Lime Crime Polly Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

Hey lovely ladies,

Yes, one more liquid lipstick review! Yes, there are more in store! No, I’m not still buying more though I have been tempted to! Today’s review is on a shade from Lime Crime Velvetines, pretty much the pioneers in the liquid lipstick game. I did review another shade from this range, “Rustic,” which has quickly become one of my favourites. Does this one also go onto my list of yays? Let us find out:


Product Description:
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.
US $20


If you have been reading my reviews, you would know that I do not take price into evaluation of the merits of a product. I believe that a product should be measured for itself, against the claims made by the Company and what else is available in that price point. Whether it’s $5 or $20 or $50, is a discussion between you and your wallet. Having said that, I just want to share one aspect of the pricing with you when you are considering liquid lipsticks. At this price point of about $20, there are about a million different options in the market – Kat Von D, Lime Crime Velvetines, Ofra, Huda Beauty, Beauty Bakerie, Stila, Joeur, Smashbox, Tarte, Too Faced, MAC, etc, etc, etc. However, do note that some of the brands pricing may actually be more expensive in effect – even when priced similarly.

For example:
Huda Beauty liquid Matte – $20 – 5ml
Kat Von D Everlasting – $20 – 6.6ml
Lime Crime Velvetine – $20 – 2.6gms

So, even though the price point is similar, the amount of product is distinctly low. So, the price of the product is actually higher. I’m not saying that someone cannot or should not charge a higher price. I’m sure if Tom Ford was to launch liquid lipsticks, they would be priced distinctly higher. However, the point is, would you pay that higher price for say a Lime Crime lipstick. The brand obviously does not have that perceived value as Tom Ford does. So, keep that in mind.


At the end of the day – what governs your purchasing is your decision – whether it is a finish you prefer, a colour which has caught your attention or the hype around a product or just plain availability.

My Experience with Lime Crime Polly Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick:

Packaging:  The 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 mentioned on it and it is colour co-ordinated to the shade of 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 a 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:  So, after realising that “Riot” is perpetually sold out and Rustic was already in my basket, I went searching for another shade. Obviously, purples aren’t out of my head yet, so it was a toss between Beet and Polly. Polly seemed like a more wearable shade, so I rolled with it. “Polly” is a purple-tinged pink, I think it’s a fairly unique shade, not that there aren’t purple-pinks in the market. There definitely are, but still, this one is this beautiful balance of pink and purple which brightens, is super easy on the eye, and is extremely flattering. I really do like this one! I think the shade would work across the spectrum of skin tones. It would probably lean more purple on darker skin tones.


I do like the range of shades Lime Crime has. A lot of them are unique shades – not just funky shades like blue, green, grey; but actually unique shades within the wearable range, for both cool toned and warm-toned skintones.

Texture:  The texture of the lipstick is quite liquidy, I won’t call it creamy. It has good pigmentation and gives full coverage in one swipe. 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. I would say it is one of the better formulas out there.


Pigmentation: Pigmentation is very good. The liquid lipstick goes on smoothy and settles into a matte finish. It covers lip pigmentation very well. When I was applying it, initially it felt a tad bit milky, but as it dried down, it turned a shade or half darker and the colour didn’t  have any milkiness or pastiness to it.


Lasting Power:  This shade lasts about 6 hours or so – a little less than Rustic. Again, a lot will depend on what you eat/drink in the interim and the oil content of the same. The oil in your food, just like the oil in your cleansing balm, starts breaking down the formula. However, even when it starts to disappear from the inner rim of the lips, it appears fairly natural and there is no clumping, etc.

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.

Pros of Lime Crime Polly Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick:

  • A unique purple-tinged pink.
  • 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.
  • Excellent wear time – 7 hours plus.
  • Vegan formula.
  • Not overtly drying. Does not create dry patches post use.

Cons of Lime Crime Polly Velvetines Matte 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.

IMBB Rating:
A 4.5/5 product.

I have come to like this formula. While it may not be as good as that from Kat Von D, it is definitely one of the better formulas. I would love to try more shades from this range. Of course, it isn’t as easy to get hold of Lime Crime in India and thank God for that, becuse else my wallet would be crying! The colour itself, I find extremely pretty. It feels like a happy pink!

Would I Recommend/Repurchase Lime Crime Polly Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick?

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