After nail polishes and blushers, lip products are my third weakness. If I see swatches of a hot pink lipstick or sheer-ish pink that doesn't look like bubblegum then I am all over it like white on rice so when I heard about these Lime Crime Velvetines, my interest piqued.
I've never used Lime Crime before and have only ever come across it once when I was in New York a few years back so it's never really been a brand on my radar in all honesty. I vaguely remember some drama surrounding it a while ago as they apparently had ripped off a smaller brand called 'Beauty of the Earth' or something like that but don't quote me on it. Apart from that, I hadn't really considered it as a 'must have' brand but after seeing a lot of buzz about this number, I figured I may as well take the jump and order it.
If you've tried a Sephora Creamy Lip Stain then you'll understand the consistency of this product because it is very similar. It looks like a liquid lipstick, goes on creamy but dries to a matte finish. It also has some serious staying power and won't actually budge for a good 4-5 hours before it even looks like it's fading.
Being from the UK, we don't have Sephora here but we can get hold of the Lime Crime Velvetines, although only available in two shades here (not sure if they come in other shades in the US), Red Velvet which is a blood red and Suedeberry which is an orange-red. Despite loving a good red lip, I went for the latter because I don't have anything similar in my collection so read on to see swatches:
The formula of the product is very creamy and the swatches above are a double tack as well so I did one coat and before it dried, I added another one just to see how vibrant I could get it to go.
Turns out, very.
I hardly put photos of my mug up on here but I thought I'd surprise you all by showing you how it looked on Saturday night, which is when I gave it its first outing on the town. Well, Clapham.
The slight shine you see on my lips is because I forgot I was wearing the Velvetine and ended up putting a bit of clear lipgloss on but you can still see just how vibrant the colour is. I actually used MAC 'Cherry' lip liner as a base and to tidy up the edges because the sponge foot applicator isn't great for precision.
All in all, it's definitely a must-have product and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good red lip but not so much the dodgy fading and crumbling afterwards. As it dries to a very matte finish, you would need to have a good exfoliate and moisturise before you apply it but it's nothing that a sugar scrub or towel and slick of lipbalm can't fix!
I purchased my Lime Crime Velvetines in Suedeberry from Love Makeup for £11.50 and delivery took about 3 days.
Are there any other Lime Crime products I should try? I'm not cool enough for a blue lipstick (I've seen it on there) but eager to here about your faves.
Until next time...
Keep swivelling those hips in your