Tested on animals:Yes
Wow — talk about a product that does what it says! Rimmel's Provocalips 16 HR Kissproof Lip Colour delivers on all its longwearing claims and does so beautifully. In fact, there's only one potential drawback (we'll get to that in a moment), but it's minor enough that it doesn't keep this from earning our highest rating.
Here's how Provocalips works: it's a two-step product featuring a liquid lip color on one end and a clear gloss/sealant coat on the other—both have doe-foot wand applicators. Apply the liquid color (either to dry lips or to lips with a light coat of balm applied first), give it about a minute to set, then apply the clear gloss.
The 2-step application isn't anything unique; in fact, it's common in quite a few longwearing lip products. Where this product truly shines is in its ability to live up to its claims. We gave it a workout to see if it could do what it says, and it did. The lip color didn't transfer onto paper towels or drinking glasses at all, and lasted through a greasy meal. Ten hours after application, it was still there, and still looked good—the color remained even, and hadn't started to flake or peel.
As far as aesthetics, the liquid lip color applies smoothly and evenly, with full color coverage in a single coat. There are ten shades available, from attractive neutrals to mid-tone pinks and fiery reds. The gloss coat adds moisture and a soft shine, and lips never feel dried out while wearing this. After the gloss coat wears off (and it will after a few hours, especially if you eat or drink), the base lip color can begin to feel slightly tacky, though this is alleviated by re-applying the gloss. You will not need to re-apply the base coat, though, as it stays put, even after the sealant wears off.
Rimmel recommends using an oil-based or waterproof makeup remover to remove Provocalips, and we agree— this isn't coming off with scrubbing or your regular cleanser! However, it removes easily with an oil-based or dual phase water/silicone makeup remover, only taking a couple of swipes for all of the product to come off your lips.
In fact, the lone sticking point here is the scent. There is fragrance in the gloss coat that provides it with a fruity, almost peachy scent. This might not appeal to everyone, so it's something to keep in mind if you don't like certain scents on your lips.
Otherwise, Provocalips 16 HR Kissproof Lip Colour is a fantastic product for its performance, tenacious wear, and excellent color payoff. It's also a true beauty bargain that outperforms some of its competitors that cost three times as much!
- Long-wearing lip color is truly transfer-proof.
- Comes in a well-edited range of shades.
- Does not dry out lips.
- Is easily removed with an oil-based or waterproof makeup remover.
- A true beauty bargain.
- Fragrance, though subtle, might be off-putting to some.