Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer (a.k.a. Apocalips)
Rimmel London has a new lip product release: Show Off Lip Lacquers (also known as Apocalips in the UK) and I am loving them! The silky-soft formula, long-lasting power, major pigmentation, with zero dehydration on my lips has me saying that these are definitely the lip product of the summer. The entire collection can be found exclusively at Walgreens in the US and is available in 14 shades, of which I have two to share with you today.
The Show Off Lip Lacquer packaging is unique and sleek! Stargazer (top) and Aurora (bottom)
Is it funny that the tops of these lip lacquers remind me of black Kryptonite (can you tell that I’m excited for Man of Steel to come out?!). On that note, now I am totally wondering why OH WHY did they not keep the name of this product ‘Apocalips’?! I think black Kryptonite and ‘Apocalips’ totally go together!
While this is only noticeable when you first open the package, I thought it was pretty awesome to capture and share with you. Before you pull up the wand from the lip lacquer, the opening is clear, and once you pull the wand through it fills with the product. Although these lip lacquers are sealed by the manufacturer to prevent tampering (thank you, Rimmel!), if you see the seal has been tampered with you could also check to see if the above occurred before you purchase – then you would really know if it had been “sampled” before you buy!
The applicator is unique in that it has a small little “pocket” area that grabs a good amount of the lacquer onto the end of the wand when you pull it through the tube. This makes it easy to get a good amount of the product onto your lip and apply.
Swatched L to R: Aurora (a vibrant red) and Stargazer (a soft gold)
On the lips: Aurora – wow she is so shiny & red!
On the lips: Stargazer – golden and glistening, this one is just as smooth on the lips as Aurora, but with shimmer and a small amount of glitter. I love to wear this one over a nude liner which creates the perfect golden summer-nude lip!
Rimmel London says: “It’s neither a lipstick nor a gloss…It’s BIGGER than both!”
Formula | Pigmentation
Rimmel London’s Show Off Lip Lacquer formula is silky smooth yet lightweight and solidly pigmented as well. I do agree with Rimmel in that it really is neither a lipstick nor a gloss, because of the way it feels on the lips. It also appears first as a gloss, but as it wears over the course of a few hours it looks similar to a lipstick (although the feeling in the same). Of the two I purchased, Aurora is a solid vibrant red shade that is smooth with high shine. I can achieve full opacity with this color. Stargazer, while it is more pale, gets very close to achieving full opacity, but because of the shimmer and glitter in this one, some of my lips still tend to show through a bit. This one almost gives the lips a slight metallic look to them, but I love the coverage they chose with this one, which makes it very wearable – any more metallic and it would have been too over the top. Stargazer leaves the lips with an overall hint of metallic gold and I love wearing it on top of a nude liner.
Longevity | Application
I was very surprised at how long each lip lacquer lasted on my lips. Aurora wore more than two hours on my lips with mostly loss of the high shine, and with minimal red fading (to see a comparison photo, view my Facebook photo here). The entire time I was wearing it my lips felt soft, moisturized and it wore off evenly. Although it is a vibrant shade, it does not leave a stain on the lips, which I love. I wore it for three full hours before feeling like I would like some of the shine and vibrancy back. I think you could get away with leaving it longer because of how well it wears on the lips, especially if you were not eating or drinking. Stargazer wore for approximately two hours as well, but the wear is a little different because of the metallic/glitter in this lip lacquer. The feeling on the lips was the same (moisturizing, soft) but as it wore down, more of the metallic finish and glitter is left behind. It still does wear off evenly, but my lip lines were slightly accentuated. This did not bother me, because with this one as I mentioned I will be wearing it over a nude liner (or lipstick) so the effect is even less pronounced. I was actually expecting it to make my lip lines even more accentuated than it did, but I was pleasantly surprised it is actually very wearable. The application of both glosses is quite easy with the unique doe-foot applicator. It is fairly easy to cover all of my lips in two applications because of the way the gloss comes out on the indented “scoop” part. The more vibrant shade, Aurora is a little more tedious to apply around the edges of the lips, but because this product does not stain it is easy to wipe away and fix mistakes.
Overall, I am very impressed with this budget-beauty buy from Rimmel. Not only is it soft and long-lasting on the lips, it is not drying and is highly pigmented. It is truly in a class all on it’s own! I would highly recommend checking out this product to see if there is a shade you might love to wear this summer!
RougeRating 92%, A-
- Product – 9/10
- Formula – 9/10
- Pigmentation – 10/10
- Longevity – 9/10
- Application – 9/10
Price and Availability
$4.99, 0.18 fl. oz available exclusively at Walgreens (in the US)
Available in the following shades
- 101 Celestial, 102 Nova, 200 Comet, 201 Solstice, 300 Out of this world, 301 Galaxy, 303 Apocaliptic, 400 Big Bang, 401 Aurora, 500 Luna, 501 Stellar, 600 Nude Eclipse, 601 Lightyear, 701 Stargazer
What are your favorite shades in the new Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer line? I’d love to for you to share!
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