Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches

I mentioned the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer glosses in a collective haul recently, but I’ve had them for a couple of months.

I know there are lots of rave reviews about these out there, but I’m not entirely sold.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches



I wanted to love these as much as I love my Magie Pourpre from Lancôme. Granted, the L’Absolu Rouge Mat Lip Gloss has a matte finish. The Apocalips don’t claim to be matte.

I also thought this product would be similar in opacity to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, and it is! The truth is that the opacity is great, the finish is glossy, but the lasting power is lousy.

I usually never expect lip gloss products to last long (the NYX doesn’t last very well, either) but my Lancôme does! I suppose it’s the matte finish, maybe?

The Apocalips swatch great on the lips, but wear nicely until 2-3 hours later. I haven’t even factored in eating and drinking, yet. This is a gorgeous high maintenance product that requires a compact mirror for reapplication.

Apocalips Lip Lacquer Celestial SwatchFall-Drugstore-Beauty-Haul-Rimmel-Apocalips-Lip-Lacquer-Celestial swatch

Apocalips Lip Lacquer Aurora SwatchFall-Drugstore-Beauty-Haul-Rimmel-Apocalips-Lip-Lacquer-Aurora-swatch

What I like

  • highly pigmented, vivid glossy color
  • interesting packaging
  • affordable and now widely available in Canada

What I dislike

  • applicator also has an indentation where the product gathers, precise application is tricky
  • has a scent similar to the second Rimmel by Kate Moss lipstick collection (I’m in different, but this is a con to some)
  • poor staying power, touch ups are a must with this one
  • it transfers easily and may feather at the edges of the lips

I will still use them, I reach for Celestial more often because it’s more wearable. Perhaps I can mix them with a lip liner or other lip products, we’ll see.

I love the concept, but not the product. I will not be purchasing more shades of the Apocalips Lip Lacquers.

How you tried the Rimmel Apocalips? What are your thoughts?


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  • Nathalie Blais

    I love my apocalips. They are not advertised as a gloss but more like a liquid lipstick. I love the fact that they are smooth and creamy, that they don’t dry out my lips and they are affordable and easy to find. I love the indentation in the wand. I think it grabs more product so you can apply in one go, without having to go dip in the tube again. I don’t have a problem with feathering and I don’t mind reapplying, after all, I’d have to do it with any another Rimmel lipstick in any lighter colour, right? The darkest colour I have is Nova.

    • I’m glad you like them. They come in lipgloss packaging, but yes they are like liquid lipsticks, definitely like glossy lipsticks.
      I’m bias because I’ve tried the Lancôme and Stila versions of this type of product and they last longer, even after eating (thought both were matte). I guess that’s why I was disappointed in these.
      We’re seeing so many hybrid beauty products these days, which is fun but it can lead to mixed expectations – I guess :p.

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