These liquid lipsticks were first launched in the UK as the Rimmel Apocolips, a long lasting, highly pigmented liquid lipstick that as it wears away leaves a beautiful even stain on the lips. Here is Rimmel’s description of this.
- For the first time, the intense, richer color of a lipstick is enhanced by a smooth satin shine
- Ultra-intense, ultra-comfortable – it lasts all day
- It’s neither a lipstick… nor a gloss… it’s BIGGER than both
The earth-shattering lip lacquer from Rimmel London combining the intense color of lipstick with a lacquer like shine, Show Off Lip Lacquer is an explosive make-up phenomenon that represents the end of color as you know it. Packed with pure color pigments, its lusciously creamy, conditioning formula promises a never-before combination of color, shine and comfort that last and last.
This is pretty much spot on description of these amazing lip lacquers, the only discrepancy being that they do not last all day, though they do last an incredible amount of time. On my lips on average they stay looking glossy for about 2 hours with no eating and after that stay opaque, but not shiny for another 2 hours, and as that wears away it still leaves a beautiful even stain on the lips that stays on for hours and hours more. Now with eating you’ll skip through to the stain stage pretty quickly. Which isn’t great but you can’t win it all.
They have a very strange scent, that some people have described as either watermelon or kiwi, but I do not agree, it’s very chemically thought they obviously tried to create a sweet scent to cover that up. I don’t smell it all once I’ve applied and even as I’m applying I don’t notice it very much.
I have three colors, Celestial, Luna and Stellar. Celestial is a beautiful mauvey pink-purple shade, perfect for everyday. Luna is a lovely creamsicle shade that looks divine with a tan or pale skin, also a great everyday shade. And lastly Stellar is a rich orange toned red perfect for a pop of color anytime of the day.
Rimmel really did a top notch job with the packaging on these beauties. They look like lip lacquers straight from space, mostly black it fades to the color of the product inside. While the tops are cut in a way to look like space rocks. Also very unique about these is the actual applicator, at first glance it looks like any other doe foot applicator, but these are unique, there is a little dip or well that stores more product so you don’t have to keep dipping in the applicator back into the tube.
Rimmel has always been know for their very reasonable price range, and while not all their products are home runs (But which brand can truly say that?) I would still pay a whole hell of a lot more for many of their products. These are very reasonably priced at $4.50 – 5.50 depending on where you buy them, for 0.18 oz of product which is just on par for their other lip gloss sizes.
I absolutely ADORE these lip lacquers and I have to keep stopping myself from buying all the colors available! I would repurchase these ten times over, the rich color pay off and long lasting finish these give really make them HG contenders.
And now for the swatches, prepare to be amazed . . .