lip lacquer

My Collection: Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquers

Welcome back to another “My Collection” post, where I share all of the colors/finishes I have from a certain product line. Today I’m featuring the Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquers.


Previously released in the UK as the “Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer,” these hit US drugstore shelves as Show Off Lip Lacquers in Spring 2013. The Show Offs are available in 14 shades ranging from nudes and pinks to plums and reds, some with a cream finish and others containing shimmer. They truly live up to their “lacquer” name, going on rich and opaque with a gorgeous shine. These products have a great staying power, although their creamy consistency never really sets, so you may notice them transferring on to cup/utensils or migrating a bit outside the lip line as the day goes on. I find that quick reapplication and touch up with my finger around the edges of my lips helps to sort out any problems though. After seeing a tip on anther beauty blog I’ve also taken to dotting a bit of the lacquer on my cheeks and blending out with a stippling brush to wear them as a perfect cream blush. A little goes a long way, so be careful though. Overall, if you’re looking for a beautiful liquid lipstick (or cheek tint!) at a drugstore price point, the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers receive my highest recommendation.

Currently in my collection are:

  • Celestial (101) – a cool mauve perfect for a neutral daytime look
  • Apocaliptic (303) – a shockingly bright fun fuchsia
  • Aurora (401) – a coraley pink, great for a fresh spring/summer look
  • Big Bang (400) – a bright true red that I’m loving for the holiday season

Note that the lighting makes these appear more cool toned and muted than their true colors. See the swatches below for a more accurate representation of each shade.

Left to Right: Celestial (101), Apocaliptic (303), Aurora (401), Big Bang (400).
Swatches on the left have no flash (which shows the truest colors) and swatches on the right have flash (which shows the glossy finish).

You’ll notice that I’ve kept my collection to all cream colors (no shimmer) and have skipped out on the lighter colors and nudes, which aren’t really my taste. If you’ve tried any of the sparkly or lighter shades though, I’d love to know what you think of them!

Do you have any Rimmel Show Off (or Apocalips) Lip Lacquers in your collection? Leave a comment and let me know what shades you’re loving.

-LMC ♥

L’oreal Color Riche La Laque & Le Matte

Since a lot of my makeup posts have been on high-end products recently I thought it was about time to give a drugstore brand some love. The timing was perfect, as I stumbled upon a display for the new limited edition L’oreal Color Riche La Laque and Le Matte lipsticks in my local Duane Reade a few days ago. I’d seen some buzz on these products around the blog/YouTube community, so I was excited to pick up a few shades and try them out!

Unfortunately there isn’t any information on the L’oreal website about these, so everything I know is via beauty blogs and my personal experience. The display describes them as “lipstick + lipliner in one” and holds eight shades– four matte and four glossy. Sadly there are only slots for two tubes of each shade, so I imagine these are being scooped up quickly. The one I found had  six of the eight shades left, so I considered my selection pretty good.

From to to bottom: 414 "I Laque You A Lot", 411 "Never Laque-ing", 409 "Matte For Me", & 404 "Matte-r Of Fact"

From top to bottom: 414 “I Laque You A Lot”, 411 “Never Laque-ing”, 409 “Matte For Me”, & 404 “Matte-r Of Fact”


The formula of the La Laque shades is extremely soft and creamy with a high-shine glossy finish. The Le Matte shades go on smooth, and while they’re not completely matte they do feature a satin finish without any gloss or sparkle. The angled point of these a retractable pencils that make them effortless to apply.  My only complaint is that the colors on the display and (slightly less so) the packaging don’t exactly match the color that will show up on your lips. For reference, here is a lip swatch of each:

414 "I Laque You A Lot"

414 “I Laque You A Lot”

411 "Never Laque-ing"

411 “Never Laque-ing”

409 "Matte For Me"

409 “Matte For Me”

404 "Matte-r Of Fact"

404 “Matte-r Of Fact”


Overall I think these are a very unique product from the drugstore with the look and quality of a higher-end product. I hope that L’oreal will add these to their permanent collection, or at least come out with seasonal limited edition releases. Have you tried the La Laque or Le Matte lipcolors yet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


-LMC ♥