Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Less Provocative, More Evocative

I have never been in possession of the entire collection of any product before, but I got sent all 8 shades of the Rimmel Provocalips so for the first time, this is happening. Unfortunately I won't be doing lip swatches because I haven't found a way to photograph them acceptably enough to include in a blog review but I have tried them on so I'll be speaking about how I found them to be, and lots of bloggers have posted lip swatches for your viewing benefit. The Provocalips are basically long-wearing lip colours that come in a dual-ended tube (a throwback to being new at makeup and swatching cheap versions of these in Cosmetics Plus) They boast 16 hours of kiss-proof lip colour by way of their two-step application; step 1 being their intense colour liquid lipstick and step 2 being a lock & shine gloss applied over the top.

l-r: Skinny Dipping, Make Your Move, Dare To Pink, I'll Call You, Little Minx, Kiss Me You Fool, Kiss Fatal, Play With Fire

The shades are interesting- I wouldn't say there's something for everyone- there aren't too many warm oranges or corals. I find the quality varies depending on the shade- some are huge hits, some are grave misses. My favourite is 730 Make Your Move, which is a very wearable warm peachy my-lips-but-better shade. It's not a 'nude' shade the way Skinny Dipping and Dare To Pink are, but it's very natural and easy to pull off. Another that I really love is 500 Kiss Me You Fool- go big or go home, right? This fiery bright red is a great bold option for special occasions if you're shy, or everyday if you're a red lip type of girl. The staying power improves with the brighter colours but the consistency of the product can be a bit problematic because applying too much of such a pigmented liquid results in it spreading and bleeding over the lines of the lips, which can result in staining the skin around the lips. Another shade that I don't find to be too bad is 550 Play With Fire. This shade is a lovely dark vampy red which could be suited to cooler months as I find dramatic lip colours like this can add so much to an outfit.

700 Skinny Dipping is not a shade I would purchase- I rarely wear nude lipstick because on my light-medium yellow-based Asian skin it appears too pale and quite lifeless. It's a flesh-coloured brown nude in a 90s way and not as flattering as some nude shades that Rimmel's put out in the past.
110 Dare To Pink is a gorgeous shade that I love the look of, but alas it is too pale a pink for me to pull off and the slight silver frost doesn't look great on me either.
200 I'll Call You is sadly too pink for my taste- I'm not a fan of dolly styles and this pink is a little darker than what I normally go for in a pink. However, if you're a fan of pinks, it's not a bad choice at all.
310 Little Minx is a hot pink that I really loved the look of but when I tried it on it wasn't vibrant enough to really pop like the MaxFactor Colour Elixir pencil in Vibrant Pink or the Revlon Colorburst Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart do. Similar to I'll Call You, it's a little darker and a bit too flat to really stand out as a 'go out and buy this now' kind of colour.
230 Kiss Fatal is a mauve-cum-grape that could be very edgy and on-trend, but it lacks that extra punch of purple to make it truly vampy (and a clever accessory to the right outfit). It looks alright when worn but looks a little watered-down. Instead of being a diluted grape, a deeper, stronger purple tone would have been more effective.

The applicators aren't bad, but I think the more interesting applicator from the Rimmel Apocalips that had more attention to detail paid off. I like the true-to-shade tube that the liquid lipstick lives in, and the kiss-covered white cap of the gloss. I really like the gloss- without it, the colour dries down and feels quite uncomfortable on the lips. Sure, it's adhered to the skin and it's transfer-proof but it leaves the lips with a sticky texture. With the gloss, however, the product feels more comfortable on the lips. The problem with the Provocalips' wear is that it does not budge. Not sure if it lasts the whole 16 hours, but it does last through eating. It doesn't fade evenly, and flakes off with wear-time- and eating a product like this is kind of nasty. Thus, if you're looking for a very long-lasting lip product, possibly for dance or costume makeup, this could be a winner if there's a shade that you're looking for, but if you're looking for a hydrating lipstick, this is an opaque lipstick that does not shift until taken off with makeup remover so you may want to try a couple of shades out instore before buying.

Sent for PR consideration.

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