunately, this product is not waterproof (but then again, it does not claim to be)
Would I repurchase?  Yes, but I would use it in the spring and fall since my biggest problem in the middle of summer is sweat. I have reviewed other Rimmel primers before, and if oil control is your focus, I recommend you try this product.
Hope you enjoyed this review!
xoxo, K
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