I stopped at one…for now, but you guys will understand why I’m going back for more of these Rimmel Provocalips 16hr Kissproof Lip Colors as soon as you see the color – and of course what I’m about to tell you…
Rimmel released 8 shades of these liquid lipsticks and although I’m thinking they missed some key colors, they still offer a good variety to choose from. I was able to swatch all 8 colors, however only purchased one cos I needed a deep vibrant red in a long wearing formula and #500 Kiss Me You Fool fit the bill.
The main reason I held back from purchasing more (at the time) was the concept of “color + a glossy top coat”. I had a few of those formulas in the past and between the dry flaky end result and the hassle of having to top up the gloss which melted the color away, it was too many negatives than it was worth. Granted, that was a few years back so I wanted to test this new formula before I committed to buying more and long story short….I’m sooo impressed!
Rimmel Provocalips 16hr Kissproof Lip Color – #500 Kiss Me You Fool
This is a 2-step lip color. One end has the color and the other side (with the colorful lip prints) has a clear gloss. Both ends feature a slanted sponge tip applicator and it’s actually quite precise. I didn’t use any lipliner so that I could test the longevity of the formula and the applicator did a great job of allowing me to stay within the lines of my lips.
Left: color only / Right: with gloss top coat
Rimmel Provocalips #500 Kiss Me You Fool
The color formula is quite opaque. If you’re after a thin coat of the color (or want to use it as a stain), one coat is plenty. However, if you want the true color to translate, I found 2 coats to be perfect. Especially that I didn’t use a lipliner, I traced the shape of my lips with the first coat and then went in with the second which made less of a mess. *warning: the color is so pigmented, it stains like crazy.
It dries down to a matte finish within couple of minutes and doesn’t make the lips feel tight or taught. There’s a slight bit of stickiness but if you choose to wear it as a matte color, dusting a bit of translucent powder over the top would take care of that. And it stays on. I can’t vouch for the 16hr wear time cos I never wear lipstick for that long but I can guarantee, once you get this lipstick on, it’s not going anywhere! In fact, I rubbed and scrubbed, washed and wiped and nothing budged it. I use waterproof makeup remover to get it off.
The gloss is light weight. I was pleasantly surprised that it’s nothing like those previous formulas I tried where the gloss would almost be like glue-consistency and very heavy. It would actually take some effort to part the lips – that’s how sticky they used to be. This particular gloss is not only light but also feels moisturising. It doesn’t interfere with the wear of the color formula either. I haven’t experienced any melting or thinning of the color as some glosses tend to do to lipsticks.
700 Skinny Dipping, 110 Dare to Pink, 730 Make your Move, 200 I’ll Call You / 310 Little Minx, 500 Kiss Me You Fool, 550 Play With Fire, 230 Kiss Fatal
The 8 shades featured in the range vary from the typical beige and pink nudes to the more vibrant vampy shades. I found the first two lightest colors (Skinny Dipping and Dare to Pink) to be slightly more dry compared to the other shades. Granted, I did swatch the first row, tried taking photos and then decided to shoot all colors together, and those few minutes in between made the first row of colors dry.
In person, Little Minx (the fuchsia pink) and Play With Fire (the deep red) looked so so beautiful. I couldn’t be happier with my Kiss Me You Fool but I will definitely go back for the other two – especially that I know how great the formula is.
With liquid lipsticks being the “in-thing” of late, as a drugstore alternative, I find Rimmel really came to the party with this line. It may not be the one-step application as some other companies are doing, however I like that the Provocalips lipsticks come with the gloss option.
Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colors are available at drugstores starting at $8 and up depending on store/location/country.
What do you guys think of long wearing lipsticks? Any favorites from the Provocalips line?