Saturday, 14 April 2012

Rimmel 'Wake Me Up' - does it?!

Rimmel Wake Me Up has had a bit of a buzz surrounding it in the blogging world - as there usually is when a cheap drugstore product is released that rivals our favourite make-up brands.
I have got hold of it and have been able to try it out for a couple of weeks and will share my thoughts with it in this post.
Rimmel Wake Me Up - True Ivory

Wake Me Up claims to have an 'anti fatigue effect' and to give a radiant glow. It has an SPF of 15 which is perfect for everyday use.
It comes in a different glass bottle with a tall orange lid with the Rimmel crown. The applicator inside is a long stick attached to the lid - a bit strange in my opinion since it doesn't even have a spatula on the end? I would prefer a pump applicator but this works fine since I just dot it straight on from the stick. You get quite a lot of product attached to this thing and you have to be careful when you put it back in the bottle or it will ooze down the side - neat freak nightmare.

EDIT: I recently had a whooshing feeling of realisation during one of Zoellas videos that I was being an utter RETARD and unscrewing the lid to reveal the tube that the PUMP is attached to! If you only pop off the orange lid you will find a very handy pump, and if you were a normal person you would have discovered this immediately after buying and not a month after using. Haha !!! Feel free to tell me what a numpty I am. That's cool.
Stick applicator

The coverage is medium but its definitely buildable, it is so lovely to blend - although initially feeling thick on the skin it will blend out and a little goes a long way with this. I got the shade 103 True Ivory (the second lightest) which is a tiny bit too dark but will be perfect for summer. I have dry/combination and it does not cling to dry patches, is really comfortable to wear and feels hydrating. I dont think it would be suitable for oily skin, as with all foundations that claim to give 'radiant glow' or you suspect will be dewy, it will probably slide off unless you have a great primer that you trust. The effect is a natural, yet dewy look and your complexion appears bright and awake - does what it says on the tin!!

The thing everyone seems to be commenting on is the glitter that can clearly be seen on the outside of the bottle. This doesn't actually show up on the face - you wont look like a glitterball however with a pocket mirror in natural daylight you can see fine glitter particles here and there - This must be what gives the luminous effect.

I think overall for a drugstore foundation, the quality of this is excellent, it has a slight fresh scent which some will HATE (and perhaps is not for sensitive skin), but its nice to see a foundation in cool packaging, a nice tall glass bottle that you can have on your dresser instead of the usual plastic. Wake Me Up retails for £8.99 for 30ml, you can buy it in Boots here ... 3 for 2!!
My usual favourite drugstore foundations are Bourjois Healthy Mix and 10 Hour Sleep Effect. I cant wait to use the new 123 Perfect!
I would be really interested to try the Wake Me Up concealer - if it is as brightening as this foundation it will be excellent for under eyes. Has anyone else tryed this foundation - or better still the concealer?!


  1. Thanks for the review, I'm tempted to buy it now. I have dry combination skin too, so it's good to hear it doesn't cling to dry patches.

    I love your blog and now following :-)

    1. Thanks babe that's really sweet! Its such a bargain I really recommend that you do. xx


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