Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation Review

I’m always on the look out for a new foundation; even though I have a handful of great foundations that I use religiously, I have yet to find that one perfect foundation that changes the game for me. Although I generally gravitate towards full coverage, with spring and summer on the way I’ve recently been on the hunt for a lightweight foundation with a natural finish.

As someone who can’t go to the supermarket without picking up some type of makeup product, when I was in Sainsbury’s recently I spotted a new foundation from Rimmel called Rimmel London Fresher Skin Foundation. Two of my top 5 foundations are from Rimmel and their concealers are great so I was intrigued! Popping over to Superdrug’s website, the claims for this product:

Fresher Skin Foundation offers light breathable coverage for an even, natural-looking, fresh finish that stays shine-free all day.
The ultra-smooth texture is easy to apply & blends perfectly, for a barely there feel that does not clog pores and lets skin breathe with added SPF 15.
Natural mineral powders help absorb excess oil presenting shine, while the formula with Aloe, hamomile & Sea Algae extracts help reduce redness and evens out natural skin tone.

Shade Range

The Fresher Skin foundation comes in 6 different shades which caters towards those of us with lighter complexions, but those with deep skin tones will really struggle to find a shade suitable which is really disappointing. Whilst high street brands are now taking notice of people with extremely fair skin tones and expanding their shade ranges, deeper skin tones are still being overlooked. I chose the lightest shade which fitted me pretty well however within seconds it had oxidised by at least 5 shades and left me looking very orange, I’ve never seen oxidisation like this before!

Scent & Texture

The Fresher Skin foundation has a very strong chemical/floral smell that doesn’t dissipate for a long time after application which as someone who isn’t that sensitive to smells was very overpowering to me. For a natural coverage foundation the formula is a thick mouse texture which is very similar to the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousee foundation but slightly thinner.

rimmel fresher skin foundation


Rimmel promises that this foundation gives you a natural look however after trying this out multiple times I find that you can over ever achieve a very sheer coverage, regardless of whether you are using a blending sponge or a brush. Surprisingly, I got better coverage using the Real Techniques beauty sponge than I did with my holy grail Morphe foundation brush; with a brush it applies very streaky and picks up on dry patches and pores. I got my foundation in the shade Light Porcelain, which is the lightest shade, and found that it has a grey undertone which makes you look like you have a beard where you may have more texture – not cute!

Staying Power

This foundation promises a ‘light breathable coverage for an even, natural-looking, fresh finish that stays shine-free all day’ which I can’t say I agree with. The foundation has quite a greasy texture so it has to be set with a powder and whilst it does last quite a while, it transfer very easily and if you happen to touch your face throughout the day then your foundation will come off.

Despite this foundation only costing £7.49 I was very disappointed with how it performed compared to other Rimmel foundations and as I know I will never get any use of this, it will definitely be going in the bin! I do NOT recommend this product to you guys and would look to hear your experiences – did it work for you or is this just a bad product?


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