This has been a long time in the pipeline. However, with my health so up and down my skin has been having a right wobbly resulting in my lips being drier than a popcorn fart. Therefore this lip swatching post has been put on the back burner until now.
Ok, so my lips still aren’t luscious and pumped with moisture but I couldn’t wait any longer so this is what you’re going to get, so take it how you will and I say that lovingly.
I was lucky enough to receive these Lime Crime Velvetines as a Christmas present. They came as minis in a pack of 3 as a limited edition core collection, Buffy, Beet It and Peacock. I think thats a great selection, you get a basic nude, Buffy (cousin of Cashmere if you’re a Lime Crime buff, pardon the pun) and then Beet It which is a versatile, cool toned, wintery, maroon red which is perfectly on trend this season. Then to top the trio off with Peacock was genius. Such a unique, bold, grungy colour. You could only really connect it with a peacock, the colour is simply relatable. Its tealy/blue pigments, with a hidden metallic edge makes it pretty magical.
Now lets get onto the packaging and unfortunately you might just have to hop on over to my instagram (@graceoliviasusan) to see what my package box looked like because this company goes above and beyond. I received a simple white box that when you open, is filled with their signature print. The products are packaged beautifully and wrapped in tissue paper. You’d be bloody chuffed to have this arrive in the post!
Whilst being a brand that is loved for being cruelty free and vegan it’s also recently had quite a bit of stick and it’s only fair to mention it. Problems where their website has been hacked and customers have had their accounts emptied to products not being filled correctly and customers complaining that they’re not getting their moneys worth, fair enough. As well as using possible toxic ingredients, which in my opinion is bullshit. Being scrutinised for something that may not be true but in fact many drugstore products are known for hiding. Lime Crime are getting stick at the moment and people feel obliged to shove that one into the mix because they’re unhappy for others reasons, its unfair. Yet again, take it how you will. I have had no problems with the products I’ve received however, this is my first experience. I received these as a present and the person who got me these gifts hasn’t had a problem with the website, thank god. Like with any online company, you have to try it for yourself at your own risk. I would always lean towards using PayPal anyway when it comes to ordering stuff online as its a secure option. From my impression, when receiving these items I was first to comment on attention to detail and great service and thats something that ticks my boxes.
I think receiving these 3 mini Velvetines was great, not only are they great colours but an opportunity to experience the formula. I always lean towards mini gift sets so it gives me a chance to experience products with out forking out a load of money on full sized versions. Fortunately, I got on with these Velvetines famously and have become quite attached to the colours, which is annoying because I believe they are limited edition so I might have to stock up. Bollocks.
Buffy Velvetine. Lets start off with the smell, firstly they all smell the same, very faint but I guess you could say the classic vanilla smell, not offensive at all and it fades after the product is dry so therefore pretty irrelevant. This colour was very easy to apply, it had a standard lipgloss applicator (they all do) and being a nude colour if you went over your lip line its easy to fix. Me being me and stuck in my old ways I love lip liners. I know these are liquid lipsticks and dry matte so they stay in place but lip liners seem to be a bit of a habit. I paired Buffy with my Mac Soar lip liner and went for that annoying ‘Kylie Jenner’ look. I believe it worked, however you have to blend the two products well, only if you don’t want that obvious lip line around your lips. As Soar isn’t identical in colour to Buffy so thats a big reason to blend, however the colour isn’t far off!
Beet It. I knew moving on up into the deeper shades applying the product would be a bit more tricky. I only say that because I’m not a make up artist and sometimes, most times, precision is my thing. Yet again, I fished out my lip liners and grabbed the ones I thought I could get away with. Nightmoth by Mac. Although Nightmoth is a dark purple shade, Beet It is a cool toned, deep red so I thought I’d attempt an ombre effect. Really, I should have been more prepared and bought one that would have suited better, however I think I pulled it off as it turned out to be my favourite lip swatch. Like I said, and remember, blend, bitch, blend. These Mac lip liners I have are matte but in comparison quite creamy when the Valentine formula is dry so it’s very obvious to see if the lip liner hasn’t been blended into the inner portions of your lips. That is, if you want that ring effect, don’t blend, bitch, blend.
Then there was Peacock. Seriously, what a unique, bold, colour. You really do have to have either a big personality or a pair of balls to go out and wear this colour. As I normally dress quite boring this could either spice up a bland outfit or make me look insane. I’m happy to work with either! This colour definitely needs to be applied with a lip brush though. I made so many mistakes and it made me look like I had been drinking unicorn blood or something. This blue really likes to spread. Yet again, I paired this with Nightmoth and made it work ombre style. Of course these lip swatches are a bit more imaginative and don’t show you how these colours are plain on their own but at least I’m giving you something, right?
Overall the formulation is beautiful. The only thing I will advise you to do is to not take the product off with make up wipes. Apart from Buffy, the other two went everywhere. I’d lean towards using an oil based make up remover and you’ll have no problem at all. Moving onto longevity. I’ve worn Buffy more than the other two and it lasted a pretty long time, the only time I needed to reapply was after eating a greasy lunch. Standard. Regards to drinking throughout the day I had no problems either, so big thumbs up from me. The only problem you might face with any matte lipstick is having really dry lips, hence why I waited a while to do this post. Obviously with formulas like these, they do dry matte and will therefore highlight your lips in their current state, so remember to exfoliate them lightly before applying any Velvetine or matte lipstick. Be adventurous as make your own sugar lip scrub.
I really hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed producing these swatches. Lime Crimes entire Velvetine range looks so fun and alternative you’d be silly not to give them a go. If you’ve already given Velvetines a try, holla in the comments below because I’d love to hear your experience and opinions.
Yet again, big thumbs up to Lime Crime, great brand and great products.
Lime Crime – www.limecrime.com