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=Rimmel Lipstick Lock=
It feels like the age old question, how many times have we spent aged getting the lip liner and the lipstick on perfectly only to lose half of it on the first glass of wine that you have.
=Rimmel to the rescue=
Rimmel have invented this great beauty product called "Lipstick Lock".
=Price and availability=
This costs about £5, and is available from most retailers that stock the Rimmel range, including Boots and Superdrug.
This comes in a glass bottle and has 8ml of liquid, the brush is built into the lid of the bottle, it is like a nail polish, so do take care that you have the right bottle, it may be a small bottle, but with only needing to apply once it does last quite a while.
=How Does it work=
Once you have your lipstick on, you just open this bottle and the brush will already have picked up some liquid on it, from here you just paint the liquid on your lips across the lipstick.
When I first applied the lipstick lock, I wondered what the heck was happening, as I thought I was having an allergy attack or had been hit by frostbite, as the ingredients caused my lips to swell slightly and tingle.
=Did try again and again=
After about the third time of using this over coat, my lips only just tingled for the first few seconds, I think it the ingredients, as it is almost like applying a liquid glue to your lips to keep your lipstick sealed on.
I have spoke to a couple of friends who tried the product as well, and they experienced the tingling feeling, as well, so it is something in the ingredients and not an allergy.
=Clean the brush-
It is worth trying to get into the habit of wiping your brush between applications as the brush does tend to pick up the lipstick, and this can muck around with the lipstick lock.
It is a value for money product, if you're looking at an average price of a Boots no 7 lipstick, you can pay anything from £8 upwards, and this "lock in" saves you having to reapply your lipstick 3 times during the evening (or day) over a month, that can equate to quite a saving.
=Not Fool proof=
By the end of the evening the lipstick can and does wear away, as although it is acting as a barrier, then instead of lipstick on the glass, this coating is slowly breaking down.
=Would I recommend=
I would recommend, but also don't expect miracles, if it saves 75% of your lipstick, then over a month think of the top-ups you've saved yourself.
=How long do they last=
That is always going to be dependent on many factors including-
-The amount of time you wear lipstick
-Whether you clean the brush in-between applications
=Overall this is a god product and can save yourself money in the long run,
I tend to wear red lipstick, and have been using Lipstick Lock for quite a few years now to help my lipstick stay in place and prevent it from jumping ship every time I have a cup of tea.
Lipstick Lock, by Rimmel, is a clear liquid that comes in an 8ml glass bottle. The size may be small, but a bottle of Lipstick Lock lasts me a good few months, and it costs just under £5. Rimmel products are quite often featured in '3 for 2' type promotions in Boots, Superdrug and so on.
The lipstick fixative is applied using the brush that comes attached to the cap of the product, which is a bit like a nail polish brush. It's small enough that the product can be applied neatly. For best results, I find that blotting the lipstick first helps the Lipstick Lock to work; if you don't blot a little of the lipstick away first then the colour can bleed slightly over the outline of the lips when the Lipstick Lock is added.
When using a new bottle of Lipstick Lock, I find that the first few applications make my lips tingle a little. This effect dies down with continued use. I think this may be because the Lipstick Lock becomes a little diluted by lipstick as you use it - the brush inevitably picks up some of your lipstick and it gets mixed in with the Lipstick Lock. After a few uses, Lipstick Lock loses its clear appearance and takes on some of the shade of your lipstick. It also becomes less effective as you near the end of a bottle, and I tend to throw away the last little bit of Lipstick Lock as it seems to cause my lipstick to become dry and flaky.
I don't think there's any miracle product to make lipstick stay in place for a whole day, but Rimmel's product is the most effective one I've found, and I tend to repair my lipstick a couple of times a day. I have been asked a few times how I manage to get bright red lipstick to stay in place for the duration of a night out. If, like me, you like to put make-up on and then forget about it and not have to spend the whole day or night fixing it, this goes some way towards sorting the problem of straying lip colour.
Although I don't wear lipsticks very often when I do I can't be bothered with constantly needing to reapply it so I use a lipstick lock by Rimmel on top to seal in the colour and make it last a little bit longer.
The lipstick lock looks a lot like a clear nail varnish and works in the same way as a clear varnish does on top of a base colour on nails. It comes in a bottle with a brush and it is to be used by applying lipstick and then brushing a coating of the lock on top of the lipstick to seal it.
It really works to make lipstick last a lot longer but it isn't the nicest product that I have used. When it dries on my lips it makes them feel a bit uncomfortable and a little bit dry like I want to lick them. Obviously this wouldn't be good as it would remove both the lock and the lipstick colour so I just make sure and put a little bit of balm on my lips and this helps loads.
It also smells horrible when applying it but the smell does fade away after it has been on my lips a few minutes. Once the lipstick lock has dried my lipstick colour is then really strong and it works great at making sure that my lipstick stays put.
I use this because it really works. It might not be the nicest thing I have used but it works so I put up with it. With using this I have noticed that my lipstick lasts so much longer and doesn't transfer with all the usual things such as drinking or kissing people on the cheek and as long as I am careful I can usually get through a whole night without having to worry about retouching whereas without it I am in the bathroom every hour or so checking the mirror to see that it hasn't bled or needs reapplying.
This costs £5 but I think it is good value as it lasts for ages. I have had a bottle now for nearly a year and there is still some left in it. Even if you use it much more regularly then it should still last for a good while and also it makes you use less lipstick with reapplying so pays for itself quickly.
I bought this because after all who wouldn't in an ideal world want to apply lipstick and have it on all day without having to apply more, how much further would your lipstick go if you only had to apply it one a day?
I bought it and was a little shocked at how boring the bottle was, it is a plain clear bottle with a white lid and nothing that would give you any enthusiasm about buying it at all. Slightly disappointed I still bought it, read instructions and was ready to go. I applied my normal lipstick and after blotting as instructed, applied a coat of the Lipstick Lock. Almost instantly I worked out one major problem with this product, the brush that you brush the product on with, then collects some of the lipstick you are wearing and turns the brush the same colour. That is not going to look nice when you have used it on many different shades of lipstick and it has collected lots of samples, not very hygienic either I wouldn't have thought. The second thing that stuck me was the hideous smell; it reminded me of the nail varnish you use to stop you from biting your nails. It also dries your lips quite a bit, it feels horrible on and although your lips don't look any different, they feel scratchy and dry. I kept this on for a little while before having a drink and tasting the horrible taste of the lipstick lock. Although there was no transfer of colour onto the glass, the taste put me off drinking or eating anything with it on, kissing would defiantly be out of the question. Although I do not doubt it does work, I would rather just apply a bit more lippy than taste or smell the product again.
I bought this to try out a few months before getting married as I was worried about keeping my make up in place throughout the day. I now use it approximately once a week when I'm in the mood for wearing lip stick rather than a tinted balm.
The product is pretty cheap considering how little needs using and comes in a bottle with a brush inside the lid like a nail varnish. The bottle is good quality and is a good size to be easily stored in a make up bag. The product itself looks, smells and feels like clear nail varnish.
To use it so that it works you need to apply your lip stick to clean and dry lips, rub it in a little and then blot it. You then simply brush the product over the top. It goes on easily and starts to dry straight away, taking a few minutes to dry completely. The smell is awful and made me wonder if it really should be going anywhere near my mouth. It is also very uncomfortable when it dries. It feels as though it takes all the moisture from your lips, making them shrivel up. Thankfully applying lip balm over the top returns the feeling to normal and doesn't stop the lip stick lock from working, just make sure you let it fully dry first.
Once dry it does do what it is meant to do. Lipstick will stay in place even when eating and drinking and I can kiss my husband good bye in the morning without his colleagues laughing at him when he gets to work. On a normal day if I use this, my lip stick will remain for around 5-6 hours.
Overall I do think it is a good product as it allows you to use your favourite lip colours but so that they last longer and, as long as balm is applied on top, it is comfortable. I would not use it daily however as I suspect this would leave my lips in bad condition.
Edit: After reading the comment posted I realise that I should add that the product only smells when wet, it's completely odourless once dry.