Review + Swatches: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers

Apologies for the  unannounced hiatus, life really took precedent in the last week and a bit. But I’m back to chat about a *very* well talked about product recently. The Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers are a pretty popular blogging topic at the moment, so I’m here to give a few thoughts and swatches after giving them a test run 🙂




When these were first released in the UK, I was green with envy and ridiculously impatient. So much so I was a little cheeky and bought a few shades off ASOS. But I was lucky enough to be able to try out the rest of the range too, yay for a lip colour rainbow! Also, my OCD senses tingled a little bit having them all to line up 😉

Firstly, I adore the colour range, it starts with some beautiful nudes all that way to some lovely bright pinks. But I am sad that they didn’t release the red shade Big Bang, in Australia. However, it is possible to get through a sneaky purchase from ASOS (but be wary, it’s not always in stock). I didn’t think I would love it, but Nude Eclipse was a quick favourite, particularly as it is one that is easy to apply. Apocalyptic and Stellar tie for my favourite colours, as they are just so BRIGHT. Gah, I’m a sucker for bright pinks. Stargazer started out as odd to me, particularly as it is quite sheer and packed with gold shimmer. However after working out the best way to apply it (read below), it became a awesome way to jazz up a normal lipstick choice. Celestial and Nova were not ones that initially caught my eye as I tend to overlook muted and nude pinks when looking at new things, but they were surprisingly nice, and a great choice for an everyday lip colour.


L-R Phenomenon, Celestial, Nova, Solstice, Apocaliptic, Stellar, Nude Eclipse, Stargazer, Big Bang

Scent wise, it is quite strong (it is a floral scent), but for me, it isn’t bothersome. The application does come with its challenges, but worth the work as these are packed with pigment. While I think the doe foot applicator is a better choice for application straight out of the tube, I feel that it still gives off a little too much product, particularly if you apply more than one layer. My solution is to apply with a stiff lip brush, that way I can really control the amount I put on, and I feel it gives a much closer result to other lip lacquers on the market. Also, I found that applying this way didn’t impede on the glossy finish, it probably even made more natural, as opposed to the ‘I just dunked my face in lip gloss and I’m going to let it drip off’ vibe.

Sadly, my biggest gripe with these is that they aren’t transfer proof. Marks on teeth and smears while eating sandwiches are both things I have suffered while wearing these even after removing the bulk of the excess with a tissue. It appears to be worse with the darker or brighter shades and I think that it is just because they are more noticeable. However, in saying that, there is still a decent amount of colour left after eating. I I’m pretty lazy with my lip product re application, but through the day, I didn’t feel like I really needed to; it left a nice stain that I was happy to wear. In the area of lipstick/lipgloss hybrids, I feel like this leans more on the lipgloss side, but I love them when I’m looking for more than just a flat lipstick colour. But, once I started using a lip brush to apply them, it pretty much eliminated this problem for me. Hooray!

Overall, while I did have to jump a couple of hurdles to find out the best way to use them, after playing around with them for a bit, I found a way to make them perfect for me. And I adore the colour range more than I could have expected. They were totally worth the effort and I would happily suggest you try them out, if even just one.

P.S. Rimmel, you NEED to bring Big Bang here, it is such a stunning red, everyone must have it! <3

You can purchase these from Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and other Rimmel stockists for AU$15.95, but they do pop up on sale often.

Have you tried these yet? Are you as impatient as I am when it comes to new releases?



Disclaimer: As I mentioned, I did purchase a few (4) of these myself, then I was kindly provided the range for consideration.