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Review: Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick Bulletproof Beige

6 February 2014

Believe it or not, this is my first serious foray into the ‘chubby stick’ scene. You won’t catch me splashing the limited cash I do have on the original Clinique versions in these dire times. Is it just me or was anyone really unsure about how you’re supposed to use these little guys?
rimmel scandaleyes bulletproof beigerimmel scandaleyes bulletproof beigeAfter umming and ahhing for ages about the best way to use these shadow sticks, I did the opposite and used Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bulletbroof beige as a kind of eyeliner. Having used this on the lids, I wasn’t bowled over by the patchy finish. I must have missed the bit in the instructions where it says to work at the literal speed of light if you want any chance of this blending out smoothly. This seems to work better on other people so maybe I’ve got some mutation with my eyelids. But this stuff sets FAST and doesn’t budge.

However, the texture is TO DIE FOR. Creamy, pigmented and just stunning to look at when swatched heavily on the hand.

WITH FLASHrimmel scandaleyes bulletproof beigeHowever, much like a kind of makeup bloodhound, I try to sniff out other ways to use things that may have otherwise gone horribly wrong (we won’t talk about the time I used black kohl eyeliner as an eyebrow pencil). So I used this as an eyeliner on the lower lash line and in the inner corners to give my face a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed appearance. And by heck, I’m loving it. Again, I’ve napped with this on, gone running, sweated like a pig and rubbed my eyes with chilli fingers and this stuff was still pretty much perfect.

WITHOUT FLASHrimmel scandaleyes bulletproof beigeYou can see how it looks with and without flash (it looks amazing in bright light but is subtle enough for the office). Please excuse the weird lines in my pupils, I look like Coco the bleedin’ clown.

WITHOUT FLASHscandaleyes bulletproof beige

WITH FLASHscandaleyes bulletproof beigeFor under £5, these Rimmel Scandaleyes shadow sticks are pretty handy to have in your stash and I heavily suggest you get yourself down to Boots. And, if unlike me, your eyelids are of the normal variety then you’ll get even more use out of them but be warned about the quick setting!

Review: Rimmel 3D Plumping Topcoat

25 October 2013

I’ve got a mild case of non-specific Sunday dread so I thought doing a post before bed might cheer me up a little. I recently went into Boots to buy a new topcoat (I ended up with a haul) as all my half-used bottle of Seche Vite have dried up and turned all sad and gloopy. I’m planning on getting myself down to Peckham when I can be bothered as there is a fantastic little-known nail shop that does Seche Vite at bargainous prices.
rimmel 3d topcoat review
Anyway, I spent an unhealthy amount of time in Boots looking at topcoats. I’m sure the security man was following me, I must have one of those shifty faces. In the end I opted for the Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping Topcoat, priced at £4.49. I tried it with the notoriously fast-chipping China Glaze neon polish in Purple Pink – an amazing neon pink that always gets plenty of compliments – to put it to the test.
rimmel 3d topcoat review
rimmel 3d topcoat review
I painted on a layer of the Rimmel topcoat on top of the China Glaze as soon as it dried. Maybe I’m just too used to the Seche Vite but I found this too slow to dry, and it stayed tacky for a good few minutes. Nevertheless, I persevered and added a second coat to get this “3D Plumping” effect they speak of. And to be honest, I didn’t really see it. Once completely dry, it seemed to lose a lot of its gloss too.
rimmel 3d topcoat review
Within a day, my nails were horribly chipped but this was probably down to the China Glaze. I’ve since used the Rimmel 3D Plumping Topcoat with a KIKO nail varnish and it did a much better job. But again, there was a lack of long-lasting gloss.


  • Wide brush means each nail only needs one stroke
  • Good consistency
  • Fab packaging


  • Not particularly plumping
  • Not fast-drying
  • Doesn’t stay very glossy

Verdict: Fine as a bog-standard topcoat if you’re using a decent nail varnish to begin with. However, if you’re used to Seche Vite, this won’t be a contender. Sadly won’t be repurchasing but will use it as a back-up.

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