Rimmel Apocalips

When these first came out I remember swatching them in the store and not being hugely impressed, so I left them and never bought any. Then a couple of weeks later I was reading through various blogs and came across a few reviews saying they really liked them, so I decided to give them a shot!

I picked up two colours and in all honesty now, I can see why people like them so much.

The two colours I got were Nova (the pinkier shade) and Aurora (the slightly more red shade).

Rimmel Apocalips Aurora and Nova

When first swatched on your hand they can feel a little thick and sticky and not very nice (hence putting off buying them to start with), but when applied to the lips they are actually very smooth and although they have a thicker texture than a lipgloss, they don’t feel sticky or too thick at all.

Aurora and Nova Rimmel Apocalips swatches

I would say from my experience they will stay on your lips for roughly twice the amount of time from a standard gloss, but not as long as lip stain or long lasting lip stick.

When applied to the lips they go on very smoothly and almost feel a little creamy in texture, they aren’t sticky at all, and the colour payoff is instant.

After a while they can start to feel a little dry so the best way I have found to solve this is either apply another coat on top the way you would if you were topping your usual lipgloss, or you get a sheer/clear lipgloss and apply it over the top.

One thing I definitely would say with these lip gloss/colours is to make sure your lips are dry and clean, but also exfoliated and smooth. Any slightly dry/dead skin on your lips will stand out when you apply these so use either a lip scrub (bought or home made) or a soft toothbrush to buff your lips smooth, then apply a lip balm and let it absorb into your lips so that the Apocalips will glide on so smoothly with the most even distribution of colour.

I tried applying a lip liner across the whole lip under these to see if it would help the colour stay on longer, be I didn’t really find much of a difference. Possibly because these glosses stain the lips a little themselves, there wasn’t any noticeable difference when applied over the top of a lip liner.

To get these back off of the lips, due to the fact they do stain a little, I found the best way is just to use your usual eye makeup remover as a little will help it come off a lot easier than just trying to use water.

All in all I am glad I read those blogs and did pick these up, and as they retail at around £6.49 each they aren’t too expensive either and I will definitely be getting some of the other colours in the range!

Have you got or tried these? Do you like the sound of them?

Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Marjolein

    October 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I’ve been walking past these a few times and wasn’t sure. about them. But after reading your review on them I might go out and get them now! The tips you give in this post are very helpful! Great post!

    1. Kammitted

      October 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      That’s exactly what I was like until I read some other reviews online! They are actually great! 🙂 Thank you for the lovely comment! x

  2. Laura

    October 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I love these a lot! I own 4 colors and plan to pick up more 🙂

    Pink Frenzy

    1. Kammitted

      October 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I will definitely be getting more the next time I am out shopping! 🙂 x

  3. Emily

    October 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    You must try the red one out its fantasic!


    1. Kammitted

      October 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Oh thank you I shall! I can imagine the red would be amazing as they colour payoff on these is fab! x

  4. Taylor McPherson

    October 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try these for ages and I was never sure! this has totally stepped me in the right direction, thank you! <3

    1. Kammitted

      October 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      They are a lot better than I thought they would be when I first swatched them! Do give them a go! Let me know which colours you get! 🙂 x

  5. Cint

    October 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I think I might have to cave in and buy these, I’m thinking the red shade that you’ve reviewed and the nude one!
    Like you I swatched one ages ago and thought it was kind of ‘meh’ ha

    Cint @ Makeup and Messes X

    1. Kammitted

      October 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Haha, that’s why they have been out ages and yet I only bought them now! The red one is fabulous as it’s definitely red but without being really really bright red!
      I want the nude one now too! 🙂

  6. Sarah Lauren

    October 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I bought the Apocalips a few weeks ago after seeing some great blog reviews, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with them atm, I kinda of like the fact the colour stains my lips for a while, but I’m not a fan of how they gloss doesn’t seem to dry up & the colour smudges so quickly 🙁

    btw I’m loving your blog…I didn’t realise during tonights bblogger chat I already followed you on bloglovin’ 🙂
    -sarah xo

    1. Kammitted

      October 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Have you tried using Lipcote on them? I haven’t so can’t comment, but it could work? 🙂
      Aww thank you! I am now following you too! Thanks for the comment! 😀 xx

  7. Raspberrykiss

    October 17, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Nova looks absolutely gorgeous. I only own one Apocalips in the shade Galaxy which is a little darker than what I’d normally go for but really pretty 🙂 xo

    1. Kammitted

      October 17, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Oooh a darker one would be nice for this time of year! Will have to look into that! Thanks for the comment! 🙂 x

  8. Rosie

    October 17, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I loveee the apocolips but I don’t have either of these, they both look gorgeous. I haven’t seen Aurora before but it looks so lovely, must go and find it


    1. Kammitted

      October 17, 2013 at 1:44 am

      Aurora is one of their newer shades I believe! It’s beautiful as it is red without being too bright/in your face! 🙂 x

  9. Hannah

    October 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I love these and I’m really not a lip gloss kinda gal. They are perfect for that exact thing. If you love colour but don’t want a heavy lipstick and can’t hack a sticky lip gloss. Perfect review 🙂

    Hannah xxx

    1. Kammitted

      October 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Thank you! I am glad you agree! 🙂 They do seem to be a great solution if you want some colour fast, but without the hassle! 🙂

  10. Charlotte (@makupbcandlelit)

    October 17, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Aurora is such a gorgeous vibrant shade, I’ve worn it so much since I got it – love it :o). Xx


    1. Kammitted

      October 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it! The fact it is a red shade, but not a really bright statement red makes it so easy to wear too! 🙂 x

  11. Ebony Jay

    October 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Wow these colors are really nice. I have been seeing them in the stores but I have never felt compelled to buy them until now! (: great post!

    1. Kammitted

      October 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      You should totally give them a go! They are a lot nicer to wear on the lips than you would assume! 🙂 x

  12. Jordan

    October 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I love the Apocalips. You have some lovely shades 🙂

    1. Kammitted

      October 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you! What shades do you have? 🙂 x

  13. Kate Flint

    October 18, 2013 at 12:15 am

    They always change the names between UK and Australia (and sometimes the US as well) It can be a little frustrating haha! It looks like Aurora is similar to our Stellar, awesome colour 🙂 I found Nova to be a little too blue-toned to suit me, so I tried Celestial as an alternative and love it so much (I am actually wearing it today!)

    Great post. I agree with everything you said about making sure lips are in good condition. Because of the texture of this formula it can be unforgiving on dry lips!

    Kate Xx

    1. Kammitted

      October 18, 2013 at 12:38 am

      I know it’s so frustrating when they do that! Lol. It is a beautiful colour though 🙂
      Ahh see I love the more blue-toned lip colours so it’s a winner for me! 🙂
      Thanks! I thought I would add it in! The difference in applying it before and after lip scrub was incredible! xx

  14. Laura Thornberry

    October 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    absolute gorgeous shades!
    i’ve tried out luna and stellar and they are lovely aswell!

    Laura xxx

    1. Kammitted

      October 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      They are lovely shades aren’t they! Oh I haven’t got those two, I will have to keep an eye out! 🙂

  15. Saadiya

    October 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Great review! I love these! I have the one in Nova and a couple of others too but I think the Nova one is my fave.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂


    1. Kammitted

      October 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 Nova is a beautiful shade isn’t it 🙂
      No problem, I enjoyed reading it! 🙂 x

  16. Karen

    November 15, 2013 at 3:53 am

    New visitor to your blog after meeting you on twitter from #FF. I am enjoying your posts! I was just looking at the color offerings of these in the US (they are called “Show Off Lip Lacquers” here). I didn’t really find one I really loved, but will go back and have a look when I have more time to really browse. Love the colors you chose!

    1. Kammitted

      November 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      I am so glad you are liking my blog! 🙂 The colours can look a little bland in store, but if you swatch them and try one, I am sure you will love them too! x

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