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Rimmel Clean Finish Foundation Is A Surprising Drugstore Win

By Sheila Arkee

When Megan Murray speaks, I listen, specifically when it comes to her makeup recommendations. Having known Megan as a fellow beauty obsessed individual for going on ten years, I’ve found that she has a knack for discovering some great, under appreciated products – she introduced me to Fyrinnae, Sweet Libertine, and so much glitter, which is why I’m so glad she’s been a Painted Lady from the very beginning. The latest Megan find on my list is Rimmel’s Clean Finish foundation, which I’ve found to be a veritable drugstore treasure.

The ingredients include Vitamins A, E, and Kaolin, aka clay, which is an oil-absorber. The applicator is a paddle with holes, which I think is ingenious – you can swipe it on the back of your hand and apply with a brush, sponge, or your fingers.

The shade selection on the foundations is limited, and I blindly choose the darkest – 420 Warm Sand – which ended up being the perfect match.

What really impresses me about Rimmel Clean Finish foundation is the fact that it looks like something you’d pay a lot more money for. It glides on to my skin, covers any redness, and has a beautiful finish that wears well throughout the day. It’s medium coverage and can be built up to fuller coverage, which is a great feature.

Priced at $4.99 it’s a steal. The only downfall is that the shade selection is extremely limited – a shame for such a great product. Also, it’s packaged without any kind of protection, which makes it risky if you pick it up in a store – who knows who put what into the bottle – huge downfall, in my opinion (says she who took the risk).

You can find Rimmel products at Ulta.

  • http://lolassecretbeautyblog.blogspot.com lola

    What an amazing find!! Thanks for the excellent review!

  • http://www.hobbylobbyist.com Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist

    I’m almost through my bottle of Makeup Forever HD foundation– how would you compare this to a higher-priced item like that? I plan on continuing with my Makeup Forever stuff, but it would be nice to have a cheaper option in my drawer too.

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Elizabeth, you said it. MUFE is still my absolute favorite, but this is a nice alternative. It goes on a little smoother, actually and I think you will like it.

  • Wendy

    I’ve tried this as well and really liked the formula. I really wish that Rimmel would work on their color selection. In any of their foundation lines the lightest color is about 5 shades too dark and all seem to be very orange based.

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    The foundation looks great on you