I already spoke about my love for Lime Crime Velvetines and while I was happy enough to ignore their bad reputation and ordered from a third party website so as not to deal with them directly, since then several people have commented on my blog and Instagram confessing their mixed feelings. They may have fallen in love with a Lime Crime product but are too nervous or too turned off by the company’s behaviour to give them their money. So today I want to talk about a well known “dupe” for Lime Crime’s once unique greige shade Cashmere.
Cashmere blew up and became a cult product seemingly out of nowhere. Every beauty guru was talking about it and all of my social media feeds were jam packed with people flaunting their purchase. The grey-toned nude didn’t suit everyone and there was just as many people disappointed with how it didn’t suit their skin tone/hair colour as there were those who looked positively ethereal wearing it. It sold out on several occasions as far as I can recall.
And because Cashmere was so popular, the inevitable happened; people starting screaming ‘dupe’. The one that I saw popping up most often (and I actively went looking because I was anxious about the Lime Crime scandals too) was the LA Splash Lip Couture in Ghoulish. More than that, I had skimmed over people’s photo descriptions on several occasions to find out what they were wearing on their lips to discover the name of this lipstick and so today, I’ll compare and contrast the two to see if it really deserves the title of dupe.
You may remember or be familiar with the stunning boxes that the Lime Crime Velvetines come in. Their vibrant red colour and cute rose pattern set my heart all aflutter and when it comes to makeup packaging, this is honestly some of the best that I have seen.
In comparison, I think any brand would have a hard time keeping up. The packaging on the Lip Coutures is still a pretty black and red design with lip prints and the phrase ‘Unleash your inner vixen…’. The box is nice enough but nowhere close to the Lime Crime offering.
If you look at the photograph at the beginning of this post, you will notice that Lime Crime’s tube is a frosted glass with the same red rose pattern adorning the lid while LA Splash’s is a standard clear plastic with a gold lid. I can’t deny that LA Splash’s tube feels lightweight and cheap, particularly when compared with Lime Crime’s.
Wands and Application
You may also have noticed that there is quite a bit of a height difference between the two products which immediately makes me consider price per gram but we’ll discuss that later. Part of the height difference is made up by the fact that the lid of the Lip Couture is slightly longer.
In terms of applicator, the Velvetines have a pretty standard doe-foot while the Lip Coutures have an unusual longer, narrower version. At first, it frightened me a little to use but in fact, I found that I could apply both liquid lipsticks quite easily with either. If anything, the narrow tip of the LA Splash wand makes getting a crisp edge slightly easier.
Consistency and Wear Time
When lobbed out on my arm, as in the photo above, you can see that the consistency looks fairly similar. Both go on as a liquid that dries to a matte finish. I mentioned in my previous post on the Velvetines that they have a slightly slicker nature than most other liquid lipsticks I have tried. The Lip Coutures are slightly creamier and slightly less oily feeling. The Lip Coutures also have no fragrance – perhaps a slight chemical smell if your stick your nose right into the tube as I did while the Velvetines have a very sickly sweet scent that can be overwhelming.
Lime Crime’s lipsticks dry down quicker while LA Splash’s versions take a good few minutes to set completely matte, getting very tacky and sticky in the interim. This is where the big difference comes in – the Velvetines are so comfortable to wear. They feel like you have completely bare lips. The Lip Coutures feel like they’re sucking every last drop of moisture out of your entire body. They are so very incredible matte and uncomfortably so.
I know some people won’t care about any of the above and will literally just want to know if Ghoulish is the same colour and you may have already noticed in the photo of the swatches on my arm but no, they can’t be called the same shade.
There is so much grey to Ghoulish that Cashmere looks positively warm in comparison. I actually think they are both very pretty colours but I would not call them dupes.
However, here is a full face photo of me wearing Cashmere…
…and here is one of me wearing Ghoulish. I think you will agree that they both offer a very similar look.
I cannot call them dupes as they are different colours with different textures and they wear completely differently on the lips. If I had to choose a favourite, it would be Lime Crime simply because it is much more comfortable to wear but if you’re one of the party who would rather boycott the brand, you could easily get away with Ghoulish instead.
If you’re still tossing up between the two, this might sway you. I bought both of my lipsticks from Love-Makeup as I think LA Splash are pretty hard to find if you’re not Stateside and I obviously prefer to buy from European sites to pay less shipping and not get stuck with customs charges. The Lip Coutures cost £9.95 (€13) for 3g while the Velvetines are £13.95 (€18.23) for 2.6g. That works out with the Lip Coutures costing €4.33 per gram with Velvetines costing almost double that at €7.01 per gram.
What do you think?
Would you still swing for a Lime Crime original?
Or would you be happier with a cheaper imitation?
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