Rimmel Provocalips 'Play with Fire' £6.99
But I am a big fan of matte lipsticks, so when I saw they had bought out a matte version - Provocalips, I was all over them like a rash and sort them out in my local Boots. There are a few shades to choose from but I decided to step out of my comport zone and go for 'Play with Fire' - a dark vampy maroon red shade that I think is perfect for Autumn/Winter.
Lip swatches bottom middle and right - with and without gloss over the top.
The formula and application is very different from the original Apocalips. This is a two part process where you first apply the "stain" and then go over the top with the sealant. The coloured stain is much like a liquid lipstick where it's very pigmented and delivers instant colour, although it does leave a sticky, tacky feeling behind. This is soon removed after the application of the second phase. The clear top coat is a clear gloss that adds a bit of shine and soon gets rid of the tacky feeling left behind by the first step.
The wear time of these is said to be 16 hours and like most matte lipsticks it does last a very long time, even through eating and drinking. But after a while it does tend to fade and not look as good, leaving a halo of colour around the lips. I found I could get at least 6-8 hours out of it before I felt it needed to be removed and had very little transfer when drinking - so no lipsticks marks left behind after this then! I tend to judge the longevity of a lipstick by how well it looks on the lips. There's no denying that after 8 hours it was still on my lips, but it didn't look as good, and if I was wearing any other lip product this would be the time when I would re-apply.
I also found them to be less drying than other matte formulas and didn't get the dreaded flaky lip look - obviously this is all down to the condition of your lips. Mine aren't particularly dry but if you do suffer with dry lips you may see a different result.
I have read that some have found these a pain to remove, an experience I haven't encountered myself. I just use a eye and lip makeup remover, which removed every last trace of it with ease. Again if your lips aren't in the best condition you may find it sticks to dry patches making it more difficult to remove, but I didn't find this.
Have you tried Rimmel's Provocalips yet?