Rimmel Stay Matte Primer | Review & Swatches

Matte Prime Time

Happy Wednesday! It has been quite a while since I’ve written a review well it feels like that anyways since I’ve been doing other kinds of posts. I have been loving a lot of makeup products and I think it is time to share my thoughts on it but first I’ll be talking about the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. I’ve been using this for quite a while and it is a pretty good primer for its price. So let me just get into my review and what I think about it.

| Rimmel Stay Matte Primer // $6.99 |

Description from website (here): Stay Matte Primer, prime your face, day & night. Controls shine up to 8 hours creating a soft, perfectly matte complexion. Won’t feel heavy or greasy.

I was able to get this from my cousin who is abroad right now. I told her to send me anything from Rimmel and she added a few goodies for me after I sent her some of her favorite Philippine products she misses. I say it was a fair trade because I get to try some new makeup bits from other places. I’ have seen it online and at some Instagram stores but I haven’t tried them yet. Let’s hope that Rimmel decides to come to Manila and grace us with its lovely products especially their Kate Moss lipsticks as those are just amazing and I need more shades. There is a Rimmel lipstick review here if you want to see my thoughts on it.


To start off I will talk about the packaging. It’s pretty simple and not to out there. The product is dispensed in a squeeze tub with a white body and a pretty purple top. The size is pretty good and can easily be in your makeup drawer or take on the go with your makeup bag. It is 1 fl. oz (30 ml) so it is a good size amount for a primer.


The primer is white, shown on top with a dot of it while on the bottom it is blended in to show it. Once it is blended into the skin it is undetectable and fills in pores leaving my skin with the perfect matte base. I was afraid since it came out so white and pretty thick that it would not blend or be difficult to work with. It actually wasn’t and it just takes a little time buffing it in t get it to down and it becomes clear and unnoticeable.


The primer is a bit sticky as you apply it but dries to a powdery/velvety texture. It is kind of like a lotion and a pretty thick consistency. Once it is on it is just a smooth base which I am looking for and I make sure to apply it thinly because I don’t want it to be cakey. Luckily it isn’t a problem for me and I can get a nice flawless foundation application. As I said it is white and like a lotion in texture and application but it does apply smoothly and evenly just work it into the skin. I wait about a couple minutes after applying the primer so that it would completely dry to a matte finish and I don’t get have to worry it being too slick and having the foundation slide off. I tired two different ways so one with light application and then a much heavier application to see if the results were the same and it pretty much you can use it on some of your face or all of it.


I apply it by putting small dots of the primer on my T-Zone and also the sides of the nose and the chin since that’s where I get pretty oily and where I think I have a lot of pores at. Then I used a synthetic paddle foundation brush in spreading the product and distributing evenly onto those places in an outwards motion to blend it all in. I sometimes use my hands as well since the warmth of my hands can melt it faster if you re in  hurry but if I have time I feel like a brush gives better control and spreads more. After it is done and dries I apply my foundation of choice using a stippling brush and just do my normal routine then setting it with my setting powder. The lasting power of this definitely did not live up to its 8-hour shine control claim. I think with the humidity and me being oily skinned it did not hold up the whole day. I wasn’t planning it to though so it didn’t get my hopes up and I don’t really wear makeup that long so that’s fine. However if I don’t use this, I can see I get oily faster so it is doing it’s job but doesn’t last as long. I did apply powder and it calms the oil down again so if I were to use this a lot here then I think I’ll just have to reapply due to the climate and humidity. 

Overall Experience

I really like it and its a pretty good matte primer. It’s pretty decent for the price and does it job. My only complaint would be the smell. It isn’t the most pleasant and smells chemically and like glue pretty much but I don’t know if I would like it if it was a good scent so it is a toss up. Another thing is it isn’t that accessible and I can only buy it online so if I was in a mall or something then I can’t pick it up with my regular makeup shopping. I know it isn’t such a big problem but I have some makeup I buy in stores and some online if that makes sense. I’m not sure if I would repurchase this since I am still on the fence. I like it but this is the second primer I have tried and want to explore more with primers. I do recommend it though if you are looking for a new one you haven’t tried and like matte finishes with a pretty long staying power. 

Have you tried this Rimmel Stay Matte Primer yet?

My rating is:
This is a solid 4 for me. It lost its last star for the smell for me and the longevity. I didn’t think it was a big deal but I’m finicky so there’s that. I think there is enough product and mostly good things instead of bad so that’s a plus. I was going to take half a heart away from the rating but I reevaluated it and tested it out some more and it isn’t as harsh as I was originally thinking. For me it gets a thumbs up being quite a good matte primer.


  • Flawless finish
  • Makeup stays on longer
  • Travel friendly
  • Affordable
  • Blendable
  • Long lasting


  • Smells like glue
  • Not as accessible

That was my review of the Stay Matte Primer. It was a pretty good primer. I need to up my review game since I have been loving a lot of other makeup products.Hope you enjoyed this review and let me know if you tried this already and your thoughts or if you recommend something entirely different. I’d love to know and enjoy the rest of your week!

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