Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation

One of the hardest beauty feats for me is finding a foundation that works for me. Just because something works for Betty, Sue, and Diane doesn’t mean it will work for me. I need more coverage, more resistance, and less glow. I could go on for hours with horror stories from my foundation adventures. Thankfully this isn’t a horror story but more of a happy ending.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation with Comfort Serum Review

I received a bottle of Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 25H Foundation with Comfort Serum to try out (for review purposes) and I want to tell you about that experience. Let’s dive in.

The Application

For the purpose of a thorough review I tried three application methods: brush, beauty blender, and fingers. I had the best luck with the brush application and the worst luck with the fingers application. I should note that the only reason I found finger application to be negative was due to the ‘tacky consistency’ of the foundation.

It blended effortless with the brush and with a little effort the beauty blender did well also.

The Coverage & Finish

The Lasting Finish 25H Foundation with Comfort Serum claims to be a full coverage foundation. In order for me to agree I had to apply two coats of the foundation. One coat was almost full coverage, but not quite 100%. In order for me to leave the house with a shred of confidence I need 100% full coverage – Rosacea be damned!

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation with Comfort Serum Review

Honestly, I was expecting 2 layers to look ‘caked on’ but thankfully it was a flawless, natural look instead.

The finish started off as what I would consider dewy; after 30 minutes or so that dewiness settled down and moved more towards a slight sheen. Within the hour I had the final result, which was a mostly satin finish which is what I aim for. I’m sure this could be remedied with a setting powder, I just always forget to pick more up when I’m shopping. Note to selfwrite a note to self!

The Lasting Effect

I did not test the 25 hour claim on the makeup as sleeping in makeup gives me the willies. I have worn it for up to 12 hours with mostly positive results.

The foundation claims to be sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof. This holds more truth after the first 30 minutes of application. During that time the foundation is still ‘moist’ but once it has set it stays put (for the most part.) It has been rather humid here during the last few weeks. I guess that comes with the territory when you live on a peninsula. On the worst days I noticed some beading on my forehead. When I wiped it away there was a slight transfer of the foundation. It wasn’t really enough to be noticeable, so no harm there.

One thing that I noticed was after a few hours the foundation seemed to lighten. There was some redness starting to come through after about 6 hours of wear. Luckily it was mostly the cheek area and it just looked like mild flushing. I think a setting powder would really help to prevent this.

The Miscellaneous

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation with Comfort Serum Review

The bottle is glass and while I do like that, it doesn’t make getting the product out very easy. A squeeze tube or even a pump (like on the UK versions) would be more appealing for me.

The foundation includes a 20 SPF sunscreen which is muy bueno! I’ve shared my fear of sun exposure before and this really helps.

There is a very light scent to the foundation. It’s not a chemical scent, more like a light floral fragrance. It’s not bad or strong.

The Verdict

I am pretty darn happy with the Lasting Finish 25H Foundation with Comfort Serum. It gets the job done and in the middle of the day I have to stop and try to remember if I actually put makeup on. It’s very lightweight, even with two coats applied. It hides my rosacea and helps me feel more confident throughout the day.

The colors seem to match really well, blending in to be barely (if at all) noticeable. I can give this two thumbs up without hesitation. The foundation is available in 10 shades and you can try them on virtually here: http://us.rimmellondon.com/products/face/lasting-finish-25h-foundation-with-comfort-serum. This page will also show you where you can buy your own bottle for under $8.00!

Splurge vs. Save – Beauty Products Dupes

Tired of spending the big bucks on cosmetics, here are some dupes you might like to try.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62)

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Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation ($23)

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation ($15)

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup ($46)

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Revlon – Colorstay Makeup ($16)

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Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($51)

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NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation ($15)

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$14.57 – Amazon.com

NYX – HD Studio Photogenic Foundation – $14.57, 5.48 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

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L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation Review

This post is brought to you by L’Oréal Paris and She Speaks.

Having rosacea has sent me on a journey of epic proportions. On my journey I’ve tried countless concealers, foundations, powders and primers. It’s exciting to try new products and see how each fares in helping me hide these rosy red splotches on my face. My most recent trial was with the L’Oréal Paris visible Lift Blur Foundation.


L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation Overview

You know how every beauty product has a spiel – hides fine lines, covers dark circles, makes imperfections disappear etc… Here is L’Oréal Paris’s spiel for their new foundation:

L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation is L’Oréal Paris’ first makeup with exclusive blur technology formulated to instantly blur lines and wrinkles. Signs of aging disappear as Visible Lift Blur Foundation hides dark spots, large pores and smooths uneven texture so you get a flawless finish you can see and feel. 

L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation contains SPF 18 and is available in 12 shades. It retails for approximately $14.99 for 1.4 fl oz. and is available at mass food and drug retailers nationwide starting July 2014.

I am fortunate enough to not have those fine lines, wrinkles or dark circles. I do have plenty of imperfections in the form of pimples and of course rosacea blotchiness. I also have fairly large pores that other foundations have only made look even bigger. I was very eager to see how the Visible lift Blur Foundation worked to minimize their appearance. I was also curious to see if it worked to smooth these uneven textures on my face.

Here’s what happened.

L#U2019Or#U00e9al-Paris-Visible-Lift-Blur-Foundation-Review-Color-SwatchI started how I normally do when applying foundation – exfoliate and prime. Since I use foundation all over getting rid of dead skin is crucial to preventing that flaky & cakey face I dread. Primer helps to smooth the skin as well as keep the foundation from sinking into your pores and causing pimples.


While I was waiting for my primer to set I did a color swatch on my wrist to see how well I did in my blind picking of a foundation shade. I thought I went too dark at first but after blending I realized it was perfect.


Okay, primer is dry so it’s time to put on the foundation! I use a brush to apply my foundation (I’ve evolved from my fingers and sponges – it’s a personal preference) so I started out light. I wasn’t getting the coverage I wanted so I went a little more liberal with product. I did half of my face so I could get an accurate feel for the coverage, I was very pleased.


I finished with setting powder, eye liner, mascara and a light blush and gloss. I’m pretty excited about the results and love how even my complexion looks. The foundation is a little more runny than I prefer, but it works. It also really does help hide my ginormous pores which is a definite bonus.

For the price tag ( $14.95 at mass drug retailers across the country) I’d definitely buy this and use it on a regular basis. 

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