Happy Wednesday, today I want to talk about one of my spring and summer go-to lip products posts. This is Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine Lipstick, which I own in the shade ‘300 Pink Rules‘. I’ve had this open in my collection for a little while now, so I wanted to take some time to discuss my thoughts.
First of all, Rimmel are not a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, so I want to disclose that I bought this while I wasn’t actively cruelty-free. To avoid waste though, I am making use of the product, and using as much as possible before it goes out of date. I won’t be buying from the brand until their animal testing status changes, so bear this in mind.
With that addressed, I want to talk about the packaging first: it’s a pretty light pink tube with a silver bullet. The bottom of the bullet does include a sticker with the shade’s name, and is designed to be colour-coded to the specific shade. While I wish the shade of the plastic tube itself was colour-coded instead, as it would be easier to differentiate them if you own more than one shade, I appreciate that there’s a method of telling them apart at all. The pointed end of the plastic cap makes it awkward to stand it upside down, so you do need to stand them upright.
As far as claims go, the entire line is designed to be (paraphrased from the Rimmel website):
- “Ultra light weight in texture.
- Comfortable all-day.
- And have SPF 20 UV protection.”
I find myself in agreement with the top three claims, and it wasn’t until I was looking up the claims that I realised there was sunscreen in the formula at all. I think the product would stand out a lot more to me to grab for if it feature on the sticker that it has sun protection in it. I think even though the shade is quite far out of my comfort zone, knowing it has sun protection in it would encourage me to value protecting my lips over being insecure wearing a brighter lip colour.
While I don’t reach for this lip product all the time as it’s quite a bright shade and outside my comfort zone, one of the things that makes me feel secure in picking it out, is knowing that I can apply this similar to a tinted lip balm, as it’s very light weight, but it has a lot of pigmentation. Similar to a tinted lip balm, it doesn’t have a sticky texture, which is why I don’t pick up lip glosses.
As it’s summer at the moment, my lips are in a more happy and stable place in terms of hydration levels, so I find I can wear this product without a lip balm underneath. So it is comfortable to wear for several hours, but as I like to touch-up lip products throughout the day, it’s comfortable in the sense that I can touch up without needing to worry about re-preparing my lips.
While I’ve described this product being like a tinted lip balm a couple of times, the product itself is very much like a conventional lipstick. It has a pointed bullet when you first open it – I have dulled the point a bit from using it. It gives you a lot of control of placement of the colour, so if you want a very precise, pigmented lip, you can achieve that. You can also create a more subtle placement of colour by tapping the bullet gently onto the lips, or tapping your fingers onto the bullet and then tapping onto the lips. Being fairly lazy, I typically use the former technique, but for days when I’m going outside and my insecurity takes over, I would use the latter type of techniques instead.
As I mentioned briefly at the beginning, I own the shade ‘300 Pink Rules‘, which is a very bright cool-toned pink. The bullet definitely makes it look like it has more depth to it, but swatched on my hand it looks lighter.
If you have paler lips, you’ll find that it applies more true to the colour of the bullet. If you’re like me and have pigmented lips, it will either work nicely or against your natural lip colour. I previously owned the shade ‘200 Glow-rious Pink‘ which I featured in my Products I’m Passing On for February 2019, and that was a shade that really clashed with my natural lip colour.
‘300 Pink Rules‘ is more compatible with my natural lip colour, as it creates a slightly deeper yet still quite bright pink look on my lips, that looks like I’ve eaten an ice lolly. It feels like a very summery lip colour for me, so I see myself using this throughout summer, but will probably declutter it when summer is over, as I don’t see it staying in date by summer of next year. So I plan to make use of this lip product while it’s fresh, but after that, it’s gone from my collection.
It’s important to bear in mind that this isn’t a transfer-proof formula. I drink different types of tea throughout the day, and I do see this transfer onto my cup, but it does wear down fairly gracefully on my lips. While the main pigmentation will disappear, I find it leaves a slight tint on the lips that gives you a grace-period to touch-up if you want to make sure you have some colour on your lips.
If/when Rimmel one day becomes cruelty-free, this is a line of their lip products I would look into again. They have other shades that look like they’d be more compatible with me, including a mauve-y pink shade. So while I won’t be buying from the brand any time soon, I will be keeping tabs on the brand so I know what I’d reach for when they become cruelty-free.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.