Hey lovely ladies,
I have been preoccupied for the last couple of weeks. Some of it has been due to school projects and now school vacation, but some seems to be a creative rut. To get me out of it, I thought let us do a lipstick review. If it’s liquid lipstick and a bright shade – that is bound to help! 😛 So, let us get on with another review from the Lime Crime Collection – in this post, it’s “Red Rose.”
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 a ruby 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.
Isododecane,Cyclopentasiloxane,Trimethylsiloxysilicate,Dimethicone,Kaolin,Synthetic Beeswax,Silica Dimethyl Silylate,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract,Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract,Tocopherol,Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract,Octyl Methoxycinnamate,Disteardimonium Hectorite,Propylene Carbonate,Triethoxycaprylylsilane,Caprylyl Glycol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Aroma (Flavor). May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),Red 28 Lake (CI 45380),Red 22 (CI 45380),Blue 1 (CI 42090). CRUELTY-FREE & VEGAN
US $20 or 1290 approximately.
I feel like a broken record because I have mentioned this like a hundred times, but I still have to do it for someone who reaches this review through a Google search. While evaluating a product, 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 at that price point. Whether it is $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, considering the amount of product in a tube versus what other companies offer, is a bit of a shocker and making it way more expensive than other companies in its price range.
Huda Beauty liquid Matte – $20 – 5ml
Kat Von D Everlasting – $20 – 6.6ml
Lime Crime Velvetine – $20 – 2.6gms
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 coordinated to the shade of the lipstick and that makes it easy to locate if you have more than one of these 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 girly.
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 normally allows me 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. However, the first time that I had used – my swatches are from that day, I seem to have totally messed it up. Please forgive me for the horrible application!
My Experience with Lime Crime Red Rose Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick:
Color: I remember the time when Lime Crime was all about 3 shades – Red Velvet, Pink Velvet and the Suedeberry. I wanted Lime Crime, preferably “Red Velvet,” but somehow, the Red Velvet didn’t speak to me. However, the shade “Red Rose” is right up my alley. I know the normally quoted rule – warm, orange-toned reds for warm-toned gals and leave the cool-toned reds for the “cool-toned” gals. Well…not gonna happen! I have always preferred my reds to be cool toned and so I love this shade. It is described as a “ruby red” hue and I love how bright and cool this red is. It instantly brightens the face and draws attention. With this shade, I would suggest you to use a lip liner to draw out the outer lines not because the liquid bleeds – it doesn’t. However, considering how bright the shade is, if you get the lines wrong, it is painfully obvious. Let us assume that the lip swatch I shared with you was a conscious effort to demonstrate that!! 😉
The shade would look stunning on any skin tone – all you need is the comfort to be able to rock a red shade! Another thing I love about this shade is that even though it is a matte red – it isn’t a flat matte shade. It somehow adds dimension to your lips making them look more voluptuous than they actually are.
Texture: The texture of the lipstick is consistent to the rest of the line. It is quite liquidy, I won’t call it creamy. It has excellent pigmentation and gives full coverage in one swipe. You need to ensure not to pile it on – excess on your lips is what will transfer, else, the lipstick is fairly transfer proof.
This 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 it’s own, it won’t really create flakes or make your lips look prunish. This, along with he Kat von D’s everlasting liquid lipstick formula are two of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas – from the zillion variants that I have tried so far.
Pigmentation: Pigmentation is very good. The liquid lipstick goes on smoothly and settles into a matte finish and covers any lip pigmentation very well. The pigment does not separate out or sink into the lip lines. It applies evenly – there is no streakiness at all.
Lasting Power: This shade lasts pretty much the whole day. It stays put for a good 8 hours or so. The wear time will be governed by what you eat/drink. The oil content of the food will start breaking down the formula. However, with this one, I felt that it did not break down as easily. Even after a 3-course meal, it did not look too bad.
Fragrance: There is a distinct sweet fragrance…like that of vanilla cupcakes. It could definitely be an issue for someone who has a sensitive nose. I’m not too fond of it, but find it tolerable because it dissipates fairly quickly.
Pros of Lime Crime Red Rose Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick:
- A stunning shade – LOVE this red!
- 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 – 8 hours plus.
- Vegan Formula.
- Not overtly drying, does not create dry patches post use.
Cons of Lime Crime Red Rose 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.
A 4.5/5 product.
I love this shade. If you want to try the line and love your reds, this shade is totally worth picking up! Highly recommend it and will repurchase.
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