Rimmel Stay Matte Mattifying Loose Powder vs Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Rimmel came up with a loose powder version of the Stay Matte Setting Powder a few months ago. I was excited to try that one! I’m already a fan of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

I wanted to see how both compare to each other.

I hadn’t the best of luck with loose powders. Some that I tried in the past turned out pretty cakey on my face. Also, I noticed some eye irritation with few. The last one I tried was the Makeup Revolution Banana Powder, and I really liked it. It goes on smooth and soft!

Rimmel Stay Matte Mattifying Loose Powder vs Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Makeup Revolution Banana Powder

What I’m looking for in a powder?

I’ve always been an oily girl. These past few years, I’ve become more combination, especially in the winter. Since it’s summertime, I like my foundation and powder to be matte. A 5 hours wear, without touch ups, is what I would want.

Let’s dive into the comparison:

Ingredients and packaging of the Rimmel pressed and loose powder:

The ingredients are different, and the pressed powder has more. You can find them here.

The pressed powder has a regular round plastic packaging. The loose powder is in a round plastic jar. As you know, I don’t give much importance to packaging. I know that most drugstore brands have primary packaging to keep the prices lower. I’m totally fine with that. My only complaint is that the loose powder is hard to pull out. When you try to get the product, way too much product come out.

Texture and wear time:

Both powders are smooth although the loose one is a little softer than the pressed powder.

They both apply very well with a brush or a sponge and layer beautifully. The two powders don’t feel heavy and look good on the skin. I’ve been a fan of the Stay Matte Pressed Powder for years. It keeps me matte for a long time and gets me through the really hot weather. I can get at least 5 hours without touch-ups which is pretty good! The Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder performed the same.

I used them both with my current favourite foundation/BB Cream: The Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream. It was last week’s review.

Rimmel Stay Matte Mattifying Loose Powder vs Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream



-Great oil control powder

-Smooth finish

-Doesn’t feel heavy on the skin

-Stand up to it claims

Applicable for both powders


-I guess the packaging can be a turn off for some.

-I did notice that both can look a little dry under the eyes. But since they are both meant to be mattifying, it’s normal.

Overall, I love the Stay Matte Powders. In fact, they are my favourite mattifying powder. Bonus: they are super affordable!


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