I’ve been wanting to get a hold of the Rimmel Apocalips for a long-ass time. When it was finally available for order on the ASOS website, so I jumped at the chance and ordered two shades, Nova and Celestial.
Though both are soft shades, bordering on neutral, Nova is the brighter pink shade of the two. Nova is a pinky-brown that reminds me of a girlier version of the Guerlain Rouge L’Extrait in Avarice.
The formula is pretty nice; it doesn’t really feel heavy and sticky on the lips as some of the other cream/liquid lip products that I’ve tried so far. These are pretty comparable to Guerlain and Shiseido, at least in terms of consistency, where as the Revlon Liquid Lipsticks dry down to a tacky sort of finish that is not comfortable in any universe.
Celestial on the left, Nova on the right. Not much of a marked difference, though I do still prefer Celestial, as it’s an easier pink for me to wear since it has a lot more brown in it.
The applicator is a standard gloss applicator, but I’ve noticed that it doesn’t pick up too much product, ergo you don’t feel like you have globs of lip product all over your lips.
Longevity is decent. I didn’t feel the need to reapply until after I had to eat a meal. I try not to reapply lip products after eating because I have this irrational fear of makeup contamination.
Now, on to the smell. People have been passing on these because of the “strong smell,” and I honestly feared for my life and braced myself for a blast of farts or something equally horrible, but when I opened the tube, a very familiar albeit strong scent wafted to my nose. If you’ve tried the Kate Moss x Rimmel Lipsticks, it’s the same scent. It’s very, very heavily-scented, but it’s not gag-inducing.
This cap reminds me of a Cle de Peau lipstick, before one desecrates it by using it.
Anyway, these are a good buy. I believe these have been released in trickles in the USA under a different name. Something like Rock Star Lips or something like that. Just look for the tube! They have the same distinct packaging and label, just a different name.
These are a great alternative to the more high-end liquid lipsticks and lip lacquers out on the market today, since it’s under £10 each.
Have you tried any of these out? What’s your favorite liquid lipstick?
Rimmel is not cruelty-free. I forgot to double-check when I bought these and mixed the brand up with Milani, which is cruelty-free. 😦