Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick: Review and Swatches

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Are you a matte lip lover?

Then listen up because Rimmel have got a FABULOUS new release for you!

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Rimmel have launched their brand new range of matte lipsticks this autumn. 

The Only 1 Matte Lipstick line features nine beautiful shades that are all very wearable, even the purple colour!  There’s something for everyone from pale to dark nudes to pinks, reds and purples.

The tones are very seasonally appropriate for autumn and winter but some of the lighter ones would be great for the spring and the bright shade that I love ‘Call The Shots’ would be beautiful in the summer.  Perhaps they’ll release some extra shades in time for the warmer months… I do hope so as the formula of these lipsticks is great.

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The Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipsticks have a velvet matte formula which makes them creamier than a traditional matte lipstick.  They’re very much a modern matte which means that they give you that gorgeous, long lasting matte lip look but they are more comfortable to apply and wear and they don’t dry your lips out in the way that traditional matte products can.

The bullet is slanted in shape but is otherwise flat with no curve to the tip.  The shape of the lipstick actually makes applying it very easy and I’m able to really sculpt out my cupids bow when wearing one of these lipsticks.

The formula of the lipstick foremost but also the shape of the bullet ensures that these lipstick have more of a glide to them than a drag during application.

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(L to R) 700 Trendsetter, 200 Salute, 610 High Flyer

The colour is more or less opaque from the first swipe but I’m always more careful when applying darker colours so I take my time and build up the shape and colour.  I love how pigmented the shades are; the colour pay off is fabulous and they’re pretty true to how the shade looks in the bullet when they’re on the lips, which I think really helps you to be able to buy with confidence.

I don’t find that lip liners are required when wearing these lipsticks as I haven’t found any of them to bleed; I was even able to wear the red, no. 500 Take The Stage all night, with confidence that it wouldn’t bleed when I posted this instagram photo.

The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks all have great staying power.  I found that the colour would last for hours on my lips and would only need touching up in the centre of my lips if I had eaten.

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(L to R) 800 Run The Show, 110 Leader Of The Pink, 120 Call The Shots

The lipstick is comfortable to apply, wear throughout the day and reapply if needed.  It doesn’t dry the lips out or make them feel as though they’re going to shrivel up and fall off like one of the Colour Pop matte liquid lipsticks did on my lips.

These lipsticks remind me of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks in that they’re not a drying matte and they apply smoothly without dragging the lips.  What is also similar about them is that while they’re both matte, they don’t leave the lips looking flat.

However they aren’t dupes of one another.  The Rimmel lipstick is drier than the Charlotte Tilbury one, both in how it appears in the bullet, how it swatches and how it applies to the lips.  The Charlotte Tilbury range is more pigmented and creamy feeling on the lips which makes it feel less matte.

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(L to R) 500 Take The Stage, 810 The Matte Factor, 750 Look Who’s Talking

I’m so impressed with these new Rimmel lipsticks.  While their red packaging is different to the luxe packaging I usually go for, I do love that there is a band of colour around the base of the bullet to indicate what colour shade is inside without you having to flip the lipstick over to check the base or to take the lid off to check the actual lipstick inside.  This is really handy and saves time if you have more than 1 of a particular lipstick.

The packaging is very sturdy and well made with a secure click ensuring that the lid wont come off and end up floating around in the bottom of your handbag.

I’d definitely recommend picking some of these lipsticks up if you’re looking for a matte lipstick that is comfortable to wear all day.

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Find out more about Rimmel products on their website and shop The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks on ASOS, Feel Unique, Boots, Superdrug and in store at Asda and Tesco.


Which lipstick shade is your favourite?  Do you love matte lipsticks?


  1. jodie whitham
    December 22, 2016 / 6:19 am

    Sound lovely- I'd love to say I'm daring and like run the show, but I'd probably where a nude shade like salute. I never wear lipsticks as find them hard to apply but the shape makes them look easier! Also love that they're creamier as lips are dry at the moment x

  2. Kumba Dauda
    December 22, 2016 / 8:00 am

    It good that they don't dry your lips out I always worry about that with matte lipsticks. I do love them but I try to avoid during the winter months because I end up having to put lip balm on top of my lippie because of cracked lips. Its a nightmare.. I haven't wore lipstick that much recently but looking forward to wearing it on christmas & new year! Kumbear Xo

  3. Claire
    December 22, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    This looks lovely! I just got some Rimmel goodies through the post – looking forward to trying them out.

  4. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    December 22, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    They have some very pretty colours in this range. I really like the Trendsetter and Look Who's Talking.

  5. Amelia Larsen
    December 22, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    These sound great as I've had similar experiences with matte lipsticks making my lips feel like they're going to fall off like you did with colourpop. Leader of the pink is a lovely shade!

  6. Lilinha Angel
    December 22, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Such a lovely collection of shades. I usually go for a pink/ red colour! 🙂

  7. Rhian Westbury
    December 23, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Rimmel has always been a great drug store brand and I do love their lipsticks x

  8. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    December 23, 2016 / 9:56 am

    These all look amazing! Such pretty colours.

  9. beautyqueenuk
    December 23, 2016 / 11:22 am

    I have this collection and was surprised at how many of the shades are wearable x

  10. Dena Jayne
    December 24, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I love the look on them swatches! Call the shots looks pretty! xo

  11. Stephanie Merry
    December 24, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I have these as well and love them – they're my favourites at the moment x

  12. Anosa Malanga
    December 25, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    What a lovely collection of lipsticks, I went to go pick up look whose talking and was gutted to find it wasn't in my local superdrug as that my favourite

  13. Hannah Latoya Bond
    December 26, 2016 / 11:54 am

    These look awesome. I love matte lipsticks. I really like the purple one x

  14. Daniella Keating
    December 28, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I love these lipsticks. Matte are my favourite.

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