Beauty Look | New Rimmel Products vs Dark Lip

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Witty titles are escaping me today but I do want to show you a makeup look using some of Rimmels’ newer products! Most notably, they’ve launched a couple of large format eye shadow palettes that I’m sure you’ve poked at in stores plus a full range of matte lipsticks. 
The shadows have a great distinctive colour range and blend reasonably well taking you from matte to satin to metallic finishes all in one swoop. Colour payoff is good and I’d say comparable to the higher end drugstore offerings like L’Oreal though with less snazzy packaging. I’m also wearing some really fun fibre eyebrow pencil – yes, fibre hairs in a pencil that’s kinda blowing my mind and I fully intend pick up in a darker shade to match my hair! And the lips you ask? The Only 1 Matte lipsticks are a true matte that has a slight putty texture which is best smoothed out with a lip brush. It photographs beautifully and offers a large shade selection for mixing but I’m not crazy about the strong candy scent.
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Side note, anyone here still haven’t figured out this contouring game? Since it’s hair up day, I thought a little shading wouldn’t hurt to go along with the dark lip but it sure is looking a little stripey here on camera. I swear on my favourite foundation that I did blend this…..
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Rimmel | Colour Precise Eyeliner Pen – bright blue & white !

REVIEW

Oh eyeliner. I am forever chasing the next best colour, formula and gadget. While black (and recently brown) has been my colour of choice, there’s no hiding the audible squeal when I saw these new Rimmel liquid liner pens because – brace yourselves – it comes in white! Now that’s something you don’t see everyday… but how do these really perform?

THE BASICS
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: 24 Hour Colour Precise Eyeliner Pen*
Size: 1ml
Colours: 001 Black, 002 Blue, 003 White
Price: $8-10CAD
Availability: Drugstore nationwide.
Would I (re)purchase: Probably not.
If these remind you of a mix between the Stila Stay All Day liner and the Maybelline Studio Precise liner, you aren’t alone. Over the years, the pen format has become my everyday staple because I can do it with one hand plus it fits neat and small into my traveling makeup bag. These Rimmel Colour Precise options features a very long felt tip nib that’s well loaded with product from all sides. Medium and thick lines are easy to achieve and I love that the entire tip is flexible right down to the base. The body of the pen itself has an every so slight contoured grip 3/4 way along the barrel for a comfortable grip – a small but welcomed detail!

INGREDIENTS: Aqua / Water / Eau, Styrene / Acrylates / Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Methylpropanediol, Kaolin, Poloxamer 407, PPG-70 Tocophereth-100, Coco-Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Simethicone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Steareth-4, BHT, Sorbic Acid, Steareth-20. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

All three colours are generally well pigmented with black being the best coverage in a single swipe and white needing 2-3 tries to build full opacity. The finish has a slight sheen and is not quite glossy nor matte. Annoyingly this is where to problems being. Both the blue and white bleed into the find lines of your skin pretty obviously and it’s especially hard to build up the white liner evenly without simply smearing off your first stroke. 

The formula itself forms a film of colour which although not wet, continues to feel tacky and never seems to completely dry but instead always feeling a little sticky to the touch even minutes after applying. While it claims to have all day wear this is not something I would suggest to anyone with oily eyelids, monolid or hooded eyes who generally have a hard time with liner to begin with. Note that this liner is also not waterproof or even water resistant and will begin to dissolved within a few seconds of getting wet so it’s a no-go for hot or humid climates either.
But perhaps my biggest concern is the absolutely faulty packaging design. The cap locks to the pen with a very small ridge and doesn’t click in like most pen products. It’s ridiculously easy to accidentally knock off the cap and now imagine loose liquid eyeliner tumbling in your purse all day. Need I say more? 
THE FINAL VERDICT

Rimmel’s 24HR Colour Precise Eyeliner Pen is a liquid eyeliner that’s dispenses beautiful easy strokes with its flexible felt tipped nib. The product looks bright on first application but unfortunately stays tacky to the touch and both the blue and white are hard to build up in opacity. It’s lack of dry down and lack of waterproof qualities makes it a bad choice for humid climates. The only colour with some promise is 001 Black as it’s rich and smooth but the wear time plus the awfully designed cap are still downfalls. For the price point, it’s better to skip this one altogether.

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#RimmelKate15 | When good things collide

Spokesmodels come and go frequently these days in the beauty industry but if there’s one ultimate collaboration that lasts the years it would be Rimmel and Kate Moss. That’s right, we’re talking 15 years and that’s longer than all the years I’ve been wearing makeup. In fact, Rimmel was the one to ignite my love affair with lipsticks and to this day they are still some of my drugstore favourites.
Top – Bottom | Lasting Finish #30 | Lasting Matte #107 & #111 | Lasting Nude #45 & #41

As one of their best selling products, the Lasting Finish lipsticks* currently come in three collections with various finishes and full range of gorgeous colours.
  • Lasting Finish (Original): In their sleek black tubes, these were the original creamy lipsticks that were probably in the beauty bags of experimental teenagers everywhere but there’s no shame in adding these to your grown up bag because they are full colour and easy on the lips.
  • Lasting Finish Matte: A soft matte formula, these were released a few years ago as an expansion to the lipstick family and feature mostly reddish tones for those classic colour lovers who want an updated twist.
  • Lasting Finish Nude: If you’re still looking for your perfect my lips but better nude at a drugstore price point, this could be it. I squealed when I first saw them on the shelves and prompted decided I needed three all at once. I believe they are the same formula as the originals but the whole theme is focused on nude shades. Number #45 is actually a perfect MLBB colour that I already wear often and #41 is a new pinky nude addition.

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Review: Rimmel | Provocalips Long-lasting Lipstick (swatches)

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If there’s one things to be said about makeup in 2015, it has to be the return of the liquid lipstick. Thankfully, gone are the 90s thick, goopy, frosty styles and in are new creamy, fluid formulations. Starting off with Rimmel, whose Apocolips had me cringing more than swooning by the way (see evidence in this review), they released the sequel Provocalips earlier this year.

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THE BASICS
Brand: Rimmel
Product: Provocalips Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick*
Colours: 10 shades
Size: 4ml (lipstick), 3ml (gloss)
Price: $8-9 CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide.
Would I (re)purchase: Yes

These 16HR Kiss Proof Lip Colours, as Rimmel calls them, come in a familiar and convenient 2-step applicator. Colour on one end and a gloss top coat on the other. The style is sleek and slim although I find fitting the length into my regular purse sized makeup bag just a bit cumbersome but slipping it into the side pocket of my handbag worked just fine.

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L-R : Little Minx (310) | Kiss Fatal (230) | Kiss Me You Fool (500)

The range comes in 10 shades, leaning more towards the brighter end of the colour spectrum featuring some hot pinks, fuchsias and rich mauves. Most finishes are creams but there are one or two surprisingly frosty/shimmery picks. Again like the Apocolips, Rimmel has made the Provocalips for those who love big bold colour but this time tweaked for a long lasting effect which was exactly my complaint about the previous.
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On my lips: #500 Kiss Me You Fool

What you’ll love is that these lipsticks pack a one-two punch of saturated colour plus a vinyl like shine. Attached to the central wand, the dual ended applicator has a thin liquid lip colour on one end plus a thick balm like gloss for hydration and a wet shine without the goopy feel. My nose did pick up a slightly hint of paint-chemical scent from the colour and a sweet lotion scent from the balm neither of which lingered long enough to be a distraction.
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Bottom: Lipstick only | Top: Lipstick + Balm Gloss

The fluid consistency of the lipstick itself makes the product easy to apply without feeling heavy even on slightly drier or more wrinkly lips and you have enough time to work the product into every crevice before it sets (essential if you don’t want the color to crack when you smile). There’s no need to use a lip pencil here as I found the wand perfect apt at creating a defined pout. Just make sure you have plenty of product on the wand to start as the product can spread quite thin and you want to have a good layer on your lips before it starts setting.
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Once locked and loaded, I had no fear reaching for that tapa at the snack table or sipping my drink. No shifting, no bleeding and very minor (if any) transferring onto people, food or objects. Now 16hrs is a far stretch but it would do you just fine for at least 3 hours at a party in your red lipstick without re-glossing or even checking the mirror. If you’re really keen on making it last longer, top up the balm before it wears off to help preserve the look of the lipstick.

Like all products of this type, essentially the colour step forms a film over your lips. At some point if the gloss is worn and the colour layer becomes exposed for a long time, the Provocalips will peel but because of the thinner formulation I did find this to be less noticeable than other film-like lip products.

It is going to be the best option for dry lips? No. At the end of the day, wearing any kind of long lasting or matte colour will require you to prep with a good scrub and a moisturizing balm as part of your regular routine (just remember to blot the balm before applying this) but I’d say this is comparatively a very forgiving formulation.

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THE FINAL VERDICT
Rimmel’s Provocalips is a lightweight, saturated and glossy long wearing lipstick that should wear well on almost everyone. The thin formulation doesn’t shy from colour and the top coat creates an amazing vinyl shine that photographs superbly. The application is precise and the non-feathering factor means you can even sneak in an extra millimeter (or 3) around your lip line. Peeling is minimal as long as you stay glossed up and I’d have no worries leaving my mirror behind to head out for lunch in my Provocalips. Great well rounded product at a drugstore price…now only if they’d release a few more colours.

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INGREDIENTS: ISODODECANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE, C9-13 ISOPARAFFIN, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, SILICA, PROPYLPARABEN, PHENOXYETHANOL, TIN OXIDE, BENZOIC ACID, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-: MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C RED NO. 28 (CI 45410), D&C RED NO. 36 (CI 12085), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), BARIUM SULFATE (CI 77120), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), CARMINE (CI 75470)].

Review: Apocalips Lip Lacquer | Rimmel

Forget coffee, I start my mornings with lipstick.

When it comes to colour, nothing excites me quite like a beautiful bold lipstick so when Rimmel first released these liquid lip colours over in the UK, I was swooning. The cool gemstone cap, the saturated colours and Kate Moss’s glossy lips telling you that you need the “london look” made these an immediate hit in the beauty community.

THE BASICS
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: Apocalips Lip Lacquer
Colours: 12 shades
Size: 5ml
Price: $8.99 CAD (often on sale $3.99)
Availability: Drugstores nationwide.
Would I repurchase: Probably not, unless there’s an LE colour.
Website: www.rimmellondon.com

Donning a sleek dark design, the Apocolips Lip Laquer is marketed a a revolutionary lip colour with the intensity of a lipstick with satin smooth shine. Unique to this product is the welled applicator tip which is meant to hold the perfect amount of product for each lip application yet providing the precision of a traditional wand. The colour palette ranges from wearable pinks to stand out reds and every single colour I’ve swatched had incredibly rich saturation (even the lighter shades), something rare amongst drugstore products.

The scent on these is a little questionable, starting off with a fruity kick then immediately followed by a strong synthetic zing that I can’t quite put my finger on. If you’re particular with your scents, then do remember to give these a whiff before bringing one home.

On the bright side (quite literally), these Apocalips are one of the creamiest full colour lipsticks I have ever swatched to date. Period. No swiping back and forth or layering to get exactly what you want, these are immediate satisfaction and maximum impact all in an easy want delivery system. Not quite a liquid, the thicker cream consistency means no patchy areas and full on coverage. A few of the lighter colours can sink into lip lines slightly but the majority of the colours pass the test.

L-R | “Stellar”, “Celestial”, “Phenomenon”

The first to the store resulted in Stellar and Celestial, a rich coral that’s a little finicky to capture in photos and a wearable medium mauve. But having gone giddy after seeing the full coverage colour, I quickly went back for Phenomenon, a lighted peached nude. Stellar in particular is incredible on fair-light skin while Phenomenon turned out too odd on my lips unless I pair it with a particular full faced look. Most of the colour options have a creamy shine and finish while one or two have a slight shimmer.
Like all tragic love stories however, the pinnacle of all this was the realization that these do not last. In fact, as much as I am enamoured with the colours these lip lacquers usually stay in my drawers as I don’t find them reliable when I need to grab a something before heading out the door. The cream formula never seems to set and while this is great for not drying out my lips, it is terrible when my bright lipstick ends up on everything and I feel terribly conscious of checking my my lips at every opportunity.
THE FINAL VERDICT

The moral of story is, commitment is important even for a lipstick! The Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer has so many things going for it; the looks, the colour, the great price but in the end if its not going to stick around when I need it to then this lipstick love affair has to end. In all frankness, the only times I’ve used them in the last few weeks is for photoshoots or filming a video when I know I can touch up any time. Altogether, I’d resist the urge on these unless you have the patience to deal with them.

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INGREDIENTS: (may vary slightly depending on colour selection)
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Trisostearyl Citrate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ozokerite, Kaolin, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Parfum/Fragrance, Ascorbyl Phosphate, Serica (Silk Powder), Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Propylparben, Tocopherol, Ethylparben, Retinyl Palmitate, Tin Oxide, May Contain (+/-):, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850), D&C Red No. 6 Barium Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), FD&C Yellow No 5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), D&C Red 27 Aluminum Lake (CI 45410), D&C Red No. 33 Aluminum Lake (CI 17200), FD&C BLUE NO. 1 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake (CI 15985), Carmine (CI 75470)

Review: Rimmel | Scandaleyes WP Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

If you haven’t heard the story yet, I am not a big pencil eyeliner type of girl. While most people love the ease and convenience of these, I usually find them too wet and transfer easily or too hard and can’t get any good colour at all. Hence my move to liquid eyeliner was eminent and I hardly looked twice at a liner in years. Yet one fateful trip to the drugstore and a curious swatch lead me to this little gem and I can tell you now that I’ve been wearing this almost every single time I put on my eye makeup.

THE BASICS
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: ScandalEyes Waterproof “Kohl Kajal” Eyeliner
Colours: 10 variations
Size: 1.2 grams
Price: $7 CAD (goes on sale for $3.99)
Would I repurchase: Absolutely yes!
Website: www.rimmellondon.com

I’m not sure if there’s anything really scandalous about these waterproof eyeliners from Rimmel except perhaps the colour options. You’ll find your conservative black, brown, navy and white but also a few rebels like pale sky blue, nude and a punchy purple. The formulation has a gel like smoothness but great intensity and opacity to each colour. Each pencil wrapping clearly matches the colour inside so looking for them inside your overstuffed liner container (which I know you have one) is much easier.

I picked up two colours in Black (above) and Taupe (below). As probably the most used item in my makeup arsenal right now, Black is a rich deep no fuss colour that I love for filling in my upper lash line. Just look how deliciously dark that is! I still use liquid eyeliner on a regular basis because I’m addicted to that clean graphic look but filling in the sparse areas after curling my lashes really gives my eye makeup a polished and complete look. The creamy formulation deposited colour easily and did not irritate my eyes at all. A little bit of transfer will happen the first few blinks but I simply clean that up with a q-tip and I am set for a good 4-5 hours.

Taupe on the other hand, is something I that works as a bottom lash line colour which gives eyes just a bit more smokiness and definition on light makeup days. I’ve found this to be a nice alternative to dark brown especially on pale complexions. This colour would also work on the waterline and again the creamy formulation makes it easy and painless to apply. Lasting power in this tricky area is around 2 hours or so. And while I haven’t worn these out in the pouring rain to test the waterproof aspect, I’ve seen a few reviews that have done so and these aren’t going anywhere fast.

Note: Waterproof isn’t quite the same as smudgeproof. If you have very oily eyelids, do note that the oils will break down most eyeliner in a matter of time anyways.

THE FINAL VERDICT
If you haven’t tried these eyeliner yet, go and so it now. If you have, pick up a few more colours. (Personally, I’m dying to test the baby blue one.) As smooth as a gel yet in a easy to carry pencil form, I really think these Rimmel Scandaleyes liners rival if not beat the department store offerings. The darker shades are excellent everyday companions so go grab a back up or three.
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Review: RIMMEL | Lasting Finish Blush

Today’s product review is close and dear to my heart because I have been using this item (in its various incarnations) for nearly a decade and it is still a well loved piece in my makeup collection. The colour was Santa Rose and it was Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Blush, my very first cheek colour and it is something that still brings nostalgic memories every time I pass by it in the store.

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THE BASICS
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: Lasting Finish Blush
Colour Variation: 4 shades (via Rimmel.ca site, 6 in some locations)
Size: 4.5g
Price: $6-7CAD (often on sale at $3.99)
Availability: Drugstore
Would I repurchase: Yes, already have and likely always will.
Website: www.rimmellondon.com/ca

Rimmel’s single blushers have come a long way since I first saw them in their small brush-less, removable lid containers more than 6 years ago and for the longest time they were the only blushers I owned in my collection. They initially caught my eye because of the wearable shade selection and the affordable price which (when on sale) is actually one of the lowest you can find in the drugstore here. And it was probably a good thing that I started off with these Rimmel blushers because they are so easy to wear (and let me tell you blush can be a dangerous tool in the hands of a beginner).

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The current look for these blushers include a clear flip top lid and small brush, in a convenient to hold but slim size. While the brush is a bit scratchy (as most drugstore ones tend to be) it does the job efficiently, diffuses the product evenly and I have no qualms about using it when I’m in a rush to get going. The texture of the blush is rather dry though it is neither chalky nor powdery. When putting a finger to the pan you can feel the small bits of shimmer in the product but fret not it blends effortlessly onto the cheeks. I believe all the mono blushers have a semi-matte to satin finish which actually looks quite sophisticated and brings a bright youthfulness to the face. Of the 2-3 shades I’ve used over the years, the colour payoff appears to be quite consistent, right between light to medium and can easily be worn sheer making this a very easy to use products even for beginners. The colour in Pink Sorbet (above) is one that I use frequently on those neutral makeup days because it plays up my complexion nicely without being over the top bright, more of a demure peachy pink rather than my usual loud Dollywink blush.

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A newer addition to my collection, I’ve noticed two Lasting Finish Blush trios available at select drugstores (this one is from Walmart, USA), a deeper mauve berry and also a juicy pink named Autum Catwalk (above). The shimmer is much more noticeable in this variation, with the highlighting pink coming off as mostly sparkle with very little colour payoff so use this strip cautiously. For this pan, I tend to use the two darker shades or just swirl everything together. I can see the trios being a favourite for younger gals looking to experiment with fun shimmer and sparkles but those looking for a more sophisticated look should stick with the mono blush shades.

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The quite fabulous thing about these blushers is their wear time (they don’t call these Lasting Finish for nothing), they have never played hid and seek with me and I can just pop them on once in the morning, know that they will still be around by the late afternoon. While they will not stay perfectly immaculate, they will serve you well through a regular school or work day without any fuss. In fact they were my favourite blushers to use during my university years because it was just reliable. Even better none of the shades I’ve used have ever turned or oxidized on my face which might be a winning point for those with oilier skin.

There are many things to love about these blushers and I hope that Rimmel will always keep them around. The universally pretty neutral colours, the long lasting effects and even the fact that it’s unfragranced will make these a hit for anyone seeking an affordable blusher to fill their small (or big) makeup collection.
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Ingredients (basic list, may vary slightly with colour):

Talc, polyethylene, caprylic/capric triglyceride, magnesium stearate, tridecyl trimellitate, PTFE, hydrogenated polydecene, methylparaben, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, propylparaben, silica dimethyl silylate, butylparaben. May contain: Mica, iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), D&C red No. 7 calcium lake (CI 15850), ultramarines (CI 77007), D&C red No. 30 aluminum lake (CI73360), D&C red No.6 (CI 15850), FD&C yellow No. 5 aluminum lake (CI 19140), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510), manganese violet (CI 77742), carmine (CI 75470), tin oxide