I picked up a few of the Rimmel The Only One* (we’ll not talk about the name….) lipsticks at the end of last year (haul post) and I’ve been giving them a thorough testing. I’ve heard these raved about, so of course I had to see for myself! I showed serious restraint and only picked up two shades, a nice soft everyday shade in It’s a Keeper and a more vibrant berry shade in Under my Spell. To be honest I’m very pleased I only picked up two.
The claims made:
Rimmel London The Only One Lipstick, a no compromise all-in-one lipstick. For long-lasting colour, comfort, moisture and wear. The perfect balance of high impact colour, moisture, all day comfort and staying power. Slanted lipstick bullet for an effortless application.
As you can see from the swatches below, there is great pigmentation with these lipsticks. I’ve only applied one coat on the lip swatches! So that’s great, no need to layer them up, but you can if you prefer. The colours are lovely, It’s a Keeper is great if you’ve gone for a dramatic eye, or if you’re just having a pared down day. Under my Spell is a beautiful berry toned lipstick, wonderful for winter, or just for those days where you fancy something with a bit more colour.
Application is pretty simple, I like the slanted end and I’ve had no issues applying them. They do feel a bit wet and slippy upon application, which is a bit odd but you get used to it. I also like the packaging, I can easily identify the colour of the lipstick from the coloured band.
On to my main issues with these lipsticks. I find that they dry down quite a bit, so you are left with a demi matte finish. That would be fine, if it wasn’t for the fact that my lips also feel oddly sticky, similar to a lipgloss – you know that feeling, it’s as if your lips slightly stick together as you talk. As they wear throughout the day, they dry down even further. As you can see I’ve quite lined lips – too many years of biting the skin off them! So once this dries down, the lines become very obvious and it almost makes my lips look cracked. They also don’t wear off particularly well, I’ve found them to look very lumpy and uneven. I generally have to take them off to get a nice even reapplication. I can only assume that they’re drying because there are ingredients in them to make them last longer.
Now I should point out, I have tested these during the coldest time of the year, when my lips are drier than normal. Under these conditions, the results are far from ideal. I might think about digging these out again as the weather warms. If you fancy these, make sure you’re lips are thoroughly hydrated and smooth. Otherwise I’d stick to more hydrating lipsticks that make your lips look good! Please note, I do use lip scrubs regularly and I do use a number of different balms to help my lips.
It’s worth noting that there is a scent off these. It’s a sort of synthetic floral scent, it’s not horrible, but I’m not a fan. Thankfully it’s not particularly overpowering!
All in all, I agree there is wonderful colour, the staying power is there but with the side effect of drying your lips while also leaving them oddly sticky. Sadly I feel a bit let down with these. Hopefully I’ll change my mind in a few months when the weather improves!