Those clever folks at Rimmel London know what a girl needs to keep her going through London Fashion week – or any week – in style.
During London Fashion week they handed out a special little survival kit to a few bloggers and I was lucky enough to get my eager little paws on one. As you may know, I have been laid up with a hideous cold for the past few days so, frankly, I need all the help I can get. And it’s important not to scare people too much on the school run, isn’t it? So for their sake, and yours, I have been trying out the components of the survival kit.
There were five products included in the kit:
Fix & Perfect Pro Primer
I need a primer, like a wall needs plaster. But for some reason I’ve never got round to buying one… Anyway, now that Rimmel have provided, I am happy to test. And I must say this goes on like a dream. And it smells nice. That shouldn’t matter, should it? But it does! Its fragrance is lovely and fresh, almost (whisper it) like a Clarins product smell.
I wore it like a moisturiser, but I think you could use it with moisturiser as well. It absorbs nicely and it definitely does – something. I couldn’t exactly say what, but I look less greasy and spotty and wrinkly (nice!) and more polished. Perhaps I will let them describe it:
Create a perfect canvas for foundation application. – Skin Perfecting primer smoothes and evens out your complexion – prolongs the wear of your foundation – Minimizes Pores
Verdict – well worth trying out.
Glam’Eyes HD Eye Shadow
This is Rimmel’s new autumn range of eyeshadows, and it rocks! The untion jack pattern is fun, and the colours are perfect for the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. I had the English Oak pallet, which is just perfect for autumn. The colours are rich and just a little bit sparkly, which is what we survivalists need to perk us up a bit.
It comes with a little sponge applicator which is fairly useless – but hopefully you have some nice eyeshadow brushes to do these wonderful colours justice. They’re at Superdrug from today, and nationally from 5th October.
Extra WOW Lash Mascara
Now, I’m a Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara girl myself, ever since sallycinammon on Damsels said that Pixie Woo recommended it. I’ve been using it for a couple of years (Honestly! That is not product placement!) and so was eager to try the new Extra WOW Lash stuff, hoping that it would do exactly what it said on the website, which is:
Extra WOW Lash mascara, the new volume and lash building mascara with a 50% larger brush for WOW volume. The supersized brush makes it easy to build soft to dramatic look with visible progressive volume up to 12X. Lash building formula for highly defined lashes. No clumping.
No clumping, you say? I’m there! The brush does pull out nice and cleanly (unlike a certain 4D L’**eal mascara I could mention…) and one application goes on nicely, with the lashes well separated. A second application gives lovely thick lashes that don’t make me look like a drag queen. Always a bonus! And it lasted well, with no panda eyes by the end of the day.
Verdict – a great addition to any survival kit. It’s currently £5.49 at Boots and well worth the money imo!
Instant Art Press On Nail Colour
Well, hmm… I’m not sure this is one for the school run. But the union jack pattern is a hoot, and they stick on surprisingly well. And I love that you don’t have to faff around with varnish and drying time, or chat to a manicurist with halitosis.
Verdict – I hope they bring out some normal colours in this range soon.
And last, but very much not least:
Kate Moss Lipstick
Wow. What can I say about this. They gave me the classic Kate red, number 01, the one she’s wearing in all the pictures. I tried it with some trepidation because I’ve made mistakes with expensive reds before, they can make me look washed out or a bit brassy.
But this is the kind of red that suits the sallow British skin – not too blue, but not too pink either. It’s choc full of pigment and glides on to leave a vampish sheen. It sticks well, and even when the surface wears off a bit (on your champagne glass or divine canape, hopefully) it leaves a sparkly red colour stain on the lips.
It also comes in the luscious shades in the photo below. This is destined to be a modern classic, well able to stand up to its more expensive competition.
Verdict – ESSENTIAL for the party season!!
And yes, Rimmel gave me all these products for free. But I’ve been honest in my assessment – I’m a school run mum, but I’ve always loved Rimmel and I would (and will) gladly pay for any of these products. Except maybe the nails