Rimmel’s Jelly Blush delivers on its promises to give cheeks a wash of dewy color and also holds up surprisingly well from day to night. The only downside is that we sometimes experienced blotchy coverage, as we’ll discuss below.
Packaged in a small jar, the jiggly “jelly” consistency can be blended with your fingertips or a sponge, leaving a sheer flush that allows your natural complexion to peek through. The fragrance-free formula has a lightweight, gelatinous feel as opposed to being greasy or creamy, which makes it workable for any skin type.
The tricky thing is that we found inconsistencies with how smooth the coverage looks. If you get the application just right on the first try, it works great. But if you need to go back and build color or adjust it in any way, the color can end up lifting in areas. There’s also potential for it to disrupt your foundation.
We otherwise love how natural this blush looks in hues of pink, peach, and fuchsia, but we just couldn’t get past the uneven coverage issue.
- Delivers a sheer wash of dewy color.
- Allows your natural complexion to peek through.
- Lightweight jelly texture is workable for any skin type.
- Fragrance free.
- Coverage can “lift” and look uneven if you try build color or adjust it any way.
- May disrupt your foundation.
Rimmel Jelly Blush gives an instant wash of dewy color to the skin. The weightless cheek tint leaves a sheer, lit-from-within glow. Jelly Blush keeps you cool all day long by flooding the skin with moisture for a natural, fresh-feeling finish. Layer up the pigment for a more intense payoff.
Strengths: Inexpensively priced; a great pressed bronzing powder; several impressive mascaras; a collection of praiseworthy of lip color products including gloss and lipstick; a couple of good foundations.
Weaknesses: Not the most user-friendly packaging; lackluster skincare-esque products; some gimmicky makeup items that turn out to be duds.
Rimmel is a London-based company, under the ownership of Coty Inc. since 1996 (Coty also owns other cosmetic lines such as philosophy and Sally Hansen). A self-proclaimed edgy cosmetics line thats all about experimentation and setting trends, not following them, Rimmel livens things up with a mix of trendy and classic shade options and new product launches at a rapid pace.
While not all of Rimmels products are an absolute hit, there are some individual standout items (see top-rated reviews) that can compete with the best of whats out thereat rock bottom prices no less. A few of their lip color products deserve special mention for their elegant texture and fashion-forward colors.
Where Rimmel falls into hit-or-miss territory is with its excessive collection of mascaras (it seems as though they launch a new one every month) which makes it confusing to try to figure out which one is the best. Some are impressive and absolutely worth buying, while others are gimmicky duds. Lucky for you, weve put them rigorous testing so you can make an informed decision! Oh, what our lashes go through so you avoid frustration and wasting money!
Rimmel also dabbles in a smidgen of skincare-esque products that claim to go above and beyond the norm. For various reasons mentioned within the individual reviews, these products tend to fall short of being worthwhile purchases, even at their bargain-friendly price point. Overall, while Rimmel has some misses, they earn our praise for several good to excellent makeup items at nearly unbeatable prices. Sort by three-star and four-star rating under this brand to find the best of what Rimmel has to offer!
Note: Many Rimmel products featured on their Web site are not available in the United States; they are exclusive to United Kingdom drugstores. The products reviewed below are those that are consistently found at U.S. stores nationwide, specifically Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.
For more information about Rimmel, owned by Coty, visit www.rimmellondon.com.
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