A while back ago I bought this Rimmel primer to try out, but I haven't had a chance to use it because I was busy using the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. I finally had a chance to try it out these past two days and I want to post my first thoughts on it. Keep reading for more information~
This primer is quite compact and travel-friendly. The tube is cute and sleek; it is not really fancy packaging, but for $4-$5 I'd say it is rather nice. The product itself is different that anything I have tried so far. It is like a hybrid of a silicone primer and a moisturizing primer. My favorite primer at the moment is the Kat Von D Priming Elixir, which is a very moisturizing primer (but also really expensive!). Well this Rimmel primer feels like a mix between the Kat Von D primer and something like the Maybelline Baby Instant Pore Eraser. In the photo below you can see that it looks like a thick moisturizer:
Because of the hybrid nature, it applies like a very silky moisturizer. On the skin, it does feel moisturizing, but it still mattifies the skin a bit. I LOVE that this does not have that really gross slippery texture that a lot of other silicone primers have. It does have a slight silkiness, but not that really smooth and almost greasy feel of primers like the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer.
The packaging says that it "controls shine for up to 8 hours" and "minimises the appearance of pores". While it does seem to mattify the skin, I think 8 hours is a bit of an exaggeration. I noticed that my T-zone stayed matter than normal throughout the day but it was not oil-free for 8 hours. I also did notice that my pores looked a bit smaller, and my foundation seemed to glider over those pores smoother than normal.
So far, I think this product has potential for my combination skin. I love that it is more moisturizing that other mattifying primers because my skins needs both oil-control and hydration. I don't know how this would work on very oily skin, but there are many positive reviews of this product on MakeupAlley from people who have oily skin so that is a good sign. I will keep using this and have a full review in a few weeks!