Is there such a thing as too much staying power; that’s the question I’m asking today. I’m pretty sure we’ve all been getting ready to go out somewhere, putting on our lipstick and then realising we are going to need to bring it to top up our lips throughout the night. So we then go on the hunt for a longer lasting product which will only need one touch up, and then after that one touch up becomes too much we resort to finding an even longer lasting product. That is where the Rimmel Provocalips range fits in; it takes long lasting to a whole new level.
Now Rimmel know all about long lasting formulas from their Apocalips range, which are available in an amazing range of colours and also now a matte finish. However, one of their latest releases are named Provocalips; 16 hours Kissproof Lip Colour. The description off the Rimmel website says:
‘Kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof high impact endless colour. No tight feeling or dry lips. Lips feel smooth and moisturised all day long. Easy removal with Oil based makeup remover.’
So that’s what Rimmel have to say about their product, but in my opinion, how did it measure up to these claims? The product is dual ended with a colour side and a topcoat, both apply from a doe foot sponge applicator which isn’t my favourite kind, as it can’t give such a precise line of application, but it does an ample job. Once applied this will not budge, I say it again: This. Will. Not. Budge. Slight fading, but bleeding or transferring no way, not gonna happen. With regards to the ‘no tight feeling’ I have to say that at the start it had a slight tight feeling but after a few minutes that completely went and I was left with lips that looked glossy and full. As of yet I have not worn this for a full day so I cannot completely say I know whether this will definitely stay for the 16 hours but I’m pretty sure it will last.
Now my only bugbear with these is their removal, or failure of removal in my case. Now they say that oil based removers will easily get rid of the colour but I do not own an oil makeup remover as my go to remover is a micellar water. When I came to removing this I destroyed my lips. After scrubbing away with my micellar water I eventually ended up applying lip balm and removing it with the water repeatedly which eventually got the worst of it off. I haven’t yet decided whether to invest in an oil based makeup remover to test if that can get it off, but if I do I will update you.
So, overall this does what it says on the tin, or tube, it is long lasting and definitely ‘kissproof’ (a Valentine’s product maybe?) But for those with sensitive lips you may want to steer clear as unless you have an oil based makeup remover handy your lips are going to take a scrubbing. To answer the question to which this post started with, I do think that there is such this as too much staying power, there is long lasting and then there is non removable and this sits between the two leaning slightly more towards the non removable. Don’t get me wrong the product is almost unique in it’s performance but it’s definitely not an everyday product in my eyes.
Have you come across these yet? Do you have any removal tips for me to try, because I do love the colour I just need to be able to remove it easily!