Rimmel's Wake Me Up vs. Match Perfection Foundation

I have been meaning to do a review of Rimmel London's Wake Me Up foundation for absolutely months (I've had it since January!) but, every blogger and their dog has done that so I thought I'd switch it up a bit.
I never intended to actually buy Match Perfection, but the price of Wake Me Up had gone up since I last bought it (naughty Boots) so I opted for something different. I had an inkling that it wasn't going to be as good because of what other bloggers had said but I thought I'd give it a go anyway.
Rimmel London's Wake Me Up Foundation - 103 True Ivory
Instantly, I loved this product as it was so easy to apply either with a brush or quickly with just your fingers. Also you can spot it a mile off with its bright orange lid, which is always great. It definitely did 'wake me up' and live up to its 'anti fatigue effect and radiant glow' but what I found as we headed into Spring and Summer is that  it wasn't lasting as long on my skin. As it does give you a 'radiant glow', on really warm days it can make your skin look really quite shinny. Therefore I would not recommend this for people with oily skin because it is so moisturising and dewy.
There are also these little sparkles that are quite small (you can't see them within the bottle) but on your skin they show up in the sun which not many people liked (not in a Twilight style), I however didn't mind this aspect. But I would say that if you have oily skin this is not the foundation for you due to its 'radiant'-ness which could just make you look overly shinny. It gives a medium coverage but is buildable and lasts pretty much all day.
Rimmel London's Match Perfection - 103 True Ivory
I haven't tried this out for as long as the previous but I have had it for around 3 weeks so I think that is enough to make a fair review of it. What I instantly recognised about this foundation was that it is very runny and thin. It kind of goes all over the place, which can be annoying when you put it on the back of your hand. Therefore it gives a light coverage and you need to build it up. Meaning you would have to repurchase this a lot more than Wake Me Up. I did find that it lasts for 6-7 hours which isn't great as I don't have time to touch up my foundation in the middle of college, but overall the finish is quite nice and is not too matt or dewy.
The main disadvantage of this product for me was that you can't apply it to the skin very well, I find it literally impossible with a brush (I use the Real Techniques brushes) as it streaks across your face, sits there and doesn't work into the skin as much as I'd like it too. This was a major problem with me as I now have to use my fingers which I don't really like to do.
I bought both of the foundations in 103 'True Ivory' which was actually quite a good match for my skin tone, I was really surprised especially for Rimmel because they don't have a wide variety of shades. So basically if you have either really dark or light complexion you would struggle to find something.
I enjoyed using Rimmel's Wake Me Up foundation a lot more as I think the overall finish was nicer. With Match Perfection, it is really is quite light and you have to build it up - which can start to look quite cakey. Also the easiness to apply Wake Me Up and the 'radiant glow' that it does give you appealed to me a lot. I do however think this is one for the winter months and Match Perfection is better for the summer as it is not particularly dewy or matt and gives a light natural coverage.
Have you tried either of these foundations? Which is your favourite?


  1. Great post! I've tried the match perfection foundation and I had the same problem, I used a flat foundation brush and it was really streaky xx

    1. Thanks, yeah that's what I was using at first, I have used the real techniques buffing brush since then which is better but still not great xx