This is a game changer.
Let me tell you about my face. I get oily, mainly on my T-zone and my cheeks. I don’t get oily near my jawline or my temples all that much. So, primer is a definite must for me. I tried Rimmel’s other primer, the 001 Fix and Perfect and that was meh. I wandered and tried L’Oreal’s Magic primer thingy – I thought that was fancy but too expensive for a tiny @ss jar. I tried Sonia Kashuk’s vitamin primer – that was meh/fail. Until I stumbled upon Benefit’s Porefessional one day and I stopped looking.
But a little disclaimer – Benefit Porefessional is not my Holy Grail. There. I said it. It works but I get oily by hour 3 and girl, that just won’t do for me. I don’t know if you know but I’m a lazy girl. I can’t be checking up on my face all the time. Sometimes I forget my makeup bag.
When I heard about this, I was intrigued and bought it some weeks later, on impulse. And well, thank goodness for impulse buys. New heights, I tell you!
According to Rimmel London’s website:
“Foundation glides on more smoothly, more evenly and wears longer. Or wear alone for an all day fresh and even complexion.
Smoothes to minimize pores Resurfaces for an even complexion Brightens all day Mattifies and eliminates shine Protects skin from environmental aggressors”
When applied, the Rimmel 002 primer does glide on smoothly. It comes out white from the tube but blends away and sinks into the sink fairly quickly. Did I mention it smells like lotion? Cause it so totally does. Like, the hand lotion kind of stuff that say they’re unscented, but there’s totally a fragrance in there somewhere! My face felt very soft when it sinks in – it’s heavenly. And it’s not greasy, a total plus in my book.
One big reason this primer took me to new heights is because it did eliminate shine. I didn’t notice I super shiny until 5 hours in and I was so impressed. Compared to, well you know who. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve wondered, “Do I look oily?”, when I’m walking around campus. Too many times. Or, “I wonder if they (other people) can see how oily my skin is.” So, I’m glad this stuff keeps the oils at bay.
In terms of brightening and protecting, I can’t say that this primer does either. I’ve never used a ‘brightening’ product before so I can’t give any opinion on that. And protecting, I didn’t see any SPF things on the bottle or ingredients list. Maybe it’s just me. My knowledge of chemistry only goes so far, you guys.
As for minimizing my pores, I did notice that my pores looked smaller. But that might be the St. Ives Apricot Scrub talking. I did use the scrub about the same time I tested out this primer. So, maybe it did and maybe it didn’t. I’d stop using the scrub but I’ve got a battle with blackheads that I have to win.
In comparison to the first Rimmel primer I’ve tried – this beats the crap out of that one. 002 > 001 always, yo!
I do like using this primer more than my Benefit Porefessional, so much so that I’ve relegated the Porefessional to…the back of makeup drawer. Ain’t nobody comes outta there until I clean my makeup drawer. The urge to use up all $30 of that 1 fl oz tube is always on my mind though. And it’ll be $30 I don’t have to spend anymore because I would most definitely, absolutely, if there was ever a discontinuation *crosses fingers*, I’d buy the whole damn stock.
Now, that’s love.
I picked up this bottle for around $9, I believe at my local CVS. Target and Walmart, will of course, have cheaper prices.
Price: $9 or around there
Availability: CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Walmart, Target
FSK Rating: 4 out 5 stars – only because I’m unsure about the protecting and brightening things but other than that, I love it!