Review: The only 1 matte lipstick by Rimmel

L-R: the matte factor, high flyer, trendsetter, take the stage

Today I’m reviewing a range of matte lipsticks by Rimmel called the ‘the only 1 matte’ that has become one of my best drugstore discoveries in recent months. The fact that I’ve managed to accumulate four colours from the line in a short space of time should tell you this a positive review, more of rave really. But I’ll try my best to not get too carried away.

Before you read any further, I should probably disclose that I am a big fan of matte lips in general. I like the long wearing, low maintenance, high impact wear they offer. But speaking as someone who has perpetually dry, lined lips, I also recognize their potential to look rather unflattering on exactly my kind of lips. Hence the reason I tend to not wear liquid lipsticks much. I find that on me, they just get drier and progressively more uncomfortable over the course of the day and who wants to deal with that?

So keeping all that in mind, these obviously caught my attention when I spotted them in the aisles of my local drugstore. And upon reading Rimmel’s description, which promises ‘long-lasting, non-drying colour, moisture and wear with a velvety matte finish’ I was further intrigued. I came home with the shade ‘high flyer’ and from the first time I tried it on, I knew this would quickly become one of my most worn, most loved lip colours. Not only for the gorgeous mauve rose shade, but also the supremely comfortable wear (more on that + face swatches below).

But first let me touch on the packaging briefly. Not much to report here other than the fact that I like it. It’s sturdy, the lid shuts securely and the base of the tube has a ring around it that matches the colour of the lipstick inside—a design feature I appreciate. Perhaps the only point of contention is the shape of the bullet. It’s a slanted round tip which at first put me off but within a couple of applications, I found that it didn’t really affect my precision at all. Also worth noting, these lipsticks are strongly scented. They have a distinctly floral scent that is apparent the moment you open the tube but it fades away immediately upon application. Since it’s only temporary, I’m indifferent to it, but if you’re sensitive to fragrance, it might be something to bear in mind.

Rimmel have got the formulation spot on with these lipsticks. Being matte lipsticks, they can tug a little while applying initially, but that quickly goes away as the formula warms up with your body temperature. In a couple of swipes, the thin texture layers up to a full opacity, high pigment, velvety colour that feels extremely lightweight yet is long wearing. I don’t find the formula to be moisturizing per say, but more importantly for me, it’s not drying. If you have particularly dry lips, you may want to apply some lip balm beforehand but I’d say these lipsticks are among the more forgiving matte formulations I’ve tried. Once on, the colour lasts for a good 6-7 hours and then fades away evenly to leave behind a stain. You will probably need to touch up after a meal (particularly a greasy one), but drinks have little to no impact on the wear—score! 

To cap it all off, Rimmel have come out with 10 great shades that range from nudes to reds to deeper plums. I have four colours to show you: trendsetter (nude), high flyer (mauve rose), take the stage (classic red) and the matte factor (berry).

Rimmel the only one matte lipstick shade trendsetter


Rimmel the only one matte lipstick shade high flyer

High flyer

Rimmel the only one matte lipstick shade take the stage

Take the stage

Rimmel the only one matte lipstick shade the matte factor

The matte factor

rimmel matte lipstick swatches

L-R: trendsetter, high flyer, take the stage, the matte factor

While I love them all, my top pick is definitely ‘high flyer’. This might be the most universally flattering shade of the line. If you’re looking for a complexion brightening, ‘pick me up’ sort of everyday colour, look no further.

Lastly, these lipsticks retail for $8-12 cad depending on where you buy them. But as with most drugstore brands, you’re guaranteed to find them on some kind of promotion periodically, which just seals the deal in my book. So give ‘high flyer’ a go and then see if you can resist buying more!