Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer Review

rimmel london stay matte primer review

I have pretty much given up on products that claim to keep you matte, actually being able to keep you matte but since I have seen some great reviews on this product from people who claim to have oily skin, I decided to pick this up on a recent trip to Walmart. Since I have oily/combination skin, I would be the perfect guinea pig to test out this primer so with that in mind, here is my Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer review.

I spent $6.47 at Wal-Mart but you can certainly get this primer almost anywhere including Walgreens, Ulta, etc, though the price will slightly vary depending on where you get it. It is 1 fl. oz (30 ml) so it is a good size amount for a primer.

This is the only Rimmel London product I own since they don’t seem to cater to those of a darker hue but of course their lipsticks, eye makeup, etc, can be used by those of any shade. If you want to try their foundations and powders and have dark skin, you are out of luck!


Skin perfecting primer can be worn alone, under makeup, or on top to create a perfect matte complexion. Controls shine for up to 8 hours. Ultra light formula minimizes the appearance of pores.


rimmel london stay matte primer review


This Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer is white and like a lotion in texture and application so it does apply smoothly and evenly. It comes in a squeeze tube. It left a white cast on my skin whether I applied a little or a lot of the product. I did wait about five minutes after applying the primer so that it would completely dry to a matte finish. I used a light application and also a heavy application and the results were more or less the same.

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My Experience


  • I did not have any issues using this as a base for my makeup, although it worked better with liquid and cream foundation. Not so much with mineral foundation.
  • This Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer did fill up my large pores somewhat and made them less noticeable so this part of the claims about pore minimizing was true.
  • It’s a relatively cheap primer.
  • It’s widely available.


  • My t-zone started shining about an hour after I applied this primer so even though it kinda meets the claims (controls shine for up to 8 hours), this was not what I had in mind! For something that claims “stay matte” I could have lived with shine control for 3 or 4 hours. I will say that after about an hour as the oil started to seep through my makeup, I started to look “dewy” which I kinda liked but after about 3 hours, I needed oil blotting sheets. I did apply it to my brows before I used my brow pencil and it seemed to do a better job of controlling oil in my brow area and helping the brow products I used stay put than it did over my t-zone.
  • Because it doesn’t do such a good job at oil control, even though it minimized my pores, after about an hour, my large pores started to become more and more visible.
  • The white cast means that although they claim that you can wear this alone or over makeup, I wouldn’t recommend it. Applying foundation was a must after using this primer because I didn’t like the way my skin looked after applying this primer and allowing it to dry.


The only reason that I am not returning this primer is that although this Rimmel Stay Matte Primer did not do such a good job of oil control, I did like how dewy my skin looked as well as its pore minimizing abilities which is rare to find whether it is a drugstore or high end product. But after using this up, I probably will not repurchase.

It will probably work effectively for controlling shine if you have normal skin that gets a little bit more oily during this summer. I did like it a little better than the Black Radiance True Complexion Shine Control Primer though.

Rating: 5/10

I hope that this Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer review was of help to you.

Available at Wal-Mart for $6.47

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