Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Rimmel Vinyl Lip
Member Name: Holland1
Rimmel Vinyl Lip
Advantages: Affordable, good range of colours, high shine, lasts a while, fragrance not too strong
Disadvantages: Lasting power isn't fantastic, but I don't really expect that from a lip gloss
These lip glosses from Rimmel have been around since I first starting wearing make-up over ten years ago. The packaging has changed since then, and they have snuck up in price slightly over the years, but for me they still represent excellent value even now. I have spent much more on lip glosses which have proved to be lacking in some way or other, so for £4.99 you can be confident that you are getting a decent product at a very good price.
The lip gloss is available from all Rimmel stockists, including some supermarkets, Superdrug, and Boots. They currently cost £4.99, although Boots are currently running a 3-for-2 on Rimmel cosmetics alongside your advantage points, so if you're considering buying I would recommend Boots.
The lip gloss is available in a wide range of shades, which vary between beige/browns, pinks, purples, coral, and a bolder red. This makes it very easy to find a suitable shade, whatever your skin colour or complexion. I own a couple of these, one is a brown/beige colour, and the other is deep pink. The packaging is quite classy looking for a budget brand, with the silver writing complementing the black lid. I've had mine so long the writing has nearly all rubbed off now, after carrying them in my handbag on nights out, which makes me think it's probably time I bought some new ones for hygiene reasons!
Application of the lip gloss is via the wand, and as with most lip glosses you just have to be careful that you don't have excess product on the wand before you start applying it. I usually just give it a wipe on the top of the tube before applying. The wand feels really comfortable on my lips, which might be a strange thing to comment on, but I've used lip glosses before where the wand feels scratchy or weird.
The colour and shine from this lip gloss is by far my favourite of all the lip glosses I've ever tried. I only tend to use neutral or slightly pink colours due to my pale complexion, so I can't comment on the braver colours such as the reds, but the colours I own give a lovely subtle flattering colour, which is matched by a lovely shine which finishes the lips off nicely. The product description claims it "refracts light" which is why it makes your lips so shiny. I find it gives the perfect amount of shine, without making you look like a Barbie doll, so much in fact that I sometimes wear this lip gloss in the day as well as evening, which is something I wouldn't do with other lip glosses as they make me feel a bit too "made up".
The sensation of wearing this lip gloss is not an unpleasant one. Although I'm aware it's there, and try not to lick my lips too much, it isn't overly sticky or gloopy. If anything, it just makes my lips feel wet and to be honest it feels quite nice as it makes me feel more feminine. It has a slight sweet fragrance to it, but nothing overwhelming or sickly sweet.
As for staying power, I don't tend to expect much from lip gloss in general, because due to its nature it can wear off really easily. I won't claim that this lasts all day, but it lasts noticeably longer than other lip glosses I have used. I would say I can get away with a good few hours before needing to reapply this, depending on what I'm doing (eating/drinking etc), and it's the shine that disappears before the colour. Sometimes I just top up with clear Vaseline to add a bit of shine to the colour which outlasts the shine.
Overall, these are excellent value lip glosses, which in my opinion perform as well as, if not better than some of the more expensive varieties.
(This review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Summary: Great value