Wedding and picnic season is upon us, and so begins the hours of outdoor events without easy access to bathrooms for our lip touch-up needs. I’m going to be completely honest here – I typically hate long-wear lipsticks. If the color needs to be sold alongside a topcoat, then I am almost certain that I am going to hate the product because my lips are going to be insanely dry by the end of the day. However, I watched a great review of the Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour, and I just had to see how it worked for myself.
Above are the four shades that I purchased. From top to bottom: Dare to Pink, I’ll Call You, Little Minx, and Kiss Me You Fool. They retail at the drugstore for $6.99, but they also always seem to be buy one get one half off!
Each tube comes with two doe foot applicators. One for the color and one for the sheer topcoat. The formula on this product applies very easily and goes on easily to the lips. It is opaque with just one coat but then it does take a bit of time for the color to dry. The topcoat should not be applied until the color is completely dry.
I have tested each of the shades, and the formula seems about the same for each color, which is nice. I hate when I love one shade but then I buy a darker shade and it lacks the same opacity or ease of use. I’ve found that a thin layer of color is the key to getting the color to last all day. If you apply too much color, the odds of it peeling off seem to increase. The topcoat will need to be reapplied every so often either way, but you can also use any sort of balm/clear gloss in its place if you desire.
There are two things that set this product apart from other long-wear lipsticks, and these are the reasons I actually want to use these products. First, these colors are not matte! Even once the topcoat has faded, there is still a substantial amount of shine. Second, these products do not dry out the lips as much as most long-wear lipsticks. Yes, my lips are noticeably dryer by the end of the day, but it’s not an unmanageable or gross amount of dryness. It’s dry enough that I wouldn’t want to wear these several days in a row, but it’s still just so much better than most long-wear lipsticks. So, if you have a special event coming up and you need a product that stands a chance at actually lasting all day long, give these a try!