Hello hello! Today on the blog we are getting nude with the new Rimmel London lipsticks. This is the whole set of the Rimmel Kate Moss Nude Collection Lipsticks and I was sent these for review, but I have been wearing these for the last week and have my pros and cons all ready to go.
In Australia they retail for $12.95 for 4g of product and you can buy them from all the usual places that sell Rimmel (i.e. Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Target, Coles, Woolworths etc. etc.). The formula of these lipsticks are the "Lasting Finish" formula so they aren't matte but they do claim to last up to 8 hours.
The packaging is similar to other Kate Moss lipsticks but they come in a nude/peach plastic with Kate written in white instead of the black and red packaging from the other Kate Moss ranges. I personally don't love the colour of the packaging, and although I see where the inspiration comes from, it looks a little tacky (just my opinion). Other than that these do seem quite sturdy and quite typical of most lipstick packaging.
The only way you can distinguish the colour of each shade is by the label on the bottom of the tube. Each shade is just known by its number, so luckily the label colour is a pretty accurate match of the lipstick inside.
The five shades are:
40: A very light peachy orange nude
42: A light neutral pinky nude
43: A warm brown/peach toned nude
45: A cool rosy mauve nude
48: A deep chocolate burgundy
|Top to bottom: 48, 45, 43, 42, 40|
|Top to bottom: 40, 42, 43, 45, 48|
The formula wore differently depending on the shades. I didn't do much of a test of 40 because it was embarrassingly light for me, but I found that 42 and 43 wore for around 2-3 hours before the majority of it wore off, 45 is the sheerest of all the shades and wore off the quickest (up to 2 hours) and 48 lasted a decent 4-5 hours before the majority of it wore off. None of these shades lasted the 8 hour claim, but I wasn't really expecting them to because the formula is very smooth and almost slippery. Even though the formula was very smooth, I was surprised to see that the shades wore off unevenly with the inner part of the lips wearing off first leaving the outer rim with some patchy colour left over. These did reapply nicely without caking on the lips.
If you want to see how they apply on my lips, I did a first impressions video below where I apply each shade.
Onto the shades. I did really appreciate that there was a nice variety of colours, however I found that this range leaned waaay too light and then BAM there was one dark shade. I like the variety of the peach, the pink, the brown and the mauve tinted nudes but I would have loved to see more mid toned to darker shades. I am NC20-25ish (light-medium skin with warm undertones) and I found that 40 and 42 were way too light for me and would only work as mixing shades, 43 and 45 were similar to my natural lip color but still too light for my preference, so the only shade I would be happy to reach for often is the 48 which looks like a deep brown burgundy on my skin tone. I honestly think that the first four shades would only work on porcelain to light skin tones and 48 would only be considered a 'nude' for people extremely deep skin tones. This leaves everyone with skin tones between my skin through to medium, tanned and deep without a shade that would work as a true nude for them.
HOWEVER... you can of course mix and match to make your perfect nude shade, and below I mixed 43, 45 and 48 to make a nude that suits me a lot better than any of the individual shades in this range.
Overall I was impressed with how these applied - they are really smooth, really even to apply and are really comfortably on the lips. If you like a more natural formula of lipstick and one of these shades suits you perfectly then I would recommend getting it. Because I personally I prefer a bolder, more longwearing lip (yes, even with my nude lipsticks), then I will only be using 4/5 of these shades as mixer shades to tone down or lighten other lipsticks instead of on their own. The only one that I would be happy to throw in my makeup bag is 48 because it is a beautiful bold brown berry shade. This shade also lasts the longest and I know that I can wear it to work and only need to reapply at lunch time, which is pretty much the minimum wear time I expect to get from my lipsticks.
Have you tried these lipsticks? What were your thoughts?