Lime Crime Spooky Wet Cherry Lip Gloss Bundle Review and Swatches – Spooky, Monster, Poison and Potion

Lime Crime Spooky Wet Cherry Lip Gloss Bundle Review and Swatches – Spooky, Monster, Poison and Potion

The Wet Cherry Lip gloss bundle costs $54 from Lime Crime. There are four glosses in this bundle and they’re available separately at Lime Crime for $18 each. They have 2.96 ml of product and a 12-month shelf life once opened. They are vegan and cruelty-free.

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For Halloween this year Lime Crime released a new set of limited edition wet cherry glosses. I decided to get them as I’ve been getting more into glosses recently. I wasn’t expecting to be impressed and to be blunt, I wasn’t.
Now I do like the texture of Lime Crime’s glosses but without fail, the swatches for the glosses on the Lime Crime website are nothing like the actual product. There are swatches on their Instagram that are much closer, although much more even than I could get them.

Spooky Cherry

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Let’s start with Spooky Cherry, described as Black with iridescent sparkle. The swatch on the website is the closest and this is the one that’s getting the most pushback on their socials. It looks like a lovely black gloss in the tube but on the lips, it’s a sheer grey colour with glitter in it. The glitter does not look iridescent but that may be the grey of the gloss muting it.
This one will probably go best over black lipstick. However, it could alternatively be used to mute too bright colours.

Monster Cherry

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Monster Cherry is the gloss version of Serpentina. It’s actually described as Serpentina green sparkle. It’s not quite as disappointing as the Velvetine version. If you have the Velvetine version, this will be perfect to go over the top of it. This one is semi-opaque with lots of small glitter in it. I’m not a fan of the sheerness of this one. To get it opaque you have to use a couple of thick layers and that makes it goopy.

Cherry Potion

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Cherry Potion is the most normal colour of the bunch. It’s described as Red Orange sparkle and it is that. It’s also on the sheer side and not something I’ll wear on its own. I feel like most of the colour of this one comes from the glitter so it comes off as patchy.

Poison Cherry

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Poison Cherry is my favourite of the bunch, described as Poisonberry sparkle. It’s perhaps the most opaque of the bunch, with the strongest colour in the gloss. The glitter in it is purple and blue, which looks very pretty when it catches the light. Again this is going to look better over a lipstick or lip liner. I’m still a little disappointed in it but I’ll definitely wear this one and probably on its own, which is not something I can say about the other three.

While personally, I like the texture of these glosses I’m not sure these are worth it. That is unless you’re into sheer glosses, which I am not. Will I get use out of these. Yes. I wouldn’t be repurchasing these even if they weren’t limited edition though. If you were to get one I’d say Poison Cherry is the one I’d recommend the most.

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If you’d like to get them, they’re available at Lime Crime for $18 each or $54 for all four.

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Lime Crime Venus The Grunge Palette – Review & Swatch

Lime Crime Venus The Grunge Palette – Review & Swatch

Venus is the original warm-toned palette from Lime Crime that started a trend.

It costs £34 from UK Suppliers or $38 from Lime Crime direct. It has 16 g of product and has a 24-month shelf life once opened. It’s vegan and cruelty-free.

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Described by Lime Crime as

In a sea of nude palettes, the VENUS vegan eyeshadow palette emerges with 8 game-changing shades: rust red, brick brown, burgundy and unconventional neutrals. Recklessly pigmented eyeshadows can be worn alone or mesh flawlessly for a nu-grunge look with a soft, painterly finish. Beautiful mirrored box with kitschy artwork makes VENUS the ultimate collectible artifact.

It was a game-changing palette. It was the palette that launched a trend.

The packaging is cardboard with a lovely large mirror in the lid. The mirror does not stand up on its own, as xSparkage would say it needs palette viagra. The outside is pretty and based on the Venus the Roman Goddess of love. There are 8 shadows in rusty tones for the perfect ‘grunge’ eye. If you’re like me and grew up with ‘grunge’ this is nothing like the original grunge. It’s the updated version, 2.0 if you will.

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Lime Crime’s description of the colours is a little fanciful. So let’s not use those, bruised fruit anyone?

  • Venus is a burgundy red, while it’s quite matte it is not perfectly so. You won’t notice it not being a matte on the eye though.
  • Shell is a light coral shade with a shimmery finish.
  • Aura is a creamy pearl shade, beautiful on the brow bone or for halo eyes.
  • Creation is a rusty brown, it’s almost matte but not quite
  • Icon is a cool chocolate brown that’s got a little bit of gold shimmer but this is lost on the eyes (and my swatch!)
  • Rebirth is a bright matte coral colour. This really pops on the eye.
  • Divine is a taupe grey-brown. A great transition shade.
  • Muse is a burnt red, it’s the deeper sister of Venus.

The colours work really really well together. They are soft, pigmented and buttery. I know people hate that word but it’s to imply the smoothness with which they go on the skin and these do.

There’s almost no fallout with these shadows and I’ve seen little fading with the colours when they’re worn on the eye. There is a little kickback in the pan but it’s tiny because these have been well pressed. They’re not quite as finely milled as I’d expect from a palette of this price but it never affects the performance.

I’ve been using this palette for a while now and the formula is great, it hasn’t changed even though it’s long past the ‘expiry’ date. The colours are still on trend today, so unless you’re fairly new to makeup you’ll probably have all these tones. It’s an iconic palette for a reason and it’s well worth having in your collection.

If you’d like one you can get yours from UK Suppliers for £34 or $38 from Lime Crime direct.

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Lime Crime Velvetines Lip Liners Review & Swatches – Minx, Petunia, Poison​ & Poppy

Lime Crime Velvetines Lip Liners Review & Swatches – Minx, Petunia, Poison​ & Poppy

I decided it was time to bring in some more of the new Velvetines lip liners to my collection. I bought four new shades to use with my lipstick collection.

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The liners cost $16 each from Lime Crime or £14.50 from Cult Beauty. They’re vegan and cruelty-free. They have 1.2g of product and 24-month shelf life from opening.

Everything you love about Velvetines — from its transfer-proof performance to its soft-as-a-rose-petal touch— now in a waterproof lip liner. Wrapped in the iconic Velvetines roses, our vegan and cruelty-free lip liner has the perfect velvety matte texture and clean-line precision to create the pout you dream about. Define and design, fake a fuller shape and hold the line on feathering. This pencil liner glides on creamy smooth and easy, then dries down to a matte finish that won’t smudge, budge or bleed.

The boxes are the same as the Velvetines, bright pink with red roses on them. Keeping with the theme. They’re cardboard so easily recycled.

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Now clearly I like these because I bought four more. I find them very comfortable to wear and long-lasting. I have to say I didn’t really have any patchiness issues with these. However, let’s see each one individually.

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Lime-Crime-Minx-Lip-LinerLime-Crime-Minx-Velvetine-Lip-Liner-SwatchMinx is greige nude. Described by Lime Crime as Mushroom Nude, it’s pretty much my perfect nude lip colour. I really like this colour and bought it to go under my nude lip glosses and liquid lipsticks. I find this one is very comfortable to wear and easy to apply. It doesn’t have any coverage issues.

Petunia

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and is described by Lime Crime as Orchid Blush. The formula like the others is soft and easy to apply. It has little coverage issues and lasts very well. This pulls a lovely delicate pink shade on me, going well with my pinky nudes and lighter pink shades.  It goes really well with the new blush from Lime Crime called Petal.jpg.

Poison

Lime-Crime-Poison-Lip-LinerLime-Crime-Poison-Velvetine_lip-Liner-SwatchPoison is bright cool red, described by Lime Crime as Ruby Red. It’s your classic pin-up red with a blue undertone. Again no issues with coverage or wear time. This one will go well with all your classic red lipsticks and help extend wear time.

Poppy

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and is described by Lime Crime as bright coral red. This one is the colour of poppies and is very good for either your orange-based reds or your orange lipsticks. Again, no coverage issues here and it’s just as long-lasting as the others.

I love the formula of the lip liners. they’re not drying and do extend your lipstick. I’d like them to be cheaper but to be honest, it takes me so long to use them up that the value peruse isn’t all that bad really.

If you’d like to get some they’re available on Lime Crime for $16 each or from UK suppliers at £14.50.

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Lime Crime Sunkissed Freckle Pen Review and Swatches

Lime Crime Sunkissed Freckle Pen Review and Swatches

The Sunkissed Freckle Pen is $18 from Lime Crime or £18 from UK Suppliers. It is vegan and cruelty-free. It has 2.5ml of product and a 6-month shelf life once opened.

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Sunkissed Freckle Pen is SO spot on! Embrace a fresh face like a day under summer sun rays by tapping on speckles of freckles. Apply Sunkissed Freckle Pen directly onto bare skin or makeup – then, blot between application taps.

Lime-Crime-Sunkissed-Freckle-Pen-TipI’ve got to be honest. The Sunkissed Freckle Pen is very expensive for what is essentially a light brown liner. It is however pretty unique in colour and does do a good job. I have not been able to find a brown liner in this depth at all. They’re all pretty dark.

The colour itself is the same as my real freckles, just a warmer version of them. It’s of course never going to look perfect as this does give you dots rather then the irregular shape real freckles are.

Lime-Crime-Sunkissed-Freckle-Pen-SwatchIt’s also not very long-lasting. I found it fades at the same speed as my foundation. This pen will last as long as your base does. If you need to reapply your base throughout the day then the same applies to this pen.

I really like this pen even with its faults. I think it’s super expensive but until I find an alternative I really like this one.

One last tip. Store it upside down, so that when you come to use it the tip is always filled with product. Start with the smaller freckles and work from there.

If you’d like yours you can get yours from Lime Crime for $18 or £18 from UK Suppliers.

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Revolution Ultra Sculpt And Blend Collection Review

Revolution Ultra Sculpt And Blend Collection Review

The Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Blend Collection costs £14.99 from Revolution Beauty or Superdrug. It’s cruelty-free set, with no animal hair.

This complete collection of synthetic hair brushes is all you need for contouring, sculpting and blending in one set for face, cheeks and eyes.

Revolution-Ultra-Sculpt-And-Blend-Collection2The set contains three brushes and one sponge.

There is a foundation blending and base sponge, powder blend and sculpt brush, a cheek and highlight and sculpt and blend brush and an ultra metals eyeshadow blender brush.

The sponge is great at its job. It absorbs water well and blends out your foundation smoothly. As it’s black as well you’re less likely to see staining. This sponge is of medium density. It works with both foundation and concealer, with the tip being perfect for getting into the corners of your face.
The blend and sculpt brush is perfect for both your powder and cream products. It’s soft and blends really well. I found it best for using powder for baking, the angle makes it easy to create a nice line.
The cheek, highlight, sculpt and blend brush is the smaller sister for the blend and sculpt brush. The bristles are much more tightly packed making it good for highlighter and preventing fall out. You can still get a good blend with this but be aware this can disturb layers underneath if not used carefully.
Last is the eyeshadow blender brush. It’s a looser brush, which makes it perfect for blending rather than packing on product. I really like this brush and reach for it often.

 

If you like these brushes you can get them for £14.99 from Revolution Beauty or Superdrug.

Lime Crime Velvetines Lip Liner Review & Swatch – Magic & Plastic

Lime Crime Velvetines Lip Liner Review & Swatch – Magic & Plastic

One of those things Lime Crime had been missing was lip liners. Well, finally they released a set of colours. So, of course, I had to buy a few to see if I liked them. Today we’re looking at only two of the shades. Magic and Plastic. One I bought directly from Lime Crime and the other I bought from a UK supplier Cult Beauty.

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The liners cost $16 each from Lime Crime or £14.50 from Cult Beauty. They’re vegan and cruelty-free. They have 1.2g of product and 24-month shelf life from opening.

Everything you love about Velvetines — from its transfer-proof performance to its soft-as-a-rose-petal touch— now in a waterproof lip liner. Wrapped in the iconic Velvetines roses, our vegan and cruelty-free lip liner has the perfect velvety matte texture and clean-line precision to create the pout you dream about. Define and design, fake a fuller shape and hold the line on feathering. This pencil liner glides on creamy smooth and easy, then dries down to a matte finish that won’t smudge, budge or bleed.

At the time I bought these, they had an offer of a Lime Crime sharpener, so it is included in this post but I do believe it’s now over.

The boxes are the same as the Velvetines, bright pink with red roses on them. Keeping with the theme. They’re cardboard so easily recycled.

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Generally, like these. I don’t find them drying, I do find they make my lipstick last longer and they don’t bleed. However, as you can see each colour works differently. I’m going to note here that they were both bought shortly after the launch and therefore there isn’t a difference in how long they had been made for.

Plastic

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Lime-Crime-Velvetines-Liner-Plastic-SwatchPlastic is bright pink. Described by Lime Crime as Candy Pink, it’s pretty much the colour that the ‘Plastics’ would wear or Barbie pink. I really like this colour and bought it to accompany the Sour Cherry gloss.  They are the perfect match and make the sheerness of the gloss not so sheer.  I find this one is very comfortable to wear and goes on well without being patchy.

Magic

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and is described by Lime Crime as Pansy Purple, matching the sadly discontinued Velvetine of the same name. While I love the colour as it the same as that Velevetine it is very different from Plastic. The formula is not as smooth by any means. It does on patchy and it’s actually quite dry. Now while it does extend the life of the colour you put on top of it I won’t get this one again just due to the application issues.

So while overall I like Plastic, I am not a fan of Magic at all. I feel some of these are going to be hit and miss. I do suspect that the more unusual colours are where there will be issues, so maybe avoid those.

Lime-Crime-Sharpener-1I was lucky enough to get the pencil sharper with my purchase. It’s just the perfect size for these and very sharp. Sadly they don’t sell these but I would love to see them do accessories like these. I’d certainly repurchase this when this one breaks or goes blunt if it was available.

If you’d like to get some they’re available on Lime Crime for $16 each or from UK suppliers at £14.50.

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Revolution Hyaluronic Fix Review

Revolution Hyaluronic Fix Review

Revolution Beauty’s Hyaluronic Fixing Spray costs £6 from Revolution Beauty or Superdrug. You get 100ml and has a shelf life of 12-months once opened. It is vegan and cruelty-free.

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Plump, hydrate and set makeup in place all day with Revolution Hyaluronic Fixing Spray. Contains Sodium Hyaluronate, which has the ability to penetrate skin and hold onto water, resulting in hydrated and plump skin.

I’ve been using this fixing spray for a while now and I like it. I have oily skin so you might be wondering why I’d use a hydrating spray but I find using those help reduce the oil output of my skin. This means my makeup lasts longer.

I find this if I haven’t used a setting spray, will settle the layers too. It’s nice and cooling on the skin. It does have a slightly dewy finish but it’s not significant but if you’re looking for matte this is not the one.

The pump on it is good but not perfect. The result is a fairly fine mist but as I said it’s not perfect. Do keep the recommended 20-23 cm away to reduce the larger droplets, if you do get a few they can sit on the skin.

Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Amp-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dehydroacetic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Linseed Acid, Aesculus Hippocastanum Seed Extract, Sodium Benzoate, BHT.

Overall I like this spray and will be looking to repurchase it.

You can get yours from Revolution Beauty or your local Superdrug stockist for £6.

Lime Crime Venus 2 – Review & Swatches

Lime Crime Venus 2 – Review & Swatches

Venus 2 is the second palette in Venus series from Lime Crime.

It costs £34 from UK Suppliers or $38 from Lime Crime direct. It has 16 g of product and has a 24-month shelf life once opened. It’s vegan and cruelty-free.

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Described by Lime Crime as

Venus 2 recklessly pigmented eyeshadows will take your makeup game to the next level. A variety of distinct shades that create equally distinct looks.

The packaging is cardboard with a lovely large mirror in the lid. The mirror does not stand up on its own, as xSparkage would say it needs palette viagra. The outside is pretty and based on the Venus the Roman Goddess of love, although she’s had a dye job. There are 8 shadows in rusty tones for the perfect ‘grunge’ eye. If you’re like me and grew up with ‘grunge’ this is nothing like the original grunge. It’s the updated version, 2.0 if you will.

Lime-Crime-Venus-2-SwatchesLime Crime’s description of the colours is a little fanciful. So let’s not use those, bruised fruit anyone?

  • Fly – Ivory base with a green shift, this shade is so unique, I really love it.
  • Pidgeon – Dark brown base with a blue shift, it’s a beautiful shade, blends out well. The shift is still visible on the eye.
  • Jam – described as Pumpkin spice creamy matte, it’s a really nice warm orange.
  • Filter – described as luminous cornflower blue, it’s a baby blue and it’s nicely pigmented but can lack depth on the eye.
  • Mud – described as rich burgundy-brown, the colour of spoiled fruit. It does look like the bruise colour you’d see on fruit.
  • Marsh – perfectly described as a mossy green/grey.
  • Boot – described as Nebula black with multi-colour sparkle. It’s black but the sparkle does fade away on application. You can retain some of it using a setting spray.
  • Mustard – described as the colour of corduroy, it’s proper mustard yellow and quite unique.

The colours work really really well together. They are soft, pigmented and buttery. I know people hate that word but it’s to imply the smoothness with which they go on the skin and these do.

There’s almost no fallout with these shadows and I’ve seen little fading with the colours when they’re worn on the eye. There is a little kickback in the pan but it’s tiny because these have been well pressed. They’re not quite as finely milled as I’d expect from a palette of this price but it never affects the performance.

I’ve been using this palette for a while now and the formula is great, it hasn’t changed even though it’s long past the ‘expiry’ date. The colours are still on trend today but they’re also fairly unique. You’ll likely have dupes for some of these but not all. Fly in particular is very hard to dupe.

If you’d like this one you can get yours from UK Suppliers for £34 or $38 from Lime Crime direct.

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Lime Crime Wet Cherry Gloss Review & Swatch – Sour Cherry

Lime Crime Wet Cherry Gloss Review & Swatch – Sour Cherry

A little while ago Lime Crime released a set of lip glosses called wet cherry. I’m not a huge fan of glosses myself and thought I’d pass until they were discounted. So when that happened I decided to pick the bright pink one. Sour Cherry.

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It costs £16 from UK Suppliers or $18 from Lime Crime direct. It has 2.96ml of product and has a 12-month shelf life once opened. It’s vegan and cruelty-free.

It smells of Sweet Cherries and while you can smell it when it’s first applied it does start to fade. It is not sticky on the lips, which I adore as I hate sticky glosses so much. The bottle is short and stubby which is giving me retro vibes but I can’t think what from. It has a very nice does foot applicator that gets enough product out with one dip. It’s incredibly shiny.

I really like the colour and texture of this gloss. I mean look at this swatch…

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Okay, so I am pulling a fast one here. This is not a swatch of the gloss on its own, I had to use one of the new Velvetines lip liners (Plastic) to get this coverage. Even so, it’s not quite the same as the website but close enough for me.

Without a liner, it looks like this.

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I mean it’s still a pretty gloss. but it’s not what I was expecting. I’m probably going to pass on the other colours, especially at full price due to the sheerness of the product. It’s not a bad product, it’s just sheer. Not what is advertised on the site at all.

If you’d like to get your hands on one or two of them they £16 from UK Suppliers or $18 from Lime Crime direct.

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I Heart Revolution – Unicorn and Mermaid Brush Review

I Heart Revolution – Unicorn and Mermaid Brush Review

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The Unicorn and Mermaid brushes cost £5 each and is vegan and cruelty-free. They’re available online from Revolution Beauty or in your local Superdrug stockist.

Introducing one of our cutest makeup brushes yet! This palm sized brush is great for contouring, sculpting and controlled application. The tightly packed bristles make blending and buffing totally effortless.

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There are actually three designs; Dragon, Mermaid and Unicorn. I thought buying all three would be a little excessive. The shape of the brushes is exactly the same for all three. The Mermaid and Dragon brushes are very similar in design, which is why I passed up on the Dragon one.

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I do like these brushes, like being the operative word. I don’t love them though.

They are lovely and dense, fit perfectly in your palm. I’ve found they work well with both cream and powder products.

You can blend out with them but they’re not as good as I’d like. They’re very good for placing product perfectly in the hollows of your cheeks, which is great for contour.

I don’t think they’re a beauty room essential but they are nice.

If you’d like yours they’re £5 and available on Revolution Beauty.