Rimmel Match Perfect Skin Tone Adapting Concealer Review, Swatches, Photos

Ahh skin tone adapting blush, lipgloss, foundation, concealer….I want skin tone adapting eyeshadow!

Seriously, though in most cases skin tone adapting anything doesn’t exactly work. The idea is innovative, the concept is way cool for beauty lovers who just want something that will fit them perfectly, and let’s face it our simple side is thinking how cool it would be to buy something that just works the first time, no color matching required, it’ll adapt!

Rimmel Match Perfect Skin Tone Adapting Concealer is the latest crazy to get my attention in the tone adapting world.

Let’s take a look!

A two in one concealer and highlighting with a color adapting technology.

Ok, I’m only going to say this once because I don’t wanna lose my good standing membership in the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Color Adapting Beauty Club. Seriously, I’m the first to rant about stupid color adapting cosmetics…so…listen, closely, Rimmel Match Perfect Skin Tone Adapting Concealer actually works. There, said it once.

I dunno how, I dunno why, maybe it was just luck..but the concealer actually does adapt and fits my color perfectly. True story. I tried out both the Light and Light/Medium Shades and both changed color accordingly however the Light proved the best match for me. Light was a little too fair for me but when I put it on my it tones down considerably and goes a tad warmer with a bit of beige and the match, well, it’s perfect. I took a series of swatches so you can see how the color changes every so slightly in each one (Light shown on the left and Light/Medium is shown on the right).

So indeed, for me the technology actually worked! GASP! Wow!

Formula wise the concealer is actually a joy to work with for something that was purchased at the drugstore because hey, I really have bad luck with cheaper concealers. No issues or problems here. The formula is a thinner, creamier base that blends out beautifully and offers just the right amount of coverage to conceal under eye drama while brightening the area up and making my tired eyes look refreshed and awake again. Although I will say pigmentation ranges in the sheer to medium zone so if you have heavier dark circles this might not be your ticket to concealing that particular problem.

I was relieved that the whole “highlighter” two in one deal was something that I didn’t have to worry about. I do worry when concealers promise highlighting action since that normally means they come across shimmery or iridescent, a big no for me, but this had none of those issues. The highlight simply brightened up my eye area sans disco ball shimmer.

I find the packaging annoying. I’d have preferred a click pen or even a sponge applicator. This is a squeeze tube with a brush application attached. I find that I tend to over-squeeze no matter how gentle I am which results in a waste of product overall.

  • Anyone looking for a cheap concealer that offers decent coverage with a lightweight formula.
  • Those seeking a concealer that brightens as well as concealers problems.
  • Those who want a creamy. hydrating concealer with a budget price.
  • Those might fall between shades (if you can never quite get your shade right, no worries, this seems to adapt spot on).

  • Those who become easily frustrated with poor packaging design (I really don’t love the squeeze tube and I deem it quite messy).
  • Those with very dark circles.

What can I say? I loved this. I think the color adapting technology actually worked for me which was a nice surprise plus the fact that the formula is creamy, moisturizing, and long wearing without creasing was an extra benefit. Overall, the concealer performed very well for me so I do recommend picking one up and giving it a whirl. Those with really dark circles will probably be disappointed in the coverage however those with finer lines, some darkness, puffiness, etc…will probably be very happy with the results. I want to Muse Approve this one but I think the packaging is messy and frustrating so that prevents me from giving it a seal but aside from that I love it and would probably purchase again in the future.

Tried it?

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This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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  • 8/11/11 20:50 Tammie:

    How much is it? I may just pick it up, getting sick of people telling me I look tired even when I’m not, but not ready to spend $20 on erase paste (also I am trying to be good so I can haul some Korean & Japanese makeup).


    • 8/19/11 10:00 the Muse:

      mmm 5-5.99 tammie :)


  • 8/11/11 20:55 Josh :D:

    Totally agree completely Muse! I have this in the lightest two shades and I can get both to work for me (And you know I’m oh so ghostly). I squeeze out probably 5x more than I need though! :X


  • 8/11/11 21:37 HappyLittleNinja:

    I am tempted to try this!
    Is it in stores now?
    If you don’t mind, what color skin are you? In MAC language? :)
    I think I may be a good candidate for the light shade. I think I’m NC20/25.


    • 8/19/11 9:59 the Muse:

      sure is happylittleninja I don’t speak mac language unfortunately lol so can’t compare as I don’t use mac foundations and not sure of my shade!


      • 8/19/11 14:12 HappyLittleNinja:

        tee hee — “MAC language”
        thanks :)


        • 8/19/11 14:41 the Muse:

          ;-D my pleasure I’m an i20 in Shis. if that helps!


  • 8/12/11 1:59 Telly9009:

    Thanks for the swatches Muse! These look nice! I haven’t seen this in stores in my area yet. Maybe I need to take a closer look at the Rimmel displays.Hehe I’m interested sheer light weight concealers. I’m only 20 (turning 21 in SEPT) =) and I don’t need the heavy undereye concealers that are out there. The only reason I need heavier coverage concealer are for my blemishes. But something like this is very appealing to me. Now that it’s Muse Approved I’ll definitely have to try it!

    On another note, have you checked out Nuance by Salma Hayek?! I’m waiting to see what you think!


  • 8/12/11 7:37 Candy:

    Omg! Looks awesome! Is it available in the UK? I have one of rimmels that looks similar but seems like its different packaging? Hmmm.. Will need to double check. Great review!!! :) x


    • 8/19/11 9:58 the Muse:

      thanks candy! not sure but you guys prob have it as you get releases before us!


  • 8/12/11 9:12 Maria:

    Ooooh thanks for this review Muse! I’ve been wondering about this. I’m not sure if it will work for me, because I don’t have puffiness, but I do have hereditary dark circles…which means that no amount of eye creams or sleep is gonna get rid of them. >_< But I think if I use this and then set it with my BE bisque on top, it just might work…..
    Was it long lasting? or did it disappear after a few hours in this horrible heat?


  • 8/12/11 10:33 Tammy:

    You never rave about drugstore concealers!! I need this now!!


    • 8/19/11 9:57 the Muse:

      lol true tammy true!


  • 8/12/11 12:54 mon:

    Color changing that actually works?! Wow, I will definitely need to check this out. Next, they should make concealer that spreads and applies by itself.


    • 8/12/11 12:56 mon:

      hmm, my little surprise face didn’t show up (@o@)


  • 8/12/11 13:16 CK:

    yikes, you had me until “squeeze tube”. that just sounds like a mess waiting to happen :(


  • 8/13/11 7:41 Kate:

    Sometimes, you can rip the bristles of these kinds of applicators out with a pair of pliers. I would only recommend it if the product has an on/off switch, though. I did it with a Revlon face illuminator, an I don’t waste any product!


  • 8/13/11 10:35 Jessica:

    I want this!


  • 8/14/11 23:09 jeansco:

    Hi Muse! I picked one up in sale for $5 at Shoppers Drug Mart in color 040 soft beige. I too find it to be a bit on the thin side but the color matches me really well so I can’t complain! I might even go back to pick up a lighter shade to highlight my nose bridge and cupids bow :)


    • 8/19/11 9:47 the Muse:

      awesome jean glad to hear it worked not too bad on you ;-D good budget find imho 😀


  • 8/15/11 13:40 MeganNoel:

    This will definitely be on my lists of things to try! I always have trouble matching the right color to my skin tone, so hopefully this will work for me. It doesn’t seem to be packaged to annoyingly so I think I can deal if the products good.


  • 8/15/11 19:03 jeansco:

    Hi Muse! i just picked up 040 Soft Beige as it was on sale and i rmb seeing this post!

    I didn’t notice a huge change in colour to match my skintone because the color from the tube was already pretty close~! I still had to use my Bobbi Brown corrector in light bisque to take out the gray/blueness of my dark circles, but layered ontop, it worked pretty well! i think it’ll be handy to stash in my make up bag for end of day touch ups!


    • 8/19/11 10:02 the Muse:

      hey jean happy to hear it worked for you def a nice one for the makeup bag…won’t replace my bobbi but like it for lightwear ;D


  • 3/4/14 13:57 marlene:

    I love this product, I have alot red around the nose and cheeks, I use this to conceal and sometimes as foundation. I have dry skin, it smooths right on.


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