I've been on a drugstore foundation buying spree. I love my NARS Sheer Glow and Revlon Colorstay to death, but I wanted to branch out. And I am so sorry that I did. This is going to be a short review, because both these foundations were so bad that I only wore them once.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation, $7.29 at ulta.com, Rimmel Clean Finish Foundation, $4.99 at ulta.com: I got both of these in Warm Ivory. I like the packaging. The squeeze tube on the 25 Hour foundation is easy to use, and the packaging for clean finish feels very fresh. Both foundations smell straight up like chemicals, big, nasty chemicals. Clean Finish dried semi-matte on me, whereas 25 Hour was slightly dewier. 25 Hour is full coverage, Clean Finish is medium coverage. Both foundations went on nicely, blended easily, and seemed promisingly. AND THEN:
Cue three hours later. I tried 25 Hour first, went to look in the first, and screamed. My face was orange. Dirty, bright orange, dripping with oil, and completely splotchy. I looked like a practical joke. Not only that, but I had started to break out. I wrote 25 Hour off as a fluke, and tried Clean Finish the next day. The exact same thing happened. More pimples, more orangey-hued oxidizing, more oil.
In short, these are horrible. Do not buy them. Both oxidized horribly on me, and while I am pale, so it does look conspicuous, they seem to oxidize on darker skin tones as well. Plus they both broke me out and seemed to break down in the presence of any oil on my face.
Awkward Chic rating: F. Stick to Revlon Colorstay if you're looking for a new drugstore foundation, or try one of the new L'Oreal anti-aging ones instead, but run, RUN away from these foundations.
Images via ulta.com, realbeauty.com.