On to part two! This review covers the three most recent colors I got: The coveted Cashmere, Pansy, and Pink Velvet. And yes, I copied and pasted most of this post, aside from the reviews (of course), so I could get this done and published quickly!
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.
Cashmere: It’s finally mine!! Cashmere is described as being “equal parts grey and beige”, which is pretty accurate! It’s a gorgeous, light to light-medium, cool toned greige (get it, grey and beige… They came up with that, not me btw) and has a totally matte finish. Texture was amazing… Not too thin, not too thick, making it glide on easily. Color payoff was awesome as well. As far as coverage goes, you need very little product to get a fully opaque look. Since this color is a “nude” of sorts, it can emphasize chapped areas on the lips (like on mine in the photo), so be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and use your Prep + Prime Lip first! Like usual, I got over 8 hours of wear before noticing a little fading in the center. The smell of Cashmere was actually the best and most normal out of all of my Velvetines. It was actually slightly sweet compared to the others.
Liners: Stone Lip Pencil from MAC is PERFECT to use with Cashmere. Chestnut also works if you’d like to go a little darker and more brown. Stripdown is a great Lip Pencil to use if you want definition, but not much added color. You can use any type of color, really, since this is so neutral… Playing around with different shades will allow you to create totally different, fun looks.
Dupes: Styled In Sepia from MAC’s limited The Matte Lip collection (Fall 2014) is in the same shade range, but darker and more brown. Honeylove, also from MAC, is permanent, but is more of a warm shade and considerably more peachy-pink. Stone Lip Pencil actually works well for a dupe.
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5
Pansy: This is described as a “true, rich, velvety purple” and has a great, velvety matte finish… It’s a medium dark to dark true purple with cool undertones. Texture was a bit thinner with Pansy than it was with some of my other Velvetines, but it still applied well, though it took a little longer to dry. Color payoff was bright and intense. Coverage was fantastic for the most part, but only so-so in the center of the lip… I made sure my lips were nice and dry, without any moisturizer or anything on the center, but I still had trouble getting it to go fully opaque in that area. Of course the center of the lip was the first area to fade after a little while. Other than that, I had no fading issues until well over 8 hours of wear. Pansy didn’t have a super weird smell, but it was slightly stronger than some of my other Velvetines. Like Cashmere, it almost has a sweet undertone to the normally funky smell… It faded as soon as the lipstick dried, though, just like the rest of the Velvetines.
Liners: My favorite liner with this is actually Rich Purple Chromatographic Pencil from MAC Pro. You can also use more of a navy type of eye liner with this to add more dimension. If you like, you can give Nightmoth Lip Pencil from MAC a try too, though it’s not purple, it’s a nice, deep blackened wine-stained sort of color that works with purples. Any lip or eye liner in a deep purple or deep blue, even black, will work with Pansy. It all depends on the look you’re going for!
Dupes: Heroine lipstick from MAC is lighter and warmer. Punk Couture (winter 2013), also from MAC, is darker and more of a smoked plum shade. Gunner (winter 2014) from MAC x Nasty Gal is much darker, but is the same type of true purple. You may be able to try Heroine OVER a darker, navy type of eye liner to duplicate Pansy, but I haven’t tried that yet.
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 5
Pink Velvet: Pink Velvet is said to be “the perfect matte pink” and has a smooth matte finish… It’s a medium, bright pink with undertones that can pull either warm or cool, depending on your skintone, which is kind of awesome because it works on absolutely everyone! Texture was extra silky, making application super easy and smooth. Color payoff was fantastic, taking little product to achieve this bold look! Coverage was also great, going completely opaque, also with very little lipstick applied. It does stain a little, so even after the 8+ hours of wear that I got, fading wasn’t very noticeable, even in the center of the lip. Pink Velvet has a bit of the weird Velvetine smell, but not so much as some of the others do!
Liners: Trust In Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from MAC is my favorite liner to use with Pink Velvet… It’s nearly the same color, so it won’t change the lipstick much, if at all, and has a wear time of around 8 hours. You can also try Cherry Lip Pencil to make this Velvetine appear more red, or something like Currant if you want to darken the lipstick and create more of an ombre look.
Dupes: Party Parrot (limited edition and released several times) from MAC is similar, but a bit lighter and warmer with more of a yellow base. Candy Yum Yum is much lighter, cooler, and more neon-isn, even though it’s permanent. Relentlessly Red (also permanent) is close, but still lighter and warmer. All Fired Up is almost the same, but just a little bit cooler and not as intense. All lipsticks mentioned are from MAC.
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5