Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Amazing Lipstick and Lipgloss Hybrid
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer
Member Name: -becky-
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer
Advantages: Staying power, great colour, not bad price
Disadvantages: Bright colours aren't for everyone
I had seen the new Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer advertised on TV several times before even considering delving into my pocket to spend £6.99 on one. I've never really been one for wearing lipstick or lip gloss, and usually stick to the trusty tinted Vaseline. I do on occasion wear lipstick/lipgloss, just not for every day use.
A local make up shop in my town sells all the genuine branded products like Rimmel, Max Factor, Maybelline etc at knock down prices. After looking round in search of something new to liven up my make up bag for the summer, I noticed that they were now stocking the Rimmel Apocalips - at just £3!! Better than half price. I couldn't resist the temptation while they were so cheap, and eventually handed over the money. These lip lacquers can be found in Boots or Superdrug for £6.99 for 5.5ml.
Rimmel Apocalips are available in 8 different shades, nudes, pinks, purples and red. I opted for 'Celestial', while being one of the lightest shades on offer, I found it to be quite a bright pink (this might be as I'm not used to wearing such bold colours) but when I finally got used to the colour, I really did love it.
The aim of a lip lacquer is to get the intense pigmented colour of a lipstick while still achieving maximum shine, like a lip gloss. Something which Rimmel certainly does achieve! The gloss is quite thick and easy to apply neatly with the doe foot applicator (kind of a sponge). It spreads easily and evenly across your lips and doesn't dry them out either. The gloss does wear off after about an hour but leaves your lips with a lovely satin finish. The bold colours have good lasting power like a stain, however you could always reapply throughout the day if you prefer the glossy look.
When I first applied the lacquer I had to keep checking that it hadn't transferred onto my teeth, as I found it did the first time I wore it (never a good look!!) As soon as the gloss effect is gone and it looks more like a lip stain, it doesn't transfer onto a glass (or teeth) if you're drinking and stays put on your lips. Even though it has great staying power, it is easy to remove with a damp tissue, or a make up wipe - so there's no worry about having permanent bright pink lips.
I also think the tube for the lip lacquer is as bold as the product itself. It's mainly black with a black screw lid and fades in the middle to show the true colour of the lacquer inside the bottle. This makes it easy when deciding which colour you'd like to purchase, so you don't only have just a swatch on the end of the tube to rely on.
Since trying the Apocalips Lip Lacquer I have been really impressed with how they perform, they really are better than I expected. I intend to invest in a few more colours, probably the lighter ones, and make more of a habit of using lip colour as I hardly used to. I would recommend these to anyone that can't seem to get on with either a lip gloss or a lipstick as a lacquer is the perfect inbetween. Barely any of the colours are subtle though, so be careful with your choice!
Summary: Perfect combination of a lip gloss and lipstick