Lime Crime Makeup
REVIEWS | Lime Crime Velvetines CashmereMonday, February 02, 2015
Lime Crime's latest batch of Velvetines has sparked quite a bit of interest in the blogging world following on from the launch. The e...
Lime Crime's latest batch of Velvetines has sparked quite a bit of interest in the blogging world following on from the launch. The entire Velvetines range, from its beginnings with Red Velvet to the slightly more recent Clueless Witch Collections have all sold like hotcakes and I have to say I really do get it.
It seems to me that Liquid Lipsticks are fast becoming the new Matte Lipsticks. They're highly pigmented, incredibly long lasting and you don't find yourself wondering throughout the day where your lipstick has wandered off to. It stays put, right on the lips, just where it should be. Which reminds me, does anybody else find lipstick often makes its merry way to your chin whilst eating? No? Just me then...
Anyway, I first picked up Red Velvet back in the Summer of 2013 (reviewed HERE) which I absolutely loved and as a result nabbed myself the Clueless Witch Collections at IMATS last year. It's been pleasing to see how they have expanded the range, as I remember there were only two colour options to begin with.
And then Lime Crime posted up a picture of their new shade on Instagram. Enter, Cashmere:
Lime Crime themselves labelled this as a 'Greige', a kind of cross between Grey and Beige. The word itself has this strange mix of sounding both intelligent, suave and sophisticated, but on the other hand we're talking Grey and Beige - two of the most uninspiring colours known to man. Could two wrongs really make a right?
After swatching, I began to question whether or not this even was a Greige. It kind of looks like a Mauve-y Nude-like colour to me, then I began to question whether or not I understood this fancy new word and eventually decided that I did understand it but that 'Cashmere' certainly wasn't it.
When I first applied Cashmere I was in a quite dimly-lit room, sadly there was no comical 'missing of the lips' moment, however immediately after application I looked at the mirror in this dimly-lit room and wondered whether I'd actually bought a Lip Dissolver instead of a lipstick - they'd completley disappeared! My first thought was 'Fuck Me, not another Gosh Darling situation?'
But seeing as I'm such a nice, patient woman I gave them the benefit of the doubt and tried again the next morning in better light. Turns out I was right to give it another shot as the colour was actually visible, and so were my lips!
In this set of photos I'm using MAC's NC40 as the foundation, and in my opinion 'Cashmere' will certainly suit anyone between NC37 and NC40 quite nicely indeed.
Is there a dupe for Lime Crime's Cashmere?
At first I thought this colour was so 'run of the mill' that it was definitely dupable, surely someone somewhere has a similar colour to this? I was certain that MUA would have a dupe, given that they have dupes for Red Velvet, Pink Velvet and Suedeberry in Funk, Criminal and Atomic.
So I dug out my MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers and pulled out Tranquility.
Tranquility was the closest I could find, it's a cool toned nude that just lacks that little bit of Mauveyness (See, I can invent new words too!). I did try to take a swatch but the winter sun keeps going home early, really can't wait 'til he stays out a bit later in the Spring and Summer!
I've made it my personal mission to find a dupe for Cashmere now, and had a little wander around Boots today hunting one out - there must be one! I saw Sleek's Matte Me's Lip Cream in Birthday Suit (a great name for a nude if there ever was one) which looked like it could be the one but I noticed it has just a little streak of pink running through it. No good!
Dupe hunting aside, I'll stick by my previous Velvetines Review in terms of the formula, it's still fantastic and not losing any of its quality at all. As far as the colour is concerned, the jury's still out for me, sat in a hotel room debating the pros and cons whilst scoffing down room service. I'm not sure if I've been prejudiced by the 'Greige' thing or whether the colour is genuinely dull.
In answer to my earlier question, can two wrongs make a right? In Liquid Lipstick terms, let me get back to you on that one.