- CLIO | Kill CoverCushion Foundation*
- RIMMEL | SculptingPalette | Coral Glow*
- MAKE UP FOR EVER | Sculpting Kit | #002*
- RIMMEL | Magnif’eyesShadow Palette | #001 & 002*
- COVERGIRL | TotalTease Mascara WP*
- RIMMEL | Brow This Way| Medium*
- RIMMEL | Scandaleyes | Black
- RIMMEL | ScandaleyesBold Liquid Liner | Black*
- RIMMEL | 1000 KissesLip Liner | Coffee Bean*
- RIMMEL | The Only 1Matte Lipstick | #750 & #610*
Product: 24 Hour Colour Precise Eyeliner Pen*
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: Apocalips Lip Lacquer
Colours: 12 shades
Price: $8.99 CAD (often on sale $3.99)
Availability: Drugstores nationwide.
Would I repurchase: Probably not, unless there’s an LE colour.
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: Lasting Finish Blush
Colour Variation: 4 shades (via Rimmel.ca site, 6 in some locations)
Price: $6-7CAD (often on sale at $3.99)
Would I repurchase: Yes, already have and likely always will.
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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Rimmel’s Vinyl Shine lip gloss was one of my very first “colour” makeup items, it’s been on the market for many years and a few shades like “East End Snob” have become iconic drugstore hits. The newer addition to the line called Vinyl Max rolled out quietly over here, no fuss, no big adverts and if it weren’t for some helpful beauty bloggers, this may have slipped past me completely.
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: Vinyl Max Lipgloss
Shades: 12 (from big brights to soft nudes)
Price: $6 CAD or $3.99 (on Sale!)
Would I repurchase: Not likely.
And of course let’s not forget the XXL wand which appears to be a love-hate situation with most people. I initially thought it was rather cool but unfortunately it did not provide the precision I needed and annoyingly took me a full minute to apply this gloss to my liking.
Excited as I was to find another great drugstore love, I was extremely annoyed to realize that this gloss bleeds…rather terribly. I had worn it on its own happily prancing around, chatting away with my lovely lips only to notice later that the gloss/pigments had bled its way into a little fuchsia ring around my mouth. Not cute, especially since this was a bright shade to begin with. So if you are gonna give one a shot, then remember to pair it with a lip liner or stay far away from the edges of your lips lest you be seen with a bleeding Joker smile.
- Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr cream eyeshadow
- Bad to the Bronze, Bold Gold
- Maybelline The Collosal Volum’ Express mascara
- Rimmel KATE collection lipstick
- Number #13
- Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Cream
- TRESemme Split Remedy Leave-in Conditioning Treatment
- China Glaze: Techno
- Colour Club: Kiss my French
- Essie: Da Bush, Cute as a Button
Get ready! Today’s post is going to be lengthly but I think it will be worthwhile and help alot of you out there who have been curious about various types of foundations. There will be lots of links everywhere to reviews I have done for these products so look out for those sneaky links!
So let’s talk foundation, it’s my favourite makeup item since I have long battled with skin issues.
- Very breakout prone, large visible pores around the center of my face
- Combination skintype with oily forehead but also dry patches, easily dehydrated
- Neutral/pale yellow undertone (click here to see a list of all my foundation matches from other brands)
I prefer foundations that have a satin to glowy finish as I feel it looks the most beautiful on the skin for a day to day wear, it’s fresh for younger skin but also very forgiving on mature skin as well. A good foundation should stand well on its own, without the help of primers and powders, which I consider “extras” because this way I will know the true effectiveness of the product. Long lasting ability is not the greatest concern for me but my foundations have to feel comfortable on the skin.
let’s jump into the video!
- Holika Holika : Aqua Petite Jelly BB (SPF20)
- best for normal/oily skin, powdery finish, high coverage
- Skinfood : Red Bean BB Cream (SPF20/PA+) (review here)
- best for dry/normal/slightly oily skin, satin finish, medium/full coverage, will transfer
- ***Hadalabo : BB Moist Cream (SPF32/ PA+++) (review here)
- best for dry/normal skin, glossy finish, medium/buildable coverage, will transfer
- Rimmel : Lasting Finish 25hr wear foundation
- best for slightly dry/normal/oily skin, satin-matte finish, light-medium/buildable coverage
- ***Maybelline : Fit-Me foundation (SPF15) (review here)
- best for dry/normal/slightly oily skin, dewy/glossy finish, light-medium coverage, slight transfer
- Clinique : Even Better foundation (SPF 15)
- best for slightly dry/normal/slightly oily skin, satin finish, medium/full coverage
- NARS : Sheer Glow foundation (review here)
- best for normal/oily skin, satin-matte finish, light-medium coverage, extremely long lasting
- ***Lancome : Teint Miracle foundation (SPF15) (review here)
- best for normal/oily skin, glowy/pearl finish, medium/buildable coverage, slight transfer
***These are my favourites of the bunch for their overall performance.