Finally, I am out of hibernation. I had been out of town with really bad network. Now back to base – which is Mumbai – and these rains! Not so long ago….I used to love this weather and getting wet in the rains, the ginger teas, the pakoras and then what happened? Well, I had kids! So, now rains mean runny nose, bad throats, nebulizations and sleepless nights! For people who don’t know what nebulization is (I didn’t) – wait till you have kids! But I refuse to let the rains get me down! So, I am going to perk up this damp dark day with bright hot pink lips from Rimmel!! Yes, I said I won’t do anymore drugstore lipsticks, but (there is always a but, right?) I happened to be in Parcos and saw these lasting finish lipsticks with Kate Moss’s seal of approval and well, had to buy it!
Rimmel presents unique, sexy and unconventional alluring shades with Kate Moss’ exclusive signature lipstick line. The lipstick collection created by Kate Moss. High Intensity colour for up to 8 hours. Formula infused with Black Diamond, reflects light like never before. Captures all the flair, edge and timelessness of Kate’s unique style. The black diamond pigment complex reflects light like never before to reach colours beyond the traditional spectrum. Smooth on pure London class with gorgeous, hypnotizing tones that make you look, and then look again. Wow! Kate is back with her second Lipstick collection, all 5 shades were picked by Kate Moss herself and she even insisted on the shade numbers. These shades are so on trend for spring and summer and are sure to make you stand out in the crowd with your statement pout.
INR 215 for 4 gm, no its not a typo…..It is 215! Yes! Seriously! It’s a steal!! Honestly, when did you last buy a lipstick at that price? Forget lipstick, would you get a lip liner at this price?
Its encased in a black tube with Kates’s signature on it and the Queen’s crown embossed on top of the case. At the bottom is the lipstick number in the colour of the lipstick – to help you identify the colour. Packaging is nothing too fab – nothing to go ga-ga over. However, it is not bad either. The cap shuts close with a resounding click – which is re-assuring that it will not come loose.
Frankly, for this price – the packaging is great. It will not be fair of me to compare it to something which costs 1000 bucks but I repeat, it does not look cheap or tacky. Rather, you would love to take it out in public!
The texture of the lipstick is smooth and creamy – there is no shimmer, however, its not matte either. Its insanely pigmented! One swipe could be enough. However, since my lips were not prepped, I did have to swipe twice to get an even application.
The colour is a bright fuchsia pink – as you can see in the pictures. The swatch on the hand is of 1 swipe and 3 swipes, respectively. Before you see the lip swatch on my NC-35 skin, I suggest you put on your glares because it is BRIGHT!!
In terms of the “lasting” part of the claim – strangely enough – it is lasting! It stayed on me for good 6 hours plus and when it faded it left a stain which lasted pretty much the whole day till I took it off. However, the fading was not very even. It does transfer a little but not as much as a balm-ish lipstick does.
I have fairly dry lips. The lipstick did not become matte and drying. Its not hydrating but it is not drying either – unlike my experience with Maybelline 14-Hour Super Stay which dried my lips so badly that I was on constant lip balm application for next 2 days! Also, the lipstick did not accentuate the fine lines of my lips.
All in all, an absolute steal at that price!
To sum it up:
Pros of Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate – No. 20:
- Perfect hot lip colour for this season.
- Truly long lasting.
- Did not feather.
- Does not dry the lips or accentuate fine lines.
- Insanely pigmented.
- Extremely easy on the pocket.
- Great packaging.
- Easy application.
Cons of Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate – No. 20:
- The color might not be something which everyone can carry off – but there is a range of nudes also available. Also, there is a range of mattes available – which have 3 digit numbers – 103, 107, etc.
- It has an awful sickeningly sweet smell! You do not notice it in the shop because you are buying it in Parcos and Parcos always smells divine thanks to all the perfumes it stocks. The smell does wear off but it is really sickening – and would be a bother to anyone who has a sensitive noise. Fortunately for me, I don’t, there have been incidents reported when certain dishes have burned on the burner before I got the whiff that something was amiss!! Hmmmmmm 😛
- Availability of the product might be an issue.
It’s a fabulous product, especially considering the price. I think, its a great buy, specially for college girls, etc who want to do hot pink but cannot really do MAC Impassioned and Girl About Town without breaking the bank – their piggy bank! Also, its a great buy for someone who wants to try bold colours for the first time and may not be comfortable picking up an expensive lipstick, only to find that they don’t really wear it too often! You must check the collection – its restricted in colours to reds, pinks and nudes but definitely worth a try! Come on, at INR 215, its an absolute steal! That’s as much as what you pay for a cup of coffee with your friend – no, not the one at the tapari but maybe Barista! Or what you pay nowadays for a movie ticket for yourself!
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