Pros: inexpensive, no adverse effects, not oily
Cons: a lotion versus a gel, can't pronounce the ingredients, animal issues
I was using Bare Escentials Foundation Primer. At $21.00 for 1-ounce I thought that a bit pricey. When I ran out I bought Rimmel Fix & Perfect foundation primer, (The whole name of this product)
The price - at about $7.00 for 1-ounce, is a bargain.
It goes on easily and is quickly absorbed.
Rimmel Fix & Perfect foundation primer leaves my dry skin feeling soft.
I have had no adverse effects.
From what I read it does reduce pores. I don't have large pores so I cannot attest to that.
The primer does not feel greasy or oily.
Rimmel Fix & Perfect foundation primer tests on animals. Ok so that may not be totally accurate. The fact is the parent company, Coty, has responded to complaints but still leaves the issue vague and says that they only do under controlled circumstances. You can read their policy here: http://www.never-unpolished.com/2010/12/coty-inc-on-animal-testing.html
Rimmel Fix & Perfect foundation primer has a smell. It is not fragrance-free. I don't like putting something that has an aroma on my face but since it doesn’t irritate my skin I guess for me it isn’t a true con.
Rimmel Fix & Perfect foundation primer comes in one color- apricot. If you have very light skin (mine is medium) putting on a color might not be right for you. I am on my second tube. When I first put on the lotion in my initial tube I was a bit alarmed and thought it had an orange tint. It really doesn’t.
In fact, I like the glow it gives me under my foundation. Sometimes I just use it as foundation!
It is a lotion. For a primer I preferred the gel that Bare Escentials offered me.
When I went to CVS I was looking for a primer. I don't know a lot about drug store brands but I have heard of Rimmel so for the price I went for it. Since I cannot read small print I had no idea that the bottle was made up mostly of ingredients that I can't pronounce and that is isn't cruelty free.
I never thought that I would have bought another tube but at the time I forgot about the horrible ingredients and the animal issue. If you don't care about the cruelty-free aspect and have darker skin, Rimmel Foundation Primer is alright. My foundation goes on nicely over it but it doesn't stay on as long as the Bare Escentials did.
Jo’s Final Thoughts:
In this case more expensive means better and I will not be buying Rimmel again unless Coty makes it ingredient and animal friendly. Again if you don’t care, this is an inexpensive primer that works.