As of late, the drugstore has been neglected here on Beauty Isles. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, drugstore products in The Bahamas can get expensive. Revlon lipsticks, for example, sell for about $12.00 BSD (USD). So sometimes, I feel like I might as well purchase a MAC lipstick for a few dollars more. Second, we don’t get new products very often. Many months ago, around when I first started this blog, I did a post called “What’s new at the Local Drugstore“. In that post, I spoke of my excitement at the new inventory and my hopes that they would continue to stock the latest collections. However, while there are handful of new items from time to time, much is left to be desired. Recently, while stateside, however, I picked up the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Celestial.
The Rimmel Show Off Lip Laquers or Apocalips, have been around for a while. And I must admit that I thought I was picking up the “newish” Velvet or Matte lip lacquers when I grabbed this. It was a case of being rushed while in CVS and the fact that the original lip lacquers were on an end cap as if they were a new product when, in fact, they aren’t. Clever marketing or deliberate deception? Lol. Anyway, no matter, I’ve never tried either. The original formula promises the intense, rich colour of a lipstick with a smooth satin shine.
So what do I think? Let’s talk packaging first. I didn’t get a shot of it, sorry, but at the top of the tube, there an empty clear space. When you open the tube for the first time, pulling the applicator all of the way out, the space fills with product. This way, you can tell if your lip lacquer has been tampered with – pretty cool huh? The doe-foot applicator is also very practical, there is a well in the middle which ensures that you get a good dose of product, making double dipping unnecessary.
Celestial is a lovely rosy pink nude that is very easy to wear. I’m a fan of this everyday kind of shade. Pigment is also impressive with full coverage achieved in one layer. However, Celestial does fade very quickly. You’ll have to reply several times in the day, especially if eating or drinking. To be fair, the lip lacquers don’t promise to be long-lasting, so it may be unfair of me to fault them there. Finally, while the product is not sticky, it does feel heavier on the lips than some other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. The Laura Geller liquid lipsticks that I recently reviewed, for example, feel as light as air.
At the end of the day, for the retail price of about $5.99 USD or less when on offer, this is a great product. I can see why they were so popular. I probably won’t purchase another, but I may pick up one of the matte versions at some point.
Did you try the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers when they were first released? What about the Matte/Velvet formula?
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