Rimmel would have to be one of my absolute favourite drugstore brands and I’ve been SUPER excited ever since I heard about their collaboration with Rita Ora. The collection includes six of Rimmel’s fabulous 60 Seconds Polishes and six Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balms, all named by Rita herself. There are a really good mix of shades in both the nail polishes and the lip colours and I couldn’t wait to get my hot little hands on the collection!
You can brush up on your Rimmel history by reading my post on their Moisture Renew Lipsticks here. The basics are that the brand has been around in various forms since 1820 (it’s practically ANCIENT!) and was founded by a super cool sounding dude, Eugene Rimmel. Gene (as I like to call him now) opened up a perfumery at the tender age of 14 in Bond Street, London. He was seen as something of a visionary in terms of cosmetics. The rest is pretty much history and Rimmel has expanded almost globally since then and is available in over 40 countries.
60 Seconds Nail Polish in #323 Don’t Be Shy ($7.95 for 8ml)*
I have always been a fan of Rimmel’s 60 Second range because it’s affordable, easy to apply and lasts a good few days without chipping. I’m glad to see that there’s a little touch of Rita Ora in the collection’s new packaging in the form of an iconic English postage stamp with Rita’s face on, very cool. Don’t Be Shy is a bright fuchsia, perfect for adding a pop of colour to your look. There are 3 brights and 3 pastel polishes and I’m aiming to buy all of them. White Hot Love, a white with a pearl finish looks especially good. The polishes are designed to be quick drying (not quite 60 seconds but pretty fast) and apply in one coat and I have to say, I was quite impressed with how good Don’t Be Shy looked with just one coat.
Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balms in #220 Rumour Has It and #100 Give Me a Cuddle ($12.95 each)*
Like the nail polishes, there are a total of six different Colour Balms. Rumour Has It is described as crimson, though I would say it’s a berry-toned dark pink and Give Me a Cuddle is a “dusty rose pink”. The Colour Rush Balms come in simple plastic packaging in the same shade as the lip colour, with a twist up crayon applicator. They’re very simple and chic and they also have a delicious vanillery scent that smells quite strong in the packaging but doesn’t linger. The balms themselves are pigmented and have a nice, hydrating finish, an excellent addition to my on-the-go makeup bag. True to their name, the colour acts a bit like a lip stain and hangs around for a good few hours. Sadly, the balm aspect isn’t quite as long lasting but you can’t have everything!
|Give Me A Cuddle (left) and Rumour Has It (right)|
KaBOOM! Cosmetics gives the Rimmel + Rita Ora collection:
This collection gets a definite thumbs up from me! I love the shades and I love how quick and easy both the polish and the lip colours are to apply. I’m very impressed with the collaboration and now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m on a mission to track down the rest of those polishes!