Happy Monday! Today I’m talking about makeup, which are the Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick. I previously owned 3 shades, but before planning this post I decluttered one of them in my Products I’m Passing On – September 2018 post, so I’ll refer to it later, but I’m only going to have swatches for the two shades that remain in my collection.
So off the bat, I bought these around a year ago before I went cruelty-free, so if you only curate products from cruelty-free brands, Rimmel is not currently (as of the time I’m writing) a brand you should be supporting. If you’re curious on their statement, here’s a link to their policy on animal testing. However, if you want a simple quote, the key part of their statement from the link I just provided is:
“We do not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, testing of our products or ingredients on animals, except where required by law.”
The “except required by law” is the catch here, so take of this what you will. But I encourage you to read the full statement to understand their policy in complete context.
Moving on from that though, The Only 1 lipstick line features a variety of different shades, ranging from nudes, natural to deep, rich and dark shades. The shades I gravitated to when I bought them were ‘One-Of-A-Kind‘ (the shade I decluttered), ‘Pink A Punch‘ and ‘Under My Spell‘, the latter two being in order of how they appear in my photo. One-Of-A-Kind is a deep red-toned berry shade, which I love having at least one lipstick of this kind of shade in my collection – and you can read my post on why I didn’t keep this around. Pink A Punch is a very bright vibrant cooler toned pink, which suits my skin tone reasonably well, and Under My Spell is a dark purple-toned berry. So I lack shades from the more nude or natural lip shades of the spectrum, and I find that’s because nude shades contest with my natural lip colour rather than working with it. I really liked all three shades that I picked out, as they are pigmented enough to sit over my natural lip colour – which is normally quite pigmented – and create very clean looks.
The actual performance of the lipstick is where I find myself feeling disappointed: while Rimmel claims it has “staying power” on their site for this line, I find this isn’t necessarily the case. It isn’t a transfer-proof lip product, but it’s relatively graceful for the most part. I find this doesn’t fade gracefully throughout the day which is particularly obvious with the deeper and brighter shades like the ones I own. The more nude or natural shades might be more forgiving on that end, but with the shades I own, I find there’s an obvious line where the product is still on the outside of my lips, but on the inside it’s completely gone. So for me, as someone who drinks a lot of tea throughout the day, and needs to snack often, this is a formula that isn’t very compatible with my lifestyle. However, if you want a lipstick formula for periods where you know you’re not going to be eating or drinking and just want a clean and pigmented lip look, then these are worth considering. I just don’t vouch for these as part of an everyday routine, I find that reapplying can be either be very clean or gunky and I’m struggling to figure out what the cause is for the latter. You can use a lip liner to provide some extra longevity and an extra layer to sit underneath to let the colour fade a bit more gracefully, but I only own three lip liners and none of them match the two shades I have. I also don’t want to buy lip liners for lipsticks I’m not happy enough with.
Overall, these are nice lipsticks, with beautiful pigmentation. I plan to declutter these two shades though because I find they’re not the best fit for my everyday routine – and I’d rather use or find lipsticks that better fit my individual needs. I don’t consider these bad lipsticks by any means, but as someone who prefers simple and very comfortable makeup, these just aren’t quite the right formula for me.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.