Thursday, 25 April 2013

Lime Crime Lipsticks in Poisonberry and Glamour 101

You know those products that you feel like you've been waiting for forever but they are never in stock? This was how I was feeling regarding lipsticks from Lime Crime, so you can imagine how pleased I was when I saw that they finally had the two I wanted in stock at Cocktail Cosmetics! I'd been curious about Lime Crime for awhile now, so I ordered the two lipsticks that interested me the most - Glamour 101 and Poisonberry. I have heard when looking through Google that as a company they are quite controversial but I'm going to focus on the products for this review and leave you to make up your own minds about that.



If you've ever bought a Lime Crime lipstick yourself or read a review on them, you're bound to know about the packaging. They come in a bright pink tube complete with a glittery unicorn. You'll either love or hate the packaging. It isn't quite up my street, but at least it's easy to find in the morning! However, I just can't let myself put them back into my lipstick storage without making sure the unicorn is lined up perfectly...



Glamour 101 is described by Lime Crime as a 'brick red.' When I bought this they had a swatch guide on their website that showed this as being a deep blood red, which it isn't at all. It's a lovely bold retro red. If there's one thing I'm lacking in my lipstick collection, it's a red lipstick. I'm very pale, so lots of reds really don't suit me, and I haven't really got the patience to go out looking for that does! Although it isn't what I was expecting I'm incredibly pleased with it because it fills a gap in my collection. I don't know why my skin looks blue on my lip swatch! The lighting my house is really bizarre, one moment everything looks orange and with the teeniest bit of sunlight I look like a dead smurf. Weird.

Without a lip liner.
With a lip liner. It's actually darker than this shows. It's also the only picture that actually managed to photograph my skintone correctly...

Poisonberry on the other hand is a purple berry. Again, it is not accurate to the online swatch at all. I find that using a lip liner underneath (I use Deep Purple from NYX) makes it a lot closer to the swatch on the website and really brings this colour to life. It looks amazing in the tube and applies really well.

Both of these lipsticks are incredibly creamy with a little bit of shine. They are incredibly pigmented and they last forever. I can wear these all day at university and they survive numerous cups of hot chocolate and food. They do stain the lips so there's still some colour there once they fade. I really love the way that these feel on my lips, they aren't drying and feel very comfortable. They are not tested on animals either.


Overall I love these lipsticks! I may have to buy one of their Velvetine lipsticks at some point too! I also want Serpentina but I can't quite justify it as I don't know where I'd wear it.

These lipsticks cost £11.50 for 3.5g. I bought mine from Cocktail Cosmetics. You can also buy them from the Lime Crime website.

Do you own any Lime Crime lipsticks?

Disclosure: I bought these lipsticks myself.

13 comments:

  1. I feel tempted to try out their products but I also worry about the controversy their brand brings along with dubious quality - apparently they can be quite hit and miss. But maybe the reformulations have made them all the better? Agh. Dilemmas. I really want to try out Chinchilla and D'Lilac, just because I love the look they give. Good job for reviewing!

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    1. That's what I heard too. I actually read about it after I'd placed my order otherwise it probably would have persuaded me otherwise! On one hand I love these lipsticks and they've persuaded me to buy more products from them but on the other hand I'm a little wary because of what I've read! It's a difficult one. Chinchilla looks lovely!

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  2. I'd want to buy at least their lipstick 'mint to be'! I don't know would I really wear it though... :d

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    1. That's the exact problem I have with Serpentina! I'd be fun to play around with but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to wear it out.

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    1. It really is, especially with a purple lip liner underneath!

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  4. Ah, I had bought 4 of their lipsticks before I read about the controversy. Nonetheless I LOVE the colors I have. Poisonberry was actually the latest one I purchased. I was devasted because it was out of stock but then I found it on Ebay. I was actually going to post some swatches of my favorite lipsticks this week! Now if I could only learn how to make lipstick look better...it's so easy to screw up and I don't own any lipliners.

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    1. I heard about the controversy on Twitter first, so I googled it. I never know what to make of it when I hear those sort of things about brands? I'll look forward to your lipstick post! Do you use a lip brush? I tend to apply straight from the bullet and go around the edges with a lip brush afterwards.

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    2. I know...there is a lot of crap on the internet and it's hard to know what to believe. I do have a lip brush but I've only used it with the red lipstick I own so far. I probably just need more practice. I really don't wear lipstick often. I'm a girl who likes her lipgloss. :)

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  5. I found this really helpful Claire, thanks for posting it! :-)

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  6. I like the way some of their lip colors look (the pale blue and a few others just look cakey ... you can see what I mean if you visit their facebook page) but I can't justify paying $16 a tube when I can pay roughly $5.00 for Milani or Rimmel lipstick that I'm happy with. Milani even has a lovely orange color that would be pretty comparable in shade to Lime Crime's My Beautiful Rocket.

    As for the Lime Crime controversy, I don't know where thing stand now, but most of the things I've seen about that are a few years old. things could have changed. I would recommend visiting their facebook page and looking at user photos though. That give you a pretty good idea of how well various lipcolors apply for the average Joe.

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    1. I completely agree with you about the pastel ones. I don't think I'll be buying any of their other colours though as these two are the only ones that interest me. We don't have Milani in the UK but I've heard lots of good things about them!

      That's what I thought. You never know how old information is or how recent.

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