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Hi IMBB Gang, I am constantly surprised when I hear people telling how they bought something and then found that it was a mistake and waste of money and then suddenly discovered that it’s wonderful. This had never happened to me, whenever I buy things which I end up disliking, I never like them again! So, I was pleasantly surprised when this happened to me with an impulse purchase.
I got Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick from Ebay in Heather Shimmer on sale (I forgot the exact amount, but it was less than 200), but it retails in Boots for around 5 pounds for 4 gms. I have found this in Coollifeshop for around 900 bucks.
What Rimmel Says:
Long Lasting Lipstick. Lasting Finish Lipstick now delivers up to 8 hours staying power. The improved formula incorporating Colour Protect technology gives up to 25% more colour impact. Enriched with 50% longer-wearing colour-boost pigments so you will turn heads wherever you go. Intensity, smoothness, shines and up to 8 hours wear – Lasting Finish Lipstick truly has it all!shiny new product.
I couldn’t find anything printed on the product cover. However, Rimmel provides a detailed ingredient list of all its products in one pdf file and I have added the list on lasting finish below:
RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, OCTYLDODECANOL, CANDELILLA CERA/ EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CIRE DE CANDELILLA, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, MYRISTYL LACTATE, LANOLIN, OZOKERITE, CASTOR OIL/IPDI COPOLYMER, MYRISTYL MYRISTATE, MEADOWFOAM ESTOLIDE, PARFUM/ FRAGRANCE, SILICA, BENZYL BENZOATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, TOCOPHEROL, PROPYLPARABEN, LINALOOL, EUGENOL, TIN OXIDE, BENZYL CINNAMATE, CINNAMYL ALCOHOL, CERA CARNAUBA/ COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CIRE DE CARNAUBA, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, AQUA/ WATER/EAU. [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR/+/-: MICA, FD&C YELLOW NO. 6 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 15985), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C RED NO. 6 BARIUM LAKE (CI 15850), D&C RED NO. 27 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 45410), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), D&C RED NO. 33 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 17200), FD&C BLUE NO. 1 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 42090), CARMINE (CI 75470)].
About the Shade Heather Shimmer:
Heather Shimmer is one of the signature shades of Rimmel. Kate Moss, the brand ambassador mentions that it was her favorite lipstick (probably in her teens, don’t think Kate is still using a drug-store brand!) Again, when I checked net for reviews, I found that someone had given this 4.2 and found several nice reviews for this and decided to go for it.
The first time I tried it on, I was like, “okay, that is money down the drain”. I was on a coral-peach kick that time and also I thought it’s a brownish wine shade, but it went very sheer on single swiping. So overall, I was highly disappointed.
Then after 2-3 weeks, I accidentally picked this one for a trip and I had to use it the whole day and that changed my mind. After swiping it 2-3 times, I found that it gave me such a nice MLBB shade. I cannot exactly describe this color, as I think it will be different on different lips, but on mine, it came out as a brownish-pinkish-mauvish color. It has slight shimmers, which is the one serious bad thing I could say about this as I would have preferred such a nice MLBB shade to be without shimmers.
The color shown below is after 3 swipes.
Also, it is not exactly “lasting finish.” I found that I had to re-apply it whenever I ate something. I would say its average staying power is around 2-3 hours and if I don’t eat or if I stay in a/c, then around 4-5 hours. I have heard that staying power of lipsticks vary based on climate, so may be this is “lasting finish” in London!
Pros of Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick
- Nice MLBB shade, Kate Moss recommended.
- Not very expensive.
- Nicely moisturizing, so you can even skip lip balm.
- Can be built up starting from sheer (1 swipe – nude and shimmer] to MLBB (3 swips – shimmer less evident).
- 4 gms is decent enough for the price.
- Decent staying power – 3 hours is decent for a drug store brand in my opinion.
- It doesn’t settle in fine lines and when it fades, leaves some color and a layer of shimmer, which doesn’t leave lips bare.
Cons of Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick
- Cheap cheap packaging!!!! You would expect something better from a London brand!
- No list of ingredients, no expiry date, no manufacturing date, no cover for the lipstick – Come on Rimmel, perk up your packaging, people are becoming more conscious about what they use!!!!!!!
- “Lasting finish for 8 hours” doesn’t happen.
- Not available in India.
Rimmel provides a feature to see the color of the lipstick on a model and this is how Heather Shimmer looks:
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