Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Tint
Member Name: Huomenna
Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Tint
Date: 29/11/12, updated on 29/11/12 (85 review reads)
Advantages: low maintenance low lasting finish, not as expensive as some brands, easy to apply
Disadvantages: tint is a bit dry and is drying to the lips, balm a bit sticky
I'm quite lazy when it comes to makeup - I like to look half decent, but I really can't be bothered spending ages in front of a mirror, meticulously applying makeup. That said sometimes I still sometimes go on a bit of a makeup spending spree and this is one of the items I bought last time.
To give it its full title the product is called 'Rimmel lasting finish 1000 kisses transfer proof lip tint and balm' and it appealed to me because it seemed like something that would hopefully last a long time without the need for constant reapplications, brilliant!
At £5.99 it set me back more than many available lipsticks from the same brand, but considering it's effectively 2 products in one, I was hoping it would be worth the expenditure, and it's still considerably cheaper than many other comparable products from well known higher end brands.
Looks wise this doesn't stand out massively on the shelves - essentially it looks like a chunky childs felt tip pen with the addition of a see through cap on one end that houses the lip balm. The colour of the tube depends on the colour of tint you pick which I find is quite handy as you can easily see what you're getting and are unlikely to pick up the wrong one. All the text is written in black which on the darker shades available means it's slightly harder to see.
There are a limited number of colours available - I believe around 6 of them which arevarying shades of pink with one purplish one. It would be nice to see some reds as the ones on the market now are tending towards more natural shades. I picked 'Carry on cherry' which is one of the darker pink shades and stands out quite nicely against my fairly light skin tone. You can also layer it up to give a greater intensity.
So when it comes down to using the product, the tint seems even more like a felt tip pen - pulling off the top lid shows a fibrous nib, narrowed towards the end and deeply coated in pigment. It really is like colouring your lips in. The first tip I used this product I made the mistake of not rubbing my lips down first to remove any dry skin so it gave an uneven patchy finish - it really does cling to these areas. Starting again I made sure my lips were smooth and this time the colour gave a nice even finish - I found it fairly easy to sweep across the skin, even up into the corners of the mouth with no overspill from the lip boundaries. However even from the very first use I did think the tint was quite dry - I was expecting it to be more of a wet, but quick drying application.
According to the directions for use you're supposed to let the tint dry before applying the balm, it doesn't say how long this is supposed to take, but in my experience this is within about a 30 second time frame - as it's not too wet to begin with, it doesn't exactly take long. When applying the balm over dry tint you don't get an transfer of the tint onto the balm stick which is a plus.
For me the balm gives a nice shine to the lips giving them impact, but a more sophisticated appearance than lipgloss tends to give. The balm also takes the edge off the dryness given by the tint on its own, leaving my lips feeling reasonably moisturised. The main downside I found is that it is a bit on the sticky side.
It's also important to note that the lasting finish aspect of this product applies to the tint only, so you will get slight transfer from the balm and it will rub off when you eat or drink. If your partner is anything like mine then he still won't want to kiss you with this on - my boyfriend prefers dry but smooth lips, he doesn't like the feel of balm or gloss, so for kissing maybe you should stick to tint alone. If you want to get as much longevity from this product as possible, then I'd also recommend applying the tint only while maybe using the balm at home to keep your lips from drying out long term.
Perhaps somewhat unfortunately, there is no real scent to this - if you stick your nose up to the nib then there is a slight berry like smell, but this is somewhat undermined by a more artificial smell, maybe alcohol. Once the product is on my lips though I can't smell anything and it would be nice if this had a cherry scent in line with the name. There's also no flavour to it what so ever - on the plus side I suppose this stops me licking it off my lips!
Overall I would recommend this product - yes the tint is a little on the dry side, which only gets worse with use, but coverage and level of colouration is good, plus it gives the longest lasting colour of any product I've tried to date which is great for low maintenance makeup. The balm could be better, but it's not bad either and the price is reasonable for what you get. I would be nice to see a greater range of colours available, but I will be buying this product again in future.
Summary: One I'll be buying again