I wrote a post last year on the Rimmel Provocalips range, back when they were fairly new. In fact the post was mainly about how they have such ridiculous staying power; you have to scrub to get rid, even with an oil based makeup remover, (which is why the swatches below are on paper!)
These were released back when liquid lipsticks were not quite as popular as now. These are the first kind of liquid lipsticks I really tried, which is why you could say that this formula isn’t the best and that it’s also a two step process, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad.
The three shades I have are: Kiss Me You Fool (orange red,) Play With Fire (blue red) and Kiss Fatal (berry purple.) They’re double sided, on one end is the lacquer and the other has the sealing, moisturising, gloss. The lacquer sets quite quick but until you put the gloss over the top it will transfer, so no kissing, eating or drinking until you do. The colours are really pigmented but can be uneven if you don’t take care when applying, you’ll always need a mirror handy other wise it’s almost guaranteed to smudge and go everywhere. A couple of slight downsides to the product is how drying it is on the lips, the gloss takes the edge off slightly but it’s not great. Another is that if you layer the colour up too much it can start to crack and peel, but it’s only happened to me once before. If I’m honest though, you can get past its pitfalls because of the fact that it last forever! It claims to last 16 hours, and if I’m honest it would, yeah it would need topping up after eating and drinking but it would last. I’ve worn it for around 8 hours before with only a little top up needed.
Getting rid of it is the problem, it needs a remover with oil, something that not all of us always have to hand. And don’t naively think that your trusty micellar water will do it, because oh no, it will not, I’ve lived that dream. I’ve scrubbed my lips to within an inch of their life and it still wasn’t completely gone. So grab the coconut oil and have your fingers and toes crosses, and prepare to give it a couple of goes.
Overall the longevity of these is amazing, removal needs a little work, but longevity is faultless. The two steps is more work than the newer formulas but for a budget option it really isn’t too bad. I’d like a bigger colour choice like the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams have, then I might invest some more. Have you tried these, what did you think?