Review and Swatches: Rimmel Apocalips in Luna and Nova -
What I like about this product:
I really like the color intensity of Apocalips. They are very opaque in color, at least the ones that I swatched and purchased. The texture is creamy thick, where is no stickiness. Compared to the L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse (aka Glamshine Stain Splash, review here), these are the winning points of Apocalips. The L’Oreal one is ultimately glossier, but when the color have settled, it left your lips feeling slightly sticky. The Rimmel London version of lip lacquer has a shine finish, but because of the opaque color, it doesn’t come out looking as glossy like the L’Oreal.
The idea of lip lacquer is combining lipgloss, lipstick and lip stain all in one product. They have a shine of a lip gloss, pigmentation of a lipstick and staying power of a lip stain. Sounds very ideal, doesn’t it? Since makeup companies want to boost up the staying power of lip products, they tend to become drying on the lips when wearing long hours. I’ve experienced this with the Apocalips. I find that, if I apply a lip balm first before wearing them helps keep the lips moisturized for longer time. The wearing time in both Luna and Nova are about the same, 3-4hrs with no top ups (no eating and drinking excessively).
After they worn off, Luna left a faded peachy orange on my lips and Nova left behind a faded pink color, both colors aren’t that flattering in my opinion. The Rimmel Apocalips has very interesting quiet scent to it, reminds of raspberry juice for some reason.
Nova is a nice color of pink, it definitely is brighter on the lips then I’ve expected. But it isn’t a “in your face”-kind of pink, more like a touch of glam to your casual makeup. However, my favorite color is Luna. When I wear it, the color reminds me of what we usually seen on K-pop stars. Luna is a cute peachy tone that is cheerful in settle way, not out-loud bright.
What I wish to be improved:
As for wearing Apocalips, I’ve had small problems with them. The creamy and opaque color of the lip lacquer makes it not ideal on dry or flaky lips. I find that only one coat is really enough, more than that, the product moves around on the lips. It then smudges outside the lip line, settle into the creases and making my flaky lips look worse than it actually is. If I had put more than one coat of Apocalips, I prefer to spread the lip color evenly using my finger after applying it with the foot applicator.
Another not so favorable factor of the Apocalips is, like I mentioned before, they can be drying on the lips. I live in a Scandinavia country and the winter here is bittering cold and dry. Anything that extends the dry feeling is bad for me. Even though they do last up to 3-4hours on the lips, I usually wiped it off after couple hours so I can apply my lip balm to ease out the dryness.
Would I repurchase this product?
I wouldn’t repurchase them. I think two is enough for me and maybe I would enjoy using them more, when summer is here. But for now, I still prefer the L’Oreal Caresse over the Rimmel Apocalips, not necessary that they are better in quality. I have always been the lip gloss girl, so the glossy lip is more like my kind of thang and L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse delivers better in this point of view and they don’t feel as drying as the Apocalips.