Sunday 18 January 2015

Disappointing Product(s) #2 | New in from Rimmel

You always read about higher end beauty products here on my blog. There’s more than one reason for that (they’re more satisfying, more beautiful looking, and they’re the one luxury thing I like to invest in), but the ultimate one is because I think they’re better. But since spending a little bit less without loosing on the quality side is almost even better than spending a lot at Sephora, I often try products from more budget friendly brands. Luckily sometimes I find products and brands I like (today I used two amazing eyeshadows from Kiko, for example), but more often I have to say I’m disappointed, and the products I’m going to show you today are just that: some really, really big disappointments.

Rimmel East End Snob Pillow Talk Dupe Scandaleyes Liner 3D Mascara

Rimmel Extra 3D Lash Mascara
When I saw this mascara at just a little bit more than 5€ with a promising looking plastic brush and the claims of a “multi-dimensional look: 3D brush gives volume, defines and lengthens lashes. Suitable for sensitive eyes” I had to take it home to try it. Well, the effect might be good even if not so dramatic and a big spidery ad crispy looking, but the true problem is another: this mascara hurts! The bristles are pretty short even in the fatter central part of the brush, and they’re so hard that you can forget putting on the mascara at the root of the lashes without hurting yourself. I wonder how they tested this on sensitive eyes, as it’s not just the formula that matters, the brush does too!

Rimmel Scaldaleyes Jumbo Liquid Liner
I wanted to try one of these liquid liners with jumbo sized applicators for a while, and this one from Rimmel, with its ultra black shade and claims of 24 hours waterproof wear looked promising. The good thing is that the promise of a “dramatic look in just one stroke with jumbo applicator” are true, and the effect is amazing. The bad thing is that this is the less long lasting liner I’ve ever tried. Waterproof? 24 hours? Well, on my it started to smudge and transfer after an hour, even when I tried to wear it with primer and eyeshadow underneath. Such a shame, because I loved the applicator!

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer in #063 East End Snob
I feel really bad for not liking this, since it’s been getting so much love recently! Said to be a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Pencil, I just can’t get on with it. It doesn’t matter if I apply it on bare lips, before or after lipstick, with lip balm underneath or on a primer, this just leaves little crumbles on the lips. Even with the lightest hand and sheerly on the contour of the lips, a flake or two are always there! It’s still wearable, but it’s really annoying nonetheless.

Have you tried any of these products? Do you love them or have you been disappointed like me?

Qui sul mio blog leggete sempre di prodotti di marche di livello piuttosto alto. C’è più di una ragione per tutto ciò (danno più soddisfazione, sono più belli a vedersi e sono un piccolo lusso in cui mi piace investire), ma la ragione più importante è perché penso che siano migliori. Visto però che spendere un po’ di meno senza perdere dal punto di vista della qualità è ancora meglio di spendere un sacco di soldi da Sephora, spesso decido di provare prodotti di marche più budget friendly. Fortunatamente qualche volta trovo prodotti e marche che mi piacciono (oggi ho usato due fantastici ombretti Kiko, ad esempio), ma devo dire che più spesso mi capita di rimanere delusa, e i prodotti che vi mostro oggi sono proprio quello: delle grandi delusioni.

Rimmel Extra 3D Lash Mascara
Quando ho visto questo mascara per poco più di 5€ con uno scovolino in plastica così promettente e le promesse di un “look multi-dimensionale: l’applicatore 3D dona volume, definisce e allunga le ciglia. Adatto per occhi sensibili” ho dovuto portarlo a casa con me per provarlo. Bene, l’effetto potrebbe anche andar bene anche se non è tanto drammatico e l’effetto è di ciglia un po’ rigide, ma il vero problema è un altro: questo mascara fa male! Le “setole” sono piuttosto corte anche nella parte centrale dell’applicatore, e sono così dure che ci si può scordare di mettere il mascara fino alla radice delle ciglia senza farsi male. Mi chiedo come hanno testato questo prodotto su occhi sensibili, visto che non conta solo la formula, anche l’applicatore!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Jumbo Liquid Liner
È da molto che desidero provare uno di questi eye liner con applicassero jumbo, e questo di Rimmel, con il suo colore super nero e la promessa di una durata 24h waterproof sembrava una buona opzione. La cosa buona è che la promessa di un “look estremo in una sola applicazione grazie all’applicare Jumbo” è vera, e l’effetto è fantastico. La cosa negativa è che è l’eyeliner meno a lunga durata che io abbia mai provato. Waterproof? 24 ore? Bene, su du me ha iniziato a sbavare e trasferirsi sulla palpebra dopo un’ora, anche quando ho provato a indossarlo con un primer e un ombretto sotto. Davvero un peccato, mi piaceva un sacco l’applicatore!

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer in #063 East End Snob
Il fatto che questo eye liner non mi piaccia mi fa sentire davvero in colpa, visto che se ne parla così tanto come dupe della matita labbra Pillow Talk Charlotte Tilbury. Proprio non riesco ad andarci d’accordo: non importa se la applico sulle labbra nude, prima o dopo un rossetto, con un balsamo labbra sotto o dopo un primer, lascia sempre piccoli frammenti sulle labbra. Anche con la mano più leggera e leggermente solo sul contorno delle labbra, un pezzettino o due rimangono sempre. È pur sempre indossabile, ma è comunque una cosa fastidiosa.

Avete provato qualcuno di questi prodotti? Li amate o siete rimasti delusi come me?



  1. I really like posts like this, it's easy to forget that no product works for everyone! The jumbo liner looks amazing, what a shame it doesn't last well :(

    Jess xo

  2. Still might try the lip pencil as I've seen some great reviews on it.

  3. I've always felt the same about those hard plastic mascara wands! They just hurt to apply! Nice to hear your thoughts, drugstore beauty is always that bit more hit and miss as you can't swatch it first xx

    Love and Marmalade

  4. I feel a little bit like this when it comes to Rimmel too. I find it can be very hit and miss xxx

    x Maria x

  5. Great post Gyudy! I agree, high-end tends to be better quality.. Although there are a few exceptions, like my Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks by Bourjois, and Gosh lipsticks. :)

  6. i agree with you Gyudy
    very rarely im satisfied with drugstore product ....i mean that perfection kind of thing u can never achieve with drugstore ....
    thats so sad to hear that lip liner didnt work for u ...bcos i did hear great revuew being dupe for CT lipliner etc ...happens :)
    and KIKO i want ....i have been hearing only Rave reviews

  7. Never tried any of these, but honestly, never considered buying anything from Rimmel except their nail polishes (really seldom). Even something on a packaging level doesn't really attract me a lot..

    Oly | TLV Birdie Blog

  8. Too bad East end snob was a bummer:(

  9. I haven't tried any of these. From rimmel I like the apocalips lip lacquers and the hydra renew lipsticks (in the purple packaging, particularly vintage pink and notting hill nude)

    Feathers and Brushes | Swiss | Beauty & Lifestyle

  10. Aw, such a shame that these didn't work for you. But that's life, right, you win some, you lose some.

  11. hmmm crumble dry lips aren't anyone's thing so i think you can safely ditch that lip pencil :( i haven't really tried anything from rimmel except a lipstick here or there. i try and find good economical options but like you, i'd rather 'invest' in higher quality.


    A Beautiful Zen

  12. The only products that I don't spend a lot of money on are mascaras but yet I still spend around £10 on my favourite Bourjois 1 Seconde volume. I'm not a massive fan of Rimmel either, it's a bit teenage for me :)

    Anoushka xx

  13. That mascara wand does look promising, such a shame! It's funny because I tried one like that recently, it was actually painful to apply because if I accidentally brushed too low down my lash line it would feel scratchy! Horrible!

    Kat x

  14. I didn't try any of these, as Rimmel is no longer sold in Germany, but I agree on your point on high-end makeup. Of course I try drugstore products, just because you get the "its that cheap, just throw it in the basket"-feeling, but if you end up with three disappointing products you could as well have invested in one you enjoyed using.

    KIKO is pretty good, though, liked everything I tried so far.

    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  15. I bought the Rimmel liner in the shade Epic. I know lip liners are drying but compared to the others I own, it's just not that great! I think my lips are just too dry for it.

  16. Aww. At least when a more affordable product disappoints, it's not so devastating on the wallet. I've not tried the other two products you mentioned but I have owned East End Snob. Personally, I didn't have the crumbling issue - but every's lips are different (like skin, hehe).

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  17. I have not tried any of these but bought the thin version of the eye liner and it tried up super quick so don't think I will be trying the jumbo one either! At least they were drug store products not high end as you would be even more annoyed if that was the case x

  18. I also have been disappointed with some Rimmel products before but I'm surprised to hear that you don't like Eastend Snob. I have it and I don't feel any sort of "crumbles" on my lips. I apply them on top of lip balm and they feel nice and smooth. I wonder if you got a faulty one?! xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  19. i'm on you about the mascara and scandal eyes eyeliner. however i do like scandal eyes mascara looool great post

  20. I totally agree, you get what you pay for
    Laurie x

  21. You deserves something real and good honey ! so i'm on you. :)
    xo , Lovelacee
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