Hi everyone! My apologies for being MIA for the past 3-4 days—I’ve been really busy and stressed out with college (and life, in general) recently so finding time to take, transfer, edit, and upload the photos for this post had been quite a challenge. Thank God for the 4-day long weekend, though! I hope I can publish at least one post a day for the next 4 days and finally take the Erika’s Vanity Desk section online before Monday.
Anyway, for my very first (and veeeeery long and detailed, don’t say I didn’t warn you) makeup review, I’m going to do a post on a brand I’ve never tried (and never even thought I’d try) before—yep, Lime Crime. I got the package on the 24th or 25th of November, I think, from one of the online imported makeup stores I frequent, but I wasn’t able to finish testing and taking photos of the products until today because of the amount of things on my plate that I have to attend to first.
Now, Lime Crime Velvetines are listed with this description: “Long-lasting liquid lipstick that goes on like a gloss and dries completely matte. Our inspiration behind this product? Rose petals!” on the Lime Crime official website, and I can’t make a call against their advertisement since I really do find what they said to be true—the liquid lip color does indeed go on as if it were lipgloss or liquid lip tint (similar to The Body Shop’s, something that was insanely popularised by a fan cult here in the Philippines before) yet dries on with full lip coverage and intense color pay-off, plus I truly cannot think of a lip product that has a more matte finish than this. They are also scented and a bit flavored—I can’t describe the scent and flavor too well, but it really did remind me of the strawberry flavored liquor, Tequila Rose (so you can say I find it slightly fruity, but also creamy and rich). They presently have just two shades, Red Velvet and Suedeberry, that are presently offered to the public (there’s Pink Velvet listed on their website as “coming soon”), both of which will be reviewed on this post.
The Red Velvet shade is described as “Rich, velvety red. Like petals of a red rose.” on their website, and I honestly can’t think of a better description. It’s a very blue-based red that kind of reminds me of MAC Russian Red and MAC Ruby Woo/RiRi Woo (I really do find the two of them to be really similar if not identical), but more of Ruby Woo/RiRi Woo compared to Russian Red because of the extremely matte finish. It’s also quite remnant of the NARS Dragon Girl and NARS Cruella velvet matte lip pencils, which I find as perfect lip pencil complements to the previously mentioned MAC shades. I’ll do reviews and swatches on them the next time.
LIME CRIME VELVETINES IN RED VELVET RATING SUMMARY Packaging: 3.5/5.0 Pigmentation: 5.0/5.0 Application: 4.0/5.0 Wear: 2.5/5.0 Longevity: 5.0/5.0 TOTAL: 4.0/5.0
It’s very very pigmented and the color pay-off is excellent, so you can expect a full opaque coverage from the very first swipe. It’s not a buildable shade, but really… it’s not like it needs to be.
The lipstick tube itself comes in a lip gloss packaging similar to those of MAC lip glasses—this one has a semi-opaque color container that’s of velvety texture and comes with a lip applicator wand. A lot of people are fond of using lip brushes and wands because they say tools like those give them more control, but to be honest I’m not extremely fond of lip wands since they’re quite unhygienic (unless you dip them in alcohol to sanitize after every usage). I’m also not a fan of how some of the tips of the lip wands absorb the liquid and leak the color if you accidentally apply too much pressure while putting the makeup on your lips. I found the lipstick tube packaging decent overall, regardless: the wand itself did not feel like the flimsy, disposable drug store types that would bend easily, and the tip itself did not absorb too much color (or I just did not accidentally apply too much pressure). I wish the tip had more defined edges, though, as to make lip definition easier, or just a separate lip brush like the OCC Lip Tar because prolonged exposure to air will dry up the formula due to its matte nature.
For its application, I like that it goes on as a gloss because it would be ideal for those who are new at using matte shades (it would neither tug nor pull at your lips during application), but it’s still also pretty challenging in a way since the color is intensely pigmented and one wrong swipe outside of your lip line would be very obvious. Just a friendly tip: keep a lip makeup remover, some cotton buds, and tissue close by if you’re not that used to applying this—the lip makeup remover is there for obvious reasons; the cotton buds are for mistakes near the edges; and the tissue are for your teeth in case you get some color there accidentally.
For the wear, during and right after it dries to a very matte finish, it might feel a little sticky (imagine slightly gliding a licked lollipop on your lips and sticking your lips together), but that does not last for too long. It disappears after a while, replaced by comfortable lip color wear. I initially thought it was one of the best reds I have ever worn, but I felt disappointed after a few hours because even though the color and coverage stayed the same—its longevity is indeed impressive (6 to 7 hours on my lips before re-application, wow) and the color doesn’t transfer too much if you drink beverage or eat food—it dried out my lips, settled deeply into lip lines, made my lips feel uncomfortable, and made my lips seem un-prepped regardless of my lip exfoliation the night before and application of Burt’s Bees lip balm prior to the color. My lips and skin chemistry probably were at fault in a way since I just got well from a 3-day-long flu when I tried this out, though, so it might not be the same for your case. Despite this, I still like it, just not as much as I first thought I did and not for days when I know I won’t have much opportunities to re-moisturize my lips.
The Suedeberry shade is described as “Strawberry red, often associated with the 1950s icon Marilyn Monroe” on the official Lime Crime website. I’m not sure if I agree because it most certainly did not look like Marilyn Monroe’s lipstick shades to me, but anyway, it is indeed a strawberry red—a seemingly warm, pink-yet-orange-based red, if I am right. Pretty difficult to describe to be honest, and I can’t exactly think of a similar shade to it too (at least one that I have) as of the moment.
LIME CRIME VELVETINES IN SUEDEBERRY RATING SUMMARY Packaging: 3.5/5.0 Pigmentation: 4.5/5.0 Application: 3.5/5.0 Wear: 2.0/5.0 Longevity: 5.0/5.0 TOTAL: 3.7/5.0
Unlike the Red Velvet shade, the pigmentation of this one is not as creamy and concentrated. I had to build it up to be as opaque as the previous photos of the other shade. After doing so, though, it still had full coverage so the color pay-off is still decent.
The packaging is exactly the same as the Red Velvet‘s, so I have the exact same things to say as I did above. Kindly refer to it again.
The application is almost entirely the same, except as I said, this shade is not as “full” as the Red Velvet so I had to swipe the applicator more than a few times, which meant there were more chances for me to mess up… and I most certainly did: compare the shape of my lips while wearing the Suedeberry to when I was wearing the Red Velvet, and look at my teeth too (whatever colored specks you see on my teeth are due to the lip color).
The wear is also very similar to how the Red Velvet was, I just happened to be less fond of the formulation of this one since it felt a little more uncomfortable—probably due to the fact that I applied it thicker compared to how I did the previous shade. My lips look less dry in the Suedeberry photos too, because I already had the macro configuration of my camera figured out when I shot them (I think I took like an hour to configure and do test shots on my camera while wearing the Red Velvet shade lol) and the MAC Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover that I used to remove the Red Velvet must have done something good to my lips. The longevity is as impressive, though—it didn’t wear off when I drank from a glass or sipped from a straw, and the color barely faded even after eating. It lasted around 6 to 7 hours on my lips before I felt the need to re-apply, as well.
This ends my review for the Lime Crime Velvetines! Hope I helped in case you were thinking of purchasing one. :)
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment below!