The Scarlet Season: Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

Rimmel Alarm Lipstick
Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

Rimmel Alarm Lasting Finish Lipstick ($5.19) is a bright cherry red with a frosty sheen. It feels fairly creamy, goes on opaque in just a layer, and it is (obviously) quite pigmented. Rimmel describes this lipstick as giving the wearer up to eight hours of wear; I’d say I got about four or five, which is average for me — not the best, but certainly not bad. It did leave behind a soft stain, since it is a red shade. It has a sweet, kind of synthetic scent, but I can tolerate it. The packaging is decent, particularly for a $5 lipstick. This is Rimmel’s more orange-based red, while Temptation (to be reviewed) is more of a blue-based red.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

See photos and swatches…

Rimmel Alarm Lipstick
Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

Rimmel Alarm Lipstick
Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

Rimmel Alarm Lipstick
Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

Rimmel Alarm Lipstick
Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

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She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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WOW! I never would have expected such vibrancy and coverage from a drugstore lipstick! And it looks so lush and smooth, I would have expected you to say this was another Guerlain or Dior!

MEOW! What a gorgeous color payoff. I once bought a rimmel lipstick in Diva red on sale for about 3.50 CAD and gave it to my aunt and she loved it and said it is smooth and pigmented.. (yeah, I cheaped out, oops) This looks just like 20something lipstick on you. nice..

This is a very pretty color… I wish Rimmel would change their scent bc unlike you I can’t tolerate it. It makes me feel sick after about 5 minutes. I bought Airy Fairy (pretty color) and had to return it because of the scent… annoying.

My personal FAVORITE red lipstick. I cannot count how many tubes I’ve gone through. I’m lucky it’s drugstore because this is my go to lipstick. I LOVEEEE it!

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