Friday, 10 October 2014

Lime Crime Velvetines in Wicked and Utopia

Hi, everyone! It's been a Lime Crime sort of week and it's time for the final installment! On the heels of my Unicorn Lipstick reviews, I'm bringing you my thoughts on the Lime Crime Velvetines. They are described as a "Liquid to Matte Lip Stain", which is exactly the case. They apply as any fluid-based gloss and quickly set to an opaque, matte finish. I chose two bold, yet wearable shades from the range, so read on to learn more and see these babies in action!


The Velvetines come in shiny red boxes adorned with roses and the Lime Crime logo. The full ingredients are also listed, which is always appreciated!




The lip colours are packaged in frosty glass tubes with red lids, similarly decorated with roses. On the very top is Lime Crime's signature unicorn logo, which is a nice touch! In terms of size, they are about half-way between the length of a MAC Lipglass and a Chanel Glossimer. Hope those are handy reference points! 




The first shade I chose was Wicked, which Lime Crime describes as a "matte burgundy red". I'd say this is fairly correct, as it's decidedly more of a red than a berry or a plum. But the depth and saturation of the shade definitely give it a wine-stained look! I feel pretty vampy when wearing it and it's really quite perfect for Fall! 


Here's a shot of Wicked on my lips and then in the context of an entire makeup look:






Lime Crime Velvetines in (L-R) Wicked and Utopia

The next shade I chose was Utopia, described as a "vibrant orchid". I'd deem it a violet-toned fuchsia that's definitely on the cooler side of things. The purple undertones separate it from the numerous fuchsia lipsticks in my stash, yet it leans pink enough to remain quite wearable! 


Here's a shot of Utopia on my lips, then in the context of an entire makeup look:





I'm definitely a fool in love for both of these shades. They are beautifully bold, rich, and pigmented- perfectly up my alley! The formula has its flaws, though- so read on for a full breakdown!

Pros:
  • Extremely pigmented- a little goes a very long way!
  • Incredibly long-wearing. Only slight touch-ups are needed following a meal and the final traces can only be removed with an oil cleanser at the end of the day
  • Initial application is smooth and even
  • Adorable and practical packaging that looks so cute in my bag!
  • At $20 USD, these aren't cheap, but are more affordable than comparable products on the market (e.g., Hourglass Opaque Rouges)
  • Vegan and cruelty-free!
Cons:
  • These can leave lips feeling rather parched after they dry down- if you suffer from dry lips they won't make things any better
  • Though fading is definitely a slow process, they can wear off in a patchy sort of way. Touch-ups help, but it won't look as smooth and even as initial application
  • The colour is seriously full-on. Not for those who prefer sheer shades on their lips! 

Overall, while the formula is a bit of a mixed bag, I'll gladly stick with it because these shades are so worth fighting for! If the Velvetines didn't leave lips quite so parched they'd definitely be in A+ territory for me. Though this isn't the case, I still reach for them often because they are truly long-wearing and the shades are to die for! 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

38 comments:

  1. Again your lips look amazing. Bold lips really suit you. These remind me of the bourjois rouge edition velvet

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    1. Thanks! I like the formula of the Bourjois better, but really love how unique these shades are :)

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  2. The shades are seriously stunning - especially Utopia. I just love those cool-toned purply fuchsias!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Thanks, Tasha! Utopia is super cool :)

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  3. Oh wow, these two MEAN BUSINESS!!! I'm not sure about the drying and patchy part though. The only liquid lipstick I love is Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait, but naturally it's pricey and I don't know why Guerlain is not adding new shades!

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    1. They really do! I must check out the Guerlain :)

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  4. Both colours look incredible on you! Such a shame this type of formula is so drying

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

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    1. Thanks, Stacey! Once in a while I'll look past the formula when the shades are this amazing :)

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  5. It's a shame the formula is quite drying, but I'm sure some lip prepping would help with that! I love the shades anyway!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Yes, a lip scrub beforehand would definitely help :)

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  6. Wow - Wicked is absolutely stunning! Most of these matte stains do turn out to be quite drying, I guess it's the price to pay for this stunning effect..

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    1. Yes, exactly! Wicked has become one of my favourite Fall shades :)

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  7. Utopia is absolutely stunning on you! I find most matte lippies leave my lips feeling a bit dry, but like you said it's worth it :)

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    1. Thanks, Megan! Utopia is such a unique shade :)

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  8. Utopia looks amazing on you!! I have a review coming up on Wicked but felt very similar things as you! I looove it, I just wish it didn't go so patchy after time! x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

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    1. Thanks, Angela! Yeah, wish the formula was just a touch more hydrating :)

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  9. the colours are amazing


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  10. Thanks for the review of these. I'm pretty sure these would dry out my lips! But the colors are gorgeous!

    Des Simple Charm Beauty

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    1. Thanks! The shades really are fantastic :)

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  11. those are gorgeous, I love ultra matte finishes <3 I need these x

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    1. You should definitely check them out, Coco! xo

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  12. These lip colours look gorgeous on you I love them!!! would love it if you could follow my blog and leave a comment beaut! www.roxancolex.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, Roxy! Will stop by your blog soon :)

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  13. Wicked looks gorgeous! I really want to give it a go, but I've got to clean out some space first!

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    1. Definitely worth a try if you have some space for it in your stash :)

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  14. those colors are so beautiful on you

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  15. I love bright shade in matte finish. These two colors look amazing on you. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lena! I'm pretty smitten with both of these shades :)

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  16. Love their shades
    and they look so good on you.

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  17. I really need to un see this post because I want both of these now. The only thing stopping me is that I hate ordering things online and also they probably wouldn't be good for my dry lips that get even drier in the winter.

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    1. Hahaha, always happy to enable :)

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