Rimmel ‘Wake Me Up’ Anti-Fatigue Foundation – a Review

Hi Lovelies!

When you’re not that comfortable walking out of the house with a bare face, a foundation (or a BB or CC cream) is a must. When you spend a lot of time out of the house, and you’re not in the habit of touching up your make-up, or maybe you don’t have that much time to stay checking that you still look half decent, a good foundation is essential.

 So when a vlogger started raving about the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, I obviously wanted to try it out. And review it…


First off, I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. Three words: It’s glass. Yes, you can see how much product you have left, but when you’re reaching the end of it you can’t really stay cutting it up and putting the remaining product in another (CLEAN!) container! HOWEVER, it does come with a pump – so hurray there!!

Moving on……the foundation claims to:

  • Instantly reawaken the skin with a healthy, radiant glow
  • Have a light, moisturising texture which applies smoothly and leaves skin feeling soft and comfortable all day
  • Give an instant flawless, natural-looking finish
  • Have visible anti-fatigue effect with peptides and a Vitamin Moisturising complex
  • (for some reason it’s not mentioned anywhere that it has SPF15)

On their website, Rimmel UK claim that there are the below five shades

(L-R) True Nude, Natural Beige, Classic Beige, Soft Beige, True Ivory
(L-R) True Nude, Natural Beige, Classic Beige, Soft Beige, True Ivory

The shade of my foundation isn’t even listed on the site, as it’s Light Porcelain?!

A swatch of the Foundation
A swatch of the Foundation

As you can perhaps tell, there is a hint of a shimmer, perhaps this is what Rimmel meant when they wrote that the foundation will illuminate the skin with a radiant glow? To be fair, my skin did look a bit more awake than usual, in that it looked fresh and brighter (and not gray), as if my skin wasn’t effected by how tired I felt (as you can see from the picture below).

The product does blend easily as it’s almost as lightweight as a moisturiser, and it has a particular smell to it which did remind me a bit of sun lotions.


One thing I didn’t like about this was the coverage. Yes it is lightweight and its target is not to cover imperfections but it’s almost like I’m putting on a tinted moisturiser. Even when I put on a second layer of the product, I still felt that there wasn’t that much coverage, and when you have red spots, you need coverage. Yes, I can use concealer for that, but then I’d have to really be careful to blend the concealer and make sure that it matches my now shimmery skin (and I’m not one to try out the concealer that ‘goes’ with this foundation as I fear that it wouldn’t provide that much coverage neither).

Also, perhaps cause it’s lightweight, it doesn’t put as much as I wanted it to. Yes, there is powder for that, but again, matching the powder to the shade of the foundation is a bit difficult 😉

Oh, and this…

This was taken with flash
This was taken with the camera’s flash on

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy highlighting my face, but I tend to select where I highlight since I have combo skin.

Would I repurchase? I don’t know Probably not. I’ve tried to use it by blending it with thicker (and darker) foundations, and I did like the result, but I think I’d much prefer to buy other foundations which I love.

Bye for now! Kim xx


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