Review: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

On a recent trip to boots together seeing a new foundation was out we both had to grab it and try. 

We both love Rimmel recover foundation so were excited to try a new one by them.  Wake me up foundation claims to be their first foundation that visibly reawakens and illuminates skin with a radiant glow and flawless natural looking finish. It contains peptides and a vitamin moisturising complex. (the blurb from the back of the bottle)

I picked up the foundation in shade 103 true ivory, normally I’d go for ivory but they had run out. The first thing I notice about this foundation is it smells nice, odd I know it has a fresh scent like my  morning moisturiser. It has a nice liquid consitancy, not to runny. It also contains SPF 15 always a bonus with us. Got to protect skin even in the winter. We are both hoping that protection and early preventative measures leave us wrinkle free for as long as possible. The peptide formulation claims it helps to improve skins elasticity to ‘wake you up’ and make your skin feel awake. 

This foundation gives a great I’d say medium coverage and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, it blends and sinks into my skin well. I find it lasts in work but if I was going out after work I would need a touch up. For an everyday foundation I love it and would repurchase. At the moment it has £3 off in boots and is a bargain £5.99. 

Love M 


I absolutely love Rimmel foundations, you can’t go wrong for the price and they normally (as far as I’ve tried) do what they say.

This foundation is no exception!

I love the consistency, runny enough to blend but thick enough to stay on your face long enough to last the day.

I find that mine does go a bit shiny around my nose throughout the day but this is nothing that a bit of powder on my afternoon break can’t fix.

It gives quite good coverage considering how light it feels on the skin and I feel like my skin does have a bit of a ‘glow’ about it that some other foundations don’t give me, I’m assuming this is the ‘visible reawakening and illumination’ of my skin.

I am also impressed that some high street foundations are including SPF15 in their products as I think it’s really important to protect your skin for as long as possible!

All in all, a completely amazing foundation that won’t break the bank and will leave with a warm glow inside as well as on your face 😉

(haaaa cheesy!)

I would definitely recommend you purchase this, and do it now whilst it has £3 off!!

L xxx


  1. Jazz
    February 12, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    My mum used the free sample that came in a magazine this month and it looked amazing! she's a super hard worker and you can see it takes its tole on her but the foudnation made her look like she had been sleeping for days she was glowing! I think it'll probably suit middle aged women better then younger women! Great review girls 🙂 xJazz,

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      February 13, 2012 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks Jazz 🙂 I can tell you now it will be a firm favourite in my make up bag with all the late nights doing essays I have coming up ha!

  2. Anonymous
    February 12, 2012 / 9:29 pm

    I got this as a sample in vogue this month and it was great, I will be buying now 🙂 I hope you will follow my blogleopardinleather.blogspot.comxx

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      February 13, 2012 / 6:40 pm

      It really is awesome! I will take a look at it now 🙂

  3. Carina
    February 13, 2012 / 12:27 am

    I got this as a sample too, it was the wrong shade but the finish and coverage was surprisingly good for a highstreet brand foundation!I've brought the full size now, not used it yet but I'm looking forward to trying it out! Great review 🙂 really imformative

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      February 13, 2012 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Carina, it really is a goodie! Let us know how you get on 🙂

  4. chazzehhh
    February 13, 2012 / 12:20 pm

    Love the review, if it really does make you look more awake then maybe this is a foundation I need to buy, I always feel like my skin looks so dull in the Winter!Charlotte

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      February 13, 2012 / 6:42 pm

      It's definitely worth getting whilst it has the money off! As a student doing work late and trying to be healthy and get to the gym the next morning it's my latest life saver! 🙂

  5. LaraBeTheOne
    February 13, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    Great review

  6. Judy
    March 22, 2012 / 11:46 am

    Very nice review! I was wondering what the difference is with rimmel recover foundation, as I saw you used them both. Hope you can tell me 🙂 Cuz I am a big fan of Recover, but this one also looks good!! xx

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      March 27, 2012 / 4:09 pm

      Hi judy, the difference is mainly because Recover has glittery bits in, whereas the Wake me up foundation has tiny particles in that reflect the light which you can barely see. It's basically an advanced version and it's worth every penny! x

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