[Chatter] Another lipstick I’ve fallen back in love with – Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Matte 111 Kiss of Life

Hi everyone!
A few weeks ago, I attempted some photos in the sporadic Golden Hour lighting to showcase the items but the weather was not playing nice! One moment it was sunny and I managed one photo before it vanished again and I would tweet a complaint and it would be sunny and so on…
But just yesterday, the sun was out, and it was out for like, an hour (?????) and I got SO many photos taken and oh my gawd, it felt so good and productive and it’s really upped my mood. I was running around so fast with a mental checklist of blog posts that needed photos and as a result, I’m almost set until next month, thank goodness. I didn’t completely finish my checklist and accidentally missed a few important ones, but that’s okay! I can do those next time! PHEW – I was almost about to cut my schedule to once a week!
I’ve also switched out of my winter coat for my lighter jacket, and when I stepped out to do the bins in my shorts, I didn’t freeze! This winter felt so bloody long and I’ve never been happier to feel it finally ending.


Anyway, I am enjoying the idea of writing about a lipstick that fell by the wayside of my stash, so to speak. Last month I featured Clinique’s Pop Lip in Cherry Pop after wearing it for almost half the month. I already loved that lipstick but hadn’t really been wearing it often. On the other hand, with today’s featured lipstick, it’s a little different. I only began to fully appreciate it recently.

I actually first received this as a Christmas present from Tray, years ago. Then months later I ended up with two because Q bought me one as well! I think I ended up giving one away as I no longer have two in my stash. But at the time, this must have been a very ‘me’ kind of shade because I was experimenting in sixth form with a limited selection of bright colours.


This lipstick will only set you back £4.99. It’s from Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish range, but more specifically from the Kate Moss Mattes, which all come in red tubes. This is the same range that spawned the infamous shade 107, popularised by… Zoella, I think it was. I do have that shade, too, but we may not see it in rotation for a little while longer.

As you may know, Rimmel’s Lasting Finish range is full of really nice lipsticks at a great price. This one’s really nicely pigmented although not thick or fully opaque as you can see from the swatch below, and it’s very smooth and soft on the lips. It wears quite decently by itself and doesn’t bleed too much or ‘crack’ after many hours, and it’s pleasant enough to reapply. It’s not too drying, either. The only big gripe I have about these lipsticks is the smell which isn’t exactly appealing but easy enough to get used to – it’s not strong. It also tends to taste as it smells, if that makes sense.


My favourite way to apply this at the moment is to apply to the centre of the lips straight from the bullet, then use a lip brush to work the colour outwards and outline the lips, then go back in the centre from the bullet again.


The reason I wasn’t as into this shade before was that it always seemed a little orangey to me when I believed that orange tones didn’t suit me. It is definitely a true red without a noticeable blue tone. It contrasts a bit more with my cooler purple hair at this point in time but overall gives a confident, summery look.

I thought for a moment of changing my planned April rotation so that they were ALL bright shades instead of waiting until May to start doing it. However, I do have some nice spring pinks that I want to use as well, so I changed my mind again. The temptation to break out of rotation these days is very strong! Especially when there is a shade I never reach for or one that I tend to reach for too much. But that’s the whole point of this challenge – to figure out what I truly love and what should be tossed without fail.

Anyway. I’m not sure how scheduled posting will be for the time being because I have an assignment to be finishing for next week, but at least I have some photos to work with when I need a break from reading academic journals.

Until next time,


Days since I last bought lipstick: 80

Lipstick Clearing!

Now that it’s the new year, I have been meaning to destash a few of my lip and eye products. I now own over forty and whilst I’d love to grow the collection a bit more, the fact is that I actually wear lipstick a lot less (now I’m at home revising this year instead of going to school every day).

Here is the result of my lipstick purge – just under a quarter of the lipsticks (not counting lip liners) I own.
(I’m less worried about the lip liners as they take up less space.)

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Colorstick in Bright Berry
Reason: It’s hella old.
This is an old favourite of mine, and it’s a lovely light pink-leaning berry, with a bit of a glossy and frosty sheen to it. It’s nicely semi-pigmented but now I tend to lean more towards full pigmentation so this hasn’t been touched in a while, especially now that the collection has grown. The texture seems to have changed and become less smooth over the years, which might help explain why.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart
Reason: It’s hella old.
Another old favourite, this also has not been touched in a while. It’s super bright so I don’t wear it by itself, and although it also does well with a brown lip liner to adjust the colour I just don’t. Maybe because I’m lazy. Maybe because I know in my heart of sweethearts it’s time for this one to go.

Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in Honey
Reason: It’s hella old.
This is another fave I just have not been wearing. You could be forgiven for thinking I could keep this, and the previous two on the list, just a bit longer, but they’re all about five years old (!!!). This is another one that has changed in texture without me noticing.

MeNow Liquid Lip Glosses in 02, 03, and 26
Reason: I don’t really like these.
These were crazy cheap from Ebay at less than £1, but they’re also crazy tacky if you don’t powder a little on the lip, and powder also adjusts the shades. They last a long time, being waterproof, they’re not going to come off with water and will not budge or smudge at all. 02 and 03 are very mauve, almost pink shades (that aren’t to my taste). 26 is actually the colour I wore to my prom, and besides that, I probably won’t touch it again. I wouldn’t say that’s a big loss, like, I’m frugal… But not so much I’d keep these. I am keeping 36, however, because I love that shade, don’t have one like it, and intend to find a replica in a form I like.

Turns out, it’s really hard to keep a DSLR steady with just one hand while trying to take a focused picture of the other arm.

MUA Metallic Liquid Lipstick
Reason: Don’t really like it.
I was hoping this one would dry down. It looks absolutely gorgeous in the tube as a cool purple with shimmery metallic flecks, but upon application it’s more of a frosty lipgloss. It’s not even that pigmented. The frostiness outdoes the pigment. Whatever pigment there is, it’s patchy. Even if it was only £1, it was a disappointing spend. It would probably look better on top of a lip liner, but for some reason I don’t really want to bother.

Collection Work The Colour Lip Butter in Perfect Plum
Reason: I don’t reach for it anymore.
This is also beginning to look a bit gross. I’ve actually made good progress on the bullet because it’s so soft, but that’s also probably the reason it’s so gross. When I wind it down after using it, I find that the bullet has moved to one side and then it makes a mess. A shame because otherwise, I would have continued to use it more – I like the pigmentation and using it as a less drying option in my stash. I am also debating chucking out the matt version I have in an orangey red, but that one isn’t as soft and hasn’t been used up as much, so I will probably keep it a bit longer and see if it gets used a bit more, and if not, it’s also going out.

Lancome Lip Lover in 316
Reason: Baby pinks are no-no.
I actually like this gloss, it’s not too tacky. But the pigment seems to stick in dry lip flakes which is not what I want when it comes to a gloss, and I can’t just seem to get along with the colour itself, which leans too close to a bright baby pink for my liking.

No7 High Shine Lip Crayon
Reason: I still had this? Like, I thought I’d already thrown it out. Oh well, it’s going now.
Like the Neutrogena crayon, this is a shimmery shiny sheer wash of pink, which just goes against my current bias towards the matte and the pigmented. That said, this was also the Christmas gift that solidified my then-current love of lip crayons at the time, and that time has sadly passed. Mostly. (*Looks at Nars pencils which set the bar too high.*)

Maybelline ColourSensational Lipstick in Sultry Sand
Reason: Why did I even keep it this long?
A few years ago, I attempted a cosplay for Comic Con and I used this to achieve a pale, ghostly look. It enhanced anything horrible about my lips. In a darker colour I may have gotten away with it, but on a normal day this shade just washes me out completely.

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick in Cheeky Coral
Reason: This is the lipstick that made me realise I do not suit corals.
Also, this lipstick swatches fantastically on my arm, but on my lips the pigment never turns out that great. I bought this on sale last year, tried it twice, and then learned my lesson. Occasionally I would try it on again, and decide against it. It had all year to grow on me and didn’t. So out it goes.

I have really short arms. I’m just really short, period. Sigh.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I am hoping to destash some eye products as well now that I have made the move from crayons and pencils to palettes, and done a lot of experimenting to find out what works for me.

Have you been decluttering?

Until next time,


Review: Rimmel Apocalips/ Show Off Lip Lacquer in Aurora & Eclipse

First thing I have to mention is that these are now discontinued but there are other ways to find them at the moment!

I have to say, I will be forever upset that these were discontinued (and that I discovered these so late) in the first place. With the matte trend raging at the moment, they might not be missed by anybody but me. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers were pulled from shelves to make room for the new ‘The One’ lipsticks, of which I own one… in a shade that taught me I do not look good in coral.

Whilst these are continued, you can still find these in limited stock on Ebay or in the large discount chain store B&M. There aren’t any fakes I know of flying around and the formulae of the two I have are consistent so I’m quite convinced Ebay is safe in that respect. I bought mine for around £2.50 each, down from the original RRP of £6.99 so I’m quite pleased with myself there!

These are a liquid lacquer so they are housed in a stylish gloss tube with a doe foot applicator. The applicator has a little hole in the middle to hold more product, and I find that I can cover my lips without re-dipping into the tube.

The Apocalips formula is pretty much like a very very pigmented gloss, but not as thick. It’s a light cream with a high shine finish. The thing I love most? It skims over flaky areas as if they don’t exist and the pigment doesn’t settle into any lines. In this cold winter, this formula is really quite a fab option.

Of course, typically it does transfer onto just about everything. It also bleeds after a couple of hours, on the outer sides of my bottom lip but this is easily rectified with lip liner. It leaves a respectable, even stain that is a lighter, more natural variant of the full pigment, and won’t look strange at all.

The two shades I have are Aurora and Eclipse. Aurora is an ever so slightly coral-leaning pink whilst eclipse is a dark red berry shade. I don’t have any other shades like Aurora, but whilst I do have a similar shade for Eclipse in the form of Rimmel’s own infamous 107, it’s nice to have it in another, more forgiving finish.

That’s all for my review today! This one has been stewing in my drafts for a while. I have a Colourpop review that’s just gone back into the works because I have a new camera and that means new swatch photos – you’ll hopefully see me easing in better photos as we also head into the new year.

Until next time,