Reds, Nude & Mint: Lime Crime Lip Colors Review

I'm admittedly not a beauty expert, but I've been getting more into experimenting with makeup colors. Of all the cosmetics brands I've seen, Lime Crime is by far the best when it comes to lip colors with a collection of highly pigmented, vibrant, and unorthodox colors. At this point I'm the proud owner of five of them--a nude, three reds and a minty green--so I thought I'd share my experience with them. Overall I'm stoked on them, but there are a few drawbacks.

I first discovered Lime Crime while looking for a Tiffany blue lipstick color for the wedding of my good friends Dominique and Ron Pruitt of the fabulous wedding photography company Love Me Sailor (and future recording artist!). With the Royal Wedding happening around their own, my friends and I planned to make some crazy hats for the event--but turned out I was the only one, boo. But no bother, my idea was to dress up Tiffany-themed (because that's my name, duh), with a gift box as my royal wedding hat, as many Tiffany blues as I can, and wear the Tiffany necklaces I had (though not really much of a fan).
I searched high and low for the closest lip color to a Tiffany blue and Lime Crime came through!

Since then I've been wanting all of their colors and splurged on four new ones recently. I'm Asian and my skin has a golden undertone, so luckily they have a helpful guide to which of their colors are suited to your skin tone. Along with my Mint To Be color, I bought Cosmopop, Glamour 101, Retrofuturist, and their Candy Apple lipgloss (seen below right to left).

I'm no makeup artist, so you're seeing these lip colors just swiped on with no lipliner, primer, or so forth. These are just the pure colors! Lime Crime's products are all vegan, cruelty free, and lead free. All the photos you see were taken by me, many of which you can find on the KidViskous Instagram, look us up!

Oh no, looks like it's discontinued! It was a limited-edition color along with a canary yellow and black, but looks like they'll bring it back. The color is truly opaque, applies smoothly, but you can see every crack and detail in your lips so you kind of have to put a lot on to fill them all in. It's super opaque so the lipstick feels pretty chalky and comes off easily with any lip pursing or eating/drinking. On, it doesn't look like a definitive mint green, leans a little to the baby blue side. Personally, I think with my skin tone it makes me look pretty ashen (I would go as far as to say a little corpse-y), even though the guide says it works with golden undertones. I also don't care much about that. But it definitely does the trick if you're looking for a great pastel color and I'm convinced it's a better quality than any pastel lipstick from another company. Plus it has a yummy vanilla scent (as do all the lipsticks!).

A light creamiscle, I was especially stoked on this color because I was looking for a light orange/coral color for BBQs, pool parties, and other daytime activities. But when I tried it on, it blended so much with my skin it looks more nude than orange. In the product photo it looks great, but I would recommend this color only for those with very pale or tanner skin so there's more of a contrast. I might have to go for their tangerine color My Beautiful Rocket to get my orange fix.

Another limited-edition color, Glamour 101 is an opaque wine red lipstick reminiscent of classic Hollywood. It's brown-based so not as rich a red as some, but is dark, matte and looks great with porcelain skin and a bold brow. To me, this is a "formal dress" color to be worn with something elegant and black. It's a lot less chalky than Mint To Be, but since it is matte and opaque it still has an element of thickness to it, but no more than another lipstick brand. I won't wear this much, but when I do, BAM!

The must-must-MUST-have color for everyone, Lime Crime's Retrofuturist is a bright, glossy red with a tinge of neon for an extra pop. This is my go-to color whenever I go out. It's not 100% opaque so it will match anyone's lips and comes out like a race car red (much bolder than the photo!). This lipstick is very pigmented so it glides on, stays on, and doesn't clump or buildup around your lips since all you need is a thin swipe. You'll have a bit of red on even the next morning!

Part of their 'Carousel' collection, this gloss is intense. It's "semi-opaque" but is so ridiculously rich it's like pouring red molasses on your lips. In my photo you can't see much, but the glitter shows as much on the lips as you see in the tube. Candy Apple is like the gloss complement to Retrofuturist in its vibrancy, but its red is a little deeper. With the gloss being so rich, it's hard to make it look even on the lips. With every swipe you can see the trails of the brush bristles, giving it a smeared look. It's also so thick that it clumps easily and don't even try putting your lips on anything. I can't imagine wearing this over another color because the stickiness would just rub the underneath color off during application. I haven't yet worn it out, but I definitely will use a good red lipliner since its hard to get a clean border. But be prepared for constant maintenance throughout the night!

Have you tried Lime Crime before? I'd love to know your experiences, leave your comments below!

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