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Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Review & Swatches

Rimmel London is one of my favourite affordable brands when it comes to lip products. I was lucky enough to be sent the entire The Only 1 Matte Lipstick collecton, so I thought I would share a review, some swatches and my favourites from the range.

Matte lipsticks are hard to get right when it comes to the formula, if they dry out the lips it’s an instant no from me. Luckily, these are everything I want from a matte lipstick – brilliantly pigmented, long lasting and incredibly comfortable.

The pictures of the lip swatches were taken just after the lipsticks were applied hence the slight sheen. They quickly dry down to a matte finish similar to that of the swatches.

In terms of the shade range there’s 9 different lipsticks all together. I have to say, I wish there were some more neutrals in the collection, although it does seem like they have just tried to cover all grounds and provide a huge variety. I honestly don’t think I would ever wear even half of them, but there are some gems in there.

1) Run the show   2) Leader of pink   3) Salute    4) High Flyer     5) Trendsetter     6) Take the stage      7) Look who’s talking          8) The matte factor      9) Call the shots

The scent isn’t my favourite, I find with most Rimmel lipsticks they are quite similar and have a distinctive smell, but I can live with it. I thought with the bullet of the lipstick being round it would make application quite difficult, but I actually found them really easy to apply. Considering these are a matte finish the lipsticks really glide across the lips leaving an even, opaque colour – they feel almost creamy until they dry down. These last a good 6 hours before needing to be touched up, teamed with a good lipliner these really aren’t going any where.

My favourites from the Only 1 Matte collection…


I have been a fan of MAC’s Velvet Teddy for a while, and Trendsetter is the perfect dupe. With just a little more of a pink undertone (which I actually prefer), trendsetter is the perfect nude for anyone with a pale complexion.

High Flyer

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love a good mauve lipstick. High flyer is a gorgeous mauve/ dusky pink purple shade that everyone should have in their collection. This reminds me of MAC’s Twig which is one of my all time favourite shades for Autumn.

Call The Shots

I’m so surprised to be including this as one of my favourites, I’m not a bright lipstick wearer by any means but I find this shade to be really flattering. Call the shots is a bright pink/ coral shade that will be perfect for summer.

The Matte Factor

Similar to the Rimmel 107 lipstick (which I raved about here), the Matte Factor is the perfect, berry/ wine toned red that everyone loves this time of year. This is incredibly comfortable, long lasting and I actually prefer this to the 107!

Overall I’m really impressed with these lipsticks, if you were to take away the packaging and the distinctive scent there would be no telling these apart from high end lipsticks. The lipsticks retail for £6.99 so you really can’t go wrong.

Will you be trying any of the Rimmel The Only 1 Matte lipsticks? What is your favourite shade?

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    Ashley Christabelle

    October 30, 2016Reply

    Me too! I find that matte lipsticks are best worn during A/W. Great review, Jodie! My favorites are the first three colors, they're ones that I see myself wearing on a day to day basis. :)

    Hannah Louise

    October 30, 2016Reply

    Great post! Might definitely have to invest in some of these! Salute & High flyer are my favourites! xo Hanney | Blog About Hanney 

    Caroline Malone

    October 30, 2016Reply

    The Matte Factor is stunning! I saw these in store and was totally intrigued! They look like they have a bit more of a comfortable feel than the original Kate Moss ones. I definitely have my eye on High Flyer as well! Gorgeous muavey nude!

    Lucy Alice

    October 30, 2016Reply

    These lipsticks look gorgeous – must pick up look whos talking!Lucy | Forever September

    Melanie Rose

    October 30, 2016Reply

    This is a great post, thank you sharing! x These lipsticks look and sound amazing – might actually get my hands on a few of these! :)Melanie | Lilies Beauty – A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    Lana K

    October 30, 2016Reply

    Thanks for this,you did a awesome job! Love the colors.

    Zaire Q

    October 30, 2016Reply

    I really need to get my hands on these! I love look who's talking and high flyer and salute! The fact that they apply so smoothly is definitely a bonus. I feel like there's a couple matte lipsticks that don't really apply that nicely. I do think that run the show is a really fun color, albeit not a typical autumn color.Hey Zaire!

    Alina Bostan

    October 31, 2016Reply

    Such a gorgeous range of lipsticks, shades 3, 4 & 5 are right up my street for my go-to nude everyday lip. Good to hear the formula is also a winner xBeauty with charm

    Julia Lundin

    November 1, 2016Reply

    Amazing review girl! Love the first shade!


    November 1, 2016Reply

    These look great. I would probably go for High Flyer :)xo Honey – blog ROYAL LIFESTYLE – TWITTER – INSTAGRAM

    Becky Smith

    November 18, 2016Reply

    I love the look of Call the shots, that's just my kind of shade x Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

    Isobel Celine

    November 19, 2016Reply

    The lipsticks are so well pigmented! They're gorgeous!Isobel xLatest post: Latest Video:

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