Everyone and their mother has been 'oohing' and 'ahhing' over the liquid lipstick phenomenon that has revolutionised the beauty world. It started with the YSL Glossy Stains and then high end brands Guerlain, Hourglass, Shisiedo etc all had a stab at it. Credit must be given to Chanel though, as their Rouge Allure Laque line established itself many moons before most. I'm sure there are takes on this product that I don't know about but I was waiting for the day when more affordable versions were going to become available. I mean I don't think I'm the only one who wants a whole range of liquid lipsticks but I'm not to keen on selling a kidney to fulfil my superficial desires.
So naturally I wanted to 'ooh' and 'ahh' as well, bringing us onto the Apocolips line (£5.99) by Rimmel - I had a bunch of points to spend on my Boots card and by taking advantage of the 3 for 2 on Rimmel, not only did I manage to get these for free but save on my points as well!
For a change, I'll start with the only negative point I have to make.
- The Colour Range
There are only 8 shades in to choose from:
- Nude Eclipse: A light beige nude
- Luna: A pale peach (a little on the sheer side)
- Celestial: A mid tone cool toned neutral pink
- Nova: A bright bluish pink
- Galaxy: A darkish mauve with shimmer
- Apocaliptic: A bright fuchsia pink reminiscent of MAC's Girl About Town
- Big Bang: A bright true red (the most amazing shade of the bunch in my opinion - leans warm or cool toned depending on who wears it).
- Stellar: An almost neon orangey coral shade that reminds me of YSL Rouge Volupte #27 Rose Paris
If you have a fair complexion - you can jump for joy as all of these colours will look stunning on you. But for the rest of us, well..we need to be a little more selective - that is in the nude category. Nude Eclipse is extremely light and at least on my medium olive skin tone makes me look dead.
Swatches (Top to bottom): Big Bang (Red), Celestial (Pink), Luna (Peach)
LunaI did however pick up Luna which is also fairly light, but because its one of the shades that can be sheered out one can facilitate the use of a darker lipliner and a bit of blending to make it work for them. Here I just blended it into my lips with the sponge tip applicator.
I have done some research and it looks like the colour range differs slightly in the rest of Europe. Apparently in Italy more universal nudes are available so I really hope Rimmel decides to bring out more colours.
CelestialI'll leave the best for last so that leads to me the shade I decided on to achieve the 3 for 2: Celestial. This shade bored me a little - but because its a little on the cool side I decided to try it. It just so happens this is the only shade I don't have to think about which is something I really appreciate. Nonetheless on my lips this colour differs from the swatch - I also see some of MAC's Snob in it.
Big BangAnd…..drum roll please… BIG BANG - excuse the use of capitals but it needs to be done. I mean… Chanel Dragon who?.. Yes you read correct. Once I learned about the hype over Dragon I bought it just before it was discontinued. but turns out it reads extremely dark on me, and I need to extremely precise when applying due to its thick texture.
On the other hand, Big Bang stays to true to colour and whilst leaning a little warm on me, it's the most rich and mesmerising shade I've seen in a while. Don't even pay attention to the swatch - try it out if you can and if you can't then just buy it and trust me you won't be disappointed!
And finally, the formula is wonderfully smooth, creamy and glides on effortlessly. The glossy texture disappears within 3 hours and dries to down to satiny finish and stays true to colour as well as comfortable for up to 5 hours depending on whether you're eating/drinking or not - the stain left behind is stronger with the darker shades. The doe foot applicator captures enough pigment and product on it where one doesn't need to put it back in the tube so another tick for packaging. It's great that you can use the sponge tip applicator to outline as well as blend the colour into your lips. I also appreciate the clear tube so you can see how much product you have left. Another thing to note is the scent - I might be crazy, but it to me it smells like banana, or some sort of banana fruit cocktail. I'm not too affected by fragranced products but I know for it can be a turning point so.. smell before you buy!
All in all, a fantastic launch from Rimmel - I'm really looking forward to if they expand the colour range and I highly recommend them especially with the 3 for 2 offer in Boots or www.boots.com at the moment!
What do you all think? Thanks as always for stopping by and taking the time out to comment.
Have a great weekend.