Sunday

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Stellar and Big Bang

Bandwagon alert! I didn't mean to buy it. I wasn't going to buy it. Then I was in Boots, fancying spending my money on something pretty for my lips and it just jumped out at me. After swatching a few different shades, I liked the look of Stellar the most.
The packaging seems pretty robust to me and there's a clear section at the bottom so you can see how much you're using. I'm not a big fan of the cubist effect on the lid. It seems a little on the tacky side but it's not too big a deal. The applicator is an angled sponge, with a small well in the centre. This is handy as it collects liquid there, allowing more product to be applied at once. 
As I apply it, the first thing I notice is the smell. It definitely smells odd. A really synthetic, almost fruity smell. It's not at all pleasant and, once applied, you can taste it but that goes away after a couple of minutes. It's bearable. 
 The consistency is mostly even and has a glossy finish. It's not gloopy or sticky at all, although it does take a little while to dry. Stellar (above) is a gorgeous bright, almost neon, blue-based red. It's certainly not for the faint hearted! Big Bang, meanwhile, (below) is a deep true red. It's bright but more sophisticated than the neon effect of Stellar. They both have a gloss to them, giving the effect of lipstick and lip gloss in one. 
As for longevity, this stuff sticks. After applying, blotting and re-applying, it lasted 9 hours even with eating and drinking. It doesn't fade particularly evenly as I was left with more around the lip line, but I was home already by that point so never mind. 

For £5.99, it's a pretty good price. If you can get past the smell, it's worth the price just for the staying power and the bright, showstopping shade. I won't ask if you've tried it- because of course you have- but let me know what you thought of it. 

23 comments :

  1. it suits you :D and you look awesome with wavy hair! :D

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    1. Thank you! My natural hair is really curly but, if I haven't straightened it for a few days, it goes to this wavy style. The second photo is my natural hair.

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  2. You look so beautiful! The lip color suits you sooo well!Also, I wanted to tell you about my ModMint Floral Maxi Dress giveaway =) It's really easy to enter, and the dress is beyond cute! I'd love it if you could check it out!

    http://sensiblestylista.blogspot.com/2013/03/modmintfloralmaxigiveaway_3.html

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  3. Gorgeous! I've been looking for a red shade that's not too expensive so will have to hunt this down!
    Jen@www.whatjennadidnext.com

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  4. Your hair looks awesome! x

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    1. Thank you! This is my "I can't be bothered so I'm just gonna shove some Argan Oil through it" hair.

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  5. I completely agree about the smell! I bought 2, one colour I like, the other I don't, but even the one I like, I'm massively put off wearing by the smell :/
    You really suit red lips by the way!

    http://filthypaws-and-silkydrawers.blogspot.com/

    xx

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    1. I find that it's more bearable after a while. I think I get used to it.

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  6. Wow, that really looks great! I want to try it now.

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  7. I do love red lipstick although I hardly wear it... more of a matte fan myself, but this shade and sheen really suits u x

    La Sugarlace Style & Beauty

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  8. I wish I had the guts to wear red lipstick. These shades are so pretty!

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    1. You should go for it! I love my red lipsticks!

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  9. Oooh think you have sold Big Bang to me!! x

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    1. You should definitely pick one up!

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  10. I *haven't* tried it, ugh :( but I'm going to have to after seeing these pictures! xxx

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