Once in a while, blogger mail pops through my letterbox that’s unexpected, and its surprise delivery means I get to try something completely new with no preconceptions or expectations. A bit like being thrown in at the deep end, it’s a sink or swim moment. So when this gorgeous metallic package landed on my doorstep from Rimmel recently and scattered nine new lipsticks across my desk, well, I knew I was in for a lip-smacking treat while trying them all out. (See what I did there?)
The Only 1 Matte Lipstick is the new lip product from Rimmel London and you’ve likely seen it splashed about throughout the blogasphere because bloggers are going crazy for it. A library of nine different shades means that there’s a colour tone for everyone, so no matter what your make-up style is, you should be able to match a shade or two. Variety is the spice of life after all, so I’ve tried all nine shades out, and I highly recommend you swatch a few different shades in the range because the colours are all generally quite universal.
What’s different about this matte lipstick though? The market is saturated beyond belief with matte lipsticks thanks to the likes of Kylie sending the matte finish to the top of trend and style charts. So is it different, better, worse? Well I’ve tried the whole library and can safely say that they’re a nice matte lipstick to have in your collection – quite possibly my favourite drugstore matte lipstick actually.
It’s got a lovely velvet texture and finish which is nice for those of us who can’t necessarily cope with the drying matte finish of a liquid lipstick. Matte lipsticks are a better alternative for me, they don’t tend to be drying like the liquid form, and the Rimmel Only 1 lipsticks are good for not making me feel like my lips are seriously dry. Which means they’re really nice to wear.
Colour pay off is nice too, and really good compared to others on the market. the more bold colours are great and really pigmented. The lighter, more nude shades are a bit less prominent, but I guess that’s kind of expected with nude spectrum colours. 120 Call The Shots and 500 Take The Stage are my personal favourites because they’re nice bright colours that really do justice to the collection.
Staying power is quite good too – lipsticks again don’t offer the same staying power as a liquid lipstick, but I personally prefer that at the moment. These lasted well through drinking, obviously fading but not being removed. Eating generally removed the colour but I’d expect that. If you weren’t eating or drinking then the staying power is quite high and impressive otherwise.
Overall impressions of the Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipsticks?
Well, matte isn’t my favourite finish, but the non-liquid forms are by far the best solution for matte finishes. These lipsticks are the perfect alternative for those who hate the drying affect of a liquid lipstick and they provide good colour payoff and good lasting power too. For me the £4.99 drugstore price tag means that they’re well worth investing in, you can’t go wrong really. In fact, for that price, I’d recommend picking up a couple from Boots.
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