Warning - this post features me with no make-up. It's not pretty.
I have seen several adverts for the new Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation, all featuring fresh-face models looking beautiful and natural. And most importantly, truly English rose-like. I had high hopes for the foundation matching my pale, pink-tinged skintone perfectly.
It all started going wrong when I saw Rimmel's palest shade in this foundation was their customary 'Ivory', with a couple of variations on what is essentially a muted ochre. So far, so not good. But being optimistic, I took my sample, buoyed by hopes from Coco Rocha in the campaign, looking ethereal and flawless.
This is what she looks like.
And this is what I looked like.
Seriously, WTF? I look like I've been painted. Note the sexy comparative stripe by my ear and the contrast above and below my eyeline in the first picture. The first photo is what I look like with this flawless, matching foundation on in the caked effect that I imagine the models have. The second is my normal skin tone (patchy because it's sensitive and I'd just removed the offending slap) with the make-up remover pad for the Rimmel stuff.
I do love Rimmel dearly, and will continue to buy their palest powder foundation because it's brilliant; like MAC Studio Fix but cheap. But seriously, why is it so hard for cosmetics companies to make liquid foundations and bases for women with skin as pale as mine? Even MAC can't do it. Chanel, who love that Parisian porcelain look, can't do it. Can someone do it? Please, tell me!
In the mean time I'll just be mixing this foundation with moisturiser, like I always do.