This is the third and last part of my review series on rms products which turned out to be challenging to me. Just as the two previous two products, the Buriti Bronzer and the Living Luminizer, today’s review is about one of rms beauty’s stars: the Lip Shine in shade “Sacred”. Read on to see how my impression changed from “meh” to “wow”.
Sacred didn’t have an easy start with me as it is a limited edition and that is usually reason enough for me not to be super excited. Seriously, why do they continue to list this as a limited edition? It has been around for ages and people are crazy about the colour. Why not drop the limited edition label and make people happy, why let them fear that one of their favourite products is about to be discontinued literally any moment?
I resisted to buy Sacred for a long time but was too curious about the shade. It is described as a “rosy-red with a hint of magenta” natural gloss which will moisturize your lips and give them a touch of shine. Indeed, the colour in the classic rms container (recyclable glass with aluminium lid) looked quite intense, vibrant and more red than pink. However, when applied on lips, it was quite the other way around. When I first tried Sacred, I didn’t know what to think of it. The texture was slippery, almost gel-like. I knew this was supposed to be glossy but my lips looked cheap and tacky with Sacred. It was difficult to apply it evenly and the colour looked neon pink-red on my lips (emphasis on pink, not red).
Below is a swatch of Sacred framed by the Lavera Fruity Lip Cream in “Lava Red” (which is more of a dark rose, less pink and less neon compared to Sacred) and the Und Gretel Lipgloss “Apricot Shimmer” (which is named quite accurately). As you can see, neither Lava Red nor Sacred are what the average person considers a red shade, despite their name and shade description. To me, Sacred is a hot pink with warm, slightly coral undertones. Sounds like an interesting colour and it really is – the only drawback here is that shades like this one usually require some tanned or darker skintone in order to enhance the face. On my year-round fair complexion, Sacred did not look like a summery, fun colour. It looked wrong, like a neon light in front of a white wall.
Fast forward 2 years later and I have finally come to terms with Sacred. Seriously, it is now one of my favourite lip products and no, I did not get a face tan. The trick is to rub in the colour really well. Forget about dabbing, you can still repeat the process and add a second layer of colour for a more intense lip as long as you blend it in. The effect is quite different: first, there will be less tacky sheen, then the colour will also look more natural and more reddish than pink. Finally!
And if this wasn’t enough, the ingredients of Sacred are an organic dream (though not vegan and with a synthetic pigment):
*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Centella Asiatica Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, (CI 77491), (CI 77492), (CI 77499), (CI 77891), (CI 77019) , Red 6 Lake CI 15850 **
* CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Now, time for a little summary: are the rms products I tried worth the hype? And is there a common characteristic for that I struggled with all three products, the Lip Shine in Sacred, the Living Luminizer and the Buriti Bronzer, only to fall in love with them on second (or rather n-th) look?
I would now consider rebuying each of them after finding their common magic success criteria which is … blending! Altogether, it seems there are not many women who have trouble with the rms products but sometimes I am not sure if this is because the products are hyped or because other women are just better with applying make-up than I am 😛 So whatever the reason, I recommend to play around with the rms products. Maybe you’ll find it easy to warm up to them or you may need a little bit more time to see how they work best on your face but no matter which road it is, there is a high chance that you’ll end up looking at your face in the mirror and be amazed by the results.
How do you get along with the rms products? Which one is your favourite? Did you have to find your way with them as well?