Happy Friday everyone! What’s planned for the weekend? Any outings that would require a nice lippie in your handbag? I have a very exciting range to share with you today and it is, again, from Rimmel. If you stop by my blog often you may know that I am a big fan of their The Only One Lipstick line and this month they have released a matte version. How awesome is that? I guess it’s not really a surprise when I say that I am as impressed with this addition as I was with the original range.
The Only One Matte lippies ($15.95 AUD) come in a matte red packaging with a thin stripe indicating the shade, which is helpful when you own more than one of those. To be completely honest, the packaging is not very luxurious and I preferred the black one, but I can get past it since the product inside is lovely.
The range includes nine shades and promises a non drying, long lasting, velvet matte lip colour. I would say it’s as matte as you can get from a non drying formula. Not even close to matte liquid lipsticks, but instead you’re getting a comfortable formulation that won’t sink into every single line and won’t drain the moisture out of your pout. They will, though, emphasize dryness and flaky skin, so don’t even attempt wearing those without prep. Some shades are more forgiving than others, but overall, you will need to exfoliate to get the most out of this range.
The Only One Matte lippies are very comfortable on, provide a nice amount of colour and coverage in one swipe and are easy to apply thanks to the slanted cut. With some shades I would definitely recommend a lip liner, especially if the outline of your lips is not very even, but the initial sharp edge works well if you’re in a hurry.
Before we move on to talking about each shade in more detail, few words about the staying power. The lipsticks do last well but you may have to touch up after eating, especially with the shades that are much lighter or much darker than your lips. However, they should survive your H20 hit and won’t have much (if any!) transfer onto a glass or a water bottle. The formula is not as slippery as the original range, so it shouldn’t bleed outside of a lip line or transfer onto your teeth.
Now, let’s have a look at those gorgeous shades!
LEADER OF THE PACK (110)
Let’s start from a classic light pink. I am glad that it’s not too pale but very girly and that it seems to brighten up the face in an instant. The formula is ok, but probably my least favourite out of the lot. Because the colour it’s so opaque, it does settle a bit on the inside of the lips (it helps to wear a lip liner underneath). Also, it will show all the dry and flaky areas, so make sure to exfoliate and moisturise your pout before putting it on.
CALL THE SHOTS (120)
Next is a darker pink with a hint of coral. Excellent pick for this time of year, I can see myself wearing it a lot. This particular shade can be a tiny bit patchy, but a second layer usually fixes the issue. Otherwise, the lippie glides on easily and doesn’t settle into the lines.
Salute is pretty much a perfect pinky nude, very flattering on. It’s not too light to make you look half dead and the tone of pink mixed into the formula creates the ‘my lips but better’ effect. The formula is ok, but it can settle a bit on the inside of the lips (I guess it’s just in the nature of the lighter shades). But the colour is opaque and even after two light coats.
TAKE THE STAGE (500)
Every lipstick range needs a classic red and here we have a good one. And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t usually wear shades like this. Take the stage is a fairly neutral red hue, which makes it very universal and flattering on many skin tones. Just what you need since it’s the only true red in the collection. The formula is rich and pigmented and the shade looks opaque after two light coats. I’ll definitely keep this one in my collection and try wearing it out one day when I feel fearless and daring! 😉
HIGH FLYER (610)
This is my favourite shade from this range. Great everyday pink with a nice balance of cool and warm tones. It’s very easy to wear and would suit almost every eye look. The formula of this shade is top notch, it applies evenly and you may be able to get away with just one layer.
Trendsetter is another nude, this time much more brown, although still in the mid-tone range. Another hit for me and I often find it difficult to find good lippies in this colour family. I like that it’s neutral, but dark enough to avoid the concealer effect and not too brown. Very wearable and versatile shade with fantastic formula. It’s opaque, doesn’t settle into the lines and wears well throughout the day.
LOOK WHO’S TALKING (750)
Want something even darker? With this shade we’re diving right into the brown colour family. It looks like a chocolate brown with a touch of red to me and although I don’t reach for shades like that too often, I feel like I can make this one work. The formula is amazing, I didn’t find it patchy or uneven and the finish is just beautiful. Maybe not as matte as some other shades in the range, but it just makes the lips look smooth and delicious.
RUN THE SHOW (800)
Ok, this one I don’t see myself wearing out of the house, although the formula is surprisingly good. Purples are usually difficult to create (not only lippies, but eyeshadows too) and can look patchy and uneven. This one actually looks very good on with just a hint of patchiness in dryer areas of the lips. But the pigmentation is there and you don’t need to go over multiple times to get decent coverage. If you are looking for a good and affordable purple lipstick, I think you can run the show with this one! 😉
THE MATTE FACTOR (810)
Last, but certainly not least, we have this gorgeous berry shade. It screams fall to me, but because it’s not too dark or vampy, it will work all year round. When it comes to the formula, there’s absolutely nothing to complain about. We’re dealing with a smooth and rich consistency, opaque coverage without the need to build up multiple layers and a beautiful finish. You’ll see below that the product doesn’t settle into the lines at all and makes the lips look really smooth.
I feel like the brand has put a lot of thought into this range. We’re only getting nine shades, but each and one of them is just right for the colour family it belongs to. The undertones and the balance of different hues is perfect making each shade versatile and easy to wear (well, maybe excluding the purple one). I can actually see myself using almost every colour and experimenting with lippies I would never pick myself (like The Matte Factor or Take the Stage). We have a great selection of nudes, a couple of nice pinks and richer tones plus one fun shade for the brave ones. Well done Rimmel, I think you’ve nailed it!