Budget buys for foundation and primer the Makeup Wars way

If you’ve been following along you know about Makeup Wars. We pick a topic and quite a few of us join in and write our posts about that. This week we’re talking foundation and primer, specifically which ones we’ve found that work well together. I’ve decided to share two favorite budget buys for this week’s Makeup Wars, ones I’ve been using the last few weeks that have been great for me. RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25HR BREATHABLE FOUNDATION and MAKEUP REVOLUTION ULTRA ALL DAY PRIME & ANTI-SHINE BALM are my choices. And great ones they are.

REVOLUTION Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm and RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation

The only mass market foundation in my not so small collection is the original RIMMEL 25 HR Lasting Finish. There aren’t others that either matched my skin or that had a fragrance I could tolerate. I think it’s a great foundation but it’s a fuller coverage one than I usually wear. To the rescue: RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25HR BREATHABLE FOUNDATION.

sample, purchased by me, affiliates

Delightfully the new Breathable foundation is a lighter finish that can be built up, has almost no fragrance, and has a shade that is perfect for me (Fair Ivory). It also has SPF18 and doesn’t clog pores.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation

I think the applicator on this new Rimmel foundation is terrific. It’s like an overgrown lip gloss applicator that I can dab on my face so my hands don’t ever have to touch the foundation unless I want them to. I typically use one of my rounded foundation brushes (Real Techniques or PUR) to blend the dots for a beautifully smooth, long lasting finish. I’ll occasionally grab a foundation sponge (Beauty Blender or MelodySusie) when I want the lightest coverage. So far I’ve been so happy with those two methods that my fingers and hands are spotless.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation in Fair Ivory

Speaking about the fragrance, I have to just about stick my nose in it to smell it. It could be that I’m used to the original but the aroma is of no concern to my picky nose. The smooth coverage makes up for any doubts I might have originally had.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation

At around $6 – $7 depending where you shop, this foundation deserves praise galore. I’m a picky shopper and as much as I love to browse Target and CVS I am cautious when buying foundation there. Not so with RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation, it’s a keeper.

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation plays well with primers too. Mainly though I’ve been using Makeup Revolution’s Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm. The main reason is that I wanted something affordable that was similar to Mally’s Poreless Face Defender. Compare $10 for Revolution and $40 for Mally and you can see why I decided to try it (plus the gwp that Ulta had on at the time). While Mally remains my favorite, I’m quite impressed with the Makeup Revolution version.

It’s weightless on my face and helps my blush last without ending up in my pores. I don’t use powder on my face that often since my mirror tells me not to but the silky finish of a primer allows me to wear powder blush without it sticking to my foundation or burrowing into my pores. According to Ulta: “translucent, crystal finish catches and re-emits light, diffusing skin imperfections and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic / Capric / Succinic Triglyceride, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate.

I just know that if I apply the Makeup Revolution’s Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm either prior to foundation or after that my blush goes on more smoothly and sticks around. This gives me a matte finish since it absorbs oils and eliminates shine. My only complaint is that the sponge that comes with it is very thin and doesn’t apply the balm as well as I’d like it to. I recommend a sturdier sponge to use at home but to keep the sponge it comes with if you put this in your cosmetic case.

All in all I’ve got a $16 face that I’m pleased about. I can use these two together or separately and still have beauty that is totally affordable. Sure I love my highend buys but I just as happy lately with these budget babes.  —  Marcia

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  1. I’m excited to check this one out! I’m always down for a new drugstore fave and it sounds amazing!

  2. That Rimmel Foundation is fantastic! I think that I might also have that Makeup Revolution primer somewhere! What nice choices, and affordable at that!

  3. Holly Thomas says:

    I will be on the look out for the foundation, it sounds like something I would like.

  4. Judy Ruffolo says:

    I have to try the Rimmel foundation! Come on…you can’t beat that price!

  5. These sound really nice! I might try that Rimmel!

  6. I love budget buys! You can’t beat having a $16 dollar face hahaha. Generally, I like Rimmel products and have never had a problem with them.

  7. I love finding foundations and face products at the drugstore that perform well. I haven’t actually tried either of these but will do so when I’m in need of more foundation.

  8. Wow- you color matched that Rimmel perfectly! I need you to color match me. 🙂

  9. I think primer is so important to hiding my giant pores!

  10. I love when I find makeup items that work well for me and they’re at a great price! Best thing ever!

  11. I need to try Revolution! I still have nothing from them…yet!

  12. I haven’t tried both. Good to know there are drugstore brands that are right up your alley

  13. I’m a big Rimmel fan when it comes to budget foundations

  14. 25 Sweetpeas says:

    I’ve yet to try a foundation with that type of applicator!

  15. I’ve heard great things about the Rimmel foundation and it’s a great price point.

  16. My Nail Polish Obsession says:

    I have to admit you are speaking a foreign language to me, I know nothing about foundation, concealer, powder. I literally only use lipstick and brow gel.

  17. I really want to try one of those bridges!!! Worth the cost?

  18. I’ve heard really good things about that Rimmel

  19. Ehmkay nails says:

    You can’t beat that price. I’d be willing to try it.

  20. I am always impressed by drugstore foundation that’s worth a whit.

  21. I haven’t tried either one of these products but they both sound tempting!

  22. I haven’t tried any o these but I would love to. I find I never give Rommel a chance.