Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer: Is it worth it?

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer:  Is it worth it?

Did you ever get the feeling of excitement when a makeup product you’ve been eyeing for so long suddenly becomes at your reach? I did. A bunch of times and this one was not an exemption. Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Primer had been in my (Makeup) To-buy List for quite some time now.

The fascination started when I was searching for a good primer for oily skin in this beauty website. A lot of people were freaking out on the effectivity of this product and the little curious cat in me says,”I gotta have this”. So, I made it my mission to hunt it down. And it was difficult. Most international makeup brands aren’t available in my country, so, the only option is to go online. But, you can’t really trust everything you see online. Luckily, I went to this bazaar and there were stalls selling authentic makeup products and when I was looking around, BAM! I found it.

What I was really excited about is the promise of 8-hour shine-free face. And we all know that staying matte is the main goal of this lady here.

The bottle is nothing fancy. It reminds of drugstore moisturizers I have lying around here. But unlike those moisturizers, this primer is packed. Usually, when you pinch a bottle like this, a lot of air comes out, likeΒ a bag of chips. But with this primer, nothing much did. So, it’s safe to assume that it can last for weeks (maybe months) depending on how much product you’ll use.

It doesn’t have any weird smell but it sure gives that impression of tackiness on first application. It dries out quickly so you really need to blend it out.

And It sure melts into your skin but it doesn’t entirely minimize pores. I also tried wearing it with and without makeup to test its effectivity. And it worked great on both. My face was mattified but not for 8 hours as it says on the bottle. My t-zone wasn’t shine-free especially my nose despite putting more on it.

Is it worth it? Yeah, it still is but I know that I can do better. I’m pretty sure it can work on combination skin a lot better. It still is worth your buck compared to other drugstore primers so, you can still include this on your to-buy list.

Do you have any primer that is worth checking out?

  • I have this matte primer too and LOVE it! πŸ™‚ This was definitely a good buy!

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  • Hello
    Thanks for sharing, I`m not as experienced with makeup so I was looking something that`s easy to apply and will not leave me lookiing like I emptied the whole pot of makeup on my face.Really enjoyed this

    • I know what you mean but primer doesn’t do that at all. It’s primary purpose is to help your makeup stay on your face for hours. Unless you buy a primer that is tinted. Don’t be afraid to experiment, Roamy πŸ™‚


    Rommel products are always awesome, and the fact that it is 8 hours shine free face makes it very interesting.

  • Kate Hal

    I love Rimmel products! I’ve been using a different primer by them for a few years and it works great!

  • Steve Walters

    This is a good honest review! Not fluffing up the product, but pointing out both the good and the bad.

  • Latoya

    I’m new to using primer. Thanks for sharing!

  • Shubhada Bhide

    Never tried using this before, but this makeup primer looks great. Will check and definitely try this!

  • Brigette Collins

    I rarely use primer… I know I really should lol. I have never tried this brand but my favorite is Smashbox! I love the way it makes my skin and makeup look!

    • Smashbox is kinda pricey. And the fact that they don’t have a store here also is quite challenging.

  • DeBalino

    I’m embarrassed to say I very rarely use primer and I definitely need to start! Thanks for your review here as it’ll help me decide what I should get for myself. I

  • I have never used primer but keep hearing so much about it. I will try and get some on my next trip to the beauty counter.

    • You really should try it, Agnes πŸ™‚ You’ll see the difference when you use it.

  • Stephanay Jnote

    Primer is something I have never been so good at applying. My sister though, when she does my makeup for me did gigs, she makes it look so pretty. So I do see the benefits. She pretties up my face so well when she applies it on me.

    • Primer can be used with or without makeup. It really helps moisturize the skin and (for some) mattifies it too. You should really try incorporating this when you do your makeup. It will also help lock in your makeup for hours to prevent reapplying πŸ™‚

  • Pooja Kawatra Gupta

    I don’t use primer but tried one or twice Loreal primer and it is quite nice to even out the skin without looking cakey.

    • Oh. I’ve never tried it, I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks, Pooja!

  • Amy

    I don’t have a primer, so this is interesting to me! Sounds like it worked well for you. Looks like a natural matte, too.

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on this primer! I kind of want to try it for myself and see!

  • This sounds like a nice primer, wish it had worked for the time they claimed on the packaging. I love a good primer and always on a hunt for one.

    • I know but I guess it’s not really fit for my skin type. Maybe with combination it will.

  • IG:Suetanyamchorgh

    rimmel is a really good brand. I always here good things about it and i have tried it myself. I would love to try this primer.

  • Thena Reading-Franssen

    Looks like a great product that will help the skin become healthier. I”ll have to give it a whirl!

    • It sure is, Thena. For a drugstore primer, this is an ultimate score 😁