I went to Walmart yesterday with the intention of picking up a Tide stain remover pen, and nothing else. Yet, I somehow found myself in the cosmetics aisle… This happens every time! Anyways, as I was browsing, I noticed there was a collection of lipsticks I had never tried before: Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish by Kate Moss. There weren’t very many in stock, so I grabbed the three available neutral shades at $4.50 apiece and headed to check out.
Let’s talk about the packaging first. It looks cute at first sight, but after handling the lipsticks I was reminded of the toy beauty products included in kids sets. Sort of like this:
The actual packaging is a peachy pink, with “Kate” in girly font and a crown engraved on the top. The plastic felt flimsy, and it sort of rattled as I swiveled the product up and down. Granted, this product was less than $5, so I wasn’t expecting super high-end packaging. However, I was a little surprised by how toy-like this felt.
The three lipsticks I chose were shades 40, 45, and 48. Here are the swatches, with and without flash. Please excuse their sloppiness, the lipstick kept slipping while I was trying to take the photos!
Pictured above: Without flash. Shades from top to bottom are 40, 45, and 48.
Pictured above: With flash. Shades from top to bottom are 40, 45, and 48.
I actually broke into this lipsticks and tried them out on the car ride back home (Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving). Why? The lighting was just so good, I couldn’t resist!
Above: Shade 40
Above: Shade 45
Above: Shade 48
I really loved shades 45 and 48. I don’t think shade 40 worked particularly well with my skin tone; I might end up using it to create an ombre effect with a darker lip color. The lipsticks went on smoothly; they have a buttery formula that made them easy and fun to put on! Now the real question is: do they live up to the “Lasting Finish” claim of 8 hour wear? No. I stuck with shade 48 for the rest of the day, and had to reapply after 4 hours – and that was without eating or drinking. However, I do think these lipsticks are a good deal. Other than the packaging, these are pretty awesome for under $5.00. Next time, I think I will pick up some of the more vibrant lasting finish lipsticks, instead of sticking with the neutrals.
What do you guys think? What is your favorite lipstick that is under $5?