Review: Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar

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Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar // £5.99

I’m usually fairly good at restraining myself when I see certain products being really hyped up in blog-world, and on the few occasions I have bought a really popular product I’ve usually been fairly disappointed. So, I had no intention of going out and buying any of the Rimmel Apocalips – I had seen lots of people talking about them and they looked quite interesting, but not something I was desperate to rush out and buy. The other day, however, I found myself walking past the Rimmel stand in Boots and decided to stop and give them a wee swatch. I instantly fell for the shade Stellar and as they were only £5.99 decided to live dangerously and go ahead and purchase one.

This is by no means a perfect product, and I’m not sure it deserves quite as much hype as it’s getting, but it’s certainly a very unique product and something I think I will use a lot. It’s described as a lip lacquer, so it has the colour of a lipstick without the need for lipliner and the shine of a gloss without the annoying stickiness. I was expecting it to be a bit more like a lip stain, but I’d say it’s most similar to a lipgloss. The colour doesn’t really soak in to your lips (if that makes sense) so the product sits on top and transfers pretty easily. I haven’t worn it on a night out yet, but I can imagine you’d probably have to spend quite a lot of time reapplying it.

I think the thing I like most about this product is the colour, if I’d chosen one of the other shades I’m not sure if I would love it quite as much. Stellar is an amazing pink-red hybrid shade – not sure how this is possible but it manages to look bright pink and bright red at the same time! The tubes are clear so the colour you see at the end is the actual product, and in the tube it looks quite pink. But once you apply it it starts to look much more like a bright red, but yet still pink – I realise I am doing a terrible job of trying to describe it and the photos really don’t do it justice! The colour is really intense and pigmented, perhaps even more so than some lipsticks I own. I was worried it might be a bit messy to apply but it’s actually really easy, as the applicator is really precise and it only requires one ‘layer’ of colour to make it this intense.

Such bright, glossy lips aren’t really practical for everyday wear, however, so I’ve found another way to wear Apocalips without looking too over the top. By dabbing a couple of dots of the product on your lips and then blending it in with your finger, you can create a really nice matte effect which is still bright but a bit easier to wear. When worn like this, the colour lasts a lot longer too and you’d probably manage to go most of the day without any fading whereas the glossy finish disappears after a couple of hours.

Overall, I do like this product and I especially love the colour of Stellar – but it’s not going to be a ‘holy grail’ product for me. The colour is amazingly bright, but it doesn’t have the best staying power. For £5.99 you can’t really complain though, so it’s definitely worth a look if you’re makeup shopping!

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Sometimes products get so hyped up in the blog world and I try it and am just like…oh….that it??
    This shade looks perfect on you though!

  • eversojuliet says:

    You are so pretty, it's ridiculous. This looks really lovely – I reckon I probably own enough lip products, but I am seriously tempted! x

  • Lynne says:

    I am forever jealous of your smooth lips (sounds slightly rude)! The shade looks fab with your skintone, and I totally get what you mean about the pink red thing, in your first 2 pics I was like "oooh it's a cool bright fuschia" then I saw your swatch and was like "whaaa?!". xx

  • jennie says:

    I've been hearing SO much about these, I'm incredibly curious! I like that these aren't horrendously expensive, I think I'm going to cave and go and have a look at the colours they have. This shade looks so perfect on you! <3

    Jennie xo

  • Catherine says:

    The shade looks gorgeous, I've read some great and just some okay reviews, but I've ordered a couple regardless! I never ever wear glosses so at least it'll be an experience! xo

  • Hayley says:

    Nice to read a review of this that isn't saying it's a wonder product, love the colour though 🙂 x

  • Amy says:

    This looks absolutely fab on you! I'm dying to give these a go so I may just have to pick one up over the next few weeks!

    Amy at PaintPotted x

  • I will have to get myself one of these! 🙂 looks great!

    F xx

  • Jules says:

    Hmm not sure about glosses but the colour looks ace!! XO

  • Katy says:

    I keep seeing these everywhere, I want one! x

  • Grace says:

    Great review – this looks great on you :)x

  • Lj Baker says:

    I agree with you about the colour sitting on top & transferring easily but overall I think these are fab – love your suggestion about wearing it matt – far more suitable for everyday use. x

  • lolakate says:

    ooohh that is a really pretty colour, i can imagine it slipping off though. looks great on you xxx

  • Charli says:

    You have no idea how much I want these!
    Charli @

  • I really love this color, it really suits you, the packaging is cute too. This is my first time actually hearing about this lipgloss and it seems like something I'd like.


  • I'm totally determined not to give into this one :L I constantly fall for the latest hyped about product, especially lip ones. I do like the idea of it looking like a gloss without being sticky though, and this colour is gorgeous!

  • Emma Lou says:

    I bought the colour Apocaliptic today and absolutely fell in love with it the instant I applied it. The colour, the formula, I was just bowled over by it. Great idea about dabbing a few dots and and blending by the way, I'm definitely gonna do this tomorrow to make it a bit more day friendly!

  • Michelle says:

    I think I'd be more likely to wear this matte or blotted to be honest. Such a great review by the way lovely, it's been refreshing to hear more than the standard rave review! I think I'll have a look at this shade later! (:

  • Beth says:

    I bought this in the "Big Bang" shade yesterday – I really like it but it's a very bold red and I want to get another one for more everyday use. Great tip for the matte look. I really like how pigmented the colour seems to be with the ease of a lipgloss wand. AND the name Apocalips is just amazing.

  • Will most likely try this out now. Thanks 🙂

  • Boho Vanity says:

    I love how bright and fresh the color looks on you, so pretty! I need to break out the lip gloss more often xx – Boho Vanity

  • kellynoelle says:

    I love how honest you are about this larg hype. The color is spectacular, I'll definitely give it a try when they hit the stands here.

  • laurenmaria says:

    This colour looks great on you! I like it matt, I'd prob wear it that way. I can never be bothered constantly reapplying gloss, too lazy! Lol


  • annie. says:

    I NEARLY bought some of these, I am really tempted now!

  • Ruth says:

    I've been umming and ahhing over this for about a week noe, but i don't think I'm going to join the ranks on this one!It's really refershing to read a post that's honest with products that are always hyped up so thank you! xo

  • Stasja says:

    I love this colour and I actually prefer it matte, I'm not really a big gloss fan.

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