Reviews: Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick, Elizabeth Arden Perfectly Satin foundation and Davines Well-Being conditioner

Rimmel’s Moisture Renew lipstick (R99) serves up intense, hydrating colour enriched with collagen-encouraging vitamins A, C and E. Better yet, it boasts an SPF of 20.

Recognize me?
Recognize me?

While the line’s been around for a while, it’s extended to roll out four new nude hues and a bright zexy fuchsia.

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Going clockwise you’re looking at Back To Fuchsia, To Nude or Not to Nude, Let’s Get Naked, Saved By the Bell and Coral Britannia.

I like that each shade feels nice and light on your lips, has a creamy ‘rub ’em together texture’ but the staying power’s still decent provided you don’t eat or drink anything.

Starting from the top you've got NAMES.
Starting from the top you’ve got Back To Fuchsia, To Nude or Not to Nude, Let’s Get Naked, Saved By the Bell and Coral Britannia.

As I’m a super pale peep, the only colour I can really get away with is the fuchsia one.

Me in Back to the Fuchsia doing something weird with my mouth.
Oh look! It’s me in Back to the Fuchsia doing something weird with my mouth.

Moving on, Arden have launched yet another foundation with a crazily long name…

Elizabeth Arden
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR SPF 15 makeup, R365 and in store now.

A medium to heavy weight foundation, it promises a full day of immovable, perfectly matte-looking wear that doesn’t look ‘flat’ thanks to ‘soft focus’ pigments. Anyone who struggles with an oily T-section might be a fan as it also makes use of time-released oil absorbing spheres as well as mattifying plankton extract and bamboo silk. While it’s available in 18 shades, I couldn’t find one to match my skin. Sunbeige was too yellow and light while Golden Sands was too dark. (In all fairness, however, it was a special ‘skin matching machine’ that picked out my hues so maybe if I go into store and play around at the counter I’d meet my match. You never know.)

This is Sand. I accidentally deleted my Sunbeige shot and I'm too moeg to import it once more.
This is Golden Sands. I accidentally deleted my Sunbeige shot. Sorry!

Anyway, at the launch which was held at gorgeous Beau Constantia, I tried Sunbeige, lighter hue, thinking it would be the less evil as I had several other events to run off to that day. Alas, it didn’t do it for me as I felt it emphasised my every line and pore. Eek! On the upside, they had macaroons…

Ooh la la!
Yes, please!

And the view was killer too!

Doesn't this remind you of the back of Ceres juice box?
Doesn’t this remind you of the back of Ceres juice box?

After that, I kind of mentally tucked Perfectly Satin away until, a few days ago, I tried blending the two shades together on the advice of the lekkerness that is Liezel from 9Lives who also turned out to be an in between shades skin colour. I then got a good colour match and could totally see why so many of the other beauty editors are fans. It really does stay put the entire day; I felt like I had to break out my MAC Blot Powder a teensy bit less and, thanks to the colour being correct, the aforementioned line emphasising drama was a total non-issue.

This is my custom creation blended in so you can see what kind of coverage we're talking about.
This is my custom creation blended in and applied with a sponge and you’ll see it’s looking good. I’m actually wearing it in that ‘Back to the Fuchsia’ shot up top.

While I still prefer Arden’s Perfectly Nude make-up as I like a sheer, light-reflecting finish, anyone looking for something to rival Revlon’s ColorStay and Lauder’s Double Wear in the longevity stakes should consider Perfectly Satin a good contender. Last but not least, I recently got to try Davines Natural Tech Well-Being conditioner (R195 for 150mls).

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Thanks Davines SA, you’re a honey lamb!

It’s geared towards happy, healthy hair that doesn’t need much TLC – just something to hydrate and untangle and in that regard it does an awesome job. I have fine hair, you see, and while it is colour treated, it doesn’t always require a hydrating or damage repair shampoo – sometimes these are just a tad too heavy and something offering ‘volume’ just isn’t conditioning enough. So in my case, I find it to be the perfect ‘every day’ shampoo. Bonus points? It’s formulated with vitamin C-enriched echinacea extract (a great antioxidant, so slap it on your scalp) and features a super subtle, clean-floral scent that won’t interfere with your perfume. The only down side is that it’s not exactly super affordable if you’re a freelance writer with long hair and currently saving for a house. However, if I happened to revert back to the constrains of an in-house ad agency copywriting gig, I’d happily toss this in my trolley and use it as the silver lining for the fact that I’d spend my days flogging rubbish cell phone contracts via dancing, singing livestock. Love, love Leigh

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Editor of South African beauty blog Lipgloss is my Life.

5 thoughts on “Reviews: Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick, Elizabeth Arden Perfectly Satin foundation and Davines Well-Being conditioner

  1. My friend, you are just TOOOOO gorgeous!!! And dig that “Coral Britannia” shade…may have to go give it a try 🙂 x

  2. I like the lipstick and the makeup! Really want to try Elizabeth Arden-I like the beauty of the bottle-and hope to get a good colour match-i have an awkward complexion-usually end up mixing/blending two different shades as well.

    Great writing as always, and informative too!… 🙂

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