Brand Bites| Rimmel

Brand Bites| Rimmel

Time for some drugstore products again! Unlike the previous two editions which featured Too Faced and Urban Decay, we are back in the drugstore. This time it’s Rimmel’s turn to shine. It is certainly a great brand, but since I had some bad experiences back in the 90s when this was still called Invite (who remembers that?!), I was late to start liking them. Hence I don’t have an awful lot of their product, but this little bunch does include some of my absolute favorites.

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Brand Bites Rimmel

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3x mascara: Make Up Studio, Rimmel, Maybelline

3x mascara: Make Up Studio, Rimmel, Maybelline

Mascara is one of the most frequently bought make up items. Even if you’re not into make up, chances are that you are using a mascara. Since it is the number one beauty product, brands go absolutely crazy thinking up new formulas and brushes and as a consumer you’re left to wonder: which one should I get? Today I hope to answer that question in part, as I’m reviewing 3 different mascaras: Make Up Studio 4D False Lash Original, Rimmel Wonder’Full Wake Me Up extreme black mascara and Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket.

Make Up Studio 4D False Lash Original Rimmel Wonder'Full Wake Me Up extreme black mascara Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket

Make Up Studio 4D False Lash Original
Rimmel Wonder’Full Wake Me Up extreme black mascara
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket

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Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation Light Porcelain

Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation Light Porcelain

Two weeks ago, I posted a not so positive review of the Rimmel BB Cream Radiance. To balance things out and to show you that Rimmel most definitely does some amazing foundations, I decided to post another review of one of their face products. That is why today is devoted to the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Nude Foundation with SPF 20. I bought it last spring, but since I got it in the lightest shade, I decided to save it for winter time before I’d make a proper review.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Nude Foundation Light Porcelain

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Nude Foundation with SPF 20
Skin Perfecting Medium Coverage foundation in Light Porcelain

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Rimmel BB Cream Radiance in Very Light

Rimmel BB Cream Radiance in Very Light

Flawless skin is one aspect that make up can bring you, so I am forever looking for the perfect base products. A few years ago, BB creams were all the rage. Boasting skincare benefits as well as coverage, they quickly became a bestselling product and last year Rimmel expanded their range. As their original BB cream is one of my favorite base products, I decided to give their Radiance 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super MakeUp in Very Light a try. Will it beat my experience with the Match Perfection Foundation which turned me into an Oompa Loompa?

Rimmel BB Cream Radiance 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup

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Rimmel Provocalips Play with Fire & Kiss Me You Fool

Rimmel Provocalips Play with Fire & Kiss Me You Fool

Where last week was all about red lips for beginners, this week I am bringing you quite the opposite. The two Rimmel Provocalips liquid lipsticks I am reviewing for you today, are a both a full on red. There is no beating about the bush with these two babies, because when you apply these you are in for lips covered in an opaque layer of bang on color that lasts a very very long time.

Rimmel Provocalips Play with Fire
Rimmel Provocalips Kiss me you Fool

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Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer

Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer

The Rimmel make up line in the UK is far more extensive than the one in The Netherlands. During my trip to England, I thus ventured to pick up a few items that I know we don’t have and that I hear plenty of UK bloggers rave about. One such thing is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. Revered by Tanya Burr, this concealer is a beauty blogger favorite and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in 010 Ivory

At 5.49 pounds a piece, this concealer is only slightly more expensive than that other UK drugstore favorite concealer: the Collection 16h Lasting Perfection. I have that too and I absolutely adore that concealer, but I just haven’t gotten round to writing up a full review just yet. This product is available in 4 shades of which I bought the lightest: 010 Ivory.

The Wake Me Up concealer comes in very simple packaging. It looks like a lip gloss tube and has an orange cap which corresponds with the foundation that is part of this same line. Now, I didn’t buy that foundation as it is supposed to be very radiant, which for a foundation I am not particularly after. For a concealer however, I need all the anti-fatigue & radiance I can get to lift my under eye area.

The claims are on the packaging. This is supposed to give a full coverage while illuminating the under eye area. According to Rimmel this should be usable on spots and blemishes, but with a reflecting concealer such as this, I don’t think that is advisable. With blemishes you want to hide it as much as possible and I feel a light-reflecting concealer such as this would only emphasize those spots rather than hide them. But since I only ever use concealer on my under eye area this isn’t really a concern for me.

The concealer comes with a bog standard doe foot applicator. These are the ingredients:

AQUA/WATER/EAU, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TALC, CETYL PEG/ PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, TRIBEHENIN, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, BISPEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE, LECITHIN, MICA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, LAURETH-7, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CHLORPHENESIN, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, XANTHAN GUM, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE, DISODIUM EDTA, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, PEG-8, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, BHT, SODIUM PCA, UREA, SODIUM LACTATE, POLYQUATERNIUM-51, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TREHALOSE, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, TRIACETIN, BENZOIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE. [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR/+/-: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)].

There is nothing on this list which makes me go: oh no, but then again, I hardly understand most of it. It does contain silicone so if you are allergic to that you may want to avoid this.

Color wise this concealer is spot on for me. I like using a slightly lighter concealer for that extra bit of optical lift underneath my eyes. The concealer is easy to apply and blends in easily.

The reason why this concealer blends in easily is because it has quite a wet consistency. The Collection concealer has a much creamier/ drier texture than this. Which came as a surprise, because I was unsure of how this could be full coverage if the swatch already shows some gaps where my skin shines through the concealer.

Applied to my eyes I found that with this concealer the rule of thumb is that a little goes a long way. Exactly because of the runny consistency this concealer blends into the skin like it’s nothing, but definitely covers up what needs covering. It evens out my under eye area quite easily and takes care of the slight blue bruise like coloring I have in my inner corner eye area. This hardly creases on me after using a little bit of powder to set as well.

In conclusion, I can say that this concealer is indeed as good as everyone says it is. It covers the under eye perfectly, it lifts the eye optically and stays put all day. And those are the only demands I have for a good under eye concealer. Such a shame this concealer isn’t readily available outside the UK!

What concealer do you use? Would you purchase this Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer if you could?

Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish

Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish

Lately, I have found myself venturing towards Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine nail polishes. I don’t know why, because before I never even bat an eyelid at them. I thought the colors were uninspiring, the formula of the ones I had tried only so-so and it just never caught my attention. But these past months Rimmel has renewed the line and with the help of Rita Ora came up with new names and new colors. The formula has been improved and there is a spring/ summer line that I simply adore too. I thought I’d show you my two most recent Rimmel 60 seconds purchases.

I picked up these two pretty pastel shades as they are not only super spring appropriate, but the colors really appealed to me. The first is a pale baby pink with a hint of shimmer. The second is a blue toned lavender shade that is just absolutely gorgeous. There is another blue in the Rita Ora collection that I have been eyeing up, but after my obsession with all things blue nail polish I have decided to put a stop to that.

Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine 203 Lose Your Lingerie

I absolutely adore this milky pink nail polish. The hint of shimmer is what makes this polish. It is not too noticeable, but it keeps the nail polish from looking ‘dead’. I am hoping this will be one of those polishes that will nicely complement my hands, and hopefully make them look a little more tanned. The name is also aptly chosen as it seems to be a perfect nude nail polish.

Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora 558 Go Wild-Er-Ness

The lavender shade is another type of color that I love wearing during spring/ summer. It’s got the perfect amount of brightness to it, but still it is a muted tone. This will look great on toe and finger nails alike. I also found a fun dot top coat from a different brand that I think may look nice over this. So I think I may be trying that out soon.

On the swatches the colors go on opaque and not streaky. Even that light pink shade looks like it has just the right amount of pigment to cover up your natural nail. That’s one reason why I always swatch on a clear nail wheel. Firstly I have a swatch at the ready for when I am trying to pick out a color to wear. And secondly, I can test how opaque the shades are. If it shines through on this, chances are that it will also do so on your nails.

Yep, I am very satisfied with my new obsession for Rimmel nail polish. I now have a grey, a light blue and these two. I believe I also have a scented berry shade from a few years ago, which I am now dying to whip out again. Too bad it is the type of color that is more appropriate for fall than for spring. Oh and I spotted a gorgeous blackened red in the Super Shine line too and the Rita Ora collection comes with a seemingly stunning pale yellow shade too. Gah, I think a trip to the drugstore is needed sooner rather than later.

What is your opinion of Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish?