Penny Choose: Rimmel 100 Kisses Lip Tint

Greetings, bargain lovers. I’m back once more with the occasional feature where I track down some guilt-free cheap treats, all costing £10 or less. Today we have a rather girly treat – it’s Rimmel’s 1000 Kisses Lip Tint. a rather nice, reasonably-priced alternative to heavy lipstick. 

It’s a range of lip stains, with six colours to choose from. The stain’s held neatly in a fibre-tipped pen so there’s no contents of a vial leaking out into your pocket and making you look like you’ve had a minor haemorrhage, or destroying your favourite handbag – good spill-prevention. There’s also a small stick of balm on the other end, with a protective cap on it.

The colours are mostly subtle, and my favourite shade is Nothing But Nude (700), a barely-there slightly stawberryish tint. This is good for days when you want to look ‘done’ but not overdone, or you want to wear a smokey eye without going the full Kat Slater if you know warramean. It will also fit nicely with some of the ‘layered sheers’ makeup looks seen on this season’s AW2012 catwalks.

With the felt tip, application is pretty idiot-proofed and much better than other products that use fiddly rollerball tips. This is a good thing if you’re a wee bit more than half-asleep and trying to get ready for work etc. It takes about 20 seconds to dry, and the colour is moderately buildable. There’s a faint trace of fragrance but it’s very light and fades quickly. The colour is pretty long-lasting, as good as many products more than twice the price, and it hasn’t dried my skin out either.

The clear lip balm on the end is okay, but it’s a solid block and doesn’t retract which means you can get the lid stuck on it if you aren’t careful. However, for the price it’s pretty good and it does the trick, adding a subtle touch of gloss but not a nasty sticky mess. As the main product isn’t a particularly drying tint, the balm doesn’t need to be spectacular anyway.

This has quickly become my go-to everyday lip product, and it’s great value for the price. You can also cut the price by looking for special offers, including discount codes and multi-buys. At the moment, it’s £5.99 in Boots, and you can also buy it in-store in Superdrug and bigger supermarkets.

Have you tried it yet?

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