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 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 Plushies Quads Review & Swatches – Sweet Blends & Fresh Squeezed

Lime Crime Plushies Quads Review & Swatches – Sweet Blends & Fresh Squeezed

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The Plushies Quads are a set of complementary colours in a pretty yellow palette. They cost £20 from UK suppliers or $22 from Lime Crime direct. They have 4 x 1.67g of product each and have a 12-month shelf life once opened. They are Vegan and cruelty-free.

Plushies quads are colorfully fun and wear-ably sheer shadows for eyes, cheeks and beyond. Our new formulation doesn’t tug or drag — it slides on smooth and effortlessly. Create pretty puffs of color that blend out like an endless dream, all housed in an ultra-cute soft touch pink compact

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I find these quads are a good demonstration why things that might swatch badly doesn’t mean they perform badly on the eye. Even the swatches on the Lime Crime website are a little on the patchy side. They don’t do this on the eye at all. they’re soft and blendable with lovely pigment. They’re not so bold and in your face, as we’ve been used to, they are sheer but the colour is there. So let’s a take a closer look at them.

Sweet Blends

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Sweet Blends is the cooler toned of the two palettes, featuring a pop of blue and pink.

All four colours play well in this palette. Rosebud is a soft rose pink, which on me turns a slightly hotter shade of pink. Chocolate Milk is as the name suggests a milk chocolate brown. Melon Smoothie is a peachy nude. It’s a muted colour this one but very pretty. Blueberry is a dirty blue and despite the patchy swatches, I’ve seen blends lovely on my skin. It deepens on my skin tone.

All in all, this is a nice cool set of shadows that blend together really well. It’s important to note that under the ingredients listed on Lime Crime, Blueberry, Chocolate Milk and Rosebud as marked as face colours.

BLUEBERRY/CHOCOLATE MILK/ROSEBUD (FACE): Talc, Boron Nitride, Silica, Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methicone, Water (Aqua), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain [+/-]: Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 27 (CI 45410:2), Red 30 (CI 73360), Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).
MELON SMOOTHIE (EYE): Talc, Boron Nitride, Silica, Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methicone, Water (Aqua), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

Fresh Squeezed

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Fresh Squeezed is the warmer of the two, featuring a strong orange and a pop of bright pink. This one while still sheer is definitely stronger in colour.

Jackfruit is a mellow yellow, definitely a milky kind of yellow but it doesn’t have any coverage issue despite being sheer. Orange Juice is a bright orange colour, think the skin rather than the juice. It’s very bold. Mango is muted orange. it’s a bit darker than the colour I think of for mango (the flesh). Lastly, we have Dragon Fruit, it’s a bright magenta colour. I love this hot pink, despite being slightly cooler it still works so well with the other colours.

It’s important to note at this point that Dragon Fruit and Orange Juice are listed as face colours.

DRAGON FRUIT/ORANGE JUICE (FACE): Boron Nitride, Talc, Mica (CI 77019), Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Methicone, Water (Aqua), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 27 (CI 45410:2), Red 6 (CI 15850), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).
JACKFRUIT/MANGO (EYE): Boron Nitride, Talc, Mica (CI 77019), Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Methicone, Water (Aqua), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

There’s a little kickback in the pan from these but it’s not excessive. I’ve not had any fall out from these which I love. The packaging on these is super cute. I’m not so fond of the plastic boxes they come in but the fact they’re cardboard is always a plus for me as that makes them more environmentally friendly.

If you’d like one or both of them they cost £20 from UK suppliers or $22 from Lime Crime direct.

Lime Crime Birthday Cake Pocket Candy Palette – Review & Swatches

Lime Crime Birthday Cake Pocket Candy Palette – Review & Swatches

Inspired by 90s nostalgia, the Pocket Candy Palettes burst with poppy brights and almost-neutrals in a cutting-edge formula. This ain’t your momma’s vintage makeup!

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Meet the newest of the Pocket Candy palettes from Lime Crime, the limited edition Birthday cake palette. It costs $34 from Lime Crime.

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The packaging is the same as the other Pocket Candy palette, so it’s very sturdy but this time it’s a got an amazing iridescent finish.

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The inside is laid out just the same as the other palettes, with the brightest colour in the middle.

Lime-Crime-Pocket-Candy-Birthday-Cake-Swatch-1I found the pigmentation on these to be good, especially compared to the other palettes which often were lacking in colour. So without further ado let’s look at the swatches and colours.

  • Glitz – warm mauve metallic this is not. Metallic yes but it’s not mauve in the pan or in the swatch!
  • Cupcake –  It’s described as a rosy brown matte and I’d say that’s true. It’s the matte sister to Glitz.
  • Glaze –  It’s definitely the golden pearl glow.
  • Twinkle – Despite being described as ‘ballet pink with gold sparkle, there’s no pink to this and the sparkle is green.
  • Party – is very much a seafoam green shimmer. It’s a really nice colour that doesn’t lose colour on the eye.

All in all, I really like this palette. I feel that  Glitz and Cupcake are so similar in depth you can’t really tell the difference on the eye. The green sparkle in Twinkle means it goes very well with Party. I’ve no idea why Twinkle is described in the way it is.

This one is worth it for the contents and the oh so lovely iridescent packaging!

Each cost £31 from UK Suppliers or $34 from Lime Crime direct.

INGREDIENTS
Cupcake, Party: Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Talc, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Methicone, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

Glitz: Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Alumina, Zinc Stearate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Methicone. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).

Glaze: Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Methicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Twinkle: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Methicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491).

Lime Crime Diamond Dew Review & Swatches – Holy Shift, Confetti and Tinsel

Lime Crime Diamond Dew Review & Swatches – Holy Shift, Confetti and Tinsel

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The Diamond Dews are eyeshadow toppers. They cost £18 from UK suppliers or $20 from Lime Crime direct. They have 4.14 ml of product each and have a 12-month shelf life once opened. They are Vegan and cruelty-free.

A lid topper that brings the effect of sparkling diamonds to your eyes. Packed with reflective particles that instantly add that OMG! factor to your makeup.

All three shades here are Limited Edition shades from the Holiday and Birthday collections.

Diamond Dews are the eye-safe sisters to Lime Crime’s Diamond Crushers. They’re sparkly toppers that come in two main textures. One is a fine glitter version that’s more opaque and a slightly chunkier version that is sheerer. Both dry down on the eye and I’ve not had any issue with them moving even on my oily lids.
I find these are best applied as soon as your makeup is done and do let them dry before you move on. If you don’t you’ll end up with creasing, so thin layers is better.

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Both the boxes and bottles are clear with an iridescent finish. The bottles are a super cute drop shape. The applicator is also a drop shape with a well in the middle to catch product.

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Described as ‘Liquid diamonds glitter with a purple shift’ Holy shift is a royal purple glitter. It’s one of the finer glitter textures. It layers well but isn’t quite opaque, it’s best placed over a purple shadow for the full effect.

Confetti

Confetti is described as a Rainbow Iridescent and I’d say that’s very true. This one has a clear base so works well over any colour shadow to create the glittery lid of your dreams.

Tinsel

Is described as ‘Holiday Green’ and it’s definately a pine kind of green. Again this one is the finer glitter texture and while fairly opaque looks better with a green shadow placed underneath.

All the Diamond Dews have the same ingredients listed, although it will actually vary slightly from shade to shade depending on the pigment used to create the final colour.

Water (Aqua), Polyethylene Terephthalate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycerin, Mica (CI 77019), Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Alumina, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Ethylene/VA Copolymer, Polylactic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Sorbitan Oleate, Squalane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum, Polysorbate 60, Polyurethane-11, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 (CI 16035), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288).

Personally I love these. they do stay all day for me even with my oily lids and the finer glitter versions are good for everyday sparkle. If you’d like to get your hands on yours you can get yours from Lime Crime direct for $20.

Let me know if you want or have any of these in the comments below.

Lime Crime Pocket Candy Palettes Review & Swatches (Sugar Plum, Bubblegum & Pink Lemonade)

Lime Crime Pocket Candy Palettes Review & Swatches (Sugar Plum, Bubblegum & Pink Lemonade)

The Pocket Candy palettes from Lime Crime have a mixed reputation. It’s one of the reasons I put off purchasing them for so long. In this post, I am going to list them from best to worst.

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Each cost £31 from UK Suppliers or $34 from Lime Crime direct. They have 10.08g (4 x 2.23g, 1 x 1.16g) of product and a 24-month shelf life once opened. They’re described as

Limes Crime’s latest cruelty free and vegan eyeshadow palettes are inspired by 90s nostalgia. Each makeup palette features an assortment of both bright colors and neutral toned eyeshadows. Our cutting-edge formula offers high-end pigments that are smooth and easy to apply, but also long-lasting and powerful.

We have carefully combined each set with colors that will always work together. These pressed eyeshadows can be applied to both the eyes and cheeks for a pop of color, and come in a glossy mirrored compact that is easy to take on the go as it fits right in your pocket.

There’s one other thing to be noted. They are called face palettes because some of the pigments have ingredients that can cause staining, which means the FDA hasn’t passed them as eye safe. However, they have passed EU laws (which are stricter) for eye safety. There are only two shades in each of the palettes that are eye safe in the USA.

So let’s get into each palette.

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Sugar Plum

Lime-Crime-Pocket-Candy-Sugar-Plum-SwatchesThe best of the bunch is Sugar Plum (in the pink packaging). All of the eye shadows are nicely pigmented and blendable. I had the easiest time getting this swatch.

  • Nutcracker – Chesnut matte, which goes on very well and is very pigmented.
  • Sugar & Spice – A pink bronze semi matte. Nicely pigmented and blends well.
  • Candied Plum – described as a pink purple shimmer, you can’t really see the purple in this one at all.
  • Fairy Floss – Pink undertone shadow with a lavendar shift. This one is quite sheer but is described as such.
  • Icing – is a bright white frost, this one does have small issues with hard pan. Other than that it’s a super shiny white colour with great pigmentation.

Only Nutcracker and Icing are considered eye safe in the USA.

Pink Lemonade

Lime-Crime-Pocket-Candy-Palette-Pink-Lemonade-SwatchesThis one swatched ‘okay’ by which I mean I did have to work a little bit to get soild swatches. I also want you to scroll back up and take a look and tell me you don’t think these swatch really similar to Sugar Plum.
The main problem with this palette is sheerness, so when you place all four colours on the eye they end up being almost indistinguishable from one another.

  • Baby Cake – Lovely chocolate brown shade, has pigment and blends well.
  • Brown Sugar – A pink brown satin. It blends well but loses depth on the eye. It turns basically pink on me so essentially becomes the same as the other colours.
  • Pink Jelly – Lacks pigment, especially blended out on the eye.
  • Strawberry – It’s sheer but does place a wash of colour. Wet application does not improve its performance. There’s also pink glitter in this one.
  • Lemonade –  It’s very sheer even over a white base but it does have colour.  It doesn’t increase in depth when used wet. I do not understand the videos I have seen on this because it does work wet and it doesn’t crumble.

Only Lemonade and Baby Cake are considered eye safe in the USA.

Bubblegum

Lime-Crime-Pocket-Candy-Bubblegum-SwatchesThis the worse for pigmentation. I really had to work to get these swatches. These also have problems with hard pan.

  • Blow – It’s described as baby violet satin, it’s more of a hot violet colour. It’s also pigmented but blends away to nothing really easily. This one has hard pan issues.
  • Chew – Called a toasted nude. I really like this shade. it’s a really good transition shade and doesn’t have pigmentation or blending issue.
  • Pop – It’s a pink champagne shimmer, I’m going to call it the poor man’s Kitten Parade because that’s what it is. It’s barely got any pigment and the shimmer blends away so easily.
  • Snap – It’s a cotton candy pink with pink glitter. No, this one feels like it has no pigment but I feel that’s more of a combination of the fact it’s such a light colour and so shiny.
  • Bubble – This sky blue shimmer has the same issue as Snap. It’s a light pastel shade, so while it feels like there’s no pigment, there’s not really supposed to be and the shine makes it feels like there’s even less.

Only Bubble and Chew are considered eye safe in the USA.

I think these palettes overall are nowhere as bad as the scathing reviews they were given and I’m left to wondering if some of those reviews were the paid negative reviews we have now learnt about. I have a few of the issues stated, sheerness and hardpan but they’re not unusable. They blend well and do look good on the eye, although some of them are very similar on the eye due to sheerness issues.

I feel like they’re okay palettes despite the issues. I think they came off the back of the Venus pigmentation and that’s not what they are. They seem to be the middle child between the Venus and Plushies releases.

Are they worth it? Not at full price. They have their own charm but they are very warm, red toned and if you have the Venus XL you have these with great pigmentation (minus the white, blue and yellow). There’s a couple of shades that really nice but unless you’re a particular fan of the designs I’d pass.

Each cost £31 from UK Suppliers or $34 from Lime Crime direct.

Pocket Candy – Bubblegum
BLOW: Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Benzoic Acid. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Tin Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
BUBBLE: Alumina, Mica, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Benzoic Acid. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090:2).
CHEW: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).
POP: Mica, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxide (CI77491), Tin Oxide.
SNAP: Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Tin Oxide, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).

Pocket Candy – Pink Lemonade
BABY CAKE: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Talc, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).
BROWN SUGAR: Mica, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Talc, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).
LEMONADE: Mica, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Benzoic Acid. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide, Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).
PINK JELLY: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Alumina, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Tin Oxide.
STRAWBERRY: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850), Tin Oxide.

Pocket Candy – Sugar Plum
CANDIED PLUM: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).
FAIRY FLOSS: Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethyhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510).
ICING: Alumina, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide.
NUT CRACKER: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide.
SUGAR & SPICE: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).

Lime Crime Venus III Review & Swatches

Lime Crime Venus III Review & Swatches

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Venus III is the latest in the Venus range from Lime Crime. This time it is a purple toned palette full of creamy and pigmented shadows.

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The heavenly sister of the grunge palette has descended from above. Rapturous lilac, rose gold and mauve shades mix with earthly browns. Ultra-buttery formula sweeps on richly pigmented color that doesn’t fade or fall out. The dreamy lavender and rose gold box is graced with Venus herself.

Grunge gets pretty for the latest Venus palette, featuring new shades and finishes that beam all the way to the skies beyond.

It’s a very cool-toned palette, which is very nice to see but there are also some warm shades. It’s the perfect complement to the Venus XL.

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  • Beloved is described as Minky Lavender Brown. It’s definitely Lavender brown, it’s is a satin finish.
  • Bliss is described as Rosewood. It’s a cool-toned grey-pink that’s matte in finish.
  • Paradise is described as a bright fuschia with blue glow. This is a blue-toned purple with a blue shift. It’s a lovely satin finish and very rich in colour.
  • Ecstasy is described as dried fig. So this really is just a cool-toned brown with purple tones. It’s a matte shade.
  • Rapture is described as a soft blush with blue flash. It’s definitely a soft pink but the blue shift is easily lost on the eye. It does help it work with the more cool-toned colours though.
  • Heavenly is described as Rich rose gold and I’d certainly say it lives up to that name. This one is the same formula as Beam, really easy to foil.
  • Beam is described as a ‘lit lilac with a pink shift’. It’s definitely lilac and it’s definitely a shimmer. This one can be foiled really easily.
  • Dreamy is described as mauve but comes off as more cool pink on my skin. This is a matte shade

There are no blending issues, the colour payoff is as always with Lime Crime simply incredible. If you like this colour scheme you’ll love this palette. There are a few looks you can do with this palette and the shimmers are so good. I definitely love this one.

Venus III costs £34 from UK Suppliers or $38 USD from Lime Crime. If you’re in the UK, I’d definitely skip the Lime Crime website. Shipping is now $20.95 from Lime Crime.

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Go Compare – Sugarpill’s Heartbreaker palette vs Lime Crime’s Aquatænia Palette

Go Compare – Sugarpill’s Heartbreaker palette vs Lime Crime’s Aquatænia Palette

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I decided to do this post back when Lime Crime first showed off their Aquatænia Palette. At first glance the palettes have similar colours but given I didn’t have Heart Breaker or Aquatænia in person I didn’t feel right making a judgement call. So once Heart Breaker arrived, I waited for the Aquatænia palette to be released and purchased it too.

I’ve now had both of these palettes and have had a chance to play with both of them. So let’s start with the price. Both palettes are $34.99. Lime Crime charges $10.95 shipping and Sugarpill charges $8 to the UK. That makes each pallet roughly £30 in total. Now Sugarpill has only 4 colour but Lime Crimes has 5. The difference is the quantity. Each Sugarpill shadow is 4g, where as Lime Crime’s shadows are only 1.5g. So you get 7.5g in total in the Lime Crime’s Palette and 16g in the Sugarpill palette. The Lime Crime Palette is actually twice as expensive.

So lets get to the palettes.

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With the Sugarpill palette you get a mirrored lid and a simple black cardboard surround. The colours themselves look matt in the palette but when applied they all have a slight sheen apart from Velocity.

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With Lime Crime you get a cute purple tin and five colours rather than four. The colours themselves are all shimmery, with glitter. This is to create a ‘wet’ look.

As you can see from the pictures above they look similar.

Here’s the swatches

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You can see better in the sunlight that they are very very similar. The Aquatænia palette has much more shimmer.
Velocity and Nautilus Prime are very close. Nautilus Prime has much more shimmer. Seahorse Discourse is more yellow than Acidberry. Atlanteal is a lighter teal than Mochi. 2AM however is a much deeper purple than Pearl-ple.

So, What do I think? Well while I’m a sucker for shiny eye shadows but put together I much much prefer the Heartbreaker colours. Also while I love the little purple tins, I do like the mirror in the Heartbreaker palette. Price wise Lime Crime is so very expensive for so little of a shadow of much lower quality. Lime Crime has a history that means I will not be repurchasing this palette.
I’ll probably use the LC palette more but will look to purchase dupes rather than replace them.

As for if this is a copy or just a coincidence only Doe can answer that one. What do you think? Which one do you prefer?