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Hey gorgeous gals,
After the last couple of skincare reviews, I desperately needed to do a lipstick review. My brain is so so so so fried right now and it really does need to heal and become normal again and what’s more normal than lipsticks!! I am officially on a lipstick buying ban now! Why? Because sometime, last year, I realised that I had too many lipsticks. So, I decided to go on a lipstick ban. However, I conveniently left liquid lipsticks out of the gamut! Net result, my liquid lipstick collection seems to be vying with my regular lipstick collection. So, after this last Lime Crime Mini haul, I decided to go on lipstick ban – all variants!! Pray for me!!
The original liquid matte lipstick inspired by rose petals
The liquid matte that started it all. Conceptualized and developed by Lime Crime CEO Doe Deere, Velvetines draw inspiration from her favorite flower – a red, red rose. Doe used to cut out rose petals and paste them onto her lips as a child. Richly pigmented, French vanilla-infused formula glides on as a liquid and dries down to a luxurious, velvety matte finish that lasts for hours and hours. Touch-proof, kiss-proof and utterly addictive! Long lasting matte liquid lipstick in an earthy red hue.
What it does: Makes your lips feel luxurious and velvety, like a rose. Lasts all day with minimal touch-ups, even through meals.
What it won’t do: Bleed or transfer. Dry out properly moisturized lips. Ruin the perfect kiss.
I have discussed this in my previous reviews as well. So, i will try to keep this short. Yes, in terms of price point, Lime Crime seems to be at par with other brands at the same level; however, if you consider the amount of product you get, Lime Crime is probably one of the most expensive liquid lipsticks in its league.
My Experience with Lime Crime Gigi Matte Velvetines Liquid Lipstick:
Packaging: This Lime Crime lipstick comes packaged in the their trademark red boxes with roses on it – the owner’s favourite flower. The box has a strip on it which has the shade name and ingredients are mentioned on it and is colour co-ordinated to the shade of the lipstick; makes it easy to locate if you have more than one and if you store them in the box itself.
The liquid lipstick tube itself has a frosted transparent tube with a cap carrying the same pattern as the box – eye-catching and a tad bit girlie.
The applicator is standard doe-foot applicator. Since the size of the tube is small, the length of the wand is also small. This allows you for more precise application. I am able to get good decent clean lines with the wand, I have never needed to use a separate brush for it even though the brand has advised regarding the use of a brush, if required.
Color: This time when I hauled Lime Crime Velvetine lipsticks – a formula that I have come to enjoy, I picked a lot of n*des and for want of a better word – ‘Kylie-inspired” shades. The shade that I am reviewing today is one such “on trend” Kylie-inspired shade – Gigi. It is a “Taupe Mauve.” It is a medium purple-toned neutral shade. When I first used it, it kind of reminded of me Kat Von D’s Lolita – a shade that I do not enjoy. However, when switched together, this one is distinctly more mauve, while Lolita has a bit of reddish-peach to it. I also swatched it against Colourpop StingRaye – thinking there was a parity there. However, StingRaye is distinctly more purple and a tad bit deeper.
As with almost all Velvetines, the shade tends to deepen as it dries. So, in case you buy it by swatching in store, do decide after the shade has dried up.
As I have mentioned earlier, the shade is a typical Kylie Jenner type of neutral shade. I feel that it would look fab on Caucasian skin tone. On my warm Asian skin, it looks okay, but it isn’t really flattering. I feel that I have to really work on my eye look to balance wearing this shade – just like I did with Colourpop StingRaye and Lumiere2.
Texture: The texture of the lipstick is consistent with the line – quite liquidy. It has excellent pigmentation and gives full coverage for the entire lip in one dip. Honestly, with most liquid lipsticks, less is more – the more product you pile up on your lips, the more the chances of it bunching up or transferring.
The lipstick dries down fairly quickly. Once set – it’s fairly budge-proof. It is not very drying, but it’s not hydrating either. If you have any flakes on your lips, it will cling to those patches. However, on its own, it won’t really create flakes or make your lips look prunish. The Company does suggest hydrating the lips before application.
Pigmentation: Pigmentation is very good. The liquid lipstick goes on smoothy and settles into a matte finish and covers any lip pigmentation very well. The pigment goes on evenly – it doesn’t bunch up or sink into the crevices.
Lasting Power: This shade lasts a decent 6-7 hours or so. Again, a lot will depend on what you eat/drink in the interim and the oil content of the same. Oil starts breaking down the formula. However, even when it starts disappearing from the inner rim of the lips, it appears fairly natural and there is no clumping, etc. Since the shade is so deep and intense, once it does start breaking down from the inner portion of the lower lip (thats where it starts breaking up first for me) the same is extremely obvious.
Fragrance: There is a distinct sweet fragrance…like that of vanilla cup cakes. It could definitely be an issue for someone who has a sensitive nose. I’m not too fond of it – but find it tolerable coz it dissipates fairly quickly.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Lime Crime Gigi Matte Velvetines Liquid Lipstick:
- A very trendy shade, quite unique.
- Lightweight texture.
- Good pigmentation.
- Easy to apply with the applicator – very easy to get clean lines.
- It applies smoothly and evenly.
- No feathering or bleeding.
- Decent packaging.
- Easy to identify colour from the tube itself.
- Does not flake.
- Good wear time – 6-7 hours.
- Vegan formula.
- Not overtly drying. Does not create dry patches post use.
- Cruelty free.
Cons of Lime Crime Gigi Matte Velvetines Liquid Lipstick:
- Will accentuate dry patches, if they already exist.
- Fragrance could be an issue for some.
- The quantity is almost half/less than half of other brands in the market, in the same price range.
A 4/5 product.
I do not think this is the colour I would recommend for warm-toned Asian girls. Honestly, the line has such amazing shades that you don’t need to settle for something which is not flattering. There are much better alternatives which suit our skin tone better. However, if you are cool toned – you would definitely rock this shade – go for it! The formula itself is definitely one of the better ones out there.
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