I’ve always been a big fan of Rimmel as a brand and what they stood for; self-expression with makeup. Now I’m going to test their products and see if they can withstand my tests. I’m reviewing;
- Rimmel Lip Art Graphic 2 In 1 Liner & Liquid Lipstick
- Rimmel Wonder’Proof Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
- Rimmel Insta Fix & Go 2 In 1 Primer & Setting Spray 100ml
1. Rimmel Lip Art Graphic 2 In 1 Liner & Liquid Lipstick
Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Methyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, 1,2hexanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/ +/-:Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), D&C Red No. 28 Aluminum Lake (Ci 45410), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Fd&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake (Ci 15985), Fd&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake (Ci 42090), Fd&C Yellow No. 5 Aluminum Lake (Ci 19140), D&C Red No. 6 Barium Lake (Ci 15850), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (Ci 15850)].
I’ve received 3 colours; (left to right in the photo) 110 Vibez,#550 Cuff Me and #610 Hotspot. You can watch my video for the lip swatches.
When I first swatched it, the colours scared me a little because they look very unnaturally bright. But once I applied it and blend it into my lips, they look good! And they’re very, very comfortable on the lips.
My favourite colour out of all is surprisingly #110 Vibez, even though I normally hate pink lipsticks. For #550 Cuff Me and #610 Hot Spot, they look rather similar, but #550 has a bit more orangey-pinkish tone to it, whereas #610 leans more towards a dark red.
Now there’s a lot of things I have to say about this lipstick range. Whether you like it or not depends on your expectations on lipsticks. If you like a lipstick that’s easy to blend, easy to remove, and looks natural, then Rimmel’s Lip Art Graphic is perfect!
But if you’re expecting your lipstick to last throughout the day so that you don’t have to reapply, this won’t be suitable as it comes off rather easily, as you can see in the photo below.
In terms of the pigmentation, I personally think it’s okay-ish, not fantastic but not too bad either. So overall, I’d give this lipstick range a 4/5.
2. Rimmel Wonder’Proof Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
I was most excited about this product because I absolutely love eyeliners, especially if they can withstand my super oily eyelids. I always have an issue of eyeliners smudging on me so if this eyeliner still looks perfect, then I might have found another holy grail eyeliner.
Swatching it was even better, because it contains glitter! I can never resist glitter so this is like an added bonus for me.
One thing I noticed was the applicator. It’s called as a ‘flock-tip applicator’ to create quick and easy lines. Quick and easy, yes I agree. It was fairly easy to use this applicator and definitely suitable for beginners. It’s firm enough to make it easy to draw shapes, yet soft enough so you won’t accidentally stab your eyes.
To test whether it’s really quick and easy to use this eyeliner, I decided to draw a slight wing to my eyes, since that’s always the trickiest eyeliner look.
And walao wei, this was really the easiest wing I’ve ever drawn! The only downside of this eyeliner was that it took me some time to even out the colour, since it didn’t distribute the product evenly. But drawing out the shape of the wing was easy-peasy, lemon squeezy.
By the way, this photo was taken after 6 hours of wearing the eyeliner so YES! A super affordable, budge-proof eyeliner! How can anyone resist that, knowing how our hot Malaysian weather melts every single thing in its path?
But I do have an issue as well with the applicator; specifically how it distributes the product. As you can see in the photo below, it doesn’t really distribute the product evenly so it will definitely take some time to practice in using this product.
And I was a little disappointed with the glitter. Despite the swatch showing the glitter very clearly, I couldn’t see much of it when I applied it on my eyes. I did follow the instructions of shaking it before using, but the glitter still didn’t show up to the show. However, I’d still give this eyeliner a 4/5. Any eyeliners that lasts on my oily eyelids will always get high marks from me. That -1 mark is for the glitter that didn’t show up.
3. Rimmel Insta Fix & Go 2 In 1 Primer & Setting Spray 100ml
Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Polyurethane-14, Amp-Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Pca, Urea, Polysorbate 20, Sorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Trehalose, Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Triacetin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bht
This product claims to;
- work as a primer or can be applied on top to lock makeup into place for up to 8 hours.
- dry quickly
- doesn’t feel dry or tight
- all day staying power
Primer vs No Primer test
Naturally, as it claimed to work as a primer, I wanted to compare how my skin looks like with this product as a primer vs no primer.
Here’s some close-ups of my skin. As you can see, I have some pigmentation here and there and large pores around the nose area.
I was honestly doubting its function as a primer. Because when I think of primers, I believe that a primer should be able to provide a smooth makeup base and make my foundation look flawless.
So to experiment, I used the setting spray as a primer on the left side of my face (my left) and no primer on the right. After spraying it, patting it in and letting it set for a while, I proceeded with my foundation. Here are the results.
At first glance, it might look the same but if you look closely at the photo with the setting spray used as primer, there are obvious creases in my foundation and my foundation looks patchy; whereas the side of my face without the setting spray as primer looks very smooth.
I really couldn’t stand it, so I ended up removing the side with the setting spray as primer and reapplied my foundation. Overall as a primer, I’d give it a 2/5. The reason why I still give it some points is because the results are not that obvious, but in comparison, I’d still prefer not using this as a primer.
Setting Spray vs No Setting Spray test
So to be fair to this product, I decided to redo the same test. I’ve reapplied my foundation, without using the setting spray as a primer and completed my whole makeup look. Once I’m done, I sprayed the left side with the setting spray, and the left my right side without it. So did the setting spray really helped to make my makeup last longer? Let’s now compare how my skin looks like after 6 hours.
First off, do ignore the marks on my nose. I was wearing spectacles so it left a mark on my foundation *nervous laughter*. Secondly, I’m still not good in my winged eyeliner so I’m sorry about the uneven-ness.
Overall, my foundation looks better without the setting spray in my opinion (left side). I can see that my foundation faded off quite a bit (right side) and my pores look rather visible. But interestingly, there’s two things I noticed;
- the spectacle mark on the right side is not as obvious compared to the left.
- the eyeliner didn’t smudge at all on the right side, but the left side smudged a little.
I find this rather interesting, and it shows that the setting spray does help to make your makeup last longer. Yet it’s strange that some of my foundation faded, so I think it’s because of how the setting spray sprays its product (such a weird way to describe this hahaha).
A setting spray should spray evenly with its mist in order to distribute its product evenly onto the face. However, as you can see from the GIF, it seems to spray in a straight line and the distribution area is very small.
They did mention to hold the bottle 8 inches away from your face when you spray (I followed this instruction btw), but I personally think they should do something about the nozzle to make it distribute more evenly with a more gentle mist. Something like the photo below;
In conclusion, this setting spray does help to make your makeup last longer, but it will make your foundation look 10% less flawless.
As a primer, I’d give it 0/5 as it really didn’t help in making my foundation look better. As a setting spray, I’d give this a 4/5 stars. It has a high rating because it does what it claims to do and the price is really, really affordable (RM29.90).
Overall, despite some drawbacks in some of the products, I still enjoy these products and intend to use them in the future. (Especially the eyeliner, it’s a gift from heaven!) Can’t wait to see future product launches from Rimmel!