Match Perfection Foundation SPF 20
Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation SPF 20 has gotten a bit of an overhaul since we last visited the formula. Although new can be good, we didn't see much improvement over the original version. In fact, it basically stayed the same.
This foundation has a slightly creamy texture which makes its packaging a bit of a challenge. It comes in a glass bottle with a twist-off top, no pump, nozzle, or any other way to get it out easily. You have to shake the foundation a bit and then some will come out, either on a waiting finger, brush, or sponge.
Once it does, the formula is easy to spread across skin and is remarkably blendable. It provides medium, natural-looking coverage that's slightly dewy, making it best for those with normal to slightly dry skin.
This foundation wears well throughout the day with no fading and only minimal creasing. It also comes in a good range of attractive, mostly neutral shades for fair to medium-tan skin tones.
Now for the drawbacks: The first is that this contains fragrance. While the scent fades over time, it's initially quite strong, and fragrance can irritate skin in any amount.
Then there's the issue that although this does provide broad-spectrum sun protection, it's only SPF 20. Health experts and medical boards around the globe agree that SPF 30 or greater is best when it comes to providing reliable defense against the damage the sun can do. This foundation wouldn't be a wise choice as your sole source of facial sun protection.
In the end, this winds up being a good, but not great liquid foundation. For those that do fall into the former category, see our list of Best Foundations With Sunscreen.
- Blendable, natural-looking medium coverage.
- Attractive slight dewy finish.
- Wears well without fading and with only minimal creasing.
- Good range of shades.
- Getting this product out of the bottle can be a challenge.
- Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
- SPF 20 is below worldwide standards for optimum sun protection.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Sunscreens Rated Lower than an SPF 30: An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.
Although a sunscreen rated lower than 30 will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad-spectrum protection, we always point out when it does not have a rating of SPF 30 or greater because that's so important for the health and appearance of your skin.
References for this information:
Journal of Clinical Oncology, September 2016, ePublication
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2014, pages 212–219
The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, September 2012, pages 18–23
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, Supplemental, pages S149–S154
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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