rimmel wake me up foundation review.

Hey guys, really sorry I haven’t posted in a while. It’s been a manic mix of nights out, uni work, part time work and seeing a psychic this week – the last of which was very interesting! But today I’m back with another review, this time of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, which I bought in one of my recent hauls.. Having used this for a trial period of almost 3 weeks to see how I truly felt about the foundation, I feel it is now time to give a review.

I had hear wonderful things about this foundation, and after my bareMineral’s ran out (sad times!) I headed to Boots to take advantage of the 3-for-2 offer. Every beauty blogger who had reviewed this said amazing things about it, and I was eager to try it out so bought the True Ivory shade and gave it a go.

The foundation is described as giving an anti-fatigue effect and radiant glow something that really appealed to me. I needed a foundation that would help me look more awake and fresh after nights out in university or a late night of revising (if that ever happens, it hasn’t yet). It also says it gives an instant flawless, natural looking finish which I feel is extremely important in a foundation, as I have experienced foundations in the past that make you look patchy and uneven.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – RRP £8.99

I applied the foundation with a brush and was impressed with the smoothness of it. It is quite a creamy texture and it felt really nice on the skin and the colour was a perfect shade for me. It gave very good coverage, even covering those tiny blemishes that tend to appear, and a nice even glow to my skin on my first impression. I then went about my daily business.

After a few hours of lectures I glanced in the mirror to look at the foundation, and was quite disappointed in what I saw. I found that my skin looked really oily and very shiny, particularly on my T-Zone. The foundation says that it gives a “natural glow” and I think on my combination skin, the glow went to another level. I practically looked like a light bulb shining about the place. I was rather disappointed to see this having heard so many good reviews.. And was hoping it would suit my skin type and become an every day foundation due to the price tag, as it is considerably less expensive than the foundation I had been wearing previously.

Although I was disappointed, I did persevere with the foundation as I was adamant it would be perfect for me after all the amazing reviews I had read. However, it never did look good on my skin. It would go on looking amazing, really glowing, and natural with an even coverage – and it feels so nice and creamy. But after a few hours of just sitting down or walking ten minutes to university, it would get really oily and greasy, and would feel almost slimy on my face. One day I even looked to find that I had black from my mascara underneath my eyes as though I had been sweating like a turkey at Christmas having done a 1.5km run in the gym – but I hadn’t even broken into a sweat! I had just been sitting down in a lecture theatre. Safe to say I was very embarrassed! I even tried using primers and powders to matify the foundation a little more, but this still didn’t work and if anything it made the foundation seem thicker and more creamier, resulting in even more shine.

So I would have to give a thumbs down to the Wake Me Up Foundation – and am probably one of the only beauty bloggers to do so. I was really gutted that this wasn’t my new turn to foundation, but it just really doesn’t suit my skin type. It would probably be ideal for girls with drier skin as it does moisturise, but it was just gave too much moisture to my already oily skin and it left my looking and feeling even more oily. It’s safe to say, I will be returning to my bareMineral’s favourite next week.

Have any of you guys tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?
Lots of love, Jessie. xoxo



  1. Granny Gee
    April 28, 2013 / 9:00 am

    Great post! I have really dry skin, so it might be ok for me! Good to know it only works for certain skin types! And what did the psychic say!!? grannygee.blogspot.comx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      April 28, 2013 / 9:45 am

      Yeahh it should be fine for you :)I know I will have to do a post about it! Will let you know when it's done – so cooool. xx

  2. Kelly Lelly
    April 28, 2013 / 9:01 am

    I was going to try this,Its really good your honest to be honest.I like the idea of good coverage but I have reallllly oily skin so I can see me having the same problemKelly || DayDreamsDaisyChains.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      April 28, 2013 / 9:46 am

      I think I'm the only beauty blogger who doesn't like it 🙁 haha.. You could ask for a sample but I wouldn't recommend it for oily skin! xx

  3. Eve
    April 28, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    When this hits my drugstore I'm definitely buying it because my skin is so dry. I struggle to find foundation that doesn't dry my skin out and doesn't leave me all patchy. Hope this will work!Eve xChantellEve.blogspot.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      April 28, 2013 / 3:01 pm

      It should be good for you 🙂 but it just didn't suit me unfortunately! 🙁 x

  4. Michelle Verpuggi
    April 28, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    I wanna try, Shall we follow? let me know XSEwww.supongoestilo.blogspot.nl

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      April 29, 2013 / 12:25 pm

      Yes lets follow 🙂

  5. Paulina Siedlecka
    April 29, 2013 / 8:39 am

    hello lovely thank you for stopping by on my blog and following , followed you right back :)i have a love hate relationship with this product if that makes sense some days it looks fab on me and others it seems to wear off easily maybe its due to my skin changing http://thisgirlloveschic.blogspot.co.ukxx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      April 29, 2013 / 12:30 pm

      Thanks for the follow 🙂 I'm glad to hear it's not just me who doesn't find this product as good as other bloggers! xx

  6. Maddy Whittaker
    April 29, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    thanks for commenting on my blog gun, love your blog and style, followed you on gfc and bloglovin 🙂 xxhttp://gypsywardrobe.blogspot.com.au/

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      April 29, 2013 / 2:58 pm

      Thanks so much lovely 🙂 xx

  7. Amina Parker
    April 29, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    Thank you for the honest review. Its so difficult to find bloggers who actually speak their mind about products.I recently tried a Revlon foundation which disappointed me terribly. Its the worst because I feel like I wasted my moneyAmina || Blog: Oh just one more ||

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      April 29, 2013 / 8:16 pm

      Well as they say, honesty is the best policy! I know I was disappointed .. that's £10 I could have had for something else. At least it was only a small amount! xx

  8. Natalie
    April 30, 2013 / 10:06 am

    Ah I'm just looking for a new foundation having put it off for ages.. won't bother with this one! http://nataliewrites.co.uk x

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      April 30, 2013 / 7:52 pm

      It's a shame it didn't work for me, but many people have made amazing reviews about it 🙂 x

  9. Dawny Baby
    April 27, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    I also have oily skin and i have been using this product over winter and thought it was amazing! Now it has gotten warmer i am suffering from the same problem you had! I am having to use powder much more than usual! I think it works well over colder months but is not for the warmer ones!http://dawnybaby90.blogspot.co.uk/

  10. simonevand
    April 5, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    I have dry skin, and this foundation works perfect for me. I like the glowy finish, but I can understand that for people with a combination skin or oily skin it can look a little greasy. Good review!crush-on-blush.blogspot.com

  11. Beautiful Bedlam
    January 28, 2016 / 5:27 am

    I have dry skin and absolutely love this foundation <3 But even on me, in can cross from dewy-oily in the warmer months, but I found a bit of setting powder on my T-zone sorted that out. Great in-depth review, well done! 🙂 http://beautifulbedlamblog.com/?p=743

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