Lime Crime is a company synonymous with controversy. Starting as a small independent brand in 2008 but having reached huge success since then, its CEO Doe Deere’s ethics have been called into questions several times and many people have boycotted Lime Crime after it emerged that customers’ account details were hacked last year and the way the company dealt with it. I was never directly affected by the company and have always been attracted to their quirky packaging and cult-favourite products so when I found out that they are available to purchase on Love-Makeup, I bit the bullet and ordered three Velvetines.
I have been having a love affair with liquid to matte lipsticks all winter long and the Lime Crime ones are much buzzed about because of their unique shades and seemingly incredible quality so I couldn’t wait to try them out for myself.
I ended up purchasing only three shades because they are pricey enough and it was so difficult to choose because all of the swatches online look so beautiful!
The packaging is absolutely stunning with vibrant red boxes adorned with roses. It pained me to throw them away but if I start getting emotionally attached to boxes, it won’t be long before I’m on an episode of Hoarders. The lipsticks themselves are housed in weighty frosted glass tubes with lids that match the cardboard packaging. They are pretty and feel more luxurious than any other liquid lipsticks I have tried.
The applicators on these are sponge-tipped although a little narrower than your average. I find them easy enough to work with.
Of course, I had to start my Velvetines collection with the now-infamous Cashmere. This is described as a greige and is a wonderfully unique grey-toned nude.
It has since been much replicated by other brands but this was where the grey lip trend began! I have been eyeing up this shade online since its release and have heard stories of it looking different on other people and how some were disappointed to find it didn’t suit them etc. but I absolutely adore it.
Teamed with a dark or colourful eye, this won’t distract from the look but will add a quirky twist.
This is described as a mauve. It is a gorgeous cool-toned mauve-pink that is quite close to the lip colours Kylie Jenner wears and everybody is currently trying to replicate.
In my opinion, this is the most day time/work wear appropriate and if you’re not a fan of out-there colours, this could be one for you.
I definitely get the most wear out of this one as I regularly wear it to work.
This is described as a dark brown. From swatches I saw online, I thought this was going to be a dark brown-red and when I first swatched it on my lips, I saw a redness in it too but it definitely varies with the light.
When I did finally wear it, it came up as a true dark brown. I definitely didn’t think I would ever like a brown lipstick but this has changed my opinion.
Because it is so dark, it looks vampy and different and while I will probably reserve it more for nights out, I love it and the fact that I don’t have anything like it in my collection.
The consistency of these is not what I was expecting at all. This is far more viscous and feels almost oily compared to other liquid lipsticks I have tried. They have a very strong sweet scent which I think is alright but it can be a little overpowering first thing in the morning. If you are sensitive to fragrance in products, you may want to avoid these! They dry down quickly and don’t become tacky or sticky as they do so. They simply morph from an oily liquid to a matte lipstick.
My favourite part is how you can’t feel them on your lips when you’re wearing them. With many liquid lipsticks I have tried, their velvet finish is noticeable when you rub your lips together. However, with the Velvetines, when you rub your lips together, it feels like your lips are completely bare and have nothing on them. I always like to have at least a lip balm on my lips because they can become very dry so sometimes when I’m wearing these, I long to inject a little moisture into my lips but these are not drying or uncomfortable in the slightest. I have worn them several days in a row for ten or twelve hours and have had no damage to my lips whatsoever.
I have heard of people wearing these for twelve hours and never having to reapply them but I don’t agree with that. They do last but I find I need to add another layer after eating. I always reapply my lipstick after eating anyway so this is not a big deal and they also layer beautifully without becoming cakey.
There you have it. I literally cannot think of a negative word to say about these. They have catapulted themselves to my favourite ever liquid lipstick formula. I am already itching to pick up more shades!
As I mentioned already, I bought mine from Love-Makeup where they retail for £13.95 (around €18.98) and shipping will set you back £6.50 (€8.84) regardless of the size of your order. There is free shipping if you spend over £60.
Alternatively, you can purchase directly from Lime Crime (which is now a secure site) where they cost €18.42 each and there is a flat shipping rate of €10.08. On the site it mentions if you are ordering to the UK, all taxes and customs are paid on their end but I can’t seem to find any information pertaining to shipping to Ireland so as with most US websites, you could get a nasty customs fine when it arrives.
I’ll stick to ordering from Love-Makeup and yes, I’m sure I will be ordering more in future. There are currently twenty shades available on the Lime Crime site (Eighteen on Love-Makeup) and they regularly release new and limited edition shades too.
Have you tried these yet?
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