Rimmel Provocalips in 110 Dare to Pink (top) and 310 Little Minx (bottom)
With the recent rise in popularity of long-wearing liquid lipsticks, many drugstore brands are jumping on board with their versions. The formula I was most interested in trying were these, the Provocalips by Rimmel London. Unlike the Anastasia liquid lipsticks, I reviewed previously, these are a two step formula. First, apply the highly pigmented lip colour and let it set up on the lips, then follow up with a clear “Lock & Shine” gloss. The Provocalips line comes in 10 shades ranging from a lighter neutrals (Skinny Dipping, Pucker Up) to gorgeous reds (Kiss Me You Fool, Heart Breaker).
Provocalips have a double sided wand. One side supplies the color, while the other locks the color in and adds hydration and shine.
One immediate problem I faced, when wanting to purchase this product, was finding it in stores. It was nearly impossible. If I did locate a display, the colors had entirely been picked over and the only one or two tubes that remained had already been opened. I decided to take a gamble and order my colors, sight unseen, online at Ulta. I chose Dare to Pink, which I thought would be a cool toned, icy pink and Little Minx a bright fuschia with blue undertones. The Little Minx ended up being spot on what I hoped it would be, unfortunately, while pretty, the Dare to Pink ended up being more of a warm peachy pink shade (very similar on the lips to Anastasia Pure Hollywood).
Swatches of Dare to Pink (left) and Little Minx (right)
Both lip colors last an extremely long time, although, I think the 16 hour claim is a bit of a stretch. I am able to eat and drink and have the Lip Colour stay amazingly in place (while wearing Little Minx, I did notice a little wear in my very inner lip area after eating some pizza). After applying Step 1 (Intense Colour) of the product my lips felt tight and somewhat dry, this feeling does go away after applying Step 2 (Lock & Shine), the Step 2 needed to be reapplied throughout the day to keep the tight feeling from resurfacing. The fragrance in this product is quite bothersome to me, especially the Lock and Shine, it has a cloying bathroom cleaner mixed with floral scent that seeps into your mouth when wearing it. I definitely would not recommend eating soon after applying this step.
Dare to Pink – A perfect every day nude lip color.
The doe foot applicator makes for easy application and disperses just the right amount of product. When wearing the darker shades (see below), the applicator can be turned on it’s side to line the lips with product.
Little Minx – The perfect bright fuschia for spring and summer (this color is much more vibrant in person).
- Very long lasting lip product.
- If you don’t like a matte lip look, gloss provides a beautiful satin finish.
- 10 shades to choose from, with a wide variety of colors.
- Affordable at only $7.99 each.
- Lock & Shine’s yucky smell and taste.
- Requires a 2 step application process.
- Some might consider product too long lasting.
- Hard to remove from lips (especially Little Minx), must use oil based makeup remover and scrub a lot.
- Very hard to find in stores.
If you can get past the Step 2 fragrance, I think these are an excellent product and would definitely recommend them. In the near future, I plan on picking up one of the red shades to add to my collection. Hopefully, by then, they will be more easily accessible in stores. Happy Kissing XX