After hearing all the rave reviews about these lip products, I thought it was time I checked them out for myself. I'm afraid I'm easily drawn into the hype and hoorah about products these days and sadly, for me anyway, they don't always reach my expectations. I guess everyone isn't the same and we all come with our unique skin quirks and in essence what we are looking for in a product.
From the Lime Crime website directly:
"Inspired by the Rose, the Queen of all flowers, Velvetine Lip Stain goes on like a gloss and dries down to a matte, velvety finish - like that of a rose petal. Kiss-proof, long-lasting, and utterly addictive!"
Isododecane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, Petrolatum, Mica, Synthetic (Cera Alba) Wax, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Silica Silylate, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol Denat, Hexylene Glycol, Flavor. [+/-] Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), FD&C Red 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850:1), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492), FD&C Yellow No 5 Lake (CI 19140), FD&C Blue No 1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090:2), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Tin Oxide (CI 77861). VEGAN/CRUELTY-FREE.
I have the two shades which were available at the time:
Suedeberry - A matte Strawberryesque Pink with a touch of Coral about it
Red Velvet - A matte deep true red
I think there is also a new shade available called Pink Velvet, which from the photo's looks like a brighter more candy-like pink.
In Natural Light L-R: Suedberry, Red Velvet.
So here's the run down:
Price: I purchased mine from Model Rock Lashes for $23.95 each.
Packaging: A plastic tube with doe foot applicator
Consistency: Not overly thick in consistency, so able to be blended and smoothed onto the lips
Fragrance: Quite sweet smelling, but not overpowering.
Application: Due to the pigmentation of this product, if you are after a sharper lip it was best to apply from the doe foot applicator to the middle of the lips and then with a lip brush smooth the excess to the edges of the lips.
Longevity: It did last very well I have to admit, but what I wasn't too keen on was how drying it felt. This tended to make the product wear off in patches and stick to any dryness on my lips.
Colour Range: Obviously not for you if you are after a "natural" look, however I did quite enjoy just patting some product onto my lips for a hint of colour.
Finish: As promised it was a matte finish.
Overall impressions: Feeling a bit eh about this product if I'm being honest. I thought I would be set to love it, but overall I feel it's very much like the Stila Stay all Day Liquid Lipsticks - a great longwearing formula, but not so good if you have dry chapped lips. I highly recommend applying a lip balm liberally before using this product, as even the next day my lips still felt like they had been sucked dry and required SOS treatment. I will probably be using these Velvetines are more of a Special Ocassion lip product, or tap a little of the product onto my lips for a hint of colour.
On a side note, I'm interested to see how the NYX Matte Creams compare, which if you aren't aware, NYX is now available both instore at Target and online! Finally a win for Australia in the drugstore department..?
Ellen Rozalia xx
*Disclaimer: All products mentioned were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own