Review: Rimmel London Only 1 Matte Lipsticks With Swatches

Beauty deliveries make me happy. Which is why when I received an email about having the opportunity to review the Rimmel London The Only One Matte Lipsticks range during my recent trip to Mumbai, I waited to get back to Dubai  with the excitement of a school kid waiting for the final bell to go home.

Were the Only One matte lipsticks worth the wait? Read on to find out. 

After the successful lauch of Rimmel’s The Only One lipsticks, the new matte range is an extension of its predecessor. It consists of 10 shades which provide high coverage, full impact color with a matte finish in a single stroke. 

The on-trend range stars punchy pinks, such as Call The Shots #120; pinkie nude hues, like Salute #200; fierce red, including Take The Stage #500; bold nudes, such as Trendsetter #700; edgy purple shades, like Run The Show #800 and sumptuous berry, like The Matte Factor #810.
To help find your favorite shades, each pack has a ring of matte colour that matches the lipstick inside.

I received 7 gorgeous shades for review (a big thanks to the folks at Rimmel) and will be swatching them so that you can find which ones are made for you. 

But first up, let’s talk about the basics: 


The Rimmel London Only 1 Matte Lipsticks come in an asymmetrical maroon plastic tube, As I mentioned earlier, the tube has a colored band which bears the color of the lipsticks inside. This is specially handy if you own many lipsticks from the same range. The tube opens easily and snaps shut securely – a boon for those like me who keep their lipsticks loose in their bags. I’ve suffered from many stained bags and belongings due to loose lipstick lids.

Color Variety:

Rimmel’s The Only One Matte lipstick range has something in it for both bright and nude lovers – with 5 shades for each. The range has nude and bold pinks, browns, reds and even has a stunning purple.

Lets take a look at the seven I received for review:

Rimmel The Only One Lipstick : 700 Trendsetter
700 Trendsetter
Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick 610 High Flyer
610 High Flyer
Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick 810 The Matte Factor
810 The Matte Factor
Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick 750 Look Who's Talking
750 Look Who’s Talking
Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick 200 Salute
200 Salute
Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick 500 Take The Stage
500 Take The Stage
Rimmel the only one matte lipstick 800 run the show
800 Run The Show
Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick Swatches
Rimmel London The Only One Matte Lipstick Swatches

Here’s another shot in different light for your better understanding.

My Favorites?

‘The Matte Factor’, ‘Take The Stage’ and ‘Run The Show’.


The Rimmel London Only One Matte Lipsticks have a pleasant berry like fragrance that stays on your lips for a couple of hours after application.


Unlike most matte lipsticks in this genre and at this price point, the Rimmel Only One Matte Lipsticks apply fairly easily. They give an intense color in a single swipe. No longer do you have to suffer from color breaking off midway when you apply these lipsticks as is the case with several others.

The shape of the lipstick allows for precise application across the lips, including the tricky cupids bow area – without you having to line your lips. However the outer corners are a bit difficult to reach with this one and you may need to use a lipstick brush for a better finish.


The Rimmel Only One Matte Lipsticks are intensely pigmented and wear quite smoothly on the lips. One coat is enough for you to get going, and you don’t need to keep adding on layers to achieve that opaque finish. They’re also so lightweight you’ll feel as if you have nothing on, and they do not dry your lips.

However, the lipsticks do transfer a bit on glasses and spoons if you’re planning to wear them while eating. Also I noticed that the color wears off fairly easily towards the center of the mouth -mainly because of eating or smacking your lips- and you might want to touch up at the end of your meal. Nevertheless, I was grateful that the lipstick did not bleed at all right through the dinner. 
Everything said and done, are you planning to get your hands on this newest range? You have read the review of the Rimmel Only One Matte lipstick. Now take a minute to consider the pros and cons. 


  • Great shades
  • Slick and robust packaging
  • Heavily pigmented 
  • Renders an intense color in a single swipe
  • Non drying formula
  • Does not bleed
  • Pleasant fragrance


    • Fragrance might bother some
    • Tricky to apply at the outer corners
    • Transfers easily
    • Requires regular touch ups

    Final words:

    To be honest with you, I am quite impressed by Rimmel’s The Only One Matte lipstick range. I love the pigmented yet lightweight, non drying formula which instantly gives life to your lips. I’m a fan of their bolder colors and I already feel that a couple of them are going to be my go-to shades. 

    I would surely recommend you to try it if you don’t mind the occasional transfer or touch up. 

    What are your thoughts on the Rimmel London The Only One matte lipsticks? What are your favorite shades? Do you have any questions pertaining to my review?

    Let’s talk in the comments below!

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