Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Review, Swatches & Photos)

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed PowderRimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, £3.99 || Boots

Everyone and their mother in the beauty blogosphere have spoken about this Rimmel pressed powder, and it seems to be a consensus that it really works. So I thought I’d see it for myself and decide whether it works for me as well, or not.

The Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is a matifying powder, mainly used after foundation and concealer to get rid oily or shiny patches on the skin. Rimmel claims it contains natural minerals that help control shine for up to 5 hours and it also helps minimise the appearance of pores.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

I have very dry skin, so powder is something I often neglect because my skin doesn’t really get oily patches (instead I get loads of dry/flaky patches). So, whenever I’ve needed any powder, I’ve consistently reached for my MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural (HERE). The Rimmel powder, for the lack of a better word, is quite ‘powdery’. Compared to MAC MSF Natural, the Rimmel one is a lot more chalky and therefore, it tends to look a bit more cakey on my extremely dry skin.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

It comes in 6 shades (Transparent, Pink Blossom, Warm Beige, Sandstorm, Silky Beige and Peach Glow), so to be safe I chose the shade ‘transparent’, thinking it would be more like a translucent powder, but it turned out to be far too light for my skin, and it actually made me look a tiny bit like a geisha. In hindsight I should have chosen something like ‘Warm Beige’ or ‘Peach Glow’, but I’ll keep that in mind for next time – hey, at least I got to warn you before you went buying shade ‘Transparent’ thinking it would be translucent-looking; it won’t!

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder on dry skin

Overall this is a really nice powder with a nice texture. If you have dry skin, stay away from areas where you tend to get dry/flaky patches and use it very lightly only where you really need it. If you have oily skin, I recommend reading this fab review by Adrienne from The Sunday Girl (HERE). I can see myself using the shade ‘Transparent’ only to slightly lighten a foundation that is too dark for me, but I’ll probably try and get my hands on a more appropriate shade for my skin tone.

What do you think of the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder? I would love to know your thoughts and your favourite pressed powders for dry skin!

  • Product: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
  • Price: £3.99
  • Availability: Boots

Au revoir!



  • janelle tenns

    I have been wanting to get this! Every time I go to CVS I always feel like I could get something better lol. I just need to suck it up and get it! I’m a MAC pressed powder girl, need to step out of my comfort zone :)

    Great review
    Janelle @ http://www.glamorousmama.com

  • thesundaygirl

    Ah sucks :( sorry it didn’t work for you but I do have crazy oily skin that oxidizes everything.
    I hope you find something that works for your skin type. x

  • Stephanie Mone

    i always wondered about this on dry skin like you i used mineralize skinfinish which was the best i found for dry skin except for the price tag but bourjois healthy balance powder is very good on dry skin i have found just getting the right colour is a pain i picked one a bit too dark but if u have used the healthy mix foundation and know what number you are should be fine i had never used it when i bought this…i prob wont buy the stay matte now after reading this as i feel it may be look to dry on my skin also wanted to say i won your giveaway a while back and i recevied my mac eyeshadow i love it and thank u again :) x

  • Le Beauty Girl

    Hi Stephanie, so glad the eyeshadow got to you safely :) Yeah, you might want to give this a miss if you’ve already found something in the High Street that is just as good as Mac MSF. I’ll definitely give the Bourjois one a try and see how I get on with it. Thank you for recommending it :) xx

  • Sara Baker

    I have very dry skin too (and even eczema in places) and the only powder I usually use is MAC MSF but I did try this one too. It works quite well for me but I press/roll lightly with a sponge or puff. Looks too chalky & dry if I use a brush:)

  • Mariaa Maria

    i have bought that too and i have same skin tone like you, but i have combination skin, i bought this rimmel in transparent too, and i think it makes me more oily :( and it makes me lighter, i thought it is transparent but it isnt :( same problem like you ;)

  • Gemma Turner

    Have you tried the 17 Miracle Matte Pressed Powder? I use MAC MSF but the price tag means I hate using it everyday… I love the 17 version- it’s really good, and doesn’t cling to my dry patches on my nose/cheeks :) xxx

  • Faye Lu

    great review. i just picked this up – for the same reason, everyone and their mother has been raving about it in the beauty world LOL. great blog – new follower =)

  • Michie H

    I have a Sandstorm one and pale skin.. I took it accidentaly, I wanted this in shade transparent… But I can say, that it doesn’t seem dark or something, it matches my skin perfectly.. I can sa, it has just matte finish and is almost invisible.. sooo .. I think, it works well for me.. And I can only agree with dry patches.. :)

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