RMS Beauty released these lipsticks a while ago now and I was ready to splurge on them then. However, I read the ingredients, and then I must admit I decided I wouldn’t. I’ve obviously since changed my mind but you can keep reading to find out why I hesitated.
RMS Beauty are not certified organic. These lipsticks are $28.00 USD each, for 4.5g/0.15oz. From Mecca Cosmetica they are $41.00 AUD. Expiration is 12 months after opening.
Now the reason, I was a little hesitant to buy these is because of the inclusion of some synthetic ingredients. I don’t doubt they’ve been vetted and carefully researched (a lot goes into formulating makeup!) but they are synthetic nonetheless.
Each lipstick comes in a sleek, matte silver tube. They are light but the slightly brushed texture feels nice in hand. It also has the most sturdy and satisfying click when you close it.
I’m very glad to report these have no scent, either added or from the oils and waxes. They apply opaquely from the first swipe, but I found that it’s better to pat the colour on and then rub your lips together to blend it.
The finish is velvet matte and it feels a little heavy and tacky if you apply too much. I personally prefer a little more slip to lipsticks. They just feel more comfortable and seem to plump out my fine lines more. One good thing about a heavier formula is that it sticks around throughout the day. All of these, even the lighter shades stain.
Unbridled Passion, Pretty Vacant, Vogue Rose, Flight of Fancy, Firestarter, Sweet Nothing & Russian Roulette
A cool mod pink
I don’t normally like cool pinks, but this isn’t too bad on me! Even though this is a lighter colour, it leaves a stain
A vivacious pink
This swatches a touch more neon than the photo shown on their site, so keep that in mind. It’s a pretty colour that suits me, it’s just not my pick.
A rose tone coral
I missed out on the limited edition Lip2cheek of this shade and I wish it was a touch darker and warmer. I love coral but this swatches more of a barbie pink on me.
Flight of Fancy
A modern vibrant coral
A touch more vibrant than I normally like, but it’s gorgeous coral, that leans slightly more pink.
A fiery red orange
I’m a fan of orange reds, and I’d have to save this is probably my favourite out of the ones I picked.
An electric mauve
Definitely not one I’d pick for myself but surely a head turner if you’re after a bright purple!
A deep berry
Not my best application but it’s one of the few deep berry shades I’d tried that swipes on without patchiness. Adding more doesn’t just move around the colour either, it just builds until your lips are completely covered.
First off, I’m very surprised that synthetic ingredients such as Pentylene Glycol and Propylene Carbonate are included in the formula. I personally steer far away from any glycols but I don’t know the science behind these ingredients. I don’t know the science behind formulations so I can’t go criticizing their choice. I just find it a little curious considering how much consideration goes into RMS Beauty. If you want cleaner ingredients, then I’d stick to their Lip2Cheeks.
As a lipstick, they’re surprisingly dry and a little tacky, especially compared to other brands. I hate to say it but I much prefer other formulas, especially for the price. That said, heavier and matte finish lipsticks, tends to stay longer. Think Nudus, Juice Beauty or Kjaer Weis for a similar formula.
See if you can swatch them in store first so you can at least get a sense of the formula, but I won’t lie, I reach for other brands over these.
Product descriptions and information taken from their official website.