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Review: Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipsticks

Review: Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipsticks

If you are looking for top-quality make up products alongside a guaranteed vegan and cruelty free ethos then, if you haven't already heard about them, I recommend that you check out Lime Crime. Recognised and stamped with a seal of approval by both PETA and Leaping Bunny, Lime Crime was founded by Doe Deere in 2008, just in time for Halloween. With a 'rebel' heart the brand are regularly launching new and unique colours alongside their more natural selection. If you are looking to create yourself as a bright and magical unicorn then Lime Crime will definitely help you get there. 

Being a fan of matte lipsticks I'm always on the search for the perfect colours that have a pop yet don't dry my lips out. Let's see how Lime Crime's Matte Velvetines compare against our criteria of:

Colour Crush: Do these colours look the same on as they do in the tubes? Do you pop?

Wearability: How does it feel when wearing it and re-applying?

Food and Drink Challenge: How will the lipsticks survive after a tasty lunch and a beer with friends? Will you still be in perfect pout condition or rushing off to re-apply?

Matte versus Dry: How much of the look is matte versus just plainly drying? Will your lips still feel soft and supple after wearing the lipstick will you be reaching for a lipbalm?

Bleached            $20 

 Lime Crime, Matte Velvetine: Bleached

Lime Crime, Matte Velvetine: Bleached

This has quickly turned into my daily lipstick choice, with its matte peachy-nude shade it's perfect for both day and night. It works particularly well with blue eyes because it really makes them shine! 

The liquid itself feels a bit thicker than some of the other shades so I tend to blot afterwards to make sure to get rid of any excess.

Colour Crush: This colour initially looks more peachy but dries to a fantastic nude colour. This shade is also perfect as a 'muter', layered over some of the deeper reds. 

Wearability: It is easy to apply, and stays on for aaaaaagggggggeeeeessssss. 

Food and Drink Challenge: Tested in Gourmet Burger Kitchen London with some of my best friends. It survived a Brew Dog beer, and veggie burger without needing to re-apply. Eventually when it does begin to fade it does so naturally, so you only need to reapply twice a day.

Matte versus Dry: If i wear this shade a few times a week my lips are a-ok, but anything more than that and I need to give them a bit of TLC. This colour also does not cover any dry chapped lip issues that you may already have so be sure that your lips are in tip-top condition before you apply.  

Get me one!

Faded            Normally $20 (sale $16) 

 Lime Crime, Matte Velvetine: Faded

Lime Crime, Matte Velvetine: Faded

Personally, this colour doesn't really suit my skin tone because it is a bit too much of a dark mauve. I particularly find that wearing this during the day time tends to make my face look a washed-out, so instead I tested it on a night out to the pub. T

Colour Crush: The colour once applied and dried is a purply-mauve that best matches cool-toned makeup. 

Wearability: It glides on easily, doesn't feel too thick and most importantly doesn't crumble under an application.

Food and Drink Challenge: Tested with a night out in my hometown. there was plenty of beer and wine! I was happy that this shade survived them all and in fact i needed a makeup remover to get rid of all the cover at the end of the night. 

Matte versus Dry: I didn't find this shade drying at all, although I didn't like the way that it faded out as it felt a bit crumbly. 

Get me one!

Pumpkin            $20 

 Lime Crime, Matte Velvetine: Pumpkin

Lime Crime, Matte Velvetine: Pumpkin

Swoon, I'm in love with this deep brick red colour that doesn't wash out my light skin tone and acts as a perfect blend between facial makeup that has brown, reddish and even orange undertones. In fact I love mixing it with my orange based blusher.

The liquid itself is fairly thin, and so glides onto the lips softly, the only thing to be careful of is that you don't need too much otherwise it can bleed over your lip lines. Less is definitely more, but the medium soft small brush will help you apply the perfect amount. 

Colour Crush: Pumpkin stays true to its colour both in the tube and once applied to the lips. 

Wearability: It glides on easily, doesn't feel too thick and most importantly doesn't crumble under an application.

Food and Drink Challenge: Tested whilst in California having lunch at California Organics with friends. I had a latte then soup and a panini; Pumpkin survived the soup perfectly and only started to fade a little bit when i was eating the bread. Still I went the whole day with only 3 applications - thats pretty impressive!

Matte versus Dry: I'm not one to apply lipbalm before applying this lipstick (which Lime Crime recommends) instead I always take care of my lips afterwards, but in fact I didn't need to give them much TLC after wearing Pumpkin which felt like soft chalk  and so wasn't very drying. 

Get me one!

Packaging

All of these shades come in 2.6ml packaging with a small doe-foot applicator and adorable rose design lid. There's a cute story that as a child the founder used to crush and rub rose petals on her lips to create a blush colour. Basically though they are visually pleasing and are perfect handbag size. 

Smudge Test

Rules: Apply lipstick, blot and wait for two minutes then rub rub rub and see what happens.

What do you think? It looks like it passes our smudge test with high colours!

Do you own any of the Matte Velvetine collection, which is your favourite colour? Feel free to get in touch if you would like more reviews like this one!

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