01 July 2012

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipsticks

I really, really, really like Rimmel - I am rarely disappointed by their product offerings.  Granted I tend to buy lipstick and nailpolish more frequently from Drugstore brands than things like foundation, powder and blush.  But I think that's most people.  Anyways!  The point of this post is to show you swatches of the Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipsticks... or the ones that trip my rift anyway.

I enjoy this packaging.  A lot.

The tubes themselves are sleek and unobtrusive but still stylistically appealing for a drugstore product.  I like that Kate Moss is endorsing these products enough to put her signature on the packaging.  Whether or not this is her actual signature, I haven't the foggiest, but the script is still really nice.  Wow - why am I waxing poetic about font?  For realzies.
The shades I own - A nude, the new "smokey finish" shade, and a kick ass purple.
14 and 4 are previous offerings from the line and shade 15 is from the new collection featuring exclusively red hues.  15 is clearly not red, because it is the "smokey" finish shade, meant to be layered over top.  But I'm weird and bought it to wear on its lonesome.

The claim behind Lasting Finish Lipsticks, other than it being designed by Kate Moss and offering more fashion forward shades, is that they are supposed to have a component/ chemical/ mineral/ marketing BS called Black Diamond that makes the lipsticks shinier, and more light reflecting.  I can't corroborate the claims for wear, because on the website there is no specific information about wear for the Kate Moss lipsticks, but the regular Lasting Finish lipsticks last for 8 hours, and I saw a claim for 8 hour wear on the duster at the store.  I suspect, and hope that you will take the leap and agree with me, that this claim is complete bullshit.

04 - Besides being the name of a character in an awesome book series (FIVE POINTS IF YOU GUESS IT RIGHT!), is the shade of purple I have been looking for.  I've been really getting into lipsticks lately - like full, in your face lipsticks with unusual textures, colors and finishes.  04, while being a lovely, robust shade of purple, has some drawbacks.  Namely, Rimmel gave this particular lipstick a crappy texture.  Most LF lipsticks are pretty smooth, creamy and layer fairly well.  04 does not.  It's very easy to over-apply and it sticks on itself, so you get areas that are super opaque and areas that are very sheer.  You have to be willing to work with it, in order to get it to apply smoothly, but when it does, its a gorgeous shade.

14 - It's a smooth, creamy nude color with a hint of pink and a hint of grey.  It looks good on every skintone, and it's a great staple shade.  Yeah.  That about sums it up.

15 - I didn't purchase this color to layer over other shades and add depth.  I purchased this color to wear alone.  It's a great sheer, silvered taupe shade and a lip color that you don't see being worn very often.  I find colors like these a great foil for intense eye makeup or a subtle underscore to a daily look when you just want something different.  I love colors like these.  In fact, I have two lipsticks that are incredibly similar to this shade.

Perm, Drugstore, LE.

Three similar colors to 15!  MAC Icon is a permanent frost-y bronze shade, that when layered gives a gorgeous warm, tawny taupe color.  Rimmel 15 has a slightly pinkier hue out of the two, which makes it more wearable than you'd think.  MAC Riveting is LE from Metal Maven in either 2009 or 2010, and I'm not sure if it's available anymore but its a delightful taupe with hint of mauve.

And now for some gratuitous pictures of my face with the lipstick(s) on.
I procured my lipsticks at Walgreens for $5.29.


  1. 14 looks great. I'll have to check it out. I'm always on the lookout for a good nude lippie. Odd question: Is there a scent to these? I love the Revlon lippies, but the scent is just too much for me. :(

    1. There is sort of a weird plastic fruit scent, but the tubes aren't sealed so you can pop them off and smell them instore.