Foundation Dupe?? Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation vs Rimmel Stay Matte

I just want to look good without having to spend too much money… is that too much to ask?

Therefore my favorite thing in the world is a Foundation Dupe.

As someone who would fall into the category “Super Problematic Skin” I am a perfect candidate to test foundation formulas.

And to add to that, some of my stronger

I’m Oily

I have Sensitive Skin

Acne Prone Skin

Acne Scars

Textured Skin

acne medications have now left me with dry patches and fine lines.

Wow, all of a sudden my self esteem hurts…

BUT! I feel that everyone should love themselves, and the skin that they are in… and foundation should make us feel good and not emphasize things we don’t want emphasized.

Today we are going to compare a high end foundation and see if we can find a drug store dupe. Can we look fabulous and save some money??

Let’s Play!


1. tarte

This Tarte foundation retails for $39 for 1.7 ounces which is greater than the average 1 ounce… (or $22.94 per ounce) It has SPF 15 and claims to be a full coverage foundation with 12 hour wear. It also claims to have “skin smart” technology which allows it to adjust to oily and dry skin types intuitively… fancy.

It does have silicones in it (which I’m sensitive to, Check out my silicone free lists here, and here) but it’s supposed to be hypoallergenic!

2. rimmel
Why is this so cheap on Amazon?

This Rimmel foundation is probably one of the cheapest available at the drugstore… anywhere… It claims to reduce pores, and stay matte all day. An interesting thing I noticed is that Rimmel sells shades that are exclusive to Walmart. So apparently Walmart and Rimmel are in cahoots! I’ve compared this Rimmel foundation to another drug store foundation before…

‘Rimmel Stay Matte vs Loreal Total Cover

This also has silicones in it… my poor skin isn’t gonna like today is it?

First Impression


1. jawline swatches.jpg
My main skin concerns are oiliness, and acne scars. I don’t have too many active cystic breakouts at the moment *knocks on wood*. My face is much lighter than my neck so the Rimmel 103 looks like a good match for my face, and the Tarte is the best match for my neck.


1. Initial application
I was surprised to see that the Rimmel foundation actually had better coverage than the Tarte. I don’t believe in really building up foundations for coverage… especially on my acne scars because I have ice pick/box scarring and adding a 2nd layer of foundation looks SO BAD… we’re talking surface of the moon crater face.

Coverage: Rimmel has a higher coverage, a little more than medium, while Tarte has a low-medium coverage.

Finish & Formula: Both felt identical when swatching with a thick, mousse-like formula. I used a brush to get the most coverage from both, and I feel like the Tarte was a little easier to get streak-free.. but just a LITTLE. The Tarte does look slightly more satin-luminous than the Rimmel which looks completely matte.

Mid-day check in

1. midday check in 1
Coverage still looks good… I can definitely feel the Tarte on my foundation more than the RImmel side. I can really start to feel the oils coming through on the Tarte side while the Rimmel side still looks pretty matte. (Yes I do have a highlighter on my cheekbones on both sides.. but no where else!)
1. midday close up
Both foundations didn’t do so well with my sunglasses, but the Rimmel looked especially crusty around the dry patch on the base of my nose. Even though the Tarte was a little less Matte, my forehead still looked like a wrinkly mess. Honestly, my forehead fine lines are usually unnoticeable without foundation so I would rather have nothing on my forehead than this mess.

Final check-in

1. Final check in
By the end of the day both sides look pretty much the same… The Tarte foundation looks a little more shiny, and both sides FEEL oily and heavy… it is time to take this stuff off.
1. End of the day close up
Oh the things I put on the internet. These are the oily pores next to my nose. As you can see, they don’t look the best at the end of the day… Both sides wore off the pores, but the Rimmel side did wear off more unevenly.

Final Thoughts

You know what… This is totally a dupe! I think that if you’re on the drier side of a combo skin type you might like the Tarte foundation better. BUT if you have oilier skin, and you powder the sh**t out of your nose anyways ( I didnt use primer or setting powder with this review), I think the $5 Rimmel foundation is right up your alley!

I hate more irritated red bumps on my nose on the Tarte side (probably because it’s not oil controlling), but both sides… because they have silicones… made my skin unhappy. (broke me out, let’s use adult words Rica)

What do you think about these foundations? Did they wear differently on your skin type? I would love to know your experiences!

Stay happy and healthy!


******FULL DISCLOSURE: This are my personal experiences and thoughts. I am not being paid by any brand or the company to review this product or talk about any claims. This product was not sent to me. Some links in this post are part of the amazon affiliates program.*******


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    hello! just wanted you to know that i love your blog! I have ridiculously sensitive skin as well + my skin has become more oily over the past year 😦 I’ve been looking for a foundation that agrees with my skin and your reviews are really helpful (also I think we have the same skin tone!) Keep doing you and I look forward to your reviews :))


  2. Becca says:

    Hi! Is the shade light neutral leaning more warm or more cool in your opinion.


    1. ricaishungry says:

      I would say that its warmer. I have a neutral-warm skin tone and it looks warm on me.


  3. RobyTose says:


    I got the Tarte foundation in an Ipsy box and the Light Neutral color match is so spot on I fell in love. I like the formula, but wish it lasted a little longer and it doesn’t look great on the large pores on my nose (even with a primer) at the end of the day.

    I have used IT Cosmetics Cc cream in the past, but it makes my skin itchy and you’ve got me wondering about silicones…

    So – what’s your favorite medium coverage, natural, easy to wear foundation? Can you share the shade you use as well? I think our skin tones are similar!

    I enjoy your reviews, thanks!


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