Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lime Crime Velvetines matte lipstick in Suedeberry, swatched and reviewed!

I've been yearning for a new lipstick for quite some time now, and since I'd been eyeing Lime Crime's Velvetines, I thought "why not?"

Velvetines is a matte finish liquid lipstick; and when they say matte, boy, do they mean matte. I ordered Suedeberry, which is listed on the site as a "warm, vibrant strawberry red". It is in NO WAY a strawberry red. It is more a salmon color, which is practically neon, a characteristic aggravated by its matte finish. I don't have a problem with the color being more a neon salmon than a strawberry red, but it looks nothing like this:
which is the swatch from the Lime Crime Facebook page.

It came in a really pretty box, which I was forced to destroy to see the application tips. I could have very well googled the tips, but I was excited to see them for myself, forgetting how sad I would be once I tore the box open and ruined some perfectly beautiful packaging.

It's also rather small, and not a lot of product for what you pay for it (although there a definitely other makeup brands that charge you more for about the same amount).

I started out by applying some lipbalm, then applying two coats, letting the first coat dry before the second application. I wasn't able to achieve full opacity until the third coat, of which I have no picture.

Looks nothing like the official swatch now, does it? It is still by all means a very pretty color, but definitely NOT strawberry red. But since I've been looking for a pretty salmon/coral lipstick for a while, this was definitely still something that made me happy. Since it wasn't a slick feeling lip product, and knowing that it was matte and dry, I didn't lick or press my lips together as much throughout the day. My lips were not dried out though, as one might expect from a matte formula.

Although touted on the website as "touch-proof", it isn't exactly that.

Pardon the bleary eyes, I'd been out and about from 11am-10pm. So much tired :(
I was tempted to touch my lips to feel the finish (I just LOVE that it's matte and not slick or sticky) and to my dismay, color came off on my fingertips. I don't think it affected the look of it on my lips though, so it wasn't that bad, just slightly alarming. It is also NOT kiss-proof, unlike what some reviews I've read say. And no, I did not snog anyone violently before making this statement, I lightly kissed my husband on the cheek to discover that I left a pink, powdery lip print. Despite this, I did not have to do any touch-ups at all for nearly 12 hours, and this was even after eating big greasy slices of pizza.

As for removal, I had tested the product on my mother prior to using it on myself. She said it was difficult to remove, even with soap and water, and was scrambling all over our apartment in search of makeup remover wipes. In my case, I used my regular facial wash, and it came right off.

Would I repurchase this product? DEFINITELY. I love the color, I love the consistency, there is nothing I hate about it in the least (aside from the false advertisement as strawberry red).


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