Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquers, £5.99 each
(T-B) Big Bang, Apocaliptic, Luna
I'm back with another set of lip products to review! This time I thought I'd let you all know my opinion on the ever hyped Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers. I've had these for a good while now but didn't buy into them when first launched. I was skeptic of a lip product that claimed to do the job of both a lipstick and a gloss in one. I have a sparse number of glosses in my collection, I just don't get along with them. So when I did pluck up the courage to try the Apocalips range, I decided on three shades that looked to be just what I was after.
Let me first start by saying I do adore the packaging, it's so different and really stands out in my makeup drawer. Plus I can see at a glance exactly what shade I'm picking up, which has become a big time saver for me. Once is is applied, I can see a massive colour pay off, more so than with any other lip product I've ever owned. These things POP!
Luna is a wonderful peach shade and most certainly the most wearable of the three. It almost seems pearlescent in the light.
Apocaliptic is a vibrant pink that almost steps into the red territory. If you're worried about pulling off a red lip, this is the shade to look out for. It's punchy but doesn't go the full distance.
Big Bang, my favourite of the three if we're talking ultimate red. It's sultry, chic and above all that it's the kind of red I can throw on with my most dressed down outfit and make it instantly on trend.
I love these colours, but there are definitely some downsides that make me hesitant to buy more. When opened, the lacquers have a little doe foot applicator which dips in the centre, supposedly to aid colour distribution with minimal reapplication. I find myself constantly wiping product back into the tube because there is simply too much of it.
I think I have a slight niggle with the gloss side, 'satin smooth shine' sounds fairly down played but these colours have a real sheen to them. They eventually set fairly matte after a time, but not before you've been outside and had your hair stuck to most parts of your lips. The nightmares I've had with these lacquers and getting product on most parts of my face is ridiculous. For a positive spin on that, they do last quite a while as evidenced when I had a splodge on my cheek that refused to budge!
Then of course there's the terribly cheap smell that pours out of the tube. It reminds me of the 'play' lipsticks you used to get in sets as a child. Luckily after you put this on your lips the scent soon fades, but it's really off putting initially.
All in all I do like the Apocalips range, I just don't love it. I only tend to wear them when I know I'll be at home all day either recording, taking pictures or if anyone is coming round to mine for a cup of tea! I may buy the Nude Eclipse colour as I've seen it on a few bloggers and it's just the kind of shade I'm after, so we'll see.
Do you own any of the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquers? What's your experience?