If you’re on social media, I’d pretty much guarantee that you’ve seen the buzz surrounding the launch of the Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection which are the matte collection which followed the launch of their existing The Only 1 Lipstick range which launched earlier this year. Everybody seems to be obsessed (possibly the most overused word within the beauty community) about matte lipstick formulas but I feel like I’m in the minority as I don’t actually like matte lip products as I don’t find them to be very comfortable and I don’t know how my lips feel after wearing a matte lipstick and I find satin or cream formulas to be more flattering on the lips. The Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection consists of nine different shades and they’re £6.99 each, and are packaged within matte red plastic casing which is thicker at the top and tapers towards the bottom.
I personally don’t like the packaging as I don’t feel like they look or feel very nice and I know they’re only £6.99 each, but I really like the packaging of the Rimmel Kate Lipsticks but these are just so chunky and the lids are need a little effort to pull off the lids. I have to admit I absolutely hate the scent of these lipsticks.. it’s so bad, it makes me heave so I can’t keep them as I can smell them the whole time they’re on my lips so I’ll pass them onto someone who isn’t as bothered about scents.
The scent is really hard to describe but to me they smell like baby wipes, and very strongly of chemicals and I’d very strongly recommend smelling them instore before purchasing any if you’re scent sensitive as in my opinion the scent is that bad. I own three shades of the original The Only 1 Lipstick formula and they smell completely different – pleasant in fact, but these are completely different sadly.
The Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection have round, slanted lipstick bullets which aren’t my favourite for lipstick application as I personally prefer a typical pointed lipstick bullet especially when using matte lipstick formulas as they offer better precision. All of these lipstick swatches are two swipes and the pigmentation is pretty good across the board and I really like the range of shades within the collection as there’s a nice selection of nude and bold shades in different tones and there isn’t one shade within the collection which disappoints in terms of pigmentation.
I would describe the formula of these lipsticks as being a powdery matte as it feels quite dry on the lips so I would recommend applying them over a non-greasy lipbalm to minimise dryness and use a lipliner with them to define your lip line as the bullets aren’t as precise as I’d like.
Overall I think the pigment of these lipsticks is really good, and I like the range of shades but they’re not the best drugstore lipsticks I’ve tried and the scent is a massive downfall in my opinion. If you’re not particularly bothered about scents, you might not have any issue with these lipsticks at all but I am very scent sensitive so sadly I can’t use them without feeling sick.
If you are like me when it comes to fragrance but you want to find a range of good quality matte lipsticks within the drugstore, I would highly recommend the Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks £5.49 (in the black and red packaging) and the Gosh Velvet Touch Lipsticks £6.99 as in my opinion, they’re much better and I much prefer the slanted angled tip when applying matte lipsticks.
I’d love to know if heavily scented lip products bother you? Have you tried any of the Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection shades yet?