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Rimmel #InstaFix&Matte Powder

Rimmel says their new #InstaFix&Matte Powder is a "micro-fine translucent powder" that "works as a universal setting & fixing powder extending the wear of foundation up to 8 hours and mattifies skin all day". This pressed powder is available in one 'universal' translucent white shade. Each compact of #InstaFix&Matte contains 8g (.28oz) of product and retails for $13.95AUD ($6USD) at drugstores and major retailers. Rimmel is not cruelty free. This pressed powder was made in Poland.
The #InstaFix&Matte Powder comes in a tan compact with a clear flip top that bears the product's name in reflective fuchsia lettering. Flipping the lid up, you'll find a white powder with hashtags embossed into the powder - pretty cute, though they quickly disappear with regular use. If you flip the compact over, you'll find an informative label that offers a multi-lingual product description and ingredient list. All packaging is recyclable.
Rimmel and I have a complicated relationship - while I absolutely love a handful of their products, I'm let down by a majority of them, including the #InstaFix&Matte Powder. This pressed powder feels velvety and dense to the touch, but it causes a lot of powder kickup - and by a lot I mean I hit pan after only ten or so uses! The amount of visible pan is growing quickly with each use and I'm pretty annoyed at how quickly I'm blowing through this powder - eight grams is a pretty standard amount of powder, yet I'm using the #InstaFix&Matte Powder up in double time. Anyway, moving on to how this powder actually performs....not that well. Rimmel's #InstaFix&Matte Powder looks great immediately after application, this white setting powder has a noticeable blurring effect that masks texture, lines, and pores beautifully, creating a flawless and well blended look. Unfortunately, that lovely blurred look quickly breaks down into a patchy mess. This pressed powder is no match for heat, sweat, or oil, and often makes my makeup look worse than if I hadn't set it at all. To make matters worse, the #InstaFix&Matte Powder doesn't touch up well at all, refusing to set down in some spots while caking up in others. I have very little positive comments on this powder.

Though the #InstaFix&Matte Powder is labeled as "translucent", I have to disagree - this powder is white! Though it is sheer, Rimmel's newest pressed powder does leave a slight white cast on my very fair skin. The effect is slightly brightening and light diffusing on my porcelain complexion, but if it shows up white on someone as pale as me, I can only imagine it'll look very unnatural and ashy on most skin tones.
Overall, I'm not a fan of the #InstaFix&Matte Powder - it's chalky and patchy, and does very little to improve the appearance of my makeup. I'll finish this pressed powder up slowly over time, as it's the only one in my collection currently, but I wouldn't repurchase or recommend this setting powder - there's so many better options at the drugstore (like Essence's All About Matt), even within Rimmel's range (Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder). A definite skip in my opinion. 

Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Stearate, Aqua/water/eau, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-1, Caprylyl Glycol, Kaolin, Parfum/fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexylene Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Bht, [may Contain/peut Contenir/+/-:bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)].

Out with the Old - December 2017 Empties

December's Out with the Old post this is massive - I can't remember the last time I've had so many empty products! With a total of 22 products,this is my biggest empties post in well over a year. Click through to read about the products I finished this month, and my new storage solution for them.

Neutrogena Beach Defence SPF 50 Sunscreen Review

Neutrogena Beach Defence SPF 50 Sunscreen Review
Neutrogena says their SPF 50 Beach Defence Sunscreen Lotion "provides high sun protection stabilised with Helioplex technology, it provides balanced broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection against skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays in an ultra-light, fast absorbing formula. Ideal protection for the active family, this fomula defends skin against the drying effects of the beach while providing beach strength UVA/UVB sun protection." This sun and sea shielding sunscreen contains 198ml and retails for $16.99, but it can often be found for less on offer. Neutrogena is not cruelty free. This sunscreen was made in the USA.

New Discoveries - December 2017

I haven't been buying any beauty products I don't *need* this month - I've been spending my money on Christmas goodies for Dean and Morgan instead of treating myself. That doesn't mean I don't have any new products to highlight in a New Discoveries post though! I have two new skincare goodies that I've been using, and a faux tanning product - which is completely uncharacteristic of me! Click through to read more about my three New Discoveries in December.