Review and Swatches: Rimmel Apocalips/Show Off Lip Lacquers

Friday, May 24, 2013

A little over a month ago, I heard all my favorite UK YouTubers rave about the new Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers.  As Rimmel London products obviously get to the UK first, I scoured the internet and figured out that I didn't have to wait for their US arrival because Asos sold them
UPDATE: I have Part Two review and swatches for Nova, Celestial, Stellar and Aurora!

The UK release had 8 shades, so I picked up four pretty different ones to play with. The only bad thing about Asos (and the Rimmel website) is that they don't list ingredients, so I couldn't tell if these were paraben-free. On Asos they're $7.62 each, so slightly more expensive than Rimmel products here in the US, but worth it for the first-look.

A couple days ago, I saw them on, and turns out they are called Show Off here in the US. They retail for $5.49. On, they're $4.99! Looks like there's 14 shades now.

Here's how Rimmel describes them:

Earth-Shattering Color

    For the first time, the intense, richer color of a lipstick is enhanced by a smooth satin shine
    Ultra-intense, ultra-comfortable – it lasts all day
    It's neither a lipstick... nor a gloss... it's BIGGER than both

The earth-shattering lip lacquer from Rimmel London combining the intense color of lipstick with a lacquer like shine, Show Off Lip Lacquer is an explosive make-up phenomenon that represents the end of color as you know it.  Packed with pure color pigments, its lusciously creamy, conditioning formula promises a never-before combination of color, shine and comfort that last and last.

What I Think: 

The Show Off/Apocalips lip lacquers apply very evenly. They have a candy-fruity smell like most Rimmel lip products and feel so soft and lightweight on the lips. I do feel like they're moisturizing.  As you can see from the swatches below, these definitely look like lipstick/gloss combo. As a girl who favors 1-step lip looks (lipstick + gloss is a pain sometimes), these are perfect. They last perfectly for 2 hours, but they are definitely not a stain. After more hours, they wear off but wear off evenly, not looking splotchy at all. 

I have not tried them with lipliners underneath, but that would be a great idea to extend their wear. I would definitely recommend applying these with a mirror for super precise lines around the lip.

Here's the bad news. listed the ingredients and 2 parabens are listed: Methylparaben and Propylparaben.

So would I buy more shades now that I know what I know? Yes. I know I made the paraben-free rule for myself, but these are just too unique and cheap to ignore in my beauty life. I figure I can have a couple exceptions!

Doe-Foot Applicator Close Up
I absolutely love the doe-foot with that mini groove
Make sure you don't load up too much product!
I would recommend 2-3 light applications for a long lasting, pigmented lip

Here's some swatches!

 Top to Bottom:
Big Bang
Nude Eclipse

Top to Bottom:
Nude Eclipse
Big Bang

Nude Eclipse

I normally am not a nude lip kind of girl, but I had read on other blogs that this shade was actually super chic, and I agree! This color nude is wearable and doesn't make me look dead. 
I'll be wearing this with dark smokey eyes.

Now this color is great for this summer! It's a great peachy coral. 
I will be wearing this a lot with bronzed peachy cheeks.
This color could look a little wrong (sickly) on some lighter skin tones. 
I could see this working amazingly well for darker skin tones. 

This is a rich deep berry pink. Very romantic. It'll be great for nights out, paired with a simple eye.

 Big Bang
Now this is the perfect red. No words besides "everyone needs this."
Hope you enjoyed! 
xo, Anaïs

All of the products I mention above I have purchased myself with my own money 
or they have been gifts from family and friends.


  1. your lashes look amazing!! which mascara are you wearing here?!!

  2. Thank you so much! Eek, I don't remember! It may be one of the Lancôme mascaras I had some deluxe samples of, either Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes or Lancôme Hypnôse Star mascaras. Next time I'll write it down :)


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