Review: Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation

My time management at work is pretty good (if I do say so myself!) but after work I just never seem to find the time to finish everything I want! I often only end up getting 4-5hours of sleep a night so I look and feel like a zombie the next morning. Rimmel recently released the Wake Me Up foundation to their make up range and I couldn't go past the claim that it would make me look radiant even with only a few hours sleep. Here's my swatches and review for you today!

What they say:

"Rimmel’s Wake Me Up liquid foundation instantly re-awakens skin with a healthy, radiant looking glow,whilst also helping to minimise signs of premature ageing. No matter how late you got home last night, this anti-fatigue foundation immediately helps to eliminate visible signs of tiredness so skin looks rejuvenated. No one need know you were partying ‘till 3am!

The foundation’s light, smooth texture glides on easily to give a 100% pore-less coverage with an even, flawless, natural-looking finish. It it contains radiance pearls to help illuminate skin with a gorgeous, healthy-looking glow. The high-tech formulation features peptides, which helps increasing skin elasticity, so it can recover and bounce back more quickly. As a result, skin looks more radiant and fresh. Finally because the future beauty of your skin is all-important, Wake Me Up Foundation is the first Rimmel foundation containing an SPF 15 to help protect it from the sun’s damaging rays."

The foundation is packaged in a glass bottle with a handy pump which is great. The formula is light and smooth and aims to give a 100% pore-less coverage for a flawless and natural looking finish. The formulation of the foundation contains peptides to help increase skin elasticity so it can recover quickly. There are 5 shades available and True Ivory suited me best.

Swatch - the shade doesn't look like it matches my colour but my face is more tan:

FOTD using just Wake Me Up foundation, some mascara, blush and pink lippie on 4 hours sleep (!!!):

The left side of my face looks so weird in this pic!

Overall: I am really enjoying the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation! I don't really know how "awake" it makes me look as I still look sleepy haha but it definitely gives me a really lovely glow and gives my skin a wonderful dewy finish. It is very natural looking and I'd say gives a medium to full coverage. I don't need concealer with it if I'm having a good skin day either!

It blends beautifully and True Ivory is a very good match for my skintone. I like that it contains SPF (the first Rimmel foundation to!) and the wear is excellent for me - it consistently lasted 10+ hours for me so basically a full work day plus dinner. I am loving the price point for the foundation too, $20 is EXCELLENT!

The major downside is the CRAZY amount of shimmer through it. In sunlight I feel like a vampire from Twilight! All sparkly like the gorgeous Edward Cullen haha. If there was less shimmer it would be an overall winner but it's just way too shimmery. There's a slight scent to it which isn't too overpowering but some people may find it annoying. The shade range is very limited so for very fair and darker skin ladies you'll have a hard time finding a shade unfortunately. That's what I dislike the most about drugstore foundations.

Details: The Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation is available now from David Jones, Kmart, Target, Coles, Big W, Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, Priceline pharmacy and selected pharmacies nationally for $19.95.

Have you tried it out yet? How to combat the shimmery-ness? Thanks for looking as always!

The product featured in this post was provided to me for consideration but this in no way influenced my review in any way. As always, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My Disclosure Policy can be viewed here.


  1. I think I will give this a try. :)

  2. whaa you look flawless! gotta check on this later, thanks for the review Chelle <33

  3. I've heard so many good things about this foundation from other beauty gurus as well, so I'm hoping to try it once my usual foundation runs out!

    Also wow $20 is expensive, those usually sell for about $10 here in Canada! :0

  4. I've read that many bloggers got break outs after using it for a longer period of time.

  5. Don't worry. I have trouble managing my time too.

    The foundation does look nice on you. Good color for your skin. I might give it a try too.

  6. I've never tried (or thought of trying) any Rimmel foundation, but now I'm intrigued. :)

  7. Wow for 4 hours of sleep, you look really good! Your complexion looks like it's airbrushed in your photos :) lol @ the Twilight reference. Too bad it's got so much shimmer in it - I don't mind some shimmer on my face, but all over is a no-no.

  8. Wow u look beautiful n this foundation is great too, nice review:) love to follow u n do visit my page n follow if u like:)

  9. This foundation sounds really good but the part about the shimmer scares me.


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