The month of February is all about love and romance, especially for Mr WLL and I as we celebrate not only Valentine’s Day but our anniversary of being together too. We’re old romantics and love to spoil one another, dress up and go on a date night or away for the night.
This Valentine’s Day we’re going to the cinema to see 50 Shades Darker and then to Prezzo for their Valentine’s Day menu. Going to a chain restaurant for something like Valentines would never have really interested me until last year when a last minute change in our work schedules meant that we were together in London on Valentines. Without a reservation anywhere, we took a risk in going out and stumbled upon the great offer on food and prosecco that Prezzo had on. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and so are going back this year to see if it is just as good.
I’ll be sharing the outfit that I wear on the day over on my Instagram but I already know what makeup I’ll be wearing as I’ll be drawing inspiration from the look that I wore in this post.
The emphasis in this makeup look was on my eyes with winged liner and blended gold eyeshadow and on my lips with a bold red lip. I used some really affordable makeup products from Rimmel London which are great if you’re on a budget or simply not wanting to invest in higher end makeup and in this post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on them.
I’ve been trying out lots of products from them this winter and found some real favourites that I would definitely recommend; check out my posts on their Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara and Eyeliner and The Only 1 Matte Lipstick to get you started.
Lets kick things off with a bang; the Rimmel Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette in Keep Calm & Wear Gold which is absolutely fabulous and rivals a lot of higher end eyeshadow palettes, especially when you consider the comparatively lower price point.
The palette contains 8 complimentry shades with a mix of shimmer and matte finishes that can be used to create a multitude of different eye looks. The shade range is more than sufficient for a daytime eye look and can be built up easily for a more intense, night out makeup look.
There’s a mirror in the lid and a double ended sponge that I’ll not use in a month of Sunday’s but its the eyeshadows themselves that really matter and these ones are fabulous. Buttery soft, very pigmented and easy to blend. There is next to no fall out with them, making application very straightforward and tidy. Plus, the colour intensity lasts all day without fading or creasing.
I’ve used this so many times since I got it and will continue to do so, including on Valentine’s Day!
Whenever I apply my makeup, I always like to define my eyes with eyeliner and mascara; without them, I do vaguely resemble a potato.
Liquid liner is my weapon of choice as I love the super black look that it creates. I usually choose felt tip styles but instead gave the Rimmel Scandaleyes Bold a try.
The formula of this liner is perfect as it creates the super black look, glossy finish and insane longevity that I love from an eyeliner. Since it is waterproof, it doesn’t transfer or smudge throughout the day either which is important to me as my eyes can water if it is windy.
However I don’t like the applicator at all. Rimmel say that it has an innovative ball tip for a bold look but I just don’t get it. To me, the ball makes the product hard to work with and I can’t achieve the wing that I like to wear as easily with it. Instead, I would recommend the Scandaleyes Micro Eyeliner which has a very black, long lasting formula but with a very easy to use, short and fine felt tip applicator nib.
Sadly the mascara that I used didn’t live up to expectations either. The Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara is designed to instantly give the appearance of fuller, longer looking lashes but I actually found that it made my lashes look even shorter than they are as it didn’t seem to add any length or volume to them.
The bristle brush wand is designed to be tapered to grab every lash and coat it with blacker than black pigments that actually claim to darken bare lashes with two weeks of use. In theory, this is a fabulous idea but in practice, I didn’t find it to work and saw no difference to the colour of my own lashes with consistent use. The formula seems as though it is far too wet and runny as the mascara smudges easily. I found that it really dried my lashes out and when I tried to apply a little more, the brush was getting caught on my lashes which felt scratchy and uncomfortable.
I wouldn’t use this mascara again and would instead opt for the Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara which is far superior.
The product that surprised me the most however was the Rimmel Provocalips. Quite honestly, I don’t know where these have been all my life; how have I not tried them before?!
Provocalips are Rimmel’s 16 hour kissproof lip colour and boy do they mean it. The lip product is dual ended and really easy to apply- simply coat the lips with the colour and leave them apart for a minute until the colour sets, then add the clear side to lock in the colour, add moisture and shine.
The colour payoff is incredibly intense, highly pigmented and very opaque which is a bold change for me as I do tend to wear more nude shades on a day to day basis. While the high impact colour is definitely a plus point to these lip products, it is their longevity and comfort that I am most impressed with.
I don’t know about you but I tend to associate long lasting lip colours with very drying matte formulas. Provocalips have a glossy finish and the overall product isn’t drying or tight feeling on the lips in the slightest. It is very comfortable to wear all day long and quite a surprise really when catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror 10 hours after applying my makeup to still see my lip colour looking perfect.
I do find that after eating and drinking, the glossy top coat isn’t as shiny so I need to top it up a little after a meal but the lip colour itself doesn’t budge at all; no smudging, no transfer, no bleeding and it really is kiss proof.
Removal isn’t as easy as some lip products but that’s totally understandable given the longevity of the lippy. To remove it, I use my Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover on a cotton pad, followed by lightly pressing a warm flannel over my lips to take away the excess lip colour and that usually does the trick.
Its clear that the stand outs from this look for me are the Rimmel Magnif’eyes eyeshadow palette and the Provocalips as they’re bold, long lasting and highly pigmented which is exactly what I want for my makeup on Valentine’s Day.
While the eyeliner and mascara aren’t for me, I love that there are others from Rimmel that I really enjoy using instead which goes to show the variety of their makeup range. It is great to find an affordable brand that cater to so many different styles, meaning that you can shop a whole look from them if you wanted to, rather than having a mascara from one brand and an eyeliner from another.
If you’re looking to try out some Rimmel products, Boots have a special deal on at the time of writing, which will enable your money to go f
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What are your favourite drugstore products? Which Rimmel products would you recommend to me?