Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Cream Lipglosses first grabbed my attention because of the SPF 15 sun protection. I’m pretty careful about putting SPF on my face, but the lips are a difficult area to protect. Most lipsticks don’t have SPF, and not every lipstick performs well when applied over an SPF balm.
Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Cream Lip Gloss has the SPF protection built in. I’ve been road testing it for a few weeks now, and I’ve made a few notes:
- Wear time. About 3 hours. This is shorter than most glosses I wear.
- Opacity. Medium. It goes on fairly sheer, like most glosses, and you can’t build up the opacity very much by adding more.
- The color. This is a very slightly blue-based mauve-pink with a nice low-key shimmer. It’s plenty conservative for an office environment or light summer look with nothing but gloss and mascara, but it’s got a noticeable beauty to it. For me, it’s a great nude – very “your lips, only better.”
- Flavor. Has a light floral fragrance that’s most noticeable if you sniff the applicator. Once you put it on your lips, it’s less noticeable, and it dies down quickly. There are glosses I have trouble wearing because of their fragrance; this is not one of them.
- Lip conditioning. This is where Rimmel’s Moisture Renew really shines. I find it does actually moisturize my constantly dry lips.
- Sticky? Not even remotely. This feels a lot like putting a moisture balm on your lips.
Here’s a swatch of it on my NC20-25 skin:
And here’s a picture of the applicator. It’s a sponge tip, and I find it rather strange because it doesn’t seem to pick up a lot of the gloss – usually, I have to brush off some of the gloss on the opening of the tube, but not with this one. I usually have to dip in more than once to get enough gloss. I can’t decide if this is a bug or a feature, or just neutral. It works out because each plunge of the applicator gets out enough to do one section of my lips. It’s just that after I’ve covered my lips, I want a second coat, and it’s hard to get enough gloss on the applicator to do that. But it does work in the end.
And here’s a picture of it on my lips, right above a picture of my naked lips, for comparison:
As you can see, it’s definitely a “your lips only better” kind of nude for me. I doubt it would be opaque enough to cover more pigmented lips than mine (mine are fairly pigmented), but it would probably still add a very pretty pink shine.