Rimmel London promises its ScandalEyes Stick has "high impact color that's easy to apply." Although that's true, there are drawbacks that make this only an average cream eyeshadow option.
Presented in pencil form, this eyeshadow's creaminess helps it glide easily with no tugging. The color quality is good, and you don't need a lot to get full-color impact. This also doesn't fade as the day wears on.
Unfortunately, the formula tends to crease! You'll start to notice creasing on your lids a few hours in, which is definitely not attractive. Add to that the fact that this pencil needs sharpening (which wastes product), and you're better off checking out our list of Best Eyeshadows instead.
- Creamy formula allows for easily application.
- Color quality is strong.
- Shadow begins to crease after a few hours.
- Pencil needs sharpening, which means product is being wasted.
Rimmel is a London-based company that has been under the ownership of Coty since 1996. Coty's namesake presence in drugstores has vanished, but their history lives on via this acquisition. Once exclusive to Wal-Mart, the line has branched out and is now available in other drug and mass-market stores. Given the low to very low price points and several good products, this expansion is good news for cosmetics consumers! What's worth paying attention to when you come across this line are the mascaras, automatic pencils, and bronzing powder. The foundations and concealers are worth a look as well, but without testers, it's always a guessing game as to which color is best for you, and there are no options for darker skin tones. The needs-sharpening pencils are basic but worth a look, though a few of them smear terribly. There are dozens of nail polishes to consider, not to mention a pleasing lipstick and lip gloss selection. Actually, the Lasting Finish Lipstick deserves special mention for its elegant texture and fashion-forward colors, all for under six dollars.
My only significant complaint about Rimmel is the packaging. The tops to the blushes and eyeshadows are awkward and tricky to remove, though this is a minor technicality that's easy enough to live with, especially at these prices!
For more information about Rimmel, visit www.rimmellondon.com.
Note: Many Rimmel products featured on their Web site are not available in the United States; they are exclusive to United Kingdom drugstores. The products reviewed below are those that are consistently found at U.S. stores nationwide, specifically Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.