Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Review

Today I will be talking about one of the most hyped up products in the beauty blogosphere – Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer. Everyone and their mother published a review of these babies, but of course, I have to share my opinion as well. Especially because I’ve noticed that it is different from most other people. I honestly don’t think I’ve read a single negative review before I decided to make the purchase a few months ago when I was visiting London, which is why I picked up two shades (Celestial & Nova). No, scratch that, that’s a lie. I did read one negative review written by Jessica talking about how the red shade didn’t set and got all over her face, but the ‘you HAVE to try it out, everyone did’ voice in my head convinced me to buy them anyways. And since I did go for lighter shades, I thought I wouldn’t experience the same problems. Well, I am happy to inform you that I indeed didn’t have problems with the smearing situation, but there are some other things that bother me about these lip lacquers. If you want to know which, keep on reading!

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Review with swatches celestial nova
A: Celestial, B: Nova

First of all, the smell. Or the taste. I don’t even know. Probably both. You first have to know that I am usually not really bothered by strange or strong scents, but this one just doesn’t float my boat. It smells artificially weird (yes, this is the best I can give you) and the scent lingers for ages, so I can constantly feel the product in my throat. I can’t even say that it’s strong or anything like that to be honest, but the taste I get in my mouth when I wear these is not pleasant. 

Moving on, another major disappointment is the lasting power. After reading dozens of posts on how these products last for hours on your lips and even make it through meals, you can’t blame me for expecting great things, but the truth is that these lip lacquers are no better than any other lip gloss. I can’t even imagine them lasting me through a meal, because they disappear from my lips in less than an hour. I gave them a second, a third, a fifth chance to prove me wrong, but the magic never happened.

And now the last thing I have a bit of a problem with is the doe foot applicator. I love it, but I also hate it. Let me explain. As you can see in the photo above, there’s some kind of a hole in the middle of the the applicator in which the product gets stored. Aparently, the idea behind this invention was to make the application easier and quicker, since you don’t have to dip the applicator into a tube several times to get more product out. I do have to say that the applicator does exactly what it promises, but I also have to tell you that things can look messy before you get the hang of it. When I was applying the product for the first couple of times, I had a lot of problems with uneven application. There seemed to be too much product on the applicator and I always ended up with more product around my mouth instead of in the center of my lips. After several applications, I did learn how to work with it and I no longer have to wipe the excess product off the wand before I apply it, but this is the product I definitely won’t be (re)applying on the go, without a mirror. Never ever. 

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Review with swatches celestial nova
L: Nova, R: Celestial

Now that I got the negative feelings off my chest, let’s move on to the positive characteristics. There are two things I really like about this product – the packaging and the pigmentation. Let’s start with the packaging. For a drugstore product, I think it is very well made. It looks sleek, I love how you can see the shade of the lip lacquer without having to search for a label or opening it up, and I also really like the closure. You can hear the satisfying click when you close the product and there is no leaking, which is something that I’ve previously experienced with a lot of drugstore lip glosses. 

The second pro, as mentioned, is color payoff. It is flippin’ amazing. Both shades that I own are completely opaque and true to colour with only one swipe. If only they lasted for a longer period of time on my lips…

Moving on, I have a couple more things to discuss. Let’s begin with the finish. I feel creamy would be the right word to describe it. It’s a mix between a gloss and a lipstick, but even though it looks quite glossy on the lips, it definitely doesn’t feel like a lip gloss. It is not sticky (thank god), and it feels drier and heavier. It is definitely not hydrating, yet I haven’t noticed it drying out my lips either. 

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Review with swatches celestial nova

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Review with swatches celestial nova

That would be it for today’s review of the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers. I know that I started off the post very negative, but you have to know that these are by no means BAD products. I just don’t think they deserve the hype they’ve been getting, that’s all. What are your thoughts? I’m sure a lot of you have tried them out by now, so I would love to hear what you think.


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  1. Lollistick Aida
    March 20, 2014 / 10:49 am

    Se kar strinjam, samo men je okus/vonj ful všeč 😀 ampak tud ne razumem, zakaj *takšen* hype okol njih.

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 5:25 pm

      Haha, res?! Men je pa tako ogaben… K ena zažgana plastika. :/

    • Lollistick Aida
      March 20, 2014 / 7:01 pm

      Men pa k jagode oz. neko sadje 😀

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 8:05 pm

      Hahaha, mogoče pa tvoj drugače diši. Zdej bi ga pa prou rada povohala. XD

  2. Taya
    March 20, 2014 / 11:08 am

    Vonj in aplikator sta mene tudi zmotila. Jaz bi raje videla, da bi bil navaden aplikator brez te luknjice. Pri Celestial mi nanos še uspe lepo, pri Apocaliptic pa moram biti že bolj pozorna, da ga lepo nanesem. Na meni Celestial zdrži kaki dve uri, Apocaliptic tri, ampak kosila pa tudi ne preživita. Imajo pa krasne odtenke in pigmentacija je odlična.

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:28 pm

      Tudi jaz bi raje videla čisto navaden aplikator…

  3. Holly Keyes
    March 20, 2014 / 11:53 am

    I definitely agree about the scent/smell, it's very strange and I'm definitely not keen! The colours are amazing though xx Impatience is a Virtue | Lifestyle & Beauty Blog

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:28 pm

      Yes, the shades really are amazing. Too bad about the scent. :/

  4. Nina in the Spring
    March 20, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    Ful dobre slike. 🙂 Jaz mam od teh dveh Celestial in mi je res lepa every day barva. Vonj pa res ni bog ve kaj, ja. 😀

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:29 pm

      Hvala! Ja, res je ful čuden… 😀

  5. On The Dressing Table
    March 20, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    I found with these the way to get the colour to last is to apply a sheer layer, blot and then another layer on top 🙂 I agree the applicator can be a bit messy.Anna | On The Dressing Table

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:30 pm

      That doesn't work on my either. The only difference with that sort of application is that it leaves a slight tint on my lips, but this is not what I'm looking for. I wish it stayed creamy. 😀

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:30 pm


  6. Catherine Loves
    March 20, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    Such lovely colours x Catherines Loves

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:31 pm

      Yes, the shades are pretty perfect for every day.

  7. Jessica
    March 20, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    The shades look so wonderful on you, Sandra, that it actually pains me to know they're so hard to work with it. I really didn't like them, and you're right they are WAY over hyped! The formula and opacity and gorgeous colors make you WANT to love this product, but everything else like longevity and the fact that it never sets makes me never want to touch it again. At least you tried with safer colors, haha, and didn't look like a clown at school with red all over XD Great review!Jess | The Mod Mermaid

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:32 pm

      Couldn't have said it better myself. The fact that the colour payoff is so incredible really makes me want to love them, but I just can't… XD

  8. Liss Cope
    March 20, 2014 / 4:02 pm

    I agreed with the scent…is very weird.. like plastic weird hehe! they look lovely on you !! xx

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks! Yes, you're right, it is very plasticky! Yuck.

  9. Fisi ♥
    March 20, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    I'm probably the only person who absolutely loves the scent of these haha! Personally I really like them, especially the shades Apocaliptic and Stellar.

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:34 pm

      Haha, apparently you're not, but I don't understand how you love it. It's smells like burnt plactic to me, haha. 😀

  10. Deja
    March 20, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    Haha, js mam enga in nism čist razumela zakaj so tako popularni. Meni sicer ostane mlace barve tudi po obroku, ampak to se mi skoraj z vsako šminko nrdi.Lahko bi preživela tudi brez Apocalipsov :DSuper review.

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:34 pm

      Maš magične ustnice, haha. Meni niti pikica ne ostane. 😀

  11. Sanja
    March 20, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    Meni tudi dišijo 😀 Pa ne vem kak je z mojimi ustnicami, ampak na meni res zelo dolgo zdržijo, tudi če jem in pijem ostane stain, res zanimivo 🙂 Se pa strinjam, da aplikator ni najbolj posrečen…

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 6:36 pm

      Kako ti dišijo?! Haha. Kater odtenek pa imaš drugače? Ker zgleda, da temnejše barve malo dalj držijo…

    • Sanja
      March 21, 2014 / 10:17 am

      Če je pa taka dišeča, sladko-kisla mešanica, ne vem na neke bombone me spominjajo :DCelestial in Apocaliptic imam, in sta mi oba kul 🙂

  12. D. Ralok
    March 20, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    Haha, evo še ena se oglaša, ki ji tile Apocalipsi dišijo 😀 Jst bi z gotovostjo trdila, da je lubenica pa še neki 🙂 Drugače pa ja, moj Galaxy na ustnicah zdrži malce dlje kot Celestial, ampak je Celestial bolj nosljiv odtenek za vsakdan. Sem imela Novo na WL že odkar sem pisala objavo o njih in zdajle, ko jo vidim na tebi sem *.* do ušes zaljubljena v ta odtenek, spet!

    • Sandra
      March 20, 2014 / 9:04 pm

      Haha, kako?! Še mal pa bom začela verjeti, da jih ima pol od nas smrdečo verzijo, pol pa dišečo. 😛

  13. Halima - Fashionicide
    March 20, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    They look amazing on you, especialy Nova! Fab review my love. x

  14. caise
    March 21, 2014 / 8:41 am

    I didn't like them either:-) they smell really weird and I don't like their texture

  15. Wioletta Druć
    March 21, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    Wow! Great post darling!Do you wanna follow each other?Kisses!zabawa-moda.blogspot.com

  16. sleepandwater
    March 22, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    Celestial is so pretty on you 🙂 I have read many reviews on these and overall the reaction seems quite mixed. I'm actually quite amazed that I have resisted these – believe it or not even with a massive lip product problem, I still haven't bought any :p

  17. Laura
    March 22, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    I never got around to purchasing these when they were being hyped up and I haven't heard much about them since so I forgot about them. It doesn't sound like I am missing much though.Laura | Breton & Blush

  18. Gemma Turner
    March 23, 2014 / 12:27 am

    They both look so pretty on you. I love Luna 😀 it's my favourite shade from the range xx Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

  19. Antee Gurung
    March 23, 2014 / 9:32 am

    it looks so nice on u. prettybtw do check out my new poststay in touchxoxo

  20. Chiara Giatti
    March 23, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    this is a great product and looks really good on you!Chiarawww.chiaweb.it – SPRING GIVEAWAY pls join! 😉

  21. Laura Neuzeth
    March 29, 2014 / 12:19 am

    Celestial looks gorgeous! I wouldn't had thought of picking up that shade but I really need it.Laurawww.lauraneuzeth.com

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