Happy Wednesday! Since we’re in the middle of the working week, I wanted to talk about a product that to me personifies that feeling of “getting through a long time” which is a mattifying powder. Specifically, this is the Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder, and is one I pulled out of my stash and has been waiting for me to use it for at least a year.
So to address a potential elephant in the room, Rimmel as a brand are not currently cruelty-free. While they claim not to test on animals, they do claim to abide by the laws of the individual countries they retail in, which doesn’t exclude animal testing, so if you’re like me and only want to support brands that are entirely cruelty-free: so they don’t test on animals at all regardless of where in the world they sell their products, give this a miss for now. If you’re not aware of what my personal cruelty-free policy is, I encourage you to read my Cruelty-Free Policy post, although if you want a quick summary instead: because I bought this product before I went actively cruelty-free, instead of being wasteful and throwing out heaps of products, I intend to use them up and not buy from these brands until their policies change.
With that out of the way let me break down what this product is: the name makes this relatively obvious, but this is a clarifying powder designed for creating a matte texture on the skin, as well as controlling shine so your makeup looks mattified for as long as possible. This powder is in the shade ‘021 Transparent‘ and I find this is mostly true. While I tried to swatch this powder on the back of my hand, it’s very light and struggles to show up to photograph. It’s a very fine powder and blends over the skin to be what I consider transparent, at least on my very pale skin. If you have darker skin, I encourage you to test this in-store if you’re able to, to make sure this is true for you, but this isn’t something I can test for myself.
One of the glaring things I want to address is the state of my pan… I accidentally dropped mine on the floor where it formed a crack down the middle. This was still fine to use and move around the house with, but I foolishly took this is my bag into town one day and when I got home… Well it appeared how it does in my photo above. When in its proper condition, this powder is fine to travel with, but when damaged like I described a moment ago, I discourage traveling with it. I still get full use of my pan as it just moves from my vanity to my desk and back again, but I have no intention to travel with it anymore. To get around its broken state, I try to dust my brush over the large chunks primarily and pick up small amounts of the ‘dust’ at a time to slowly clean up the smaller parts. Over time, my pan is becoming clearer. One other ‘downside’ is that I have no idea at what point I would traditionally ‘hit pan’ as it’s all in pieces, so I can’t estimate how much I’ve used to give you an idea of how long this would last when used regularly. I apologise for that and it’s one of things I kick myself over.
Moving back to the claims, one of the claims on the back of the pan is that it “prevents breakouts” and it’s a bit of a weird claim and not one I can definitely agree or disagree with. My skin type is oily-sensitive which does sometimes sit in the ‘acne prone’ skin type as well, but in the past several months my skin has been relatively clear and this includes time before I started using this powder. Most of my acne problems are stress/hormonal related at the moment, so unless I can magically control my stress or hormone levels to create a test environment… I’m taking a more skeptical stance on this claim. It’s possible it’s helping keep my skin clear, but I have more confidence in this powder’s mattifying qualities.
And it’s the mattifying qualities that remind me why I liked this product so much. I bought this around a year or so ago, and it sat in my stash until recently, but it was a product I repurchased as I used this powder in my late teens. I regret that Rimmel aren’t cruelty-free because I do like this product a lot, but I intend to be patient and hope that their policy changes soon.
As far as application goes, I typically use my travel size complexion brush from Eco Tools to touch up my t-zone and jawline throughout the day. While I like to use my Eco Tools Kabuki Brush with this powder from time to time, I find the travel size complexion brush picks up the powder more conveniently, and they take up less space on my desk. I find the powder is fine enough that blending is very easy and I don’t need a mirror, but I prefer to use light layers to touch up so I don’t make areas of my face look cake-y. I can see this powder getting more use during the summer when my cheeks get even oilier, but right now since it’s winter, my t-zone is the oiliest area of my face right now.
Overall, this is a decent powder, although my biggest gripe is summed up nicely as “handle with care”. As I discussed earlier, I won’t be repurchasing this until Rimmel goes fully cruelty-free, but if this isn’t a limitation for you, I encourage you to check it out. I am looking forward to trying out some other powders that are stashed away, but I’m happy to use this up since it does do its job very well for me.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.