I’ve only recently started exploring lipstick – I’ve been using stains forever, and since Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains came out I’ve been happily trying out some long-wear colour. The main thing keeping me from wearing more lipstick is reapplication, and it’s often a mess before I remember! So predictably, my favourite finish is long-lasting matte.
I was really excited when Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick recently appeared in Australia. It’s available in 6 shades, and I’ve tried out three:
107 – Wine/berry-stain colour. This is the shade Kate Moss wears in the promotional images for the line. It’s a gorgeous not-too bright cool-leaning red that’s actually quite flattering on me! I usually shy away from cooler shades, but this one works, although I still don’t think I quite rock it.
111 Kiss of Life – A classic bright, bold, femme fatale red. It’s my favourite of the three, and I can see it being flattering on a range of skin tones. It’s also the only one with a name, and there’s probably some backstory to this which I don’t know about.
113 – Beige with a touch of pink. I was excited at the prospect of nude lipstick, but unfortunately this is a bit too pale for me, and any uneven application was super obvious. I added balm on top but it still wouldn’t behave entirely. It would work much better with paler skin!
All three lipsticks applied really smoothly for matte lipsticks, and it didn’t feel like I was dragging my lips across my face while putting them on. They’re also not as drying as the other mattes I’ve tried in the past, but they’re also a bit shinier. I have particularly fat lips and they dry out very quickly (sometimes I need to exfoliate them twice a day – these don’t moisturise well enough for me to use them alone for more than a few hours.
I used 111 for a pole competition and it lasted 8 hours with only a few touchups and not much transfer (something I’m really conscious of as I fling myself around upside down with arms and legs flailing all over the place). These are quite scented in the tube but I didn’t notice it when it was on my face. To me they smell rosy with a bit of fruit, which I imagine might be offensive to some people but I really liked it.
Overall, I’m in love with these! 107 and 111 will definitely be on high rotation. Only 6 shades are available in Australia so far (the ones I didn’t try are 103, 106 and 112). I have my eye on a few shades that have been released overseas (namely the warm orangey 106, 109 and 110), and I’m hoping they make their way here soon!
Are you a matte lippie fan? Which matte lipsticks are your favourites?
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick retails for $12.95, and can be found at Priceline, Target, Kmart, Big W, as well as some pharmacies and grocery stores.
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