You’ve probably seen posts on Instagram featuring Influenster but they’re a community that sends out VoxBox’s to their members containing products to try and review honestly on social media and on their website. It’s not just for bloggers either, it can be anyone that agrees to part of their community and will be completely honest with products you’re sent. As a member you’re sent questionnaires which works out if you’re eligible for upcoming campaigns and I received a Rimmel VoxBox without prior warning which was a nice surprise. I’ve been a member of Influenster for nearly two years and I’ve only had two boxes (Max Factor and Rimmel) in that whole time but I know of others that have had a lot more but it’s worth joining up if you’d like to try new beauty products. Within my Rimmel VoxBox I got three of the new shades of the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours as well as the Match Perfection Concealer and Foundation; both of which I already own.
The Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours aren’t a new product, but the shade range was recently extended with more nude shades. I’ve never tried any of the shades before but they’re only £5.99 each and there are now 25 shades to choose from. The formula is described as being velvety and matte, with high intensity colour from the very first stroke and impressive staying power – kiss proof, waterproof and touch-proof. The tube has a frosted matte finish and is clear so you can see the shade inside, and the applicator is a long and slim doefoot with a little well at the tip which holds a little extra product.
The three shades of the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours which was included within the VoxBox were all shades I wouldn’t have chosen myself but I’m guessing Influenster chose shades would be the most universally flattering. Stripped is a very pale yellow toned nude, Be My Baby is a terracotta toned nude and Plunge is a dark chocolate brown shade. Stripped is way too pale for my skintone and Plunge in my opinion is too dark for me as I’m very pale but I imagine Plunge would look amazing on deeper skintones. I hadn’t tried the formula before so I didn’t know what to expect but I did expect highly intense pigmentation as per the claims but I’m disappointed.
Each of these swatches are one stroke of the applicator and they’re very streaky and patchy. The formula is almost mousse-like, and thick and I find it hard to get a smooth and even application on the lips, and when I try to cover any patches in my second layer it then caused the patches to become even bigger as the bottom layer began to flake off. It’s such a strange formula but I just can’t make it work for me as I can’t wear a patchy matte liquid lipstick, and I can’t correct the patches which is so frustrating. Colour issues aside, they really don’t smell very nice either.. to me they smell like burnt cupcakes, like they’ve tried to give them a cupcake scent, but the chemical scent is more overpowering. I really wanted to like the formula of these but I just can’t find any positives, and for £6 you’d be better off with the Makeup Revolution Lip Kits as you also get a lipliner in addition to a liquid lipstick.
I would love to know if you’ve tried the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours before?