Sunday, 14 October 2012

The New Matte Lipsticks: Kate Moss for Rimmel

Kate Moss for Rimmel Matte lipstick in 107, €6.95 from Boots and other Rimmel stockists.

Although I mentioned Revlon's Wine Not lipstick in my last post, I have to admit I was on the hunt for a replacement. The colour is beautiful but the finish was hugely lacking - it was uncomfortable to wear being one of the 'old generation' mattes which left your lips dry and the colour patchy. However, the quality of this lipstick from Kate Moss' new range of mattes for Rimmel surpasses all the other mattes in my collection. The finish is beautifully velvety and comfortable as well as long lasting with a matte finish. I wore this to work yesterday and didn't need to top up once during the day whereas even with my MAC mattes go dry and uncomfortable at the corners of my mouth and need to be topped up throughout the day.
The colour is stunning and perfectly seasonal; I expect that I'll be wearing this throughout the colder months this year. In the above photo I wore it with an extremely simple everyday look but I think that the colour could be paired with a subtle smokey eye for an evening look - or even with a heavier eye: a burgundy lip with a dark eye is a look that the beautiful Zara wears so well in her latest video. One of my ultimate favourite bloggers Anna has also showcased this shade in an evening makeup post and it looks amazing with her simple makeup.
Other points to make - it is heavily scented but the artificial cherry-watermelon scent doesn't linger for too long. I'm not the biggest fan of the packaging but that's just down to personal taste and I usually favour more sleek black packaging in my cosmetics. By Rimmel's standard though, it's ok and it's certainly not the garish shiny purple of their Moisture Renew lipsticks.
The best part about this lipstick however, is the price. While a shade such as Diva by MAC would set you back by €18, Rimmel's offering are just €6.95. And that's not to say that's the price you have to pay for it. I picked mine up in a local chemist where they were doing an introductory price of €4.95 (always look out for these as most 'drugstore' cosmetics brands do them). Boots do 10% discount for holders of a Student Travelcard (in Ireland that is - I can't speak for the UK) and they currently have 3 for 2 across all cosmetics so it's an excuse to treat yourself! And finally, ASOS are selling them for the slightly higher price of €7.04 but are currently offering 10% with the code MEGA10. So everyone can get their hands on one of these amazing lipsticks!

Have you tried any of the Kate Moss matte lipsticks yet? Will you be interested in trying this after my review? Please let me know! xx

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

four lipsticks for autumn

(L-R: MAC Satin lipstick in Brave, Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Wine Not, 17 Lasting Finish lipstick in New Black, ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour in Natural.)

Continuing with my autumn series I bring you some lipsticks I'm looking forward to wearing this autumn/winter! Once again there is an obvious pattern and I realise now that they all look very similar! In keeping with traditional winter beauty trends I love to wear a dark berry lip during the colder seasons, but on days where I don't feel like a high-maintenance lipstick I'll be turning to sophisticated mauve toned nudes.

MAC Brave is a lipstick that I got a lot of wear out of when I bought it but felt it was a bit harsh for during the summer months. This autumn I think it'll look beautiful with a subtle smokey eye for daytime or even at night with a gloss over the top. It's a great nude for darker skins but on me it pulls the way MAC Taupe would on a darker skintone.

Revlon Wine Not is unfortunately not available in the UK and Ireland but I got mine on eBay so maybe try there! If not, I'm sure you could find a similar shade by MAC. It's a gorgeous deep red, unsurprisingly a wine shade. However the formula is quite uncomfortable and is more drying than other Revlon matte lipsticks I own so I usually put a layer of balm over the top (my balm of choice is Nuxe Reve de Miel to keep the finish matte yet hydrated).

This 17 lipstick is an amazing dark purple shade that takes balls to wear! I prefer this one for night time or even mixed with the Revlon lipstick as it is quite dark for daytime when I'm feeling a bit too shy to rock the gothic look! The formula of this lipstick is beautiful and really comfortable to wear - and it's a bargain.

A decent dupe for MAC Brave is this ELF lip colour (Available from the Studio line on the ELF website). It's slightly lighter and it is a bit more subtle on my skintone. To me this is the perfect nude and this is the second one I've purchased. It has a sugary sweet taste and unsurprisingly a matte finish.

I'll definitely be doing another post on winter lip shades in the coming months as lipstick is one of my favourite beauty products ever! If you have any beautiful autumnal lipsticks please leave your recommendations for me! :) thanks for reading xxx