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I have been buying Rimmel make up for years as it's cheap, cheerful, and generally speaking, it does the job. I don't wear eye shadow very often, but whenever I do, I prefer something fairly subtle and not too vivid. I prefer natural muted shades. I bought the Rimmel Colour Rush Duo from a discount store for only 99p and the shade I prefer to use is no 322. This is a two-tone shade in muted brown and pale beige. Both colours go well together and can be worn separately or together - take your pick. I have ever been an expert at colour blending eye shadows and so prefer to use the colours individually.
The great thing about this little palette is that the colours blend perfectly well together and they can also be built up to create a stronger look if preferred. If I wear eye shadow for work, for example, this means I can wear the colour fairly understated but if I am going out at night, I can build it up for a bolder, more dramatic look.
The colours last for ages and I rarely need to reapply once I have put it on and then finished off with a slick of mascara. Sometimes, if it's particularly hot, I might get a little crease across the socket of each eye, but this is only after several ours of use. The palette itself is made of plastic and this shadow duo comes in a huge range of different shades to choose from. Each palette has its one tiny little plastic double-ended wand applicator, with different sized sponges on either end. It's not the easiest applicator to use, however, as it is really rather tiny, but I have used it once or twice though I prefer to use my own eye shadow brush.
Overall, it's a great little eye shadow palette, which is really easy to use and I especially love this particular colour combination as it suites my colouring perfectly.
Highly recommended and very well priced.
I own far too much makeup, I only really wear eyeliner and mascara on a daily basis so despite not using everything else very often, I still buy it when I see something I fancy. My makeup box is bulging with under used eye shadows including this one from Rimmel.
I purchased my Rimmel colour rush duo eye shadow from my local Poundland so it only cost me a quid, I guess Poundland stock it as Rimmel have changed the packaging or discontinued it or something along those lines. There were a variety of different shade combinations to choose from in my local store but I went for the natural 'sweetheart 322' combination.
The eye shadows come packaged in plastic packaging with the top half being transparent so you can see the shades of eye shadows inside without having to open it up. The eye shadows come in two rectangular shapes and are both of the same size. Also included in the packaging is a plastic double ended application wand which features two foam ends of different shapes, a bigger one for general application and blending and the other end has a smaller foam end for more precise application. I personally prefer using my own eye shadow brushes as I'm more used to them but I guess these would still apply the eye shadow without any problems.
The eye shadows themselves have a firm consistency to them so when you want to get some on your brush it's quite an easy process. It transfers from the packaging to the brush without much effort and scrubbing required but at the same time, it doesn't crumble when you are trying to get some on to the brush either. The 322 sweetheart combination is quite nice as it features a nice, subtle brown shade and a beige shade which seem to compliment eachother well. I find the eye shadow easy to apply and once my makeup is finished, the overall look it gives is nice.
As far as the longevity of the eye shadow is concerned, I'm not that impressed, after an hour or two the eye shadow seems to crease along with the creases of my eye lid and then an hour or two after that it just turns into a big smudgy mess. This definitely isn't an eye shadow I wear if I'm going out for long as I don't want to look silly towards the end of the day or night. If you only need something for an hour or two then it's fine but I don't really like to wear this all that often.
Value for money wise, I think this colour rush duo eye shadow from Rimmel is worth a quid. It's easy to apply and doesn't crumble in the packaging; however, as it doesn't last all too long I don't wear it that often and probably won't buy it again.
For me, standing in the make-up aisle is somewhere in between inconvenience and nightmare...not my favourite pastime! The reason you'll know if you've seen my other few make up reviews - if you don't wear much make up, the choice is absolutely bewildering. I remember grabbing one of these eyeshadow duos after one particularly long dithering session in the local Superdrug, and finally making a decision based on the fact that it was Rimmel - trusted, well known brand, must be good! There were so many other brands, colours, prices, arrangements ... if you don't know what you're doing I guess it's easy and understandable to go for a name you know.
The other thing was that I was getting in the unit, two complimentary shades. At the risk of sounding *completely* pathetic - if I don't actually get the shades in the same pack I would never know what shades would go together or be brave enough to try. So with these products you have two shades to work with which you can clearly see look nice together. The one I went for was "sky" and contains a light sky blue and a more turquoiose shade.
The plastic pallette is a completely clear lid - which is great as you have unrestricted clear view of the actual colours - and a solid dark blue plastic base containing the two eyeshadows. The full-sized lid hinged and opens from the front, but it's not terribly easy to open. I don't have long nails but you do need some nails to open it. I don't think this is helped in my particular case in that I bought it from Superdrug and it had one of their super-adhesive anti-theft stickers sealing it where you are meant to lever the lid open with your nail - it sort of hinders getting into it a fraction. Once open though it's very easy to hold open in one hand whilst you apply it, a good bit of design on the shape there I think.
As I expected, I found the quality of the eyeshadow good. It easily coats the applicator and applies to the eyelids easily too. Getting the eyeshadow onto the applicator does generate quite a bit of dust and the pallete is now fairly well dusted in a mixture of the two shades. In my limited experience, this is a good quality product but I'm getting more adventurous buying make up these days (not to mention lots of dooyoo review-reading!!) so I wouldn't feel any particular draw to go back and purchase the same again - there's nothing particularly special about the eyeshadow but I was glad of the name for the reassurance it gave me on that stressful Superdrug outing!
Looking online now, I see these being sold on fragrancedirect at 99p, which is clearly a bargain price, but I'm sure I paid nearer the rrp of £4+ instore.
I must admit, I don't wear a lot of eyeshadow, I use a liquid liner and mascara and that's generally enough to look nice, but now and again it's nice to experiment and for a special occasion I thought I'd give some eyeshadow a try, to try and achieve a different look.
Rimmel is a brand I associate with budget beauty, probably because it's a brand I used when I was a teenager, I do still use it occasionally with mixed results. Now, I have to say, the reason I bought this Rimmel Colour Rush Duo Eyeshadow is because my friend tipped me off that they were selling Rimmel make up in Poundland! So I decided to give it a go, because for a quid, you can't go wrong! I believe the RRP is around £1.89 - £2.50 for a duo, so it's quite a saving.
The set I bought is black and white, one pure white block and one true black block, I bought this as I wish to use the white to highlight under my eyebrows with other shades and the black to try out a smoky look near the eyelash line, I don't think I'd use these together as the packaging seems to suggest. In fact of all the colour combinations they are all a bit dated really, shades of blue (a bit Pat Butcher) and gold / brown (the entire 1970s) and lilac and purple (a bit...yuck). If you use them individually though, you should be OK.
You get a double ended foam tip applicator with the Rimmel Colour Rush Duo Eyeshadow, not something I'm personally keen on as I think they drag over the delicate skin of the eye, so I opted to use the soft short bristle brush from my make up brush set instead. On the plus side, the powder is very easy to pick up on the brush and I think it's quite well pigmented so you do get a hit of colour on the skin, and it is easy to blend and shade with.
The Rimmel Colour Rush Duo Eyeshadow looks good on the eyes, though I do find that after a few hours it starts to gather and collect in the folds of the eye socket, meaning I'd only use a darker colour for an evening occasion as I don't think it would last all day, something I don't need to worry about when I am using liquid liner.
I think for £1, I can't complain too much, though £1 is all it's worth. To change up your look a bit, for a bit of an experiment, I can't really criticise Rimmel Colour Rush Duo Eyeshadow for the fairly decent quality of the powder itself, though the applicator isn't my thing nor is the questionable range of colour combinations. But overall, if you can find it as cheap as I did (try your local pound shop or market) then it's worth a punt. I can't say I'd be skipping over to the Rimmel stand in Boots, though - and overall I've stuck to my eyeliner which is far more durable and better looking.
Rimmel is one of those brands that I'm aware of but I'm not what you would describe as a loyal customer, in fact it is not a brand that I have purchase a lot of their products and that is mainly because I tend to view them as being quite average when it comes to quality and a bit hit and miss, this is based partly on the price and partly on my experience with products like this eye shadow which comes in a two colour palette, there are a number of different colour combinations and each one costs under a fiver, i had teh spice variety which consisted of two quite soft, neutral shades, a light creamy colour and a darker brown.
I found the powder blocks to be a little hard, the applicator has two ends with different degrees of thickness, with a thin end for more specific accurate application and a wider sponge end for applying to larger areas or for blending in the colour. It is pretty poor quality in my opinion and not that easy to use, I do not like the double ended nature of the applicator either as this was a bit messy to use and I soon discarded it in favour of a normal make up brush. Both colours are nice enough but they lack any sort of wow factor in my opinion. I found it quite a bit of effort to get a decent amount of coveridge and I was not overly impressed with the results.
The eye shadow does last a decent enough time once applied and it it easy to remove as well so it does have some positives however for me this is not the greatest eye shadow on the market and the casing that it comes in looks quite cheap as well. It is not a product that I would buy again even given the relatively low price but it is fine for those on a budget.
== Rimmel Colour Rush Duo Eye Shadow==
Being an avid Poundland purchaser I am always on the look out for branded items that are in the store for sale at a substantially reduced rate and I do like it when I come across the make up section and see items which I use normally and purchase from Boots that I can pick up so much cheaper. These Rimmel Colour Rush Duo Eye Shadow Sets are one such item.
I have two different colour boxes of this particular line of the Rimmel eye shadow and one of them I unfortunately paid full price for from Boots where as the other I paid a mere £1 for in Poundland. There is no difference in the packaging or make up itself other than the colour of the shade and it is sickening that I paid around the £5 region for one of them.
The eye shadow comes in a little box which has a hinged see through lid which hasn't broken off either of the pots I have. The see through plastic allows you to see the two separate sections of eye shadow inside the box. I have a green shade one called 381 Bavarian Green and the other is a 321 Walnut Pearls. The walnut pearls is probably my most used one as this is more natural tones as it consists of a light brown and a beige colour where as the Bavarian Green pot contains a very light pale green and a olive type green shade which I have to be in the mood for wearing.
Both the little boxes have limited information on a sticker on the back. It states there is a 30 month use by period from opening and that each box contains a combined weight of 3.5 grams. This is about the only useful information along with the name and of course the brand name and bar code.
The little box of eye shadow did come with a small application brush which was a double ended foam one although I have long thrown these away as I have my own more professional brushes which I always opt to use but this is a handy and pretty standard thing to have.
Both of the sets that I have are of the more matte colour style and although the lighter of the duo sets has a small amount of sparkle to look at when it is in the box, once the product has been applied to the eye lid there is no shimmer or glitz at all which I kind of like when try to achieve that more natural look.
The eye shadow is easy to get out from the box and with only a few strokes of my eye shadow brushes I get plenty of the powder released onto my bristles to do one eye lid at a time. I always give the brush a little blow off so that none of the colour will drop to the underneath area of my eye and once applied the Rimmel eye shadow does stay in place quite well and feel smooth going on.
The nice thing with having the duo set is that the darker colour works well on the outer area of the eye whilst the lighter shade does the inner section and with a little blending makes for a good combination. I like the matte finish that is gained when using this particular set as it doesn't leave glittery particles in the creases of my eye lids and like I said before seems to look a little more natural. I know matte finish is often preferred by the more mature skin for this reason and this is certainly an eye shadow I would recommend for both people who prefer the matte finish or have mature skin.
The only downside with this duo set is the longevity of the eye shadow which I feel could do with a little bit of improvement. I would say that it probably lasts for around three quarters of the working day and will being to wear off after the late lunch period. This is a real shame and of course by the time I used to get home from work I would look in the mirror and feel like my eyes looked a little washed out and not full of the blended natural colour that I had left for the day with.
However I think for the £1 price tag that I paid for at least one of these little duo eye shadows I can't really moan too much and if it bothered me the box is a small and lightweight one that I could always pop it into a make up bag and take it to work to reapply as and when I felt necessary.
I think on the whole that these little boxes of eye shadows are pretty good value even at the RRP but a total steal if you can pick a box up for £1! The colours are nice and the two together always work well and blend in nicely. The lack of glittery shimmery is a plus for me and for obtaining a more natural look. I think I will award a good score of 4 out of 5 stars and with the only minus mark of being for the poor longevity throughout the day.
I would still highly recommend this little set!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
When it comes to Rimmel make up products on the whole I am not a fan of them. I like the cheaper range of products called MUA and the more expensive ones of Max Factor to these and only buy Rimmel if I see it on offer and this is why I ended up this little compact! I spotted this duo of eyeshadows recently at only a pound and so I decided to take a punt on it as I was revamping my make up bag after a huge kick out.
Mainly black plastic to the base of it this has a see through plastic flip lid to the top of it and we are simply told on the top of it that it is Rimmel London in white writing then on the base of it other information given includes the colour of the duo being stated and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Inside the compact you get a double ended, small black in colour sponge applicator. Its a neat little compact this one, robust and I do like the little applicator given with it and you get two decent blocks of the set powder eyeshadow which weighs 3.5g in total.
These duos come in loads and loads of colour options with almost every colour option available to buy that you can think of and i'm sure there is something to suit most women I'm colourwise. I went for the colour option of Walnut Pearls and with that you get a deep beigy colour and a darker and warmer chocolatey brown shade which I thought would be nice for daytime wear.
Both eyeshadows are soft powders, cling well to the brush of your choice or the applicator provided, are none smelly and fuss free to apply. They don't agitate my sensitive eyes at all, blend well together and with other colours, and brands I use too. My colour option does not contain glitter or shimmer which is what I wanted and I wanted a more flat colour which these do give me.
I can build the colour up with these and I like to use the applicator provided in the compact to line my eyes, especially the darker colour and I find that once on it stays put over eight hours without cracking, creasing, drying out, smudging or fading and I rather like it surprisingly.
I haven't seen this out and about on my travels recently so I do suggest you Google this product if interested in getting one or keep your eyes open as I do in discount stores such as Poundland and if you do then its worth a quid as its quite simply rather good and hasn't let me down thus far and lasts ages on the eyes as well as in the compact!
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Review of Rimmel Colour Rush Duo Eyeshadow
Rimmel is a well-known make up range which is widely available both on line and in High Street stores. This duo eye shadow is one of my favourite items from the range.
The Eye Shadow
Rimmel present their duo eye shadow set in a palette containing two oblong pressed powder type eye shadows, I believe I purchased this from Boots sometime last year; the price was in the region of £4. I chose shade no 327 'Spice' which is fairly neutral colour wise. The set comprises of a warm brown shade and creamy beige. The set comes with a double ended applicator made from plastic with sponge tips. The applicator has a thick end for general application and shadow blending and a thinner end for more precise application. To be honest, I do not use the applicator as I prefer my trusty Boots No 7 eye shadow brushes which I've had for years and years!
These eye shadows are of a firm chalky texture; they do not crumble, yet are not so hard that you have to scrub at them to get any colour on your applicator. I must admit that I have used more of the darker colour and although I do like the beige, it is not quite as useful to me. The eye shadow does not come with a mirror which I think is a shame as a little mirror sited inside the lid would make such a difference when touching up your eye shadow on the move.
I find this eye shadow to be reasonably long lasting and it stays put without creasing or smudging. Of course, it has to be said that a great deal does depend on your skin type, I have dry, mature skin and this eye shadow suits me, however, I can imagine that a person with oily skin would need to re-apply far more regularly than I do.
The eye shadow is easy to remove and has never caused me any irritation in the eye area.
This is probably best described as a basic everyday cosmetic, the packaging is plain and rather dull, the applicator is nothing special but the actual product is well worth trying.
My Thoughts and Conclusion
Rimmel have a wide colour range of eye shadows on the market and they seem to keep up with popular trends as well as stocking old favourites. Their eye shadows come in mono, duo, triple and quad versions and are competitively priced. I do not wear make-up everyday but I do like to have a nice selection to choose from. I have used Rimmel since my teens, I'm now 54 so I guess I could be described as a loyal customer, hint, hint Rimmel...any freebies?!
My eye shadow palette is now rather battered thanks to my mistreatment! I store my make up in a small set of drawers that sit on top of my dressing table top, this worked quite well until this eye shadow palette slipped over the back of the drawer and got broken as I slammed the drawers shut. I'm pleased to report that although the hinge and top of the palette broke, the actual eye shadow was unharmed so it is still useable; I just wouldn't take it out of the house now!
To conclude I consider this to be a good quality eye shadow which I have used over and over again. It is lasting extremely well and I would say that it has been very good value for money.
I am awarding Rimmel Duo Eye Shadow a 4* rating, dropping one star for the lack of mirror for touching up on the go.
I would recommend this eye shadow range to others.
Thank you for reading
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