July 22, 2013

BFF Beauty Review: Rimmel Apocalips Rimmel Show OFF Lip Lacquer

The Apocalips have hit the motherland! I can not tell you how long I've waited to see these lip products hit the shelves in the U.S. I've read so many reviews and heard people rave about these lip lacquers. I was so happy when Rimmel responded to our tweet and directed us to Walgreens to find the Rimmel Lip Lacquer display.

Lip Lacquer Review

What exactly is a lip lacquer? It's sort of a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss. They apply like a lipgloss. They glide on very smoothly and then dry out a little bit and look more like a matte lipstick in an hour or so. They are very pigmented, and a single dab in the tube is all you need to apply to your lips. The Rimmel Lip Lacquers have lasted for about 3-4 hours on my lips. They are a little bit staining, which looks quite nice in my opinion.

I've wanted to sample a variety of the shades of these Rimmel Lip Lacquers. I would have loved to buy each color, but there are about 14 shades of these lip lacquers released in the U.S. , which frankly my budget would not allow. The shades range from nude to pink to bright red, so I'm sure everyone will find a favorite. It took me ages to finally make a decision on which shades to purchase. 

Before we go into the review, can we all just pause and admire the names of these Rimmel Lip Lacquers? Big Bang, Aurora, Luna, Light Year, Celestial, Comet, Solstice and  Galaxy. I mean, really! These names go so well with the 'Apocalips' theme of these lip lacquers. I just wish the U.S. would also have these marketed as 'Apocalips' as opposed to 'Show off'. I really like when the products have such creative names as oppose to 'Red 053'.

Ultimately, I made the decision to buy the 'Big Bang', which has been an overall winner in all the beauty reviews I have read. I also chose the 'Apocalyptic' and 'Luna'. These are $4.99 at Walgreens at the moment. I think this is a reasonable price due to how pigmented these Rimmel Lip Lacquers are and how long they last on my lips.

The Apocalyptic Lip Lacquer [left] is a fushia pink color with slightly blue undertones, which makes your teeth look whiter and who doesn't like that?

The Big Bang Lip Lacquer [center] is a bright red lip lacquer. I totally understand why everyone loves this shade. It is just the most perfect shade of bright red lip product. It's not a pink red or an orange red. It is just red. 

 The Luna Lip Lacquer [right] is a beautiful Peachy nude. I'll be honest- I was never into 'nudes' because I felt like they washed me out so much more, especially since I'm so pale, but this nude actually warmed up my complexion. I really like how it makes me look a bit like I spent some quality time outside. 

Overall, I think these are great products! I'm already thinking of buying one more shade (Celestial or Stellar). I really like the fact that they are a combination of a lipstick and a lip gloss. I won't ever have to worry whether the lip gloss I chose goes well with my lipstick. I really like the applicator, the sponge head is so soft that these products feel luxurious. It is such a treat to use these. A little of this product goes a long way, because these Rimmel Lip Lacquers are really pigmented.

Have you tried the Rimmel Lip Lacquers? What do you think of them?

P.S. If you do decide to purchase these yourself, make sure you check that your lip lacquer has not been previously opened. I know that this has been an issue to many girls, because these products unfortunately are not sealed and do not come in any extra packaging. So what you want to do is: 

  • Check if the little sticker label is unbroken. (if it isn't your golden!)
  • If the sticker is broken or you just can't tell, slowly pull out the wand halfway. The top portion (right at the end of the tube) of the lip lacquer will be clear. (As soon as you pull out the whole wand the shade of the lacquer will be  visible)


  1. Those are so pretty! I can't wait to try some of these!


  2. What an amazing review. So comprehensive! I want one now! Have a happy Monday and be sure to check out my newest dress!

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  4. Hi Girls!
    Thanks for your lovely comment on our Beachy Casual Post.
    These lip lacquers look amaaazing! I never would have known about these so thanks!! I am always on the prowl for lip products and especially one that will make my teeth look whiter :) I Love red but it seems to make my teeth appear more yellow and I am a teeth bleacher haha.

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  6. i recently got 2 and i love them!!!

  7. I haven't tried these glosses as yet, thanks for your great review and recommendation, love the first two shades. thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Very cool lopstick!! I love red!))
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  9. I love that red Rimmel!! Looks stunning - I'm looking for a nice red to wear :) Thanks for this!! <3


  10. great review, love the peachy nude one.

    Kiki Simone

  11. The look so Pigmented! Can't wait to try them!

    Travesías a un mejor YO