Rimmel Provocalips vs pizza!

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After Rimmel’s Apocolips range of liquid lipsticks, there came Provocalips (see what they did there!) a double-ended wand with highly pigmented colour, and a balm/shine fixer at the other end. These wonder sticks are available in eight shades and promise 16-hours of wear time. As a lipstick-lover with a busy schedule I’ve been waiting for a product like this – but does it actually work? I set my self the challenge (excuse) and ordered a massive pizza to see if this power-pucker promise was true to its word. 

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My good friend Hannah (also a make-up junkie) gave me this as a gift. Having seen tons of other blog posts on it I was super-keen to try. I tend to struggle with matte lipsticks or anything that claims “long-wear” as I find they tend to be drying and can make my lips sore, in turn making the product crumble – which of course looks awful by midday and defies the whole point of wearing it in the first place. 

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Here I applied the fun red shade “Kiss me you fool”. The formula was quite liquidy but was easy to apply with the doe-foot brush, smoothing over the lips evenly. I would say be really careful here as the tester swatch from my hand has not budged all day! I find if you turn the brush around so the smoothest side is facing outwards you can use the more pointy edge to fine line your lips for greater precision.  

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This part is quite important. As the colour dries it will start to feel quite sticky, avoid the temptation to close your lips or rub together like with a lipstick as it will mess it up. Instead keep your lips parted (try not to drool!) and wait around 60 seconds for them to dry before then adding the step 2 lock and shine. Smooth over like a lipgloss to add a little moisturisation and shine. I really like how Classic and vibrant this shade looks!

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This part is an incredibly scientific experiment so pay attention! I was willing to volunteer myself to test the Provocalips out on this huge stuffed crust pizza. You don’t need me to tell you how much delicious, but potentially lipstick-ruining grease is on this sexy pizza, but can the lip colour stay put as it claims? I love wearing colour in my lips but often won’t bother if I’m going out for a meal or on a date as I don’t want the stress of wondering if it has slid off my face or disappeared completely – and no one wants to be checking a mirror constantly – so in the comfort of my own home, with Daryl Hall & John Oates on my stereo, I didn’t hold back. (For science of course!)

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After consuming almost half of the pizza (don’t judge me!) and swilling back a few glasses of water, it was so nice to not see a lipstick mark on my glass – this will be ace for work meetings as I hate leaving that tell-tale kiss of a lipstick on a coffee mug. As you can see from the photos above, this product proved itself with top marks under tough test conditions. I was able to eat, drink, lick my lips and plant non-transferable kisses on Roxy without leaving a mark, or smudging the look. Pretty incredible. 

Any downsides? The colour does start to vacate on the insides of your lips, which is perhaps less noticeable with a more neutral colour but for a vibrant red like this it would require touch ups before 16-hours! I would also recommend reapplying the balm end to keep moisturised and avoid cracks or crumbles.

£6.99 from boots

 

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