Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rimmel 60 Seconds review and swatches part 1

Hello loves! Over the last few weeks I've acquired a lot of Rimmel 60 Seconds polishes, just because they are new to our market and were on sale. They have a wide color range and I would say that the colors are not boring at all. I decided to do an extensive review and show you all the colors I have (9 to be precise). Because they are so many, I will split it into two posts, but the posts will go live together. Also I've inserted page jumps just because the pictures are so many, so make sure to click on "read more" to see all the swatches. 

I will start by talking a bit about what these polishes claim. Firstly they claim to be one-coat polishes. From the ones I have, only two are one coaters (Stand To Attention and Blue Eyed Girl) and the majority need at least 2 coats, some of them even 3 coats to be opaque. Secondly, they claim to have a drying time of "less than 60 seconds". Now they might dry fast but they certainly do not dry as fast as they say. For the one-coaters drying time can be around a few minutes, while for the majority of them you have to wait quite a while for them to dry, considering the multiple coats. Another claim is that they make your nails up to 5 times stronger. My nails are a mess right now and I don't think a polish can make my nails stronger (considering I always use a base coat), so I won't comment on that one. Finally, I want to talk a bit about the brush. The Xpress Flat Brush is a wide brush that promises a one second application. Let's take a look! 

Rimmel Xpress Flat Brush versus OPI ProWide brush
Compared to the OPI brush, the Rimmel brush is shorter and wider. It has a lot more hairs and I can tell you it's stiff and doesn't have a very precise cut. I've noticed unevenness on some of the brushes. The top is rounded and might suggest better application at the cuticle, but because it's so stiff and doesn't spread on the nail, it's quite hard to use. I wasn't too keen on the OPI brush in the past, but it's very easy to use once you get the hang of it. The Rimmel brush, on the other hand, is still a mystery to me. My personal advice is to use light strokes and not push it too hard on the nail, because it will leave streaks, especially with the lighter colors. 

Now let's look at some of the polishes. The swatches are after the jump. 

Rimmel 405 Rose Libertine (no top coat)
Rose Libertine is a color I wouldn't normally buy for myself. It's a salmon colored creme, but for me it's the wearable version of coral (because coral usually looks too orange on me). The formula is rather thin for this one and it's one of the few that need 3 coats. There were a few bald spots left because of the brush, but I guess being more careful could solve that. It dries to a very shiny finish. I've actually been wearing this on my toes for over 2 weeks. I chose it because it matched a dress I was wearing and liked it so much that I kept it on. I'm really impressed by how well it lasted. 

Rimmel 460 Limealicious (with top coat and fimos)
Limealicious is one of the first colors I wore and I've shown to you in this post. It's opaque in 2 coats and it's somewhere between lime green and light olive. The picture still features my long nails that I broke in the meantime. This is one of my favorites from the collection. 

Rimmel 605 Purple Reign (no top coat)
I also posted about this one back when my nails were long (post here). Purple Reign is a warm toned purple with a beautiful iridescent shimmer. I did 2 coats of this to make it opaque. It's a little thick so a few bubbles showed up after it dried. Nothing a few drops of thinner can't solve. 

Rimmel 840 Blue Eyed Girl (no top coat)
Ah, the blue! You all know how I feel about blue. This one is a winner. Gorgeous, vibrant and shiny. Blue Eyed Girl is a medium blue creme and it's also a one coater. The formula is slightly thick for this one as well, so I'm gonna thin it the next time I wear it. The downside is that it stains very bad! So be careful when you use it and double up on the base coat! 

This is it for the first post, but make sure you check out part 2 for more swatches and my thoughts on this collection!


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