Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’ – Review

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’ – Review

Friday, July 20, 2012 Sara Hassan , 67 Comments

I purchased this product a couple of weeks ago. I wanted something that would give minimal coverage yet keep my T-zone matte so I went for Transparent.  Read more to know about my experience.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Mattifying Pressed Powder for up to 5hrs of wear
No chance to shine with Stay Matte Powder. Goes on smooth to even out skintone. Offers a natural, matte finish. You won't go out without it!

 Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’
 Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’
My thoughts
This is a product I won’t go out without. It’s summer which means an active T-zone. My foundation starts slipping off in my nose and chin area after a couple of hours because of the oil and this is where Rimmel Stay Matte comes to my rescue. Before this, I was using other compact powders but I didn’t want any additional coverage. Honestly, I was oblivious of transparent pressed powders; I only knew about the mineral ones. Glad I found it! 

This pressed powder doesn’t seem transparent in the pan. Apparently, it’s a pale ivory color that does show up a little  when you apply it BUT don’t worry, it gets invisible just like that. I personally believe it would appear transparent even on dark medium skin tones. I absolutely LOVE the velvety smooth feel of it. It doesn’t get powdery or chalky and delivers really well by keeping my T-zone matte for up to four hours. On very oily skin, a touch up after two hours might be needed. In case you’re wondering, it doesn’t cake up with multiple layering but don’t go overboard, keep it thin.

I apply it with my Sigma F30 Large Powder brush. I don’t apply it all over my face; I just do one quick swirl on my T-zone and it goes on great. If you require full face dusting with saturated coverage, you can use a kabuki brush or powder puff for that. Not to mention, if you’re facing troubles with your foundation transferring, this product will definitely fix the problem for you. It not only keeps shine at bay but also locks in your liquid foundation. There’s not much to say about it except that it’s not very travel friendly; the lid doesn’t lock securely so you should be careful if you keep it in your bag.

Overall, it’s a really good product with an affordable price tag. It keeps my T-zone shine free for good amount of time. If you have very oily skin and don’t mind touching up after every two hours, you’d be happy to use it.

You might like it if…
  • You’re looking for a transparent powder that’s actually transparent.
  • You expect a non-cakey (natural) coverage.
  • You expect it to keep you shine-free for around 3-4 hours.
  • You want to set your liquid foundation.
  • You want an affordable pressed powder.
You might not like it if…
  • You want to travel with it – the flimsy packaging comes in your way.
  • You have very oily skin and frequent touch ups bother you.
My rating
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4/5

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is priced PKR 650. I purchased mind from Agha's supermarket Karachi. Rimmel London is available at all superstores across the country. You can purchase online from BeautyArena.pk or Just4girls.pk

What do you think about this product? Have you tried it?

67 comments :

  1. I have yet to try this powder from Rimmel. I ordered exactly one like this from an online store, unfortunately they sent me the wrong one, they sent the "Rimmel Lasting Finish" pressed powder instead of the "Stay Matte"... oh well. ^_^

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    1. Aww.. too bad. I hope you like it when you try it :)

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  2. Been hearing about this one a lot, I think I've made up my mind now! Thanks Sara! :D

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  3. the miniute i step out of ac - i melt - have tried this too nly and without foundation on a moisturized skin but no luck for me :(

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    1. I personally use it over matte foundation. Maybe you should try that :)

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  4. Been planning to buy this and luckily you actually put up a review on it! Thanks

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  5. I am definitely getting this! I havent had a lot of luck with Rimmel products but I'm probably just choosing the wrong ones :P BTW have you tried their wake me up foundation just curious

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    1. I agree Rimmel has some hits and misses. No, I haven't yet tried Wake Me Up. :)

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  6. I own it and this is my absolute favourite. Your right about the packaging. Mine has totally broken off. It's so annoying and the lid keeps coming off too. Great review :) <3 <3

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    1. Thanks sweetie. Yes, the packaging is horrid :D

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  7. Im sold! My face always gets oily after abut 2 hours, great review Sara.

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  8. Thanks Sara for introducing this one.Will want to try it too.

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  9. Sara, is it the same as u earlier had in off-white case (that rectangular one)? or this is something else?

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    1. No, it's the improved version I guess. The previous one got discontinued.

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  10. OMG I just got the same one in transparent after hearing about it for agess! I LOVE IT! Works soo soo well!

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  11. it is very inexpensive sara :) My skin is oily can I use it on daily bases?????

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    1. Yes, you can use it everyday on a cleansed face of course. :)

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  12. i will get this one,after i run out from my loose powder of diana of london.

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  13. I have been using this since June and its one my on-the-go items. I own silky beige but its a bit chalky..
    Great review. :)
    cheers!

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  14. Why don't cosmetic companies consider people with extremely DRY skin?

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  15. This is a must product for me. I am so sick of my T-zone as the weather over here in Malaysia in hot and humid throughout the year. =/ I am using a powder by Mineral Hygienics and that works really nice but this one is really affordable and mess free unlike loose powder. I will try to get it soon =)
    Thanks for the review..xxx

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    1. hey, im from malaysia too and i cant seem to find rimmel anywhere near where i live which is in Selangor. can i ask where you bought your rimmel stay matte powder?

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  16. hey sara! just few days back i got this in 07 mohair frm naheed, it was the darkest of them all. after applying it looked pinkish on my yellow undertone. i hv read great reviews abt this product and as its not expensive i can buy another one....so do u suggest i buy the transparent one?

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    1. Hey Muna, I think you can try it because it appears almost invisible :)

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  17. Rimmel is a great brand all around

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  18. great review as always!!!^^

    xoxo
    jess

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  19. nice I ma using etude compact 2 in 1 was waiting for ur take on this will definitely get it this time I go shopping IA:)

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  20. nice review i have this powder in 004 sandstorm. its good product. Sara i have this one problem with my skin if you or anyoneelse can give me good suggestion, my skin is oily and acne prone and after 1 or 2 hrs of applying foundation, blush on etc. everything gets absorbs in my skin and vanish away :-(.

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    1. that's because you are probably using a wrong foundation. What are you using? and do you set your foundation with Stay Matte?

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    2. yes i always set my foundation with face powder and here is the list of products i have, :-) mac studio fix foundation, mac studio fix powder plus foundation, maybelline dream liquid mousse, maybelline dream matt mousse, revlon colorstay, catrice perfect resist 24hr foundation, maybelline foundation clear smooth, rimmel stay matte pressed powder, catrice skin finish compact powder, maybeline fit me face powder, maybelline dream matt face powder. I have few more but after 1-3 hrs everything get absorbs into my skin.

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    3. Which face primer are you using?

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    4. nothing, in winters i was using milk of magnesia it was good and controls shine on my t-zone area for 3-4 hours but now in summers its not working. now i am thinking of purchasing smashbox anti shine, maybe it will help to control shine and last my foundation little longer.
      by the way i am waiting for the reviews of benefits porefessional and noxizema clean blemish control from your new year’s haul [http://www.sarahassansblog.com/2012/01/new-year-haul.html]

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    5. I hope you find something that works for you. You can also try Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray or MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. You can also look for Skindinavia No More Shine Setting Spray.

      I am sorry sweetie I won't be reviewing the Facial Foam (have so much in the pipeline). Honestly, it's just an okay product. Review on POREfessional would be posted in a while. :)

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    6. thank you so much for your suggestions. hopefully something works for me. i have just read the porefessional review, and about noxizema i have used it couple of time and i agree with you its an ok product for me too.

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  21. whateva u review sara takes place in my wish list ... luv ur blogs

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  22. It looks so nice! :D I've been looking for a powder for awhile. Thanks for sharing~

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  23. hey! i use the same powder. and had been loving it a lot. and i totally agree abt the packaging. i hate it!

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  24. wao great product review n price is so affordable

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  25. sara i would like u to try maybelline compact powder ... results were awsome ... do try ...

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  26. Does this also come in varying shades? I wonder which one will compliment my skin tone! This is the first time I will go for foundation/ compact powder/ concealer shopping and I'm relying heavily on your reviews! Help!

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    1. Hey there! Yes, it comes in other shades as well. I suggest trying out testers at the store to get your match. Please go through my post on 'Seven Foundation Mistakes to Avoid' in the beauty guide section, I am sure that would help :)

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  27. which shade did you get this powder in? My complexion is almost like yours

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    1. As mentioned, it's in 'Transparent' :)

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  28. I finally got this powder along with 3 in 1 concealer, bourjois healthy mix foundation, rimmel glam day 2 night mascara and color studios lip color in drop dead gorgeous. And when I did the makeover, I looked fab. Thank you so much Sarah! xoxo

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  29. hey...
    can i use this shade i have a little dull complexion?/

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  30. hey can it be used as compact powder upon krylon aqua cake??
    n will it suit on marraiges?

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    1. I am not sure because I haven't used Aqua cake, you can give it a try though. :)

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  31. could you use it without foundation?i want something that gives me a light coat but im not sure if i should use it

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    1. Hey Laura, you can use it without foundation too but it won't give you any coverage since it's Transparent :)

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  32. Im blogger from Serbia, and I acidentally discovered your fantastic blog!!! Considering u are from Pakistan, you write about things that I use here in Serbia :) I so happy for that :) About Rimmel Stay Matte-im not so impressed by, becouse it seems to make my foundation a bit cakey....We use the same shade, but Im sooo much paler that you, that proves transparent-ion??!! :) of this powder :)

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  33. HI SARA I WANTED TO ASK U CAN WE USE IT ON DARKER SKIN TONES? AND WILL THIS BE TOO LIGHT FOR DARK SKIN TONES?

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    1. Hey Michelle, I think it will go well on deep medium skin tones xx

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  34. AOA!! which one is best among rimmel stay matte,colour studio invincible and maybeeline pressed powder?

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  35. hey sara i always follow ur posts and they are very helpful to me...i just want to ask that i have medium with pink undertones...im NC 40 in MAC...my friend suggested to get sandstorm 004 shade...can u pl help me out which shade'l be perfect me..and this product is nt available near my place..so i have to get from online..i dont have any idea about those shades..so please do help me out..waiting for your suggestion :)

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    1. Hey Shahnaaz, thank you for your lovely words. I'm afraid, I myself haven't seen this shade in person so I can't say whether it will suit your or not however, I suggest you to google for swatches as I'm sure that will help you with your decision. :)

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    2. oh thanks alot sara..you are so sweet and i'm very happy from your reply :)

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  36. oh thanks alot sara...u are so sweet :)

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  37. Sara you apear to be quite a generous person, the way you managed this review is what astounds me! :)
    Well i also wanted to ask something, can you please share which liquid foundation do you use before applying it? Thanking in advance. :)

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    1. Hi Amna, Aww thanks for appreciating ^_^

      Well, at present I am using Bourjois 123 perfect foundation and MAC Pro Longwear foundation for my combination skin. :) x

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  38. Stay matte powder is a staple in my make up bag, I use 005 silky beige but I might just get the transparent! I agree that it's less than 5 hrs before needing a touch up in oily skin but it's not hard to just take it out and give quick sweep with it. I am hoping it will set my mineral foundation which is on the way... do you know if it would do the trick?

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