The first thing that I found different about this compared to products like Almay's Smart Shade foundation is that it already has a color to it. Other foundations I've seen like this start off white/gray and then morph into a color. Rimmel's come in a bunch of different shades just like normal foundations (I've heard there a total of 16 shades). The shade I picked was 340 Nude. For reference, I'm about an NC37/40. Texture-wise, it is on the runnier side of the spectrum, but is very smooth. It gives a light-medium coverage and a dewy finish.
|Rimmel Match Perfection in 340 Nude|
When I went to feel the product on my face, I noticed that it had not yet set. So I went on to do the rest of my makeup. Once I was done, about 20 minutes later, I touched it again. This stuff does not set on it's own at all. I had to put a lot more powder on top than I'm used to just so that it didn't still feel like I just applied it. This wasn't a good thing for my desert dry skin. The glow still shined through the powder but it wasn't as brilliant as it was. And I must suggest that my oily-skin ladies approach this with caution. The dewiness looked great on me, but I realize this was probably an effect of the foundation not setting. I've never had oily skin, so I'd never truly know what it's like, but I would imagine that this foundation would create an oil slick on oil-prone skin. Although it looked fine, it did make my skin feel a little too moist to the touch, like it might melt off if I get too hot.
Despite this one con, I still really like this product. Even though it didn't set properly, it never looked wrong or bad to the naked eye. Matter of fact, it looked gorgeous on. And I'm uber-impressed that it lived up to its claims. Here are some pictures of me wearing it.
Bottom Line: Amber really really really really REEEEEEALLY LIKES!!
Just a tip, I found this applied best with my Real Techniques Stippling brush, which I reviewed here. If you don't have this particular brush, I would suggest a buffing brush like E.L.F.'s Powder Brush. I tried using a normal 'paint brush' type foundation brush and it looked okay, but a bit streaky.
So, do you put much stock in this magic color changing foundations, or are you a skeptic like me?