Product Type: Rimmel makeup
Newest Review: ... in boots 3 for 2 deals do good price if you can get it in the deals . Packaging I really liked the packaging which was probably the... more
Rimmel Lipstick:The Kate Moss Collection
Member Name: jodiestokes
Rimmel Lipstick:The Kate Moss Collection
Date: 13/03/12, updated on 19/03/12 (261 review reads)
There's no denying that Kate Moss is a monumentally successful model, with her 'girl next door looks' she has a broad appeal that men allure to, women aspire to and is deemed as faintly accessible. The fusion of those powerful ingredients, along with her flirtation with the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, has given her an underground status that can only be described as iconic, an image of cool and the classic image of beauty. Her lengthy career as Rimmel's number one cover girl has clearly been celebrated through Rimmel's endorsement of her very own, arguably inevitable, lipstick collection and lipstick is the one area of cosmetics that I would suggest Rimmel usually excel, with historically exciting pallets, high quality products and excellent value for money. The marketing idea is more than sound and Kate's name is likely to gather a huge amount of interest (including my own), but exploring the reality of the collection I cannot help but wonder if Rimmel have become a fraction complacent, relying too heavily on that glamorous name to push the sale and neglecting to invest enough time and effort into the overall craftsmanship of the product itself. That's not to say that this isn't a competent collection, it just doesn't excite or sport the highest possible quality in the same way previous Rimmel collections have executed so perfectly before in my opinion.
<==Packaging, cost and availability==>
The Kate Moss collection's casing is fairly plain, but never the less, easy on the eye. With a matt black case, shiny black central ribbon and the Kate Moss signature etched in bright red, it all makes for an attractive yet simple style choice. Rimmel have stayed true to their budget friendly ethos and the Kate Moss collection will set you back around £5-£6 depending on where you go. You can expect to find the collection in a range of high street cosmetic stores as well as selected online shops.
There are seven different shades in the range which Rimmel have tipped as "chic" and "fashion-forward", having had an opportunity to inspect the whole range in an 'in shop' examination I would happily concur with the term "chic" but "fashion-forward" is a little over rated in my opinion, the shades are indeed all fashionable and all are likable, but there's nothing new or exciting here to boast as 'forward'. The complete range has a variation of reds, pinks, neutrals and a purple which all sport a good depth of colour, and like Kate herself, score a goal in terms of broad appeal. The shades are numbered from 1 to 7 which again is a lapse in creativity in my opinion, I'm aware that they all belong to 'Kate Moss' and perhaps Rimmel didn't want to infringe by putting their stamp on them but it all feels a little bit lazy, we should have been privy to some cheesy names with the Kate theme attached to them, to simply name them 1 to 7 just seems like an afterthought to me.
I choose the unimaginatively named 'number 4' which is best described as a Cadbury's chocolate, rich, deep purple and arguably one of the only shades to really stand out in the collection. It's a shade that is a little bit out of my usual comfort zone given that it is fairly dark and I would normally opt for a shade with a certain amount of red to add warmth to my incredibly fair complexion. Stood in the shop, I considered number 4 to be the darkest possible shade that I could have gone to without looking pasty and drawn but in retro-spec it wasn't the best suited (or the finest choice) and ultimately disappointed when it became apparent that it was a lot darker than its in case appearance. A big thumbs down for not staying true to the in case appearance.
The moisture content of this product is fairly well balanced and so it glides on evenly with very little effort involved, the trouble is, is that it also glides on super thick and the pressure applied seems to make little to no difference at all, its thick, thick, thick. I would speculate that whichever colour you choose, you run the risk of looking a fraction heavily made-up but obviously the tissue to lipstick trick, that is inbuilt into every girl's brain before birth, is likely to heed some more satisfactory results. That aside, it does gives your kissers a good rehydration boost, helps plump them up for a more full lipped effect (which all us ladies tend to love) and sports an ideal shine that sits somewhere between a matt and gloss.
As I have already mentioned, 'number 4' looks a lot darker when it is applied, in fact, in certain lights it looks flat out murky black and at the age of 33 the Goth look is not altogether that becoming, especially not on me. Another problem I found, is that when I attempted to lessen the consistency by wiping a little bit off and re-blending it, the lipstick wasn't all that helpful to the plight and tended to mottle in areas. In fairness to Rimmel (and of course Kate Moss), the mottling issue is mainly down to the colour that I chose which appears to have been made slightly waxier than the rest of the range and so is not an overall reflection of the entire collection which is considerably more pliable.
They say adapt or die (adapt or chuck it in the bin in this case) and I've found that by using a lipstick brush 'number 4' applies with a much greater effect, mixing it up with other random shades has also given my old lippys a brand new lease of life but this does render the handbag option out of the question and so it's another thumbs down for sheer awkwardness and failure to meet consumer 'on the go' demands. On the flipside, the handbag option is a thumbs up for most other colours in the range.
Overall, I'd have to conclude that there's a tremendous amount of hype and not an awful lot of excitement here. Rimmel have a healthy CV of superb lipstick ranges and unfortunately the Kate Moss collection, as a whole, falls slightly under par with the rest.
Summary: Rimmel could have done so much better for Kate.