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Red Lipstick for Pale Skin: Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in 001

Red lipstick for Pale Skin: Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 001

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I honestly wasn’t looking for another red lipstick. Well, not any more than I’m ALWAYS looking for another red lipstick, that is. (I speak as someone who has yet another one in the mail to her as she writes this…) I’m actually pretty happy with my current collection, but I kept reading good things about Rimmel London’s ‘Kate’ lipstick, which just so happens to be stocked at, so the last time I placed an order there… well, let’s just say a lipstick might have found its way into the shopping basket too. Funny how that happens, huh?

Anyway, I ordered the Lasting Finish Lipstick in shade 001, which promised to be a bright, cherry red. It’s the colour Kate Moss wears in the adverts for this makeup line, and it looked pretty good in the photos, so that, plus the £5.49 price tag, pretty much decided me.

Red lipstick for Pale Skin: Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 001

Unlike most of the other red lipsticks I wear, this one is a non-matte finish. Rimmel also does a matte lipstick as part of the Kate Moss line, but I fancied a change, and as my lips are still looking pretty dry at the moment (My Sally Hansen Lip Balm finally died, and has yet to be replaced) I figured it might be a little more flattering, too.

The colour is, indeed, a nice, bright red: it’s slightly darker than something like MAC Ruby Woo or Revlon Really Red, and on me it has a bit of a blue undertone. It’s also much redder on me than I managed to capture on camera, which is why I’ve only included one photo of it actually ON below: I just couldn’t do it justice. (I’m blaming the crappy winter lighting, but actually red lipstick never really seems to show up right on me in photos, which is super-annoying, to say the least.)

As for the packaging, well, it’s fine: the lipstick comes in a black plastic case with Kate’s signature in red. It’s not an expensive lipstick, and it doesn’t really feel like one, but it doesn’t feel horribly cheap either. It does, however, have a rather strong, sweet scent: it’s not unpleasant, but I realised as soon as I opened it that it was very familiar to me, and I’m guessing it will be to anyone else who’s ever used Rimmel products at some point. I used to use them almost exclusively when I was in high school (it was all I could afford), so that particular scent has a bit of a “cheap makeup” association for me, although I should point out that’s purely the effect of my own associations, and not a reflection on the product itself. (The fact that I’m still buying Rimmel products every now again tells you I definitely don’t have any issue with their quality!)

The lipstick is very nice to use: it glides on easily, doesn’t drag or flake, and doesn’t dry out the lips, either. I generally use some lipliner with a shade this bright, but it’s not a very high-maintenance red, so it can be applied in a hurry if you need. I find the staying power not quite as good as the Revlon lipstick I’ve been using, but not too bad. If it’s blotted and re-applied when I apply it, it’ll get through a cup of coffee, say, without a huge amount of wear, although it would struggle to get through a meal. Without blotting, however, it’s gone after the first few sips, although I find the same is true of most lipsticks, so I don’t judge it too harshly for that.

Overall, I’d say this is pretty good value for the money, and I’ll probably check out some of the other colours in the line-up next time I’m near a Rimmel stand, so I’d consider it a success!

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  • WeeBurd


    I bought this a long while back, and for the first time ever, took the plunge and wore it on a night out (I have so many reds, but never enough nerve, lol!). Although I felt super self-conscious wearing such a bright colour, I got nothing but great compliments from all the other girlies- result! 🙂

    January 16, 2013
  • Jessica


    I really love Rimmel’s Kate line. I’ve noticed some colors have a longer staying power. The sweet fruity/bubblegum scent kind of annoyed me upon the first few uses but now I’m used to it and it doesn’t bother me. I want to try the new matte line but all the displays I find are empty

    January 23, 2013
  • Sally


    Thanks for this review, Amber – am looking for something a bit brighter to take on holidays with me, and thanks to your post, I’ll give this a try 🙂

    February 1, 2013
  • I have yet to check this one out but I LOVE M.A.C matte lipstick in Chilli, best red I’ve found!

    August 23, 2013
  • Anna


    I really love this lipstick, and I think it was the first red lipstick I’ve ever worn that wasn’t for a costume or anything. I never thought that I could pull off red lips, but my girlfriend offered to do my makeup for me and used this lipstick, and I liked it so much I had to go out and buy it for myself.

    I agree that it’s easy to use. I have a slight tremor in my hands, which can make it hard to put on makeup, but I don’t have much trouble putting this lipstick on because it glides so easily.

    September 21, 2013
  • Selina


    I have this exact one and I love it. Great colour and lasts for about 4 hours on me. I kept hearing people raving on about it so I decided that I must try it

    June 20, 2014