First Impressions: Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation

The Product

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This foundation has been around for a couple of weeks now so I’m not that late to the train. It intrigued me as soon as I saw it as I’m a big fan of any Rimmel base products especially their foundations.

The product claims to have a light to medium buildable coverage which I’m always apprehensive about, I usually go for a high coverage but when I saw buildable I thought I could make it work.

I was really impressed with the marketing of the foundation as breathable, there is nothing worse than a foundation feeling heavy and weighing on your skin.

Lastly, it claims to last for up to 25 hours, this is something that I sadly won’t be testing as I don’t think I could wear makeup for that length of time. It has an SPF 20 which is so important for your skin, I always look out for an SPF.

First Impressions

The applicator intrigued me straight away. I mean what even is that? Is it a big concealer wand? I’ve never seen anything like it but it made me want to use it nevertheless. I don’t know how hygienic it was to apply the applicator straight to my face but it made application so easy and applied a perfect amount. I think it will help to avoid wasting product, it definitely made application easier.


I got this in Ivory which is what I have other Rimmel foundations in. The colour match was perfect, it wasn’t orangey or yellowy, it was just the perfect colour for my skin. Although whens watched it looks a strange colour, I worried it would oxidise but thankfully it doesn’t!


What struck me first with the foundation was how lightweight it was, it really did live up to it’s ‘breathable’ claim. It didn’t feel heavy, it just sat on my skin really nicely without feeling like it was clogging up my skin.

This foundation has a light to medium coverage but is buildable- it really was. I applied a layer however I have a lot of redness on my nose and spots on my forehead so applied a little bit more in those areas to build up the coverage and it did just that. This impressed me so much, I’m usually so apprehensive about light/medium coverages but this may have changed my view.

Something that I noticed before I’d even bought the foundation was how watery it looked in the bottle. I was moving the bottle from side to side and the product was swaying like water. This did make me feel quite apprehensive, the product wasn’t that watery and blended so easily so my apprehension didn’t cause an issue in the end.

Before and After


In the first photo I have no makeup on, my skin is really bad at the moment. I have redness in my cheeks, a lot of spots on my forehead and my eyes are also really heavy as I’m struggling to sleep.

I decided to do a before and after to get a fair gist of the difference and the effects the foundation has.

So, in the second photo I just have this foundation on. I feel like most of my redness has been covered although if I was doing a normal face of madness I’d use a colour corrector to counteract that. I think it made my eyes look a bit more awake, although I would definitely use quite a lot of concealer to hide my dark circles and make me look alive. In terms of the spots I was quite impressed, it covered all of them apart from mount Everest smack bang in the middle of my forehead.

Overall, I was so impressed with how the before and after looked. I think my skin looks so much better with the foundation, I just need a decent amount of concealer to cover up my dark circles and spots. For a medium coverage foundation I’m so pleased with how it looks.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this little first impression/review. I was so impressed with the foundation and would definitely recommend it!

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