Lime Crimes’ The Velvetines were one of the most raved about, but elusive products around when I started blogging. A matte lip lacquer, released well before the likes of Rimmel Apocolips, they have cult status. I managed to finally track them down this summer, and I have to say, your going to all have to buy a hat because its love.
Firstly on my hand front. I would like to point out I am not a corpse, I was actually just very cold when this was taken. Our heating decided to stop working.
Back to the products, the packaging is absolutely divine. I will even go as far as to say this is my favorite packaging of any product I have ever had the privilege to own. It just gets you excited to open up and play with your new toy! The actual product packaging is equally as stunning. Beautiful caps topping a frost glass bottle, I really think other make-up brands should take note. These are definitely products you are proud to slip out of your bag and show-off.
The Velvetines range currently only has two shades but I’d love it if they added a deeper, berry-toned red and a plum shade too! Red Velvet is a classic red, perhaps a touch deeper than MAC’s Ruby Woo, but universally complementary nevertheless. Sudeberry is more of a coral shade, perhaps more appropriate for the spring/summer season. I think what strikes me is how much these two shades would suit most skin tones. If you were only going to have two shades of lip product, I’d pick these.
As you can see from the swatches, the pigmentation is unreal, that was from one swipe, after I took a lot of product off. The colour is completely matte when it has dried. I will say that it does take a while to dry fully, and if you do try and do anything involving your mouth when its wet, it will get everywhere, mainly your teeth. It also bleeds like mad. You need a liner or its going to feather. While were on negatives its also really hard to get a clean line with the doe foot applicator, so your best bet is with a lip brush. Oh and smoother (a mere coating will not do) your lips in lip balm before application. It clings to dry patches like a Kola to a tree. But by jove its amazing.
Wearing only this (makeup wise people) you will feel completely done, but for all day. You will not need to re-apply once you’ve faffed around. I wore Red Velvet to University one day. I applied it at 7.15 a.m. it was still on just as vibrant 12 hours later, after eating and drinking. Rather than a matte lipstick, this almost stains your lips. Its the mother of all long-lasting lip products, you don’t get better than the original.
You can get each one for £11.50 from here.
I’ve definitely caught the Lime Crime bug, and would love to try some other products, so let me know any product and shades I should have a look at!