I'd heard a lot of conflicting things about Lime Crime in the past and although they most definitely appealed to me and seemed to have a lot of great products, the controversy surrounding the brand had always kind of put me off from actually ordering anything.
That was until, towards the end of January this year, I saw that their Velvetines liquid lipsticks had miraculously become available on a UK based cosmetics store, so I snapped them up with some left over birthday money I had received that month.
Anybody who is aware of Lime Crime knows that the Velvetines are one of their all time best sellers and seem to send everybody into a frenzy. Due to the high demand of these lipsticks - no matter how high or low you search the internet - they are almost always sold out and when re-stocked usually fly straight off the shelves - making them notoriously difficult to get hold of.
They currently only sell two colours - each a shade of red - but I do believe that Lime Crime have already announced that new colours are in the making and should be released some time later this year.
I'd never tried a liquid lipstick before I bought these so I was really excited to try them out for the first time as soon as I received them in the post. For anybody unsure of what a liquid lipstick actually is, it's an opaque lip colour that comes in similar packaging as and applies exactly like a lipgloss, and in these Velvetines case dries to a completely matte texture.
The packaging is really cute, and the product itself smells good enough to eat.
|'Suedeberry' - Click to enlarge|
|'Suedeberry' is described by Lime Crime as 'Strawberry red, often associated with the 1950s icon Marilyn Monroe.', and is the more orange/coral toned of the two shades.|
|'Red Velvet' - Click to enlarge|
Whereas 'Red Velvet' is described as 'Rich, velvety red. Like petals of a red rose.' and is the deeper, more blue based colour of the two.
As for the lipsticks themselves, they're fully opaque (and a little goes a long way), they last a hell of a long time, they smell gorgeous and as for someone who often has very dry lips, I didn't find them too drying considering they are SUPER matte.
The only slight negative thing I could say about them is I personally found it a little difficult to get neat lines easily without using a lip liner, because naturally (for me at least) there is less control with a liquid compared to a regular tubed lipstick but I can imagine I would have the same problem with any brand of liquid lipstick.
I found this slight con to be easily solved by cleaning up the edges with a little bit of concealer.
Overall, I really like them and would happily say that they are more than worth the £11.50 price tag, and I will definitely be on the look out for other Velvetines and liquid lipsticks in the future.