I've been waiting for these to arrive in Canada for months!
They were all over the UK blogs and channels, and then eventually some of the American ones. (Note: They're called Apocalips in the UK and Canada, but Show Off in the US).
After much swatching and hmmm...uhhh... at the Shoppers Drug Mart counter, I ended up picking 101 Celestial, for now.
Unlike most lip products in the drugstore, this was very well sealed. There was a plastic, cellophane wrap all around the tube, and the barcode sticker was also a seal.
The coolest feature was this weird vacuum/air-tight funnel-like thing... I don't even know what to call it, haha. See my progressive photos below -- As you pull the wand out of the tube, the lip lacquer fills the clear portion of the tube -- A great way to know whether the packaging has been opened!
I'm not sure if I would've even noticed it if it weren't for PetitePearStyle's review (Side note: check her out! she is very informative and provides great reviews)
I really like the doe foot applicator! As you can see below, the bottom is slightly concave, such that the perfect amount of product is collected for application to the lips. The point of the applicator is also great for accuracy at the cupid's bow and around the edges.
It's very, very light. A bit floral, a bit fruity... hard to pinpoint the exact scent, but it reminds me a bit of the YSL scent, but much lighter.
I was having a hard time deciding between Luna and Celestial, as they were very similar. I ended up picking Celestial, because it is more pink toned, whereas Luna is more peach toned.
Celestial is a very wearable pinky mauve colour, that would be flattering across a variety of skin tones. I think it would be appropriate for any season -- I'm looking forward to rocking it now, as the weather has cooled down significantly.
It's not a lipstick, nor a lip gloss.
This is basically a liquid lipstick, without gloop. Yes, that's a technical term.
I bought this for $7.49 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart. I have seen them at London Drugs, as well.
They're regularly priced at $8.99 CAD.
Not sticky at all.
Doesn't settle into lip lines.
Glossy, but not pornstar-like.
I have not tried the YSL Glossy Stains, nor the Hourglass Opaque Liquid Lipsticks, but I would consider these Apocalips/Show Off lip lacquers as a much more reasonable alternative!
I've definitely got my eyes on Luna, Stellar, Big Bang... and Nova, if I'm feeling really girly.
Have you tried any of these Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers? Or, any lip lacquers/liquid lipsticks/glossy stains?