Lime Crime – Velvetines – Part 1: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

At last, I finally have a moment to sit down and work on these posts! In this one, I’ll be reviewing the colors Black Velvet, Red Velvet, Salem, Suedeberry, Utopia and Wicked. In part two, I’ll be reviewing Pink Velvet, Cashmere, and Pansy, so don’t worry, you’ll get to see those too!

NOTE: I am officially no longer a fan of this brand and will never purchase anything from them again! Unfortunately, there has been a TON of drama centered around Lime Crime and owner Doe Deere… The way this company has handled the issues with identity/credit card information theft, website problems, restocking and availability, and various other things, is atrocious. Deleting posts made on their social media accounts and calling their customers names when called out for these problems is absolutely unacceptable! On top of that, there has been a great deal of controversy as to whether or not the ingredients listed for their products is actually what goes into them. After some research, I have reason to believe that these lipsticks, in particular, contain things that are not exactly healthy to put on your face or lips! 

I have personally had problems with this company, and while they offered their customers protection against identity theft after MANY debit and credit accounts were compromised, it did me NO good! I made an order from them back in January, and this month (April), my debit card was used online to make several hundred dollars worth of purchases that I definitely had no involvement in! I’m incredibly careful about where I use my card, especially online… I use PayPal 99% of the time, and Lime Crime is one of the only companies I have not done that with. This, along with the fact that there have been a lot of reports of the same thing happening to other people who also recently bought things from Lime Crime, gives me good reason to believe that this is where my account security was compromised. In addition to that, I am one of their customers who has had comments and questions I’ve posted on their social media accounts deleted, although I said nothing wrong or disrespectful in any way… I suppose it just wasn’t something they wanted to hear that day, and they clearly don’t think that their customers are entitled to an opinion.

I’m extremely disappointed with Lime Crime as a whole… While I initially loved the products in this review, I’ve really been turned off to using them after finding out the truth hidden behind the pretty colors and packaging. I will leave my original reviews up and mostly unedited, but keep in mind the drama and problems that revolve around doing business with this brand! The last thing I want to do is encourage my readers to buy something that will end up getting your credit or debit card information stolen and potentially mess with your life and credit!

Lime Crime Velvetines seem to be the most wanted type of lipstick these days, and for good reason! Lime Crime describes these as a “Ground-breaking formula that goes on liquid and dries completely matte. Touch-proof, transfer-proof, long-wearing and utterly addictive!”… They have a really nice liquid formula that applies easily and doesn’t take too long to dry, but still gives you enough time to work with it for an even application. Once it’s dry, it’s completely matte and wears FOREVER without smudging or transferring. Side note: Since these do have an extremely matte texture, if you have dry or chapped lips, I recommend using something like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip before application to smooth everything out and add some moisture… If you have EXTRA chapped lips, since it’s winter and all, try exfoliating with something like olive oil or honey mixed with sugar first, then applying the Prep + Prime Lip, then your Velvetine 🙂

Velvetines come in a tube like most lip glosses do, and have a doe foot applicator similar to the ones found in MAC Lipglass, but with a much smoother texture. They’re pretty easy to apply, though it took me one or two tries to get the hang of it. I suggest applying a liner first, then you can add more after applying your Velvetine if you would like to create more dimension or touch up the shape. They’re SUPER pigmented, so you don’t need to use much… A little bit goes a long way! Like I mentioned, you have time to play with these and make sure they apply evenly before they dry, so that’s a plus with this type of lipstick. Even though these wear a long time and don’t transfer or smudge, they surprisingly aren’t drying. They have a smell that varies in intensity between shades, but it’s hard to say exactly what it smells like… It does fade after application, though. I also noticed that some colors smelled REALLY weird, and it seems to be the ones with less red/pink color to them, but that could be a coincidence. I was told that there’s nothing wrong with them if they have a funky smell and they haven’t gone bad or anything, so don’t worry if you get one like that!

Note: After hearing about the ingredients that actually go into these products, that could explain the inconsistent/weird smells. There are several differences in the ingredients listed on the old packaging vs the new packaging, with the new packaging having some pretty nasty ingredients being left out… For example, Ferric Ferrocyanide & Ultramarines… Those two ingredients are actually not even FDA approved for use on the lips and have been reported to cause sores and irritation.

While the formula and product *seem* great, the inconsistencies with these, as well as with the brand, has completely turned me off to using or purchasing anything from Lime Crime again.

Lime Crime’s Velvetines contain 0.088 fl oz / 2.6 ml of product and cost $20. As of right now, these aren’t available at places like Sephora and other major retailers, but you can get them online at www.limecrime.com, or at Namie’s Beauty Supply in North Hollywood, CA. Some shades run out of stock from time to time, but they’re pretty good about restocking them quickly and you can sign up for a notification and newsletter so you know when they’re back in stock! Oh… One more awesome thing about Lime Crime… It’s a totally cruelty free company, which makes me super happy!

Note: Previous statement about being vegan/cruelty free is debatable… Though they claim to be cruelty free and vegan, Lime Crime does not have their own lab, so they don’t test the ingredients going into these products themselves. While they seem to be against animal testing and don’t conduct it at their facility, there’s no telling if there is animal testing at a higher level or not. There have also been reports that some products may contain carmine or beeswax, although it’s not in the list of ingredients on their website or packaging.

PS: You may notice something different in the photos, but yes, they’re still my lips! I finally decided to start including my philtrum piercing in them because well, it’s cute! Also, if my lips or the piercing look crooked in some pictures, they’re not… My upper lip just swells a little after so many swatches since it’s still a pretty recent piercing.

Click on any of these images to make them bigger and see more detail!

Black Velvet - Red Velvet - Salem - Suedeberry - Utopia - Wicked

Black Velvet – Red Velvet – Salem – Suedeberry – Utopia – Wicked

Lime Crime Velvetines with labels part 1

Lime Crime Velvetines Part 1 Labels

Lime Crime Velvetines Part 1 Swatches

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Velvetines swatched on NC15 skin.

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Black Velvet:   Lime Crime describes this shade as “the deepest matte black”… It’s a deep, true black with neither warm or cool undertones and it has a wonderful, velvety matte finish once dry. The texture is smooth and not sticky at all, applying very easily. Color payoff is super intense, and coverage is just as great, giving full coverage will little product applied. I got over 8 hours of wear with this and only noticed fading in the center of my lip after eating and drinking something. This color did have a bit of that weird smell, but not as strong as it was with some of the other colors. It went away once it was dry.

Liners:   Since this is a pretty typical black lipstick, any black eye liner you prefer will do… A few of my favorites are Black Black Chromatographic Pencil from MAC Pro. You can also try Engraved Powerpoint Eye Pencil or Ebony Eye Pencil, both from MAC.

Dupes:   Styletto, also from Lime Crime, is a deep, rich black, but it has a sheen to it, as it’s part of their normal lipstick lineup. Hautecore (winter 2013) lipstick from MAC is also a matte black, but it’s not as pigmented.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Red Velvet:   The description on Lime Crime’s website refers to this color as “The perfect matte red! Rich and velvety, like petals of a rose.”… It is indeed a perfect red! It’s a true, medium-dark, bold, blue based red with a smooth matte finish. The texture of Red Velvet was not too thick, but not too runny, just like the rest of the Velvetines. It applied very evenly. Color payoff is awesome, as is coverage. I didn’t notice any fading (except in the center after eating/drinking) until after the 8 hours mark. There was some staining with Red Velvet, so even when it did fade in a few spots, it was hard to tell. This shade had less of a weird smell than some of the other Velvetines.

Liners:   Cherry Lip Pencil from MAC is perfect with Red Velvet. You could also do Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you want a little extra wear time… If you want more of an ombre look or more contrast, you could go with these (from lightest to deepest): Brick, Burgundy, Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth, which are all Lip Pencils from MAC.

Dupes:   Ruby Woo from MAC is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found, but it’s not quite as deep… It does have a similar texture, being a Retro Matte, which are drier than normal Matte lipsticks. Russian Red from MAC is a pretty good dupe too, and is somewhere between Ruby Woo and Red Velvet. RiRi Woo is super close, but was limited with the MAC x Rihanna collections.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Salem

Salem

Salem

Salem

Salem:   Salem is said to be a “matte chocolate brown”… I would say that’s accurate! It’s a pretty neutral, medium dark brown with a matte finish. The texture for Salem was great, but perhaps a bit thinner than some of the other Velvetines, but still applied well. Color payoff was great, as usual! Coverage was also fully opaque, except for in the center of the lip, which is common with a lot of lipsticks, but was more significant with Salem than with some of the other Velvetines. I suspect it has to do with the slightly thinner texture, though. Like the other lipsticks in this review, I only had some fading in the center of my lips, but otherwise I got well over 8 hours of wear. This is one of those shades that had a funkier smell than the more reddish or pink colored Velvetines. It’s still not that bad, and faded after the lipstick dried.

Liners:   Chestnut is a great Lip Pencil from MAC that you can use with Salem… It’s nearly the same color, so it won’t alter the lipstick at all. Bittersweet Pro Longer Lip Pencil, also from MAC, is another option and will give you a longer wear time. It’s also a bit deeper than Salem if you prefer more definition or an ombre effect.

Dupes:   I haven’t really found a great dupe for Salem… Photo from MAC is close if layered over Bittersweet Pencil, but alone it’s lighter and has more of a golden undertone. It’s also not a Matte. You’d probably be better off with using Chestnut Lip Pencil all over as a dupe.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Suedeberry

Suedeberry

Suedeberry

Suedeberry

Suedeberry:   This was my very first Velvetine (you can tell by the older packaging) and a gift from my best friend, so I’m a little partial to this one! It’s described as a “matte coral red”, which is spot on… It’s a bright, medium, warm toned pinky-coral red with a very matte finish. Texture was great and slightly more creamy than the other Velvetines I have, either because it was a different formula from the current ones, or just because it’s older, I’m not sure which. Color payoff was perfect, as well as coverage. This is starting to sound repetitive, but at least these are all consistent! I got over 8 hours of wear with Suedeberry, only noticing some fading in the center of the lip after a little while. Like Red Velvet, it stained very lightly, so when it did fade, it was hardly noticeable. Suedeberry has a scent, but it’s not as weird and obvious as a few of the other Velvetines.

Liners:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil from MAC works well with Suedeberry and is nearly the same color. Cherry Lip Pencil, also from MAC, will also work, and give you more of an ombre effect since it’s a true, bright red.

Dupes:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is just about the closest dupe I can find for Suedeberry, and it still looks more coal when applied all over the lip. Suedeberry is pretty unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Utopia

Utopia

Utopia

Utopia

Utopia:   This is a “vibrant orchid” shade, which looks like a medium to medium dark, cool toned, pinky-purple-magenta color (yeah, let’s just stick with vibrant orchid lol). The texture was very smooth, and perhaps a little thinner than some other Velvetines, making it very easy to apply evenly. Color payoff was great and very bright, while coverage was good, but took a teeny bit of layering to get totally even and opaque. With Utopia, I got the typical 8 hours of wear with only some fading in the center. This shade has the funkiest smell out of all the Velvetines I have, which is now all of them lol… It goes away once it dries, so don’t worry!

Liners:   Magenta Lip Pencil from MAC works really well with Utopia and is very similar in color, so it doesn’t take away from the color of the lipstick itself. Fashion Boost Pro Longer Lip Pencil is also very similar to Utopia, so it looks great and will also give you a longer wear time.

Dupes:  Heroine lipstick from MAC is more purple. Flat Out Fabulous, also from MAC, is incredibly close, though maybe a tiny bit darker.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Wicked

Wicked

Wicked

Wicked

Wicked:   Wicked is described as a “matte burgundy-red” and has a silky, matte finish. It’s a medium dark, burgundy, wine stained red with a hint of a blue base. The texture of Wicked felt extra smooth, though it seemed to dry more quickly than the other Velvetines in this review, so I didn’t have quite as much time to work with it… This seemed to result in an extra matte finish, which I liked! Color payoff was great, and coverage was also wonderful. Per usual, there was no fading until past the 8 hour mark, aside from the center fading after eating/drinking (blah blah blah same thing). Wicked didn’t seem to have much of a smell, aside from the one I have deemed “normal” for Velvetines.

Liners:   Depending on what kind of look you’re going for, you can use several different liners with Wicked… I’ll list the MAC Lip Pencils I’ve tried from lightest and most similar to darkest, which will give you a more ombre look and added definition… Burgundy, Currant, Vino, and Nightmoth. You can also try Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is darker, but looks very nice and wears longer than MAC’s normal Lip Pencil formula.

Dupes:   Diva lipstick from MAC is the closest dupe I’ve found that’s permanent. This color is pretty easy to find dupes for, it’s just a matter of finding something similar in texture.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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2 comments
  1. Great review! They look awesome 🙂 great blog btw, it’d be great if you could check mine out! x

  2. I am thinking of purchasing LimeCrime but upon seeing your note made me have second thoughts. Customer service is a big deal for me regardless if a product is good or not. Thank you for letting readers like me know such a horrible experience. I was so close to purchasing online.

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