For the sake of getting this post up ASAP, I won’t be writing every single word of this from scratch… Since I just made a post about Melt’s Dark Matter Eye Shadow Stack, I’ll be copying and pasting some of that… Please forgive me! I’m just really behind and want to be able to make new posts on here for you guys every day SO it’s more important for me to get this stuff done! There aren’t a TON of differences anyway, aside from colors and finishes… The quality is equally epic, so most of the last review also applies to this product as well ;) Enjoy!

I’m super in love with Melt’s entire brand, so the addition of the eye shadow stacks is a pretty big deal! They’re gorgeous eye shadows that will work on anyone, for any occasion (seriously, you can make a bajillion looks with these things). PLUS they’re just pretty and I love the design… 1) because it allows for the eye shadows to be huge but store easily; 2) there are no little parts that open and close that my clumsy self can break, since each shadow sticks and stacks together with the magic of magnets; and 3) it just looks cool and it’s fun to take the stack apart and put them back together… It’s like legos for makeup loving grown ups.

On top of the fun factor, the eye shadows in the Love Sick stack are super versatile so they be used for a lot of different looks. You have warm and cool, bright and subtle, and matte and shimmer, so you’re sure to have a blast playing around with this stack! I think that to a lot of people, Melt is seen as being more on the edgy side, but with the addition of eye shadows, it’s going to make them blow up even more than they already have and sneak their way into the collections of a lot more people who may not have checked out this brand otherwise. Like I said, because of the variety of colors and finishes offered in the Love Sick stack, you’ll be able to do a lot with it, whether it’s a daytime makeup for a tame lunch (like a 2 mimosa limit… ha!) or you’re getting all dolled up for a crazy weekend in Vegas! I’ll do my best to describe some different looks you can do with this stack under the reviews for each color, and I may even take some photos of a few looks and post them later this week!

Love Sick Stack 1

Stack Packaging

All four eye shadows in this palette are intensely pigmented, and have both matte and satiny/frosted finishes. The ones with more of a sheen can be intensified from a satin to a full on frost just by dampening the brush you apply it with (I’ll tell ya how to do that in a minute)! What’s so great about these is that you can get insane color payoff with them if you pack them on the eyelid using a flat brush, like a MAC 239, but they also blend out easily for a softer look if you use something like a MAC 217 or 224 brush. If you want to smudge these under the lower lash line, you can use a pencil brush like a MAC 219, or even use them as a liner with a thinner, more precise brush, like an angled MAC 263 or 266. If you’re using any of these as a liner, or want to intensify the color and shimmer, you may want to spray your brush lightly with MAC Fix+ Spray. This will make it super easy to use these as a liner, since it will turn them into a much creamier consistency that makes for a perfectly precise line or wing. Fixated works well for a liner with all of the other shadows in this stack! One suggestion if you use ANY powder eye shadow as a liner: Pick one area of the product and designate is as your wet spot (that sounds bad, but you know what I mean)… If you’re all over the place where you use a damp brush on the product, it will start to get a weird, hard “crust” on it that won’t stick to any fluffier type of brush when you go to use it dry! These shadows all wear really well alone (6+ hours no creasing), but if you want an even longer wear time (more like 8-12 hours) and the best color payoff possible, you can apply these over a primer, like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in a color that’s light and neutral… A few of my favorites are Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low.

Tip: Since there are two shimmery colors in this stack (Amelie and Promiscuous), you can even pat these on top of Melt’s matte lipsticks to totally transform your lip look!

FYI, as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, these eye shadows are HUGE! (I’ll try and get a comparison photo up soon). They’re slightly larger than MAC’s Pro Longwear Eye Shadows are, but are a much better value! Plus these have a legit mirror (not the cheap feeling plastic kind that cracks) included in the stack. The packaging is sleek, easy to use and store, and sturdy enough to toss in your bag for a weekend getaway or touchups (not that you’ll need to do any of those with the wear time these eye shadows have). Since the stack is held together by magnets, it’s not going to come open easily if it gets knocked around a bit!

Both of Melt’s Eye Shadow Stacks are available exclusively from www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $48 and contain a total of 14.28 g / 0.5 oz of product, so that makes them equal to $12 and 3.57 g / 0.125 oz each… That’s actually a really good value, considering the fact that a MAC eye shadow quad costs $48 and contains a total of 6 g / 0.21 oz of product, and individual MAC shadows sell for $16 and contain only 1.5 g / 0.05 oz each… So in comparison to MAC, you’re getting about three times as much product for just a few bucks more! Both stacks are permanent, but sell out from time to time… As of right now, Love Sick is in stock, so go getcha one! Shipping costs a flat $7 in the US, so you may want to get both palettes, or grab lipstick or two as well to make the postage a little more worth it… My favorite Melt lipstick to use with the Love Sick stack are Summer, Dark Room, Shady Lady, Stupid Love, 6six6, and Space Cake (currently out of stock… Sad face). I have a feeling I’m going to love Blitzed with this stack too! Review on that lipstick will be soon… I just ordered it yesterday ;)

Note: Melt is a cruelty free company and three out of four of the shadows in the Love Sick stack are vegan! Those include Promiscuous, Fixated, and Amelie. Love Sick is the only shade that is not vegan.

Left to Right:   Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Left to Right: Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Melt Love Sick Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.
Honestly, these swatches suck and I need to redo this photo… I’ll get to that this week when I get a sunny day!

Note:   The bottom photo of each shadow is taken in direct, natural sunlight so you can see how intense it is even in such bright lighting! They are, however, not that light in person or in “normal” lighting. I just wanted to show off the pigmentation and intensity of these shadows!

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous:   Melt’s description of this eye shadow goes like this: “A beautiful color changing violet-blue! Use it alone, or combine it with black to reveal a completely different shade!” which is a great tip! Using a black primer, like MAC’s Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath will transform Promiscuous to a SUPER iridescent, intense new color! Anyway, this is a medium to medium-dark (depending on application), purple with some cool violet undertones to it, which will show more cool blue-violet tones when used over a black primer, or used damp. It has a soft, satiny sheen to it that’s easily intensified and bumped up to a true frost. This is a great multi-purpose eye shadow that you can use on the lid, in the crease, smudged under the lower lash line, as a liner, and even on top of lipstick (try it over Bane, Dark Room, By Starlight, Shady Lady, and Space Cake)! I typically wear this on the lid using a MAC 239 brush dry or MAC 242 brush damp, with some Fixated in the crease/outer v with a MAC 217 brush, and blended out with Blurr from the Dark Matter stack with a MAC 224. I’ll also use Amelie all over the lid, applied with a 239, with Promiscuous blended into the crease and smudged under the lower lash line with a 217, then add a bit to Fixated and/or Love Sick in outer v area with the same 217. This eye shadow is also super pretty as a liner with a little bit of Amelie or Blurr on the lid, or even on a naked eyelid, just for a pop of color!

The texture of Promiscuous feels super silky and bother packed onto the lid and blended out easily. Color payoff looks the same as it does in the pot, but may need some building up, or use with a damp brush, to get oodles of shimmer. Coverage was even and surprisingly opaque for a shimmery eye shadow that feels SO lightweight! I got over 6 hours of wear both on the lid and in the crease before I noticed any fading or creasing. When I used a primer, wear time went up to 10-12 hours!

Dupes:   Plush Pro Longwear Eye Shadow from MAC is close, but not close enough to be a true dupe… It’s lighter, more cool toned and less violet, and doesn’t have that intense shimmer or pigmentation… Promiscuous is pretty unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated:   This eye shadow is “A gorgeous matte grey inspired by one of our favorite lipsticks, Space Cake, so pigmented and cool you have to see to believe” (I MUST redo my swatches, because it really is intense and they don’t reflect that!)… It’s a medium dark to dark (depends on how you apply it), grey with cool, blue/stone undertones and a true matte finish. This color is really versatile because it can be used all over the lid with a MAC 239 brush for a soft smoky look, which you can blend out with pretty much any other color in this stack, depending on how colorful of a look you’re going for. You can also use Blurr or Unseen from the Dark Matter stack to blend this out with! Fixated also makes a great crease, under eye, or liner color with ANY other Melt eye shadow! Since it can be applied so lightly if you use the right brush (a MAC 217 with a light hand, or a MAC 224 works well), you can also use this to cool down and deepen any eye shadow, especially in the crease. As Melt mentions in their own description, since this was inspired by the lipstick Space Cake, you can pat this OVER Space Cake to make it even more of an intense, velvety looking matte lip!

Fixated has the same smooth, matte texture as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack, without any dryness or skipping, so it applies really well! Color payoff is intense with little product used, and looks the same as pan color. Coverage is opaque when packed onto the lid with a flat brush, or you can even build it up to a deep, opaque payoff by layering with a fluffier brush. Wear time was great for a darker type of matte shadow… I got nearly 7 hours on the lid and in the crease with no primer, and 12+ hours in both areas with a primer applied first.

Dupes:   Weathered Pro Longer Eye Shadow by MAC is similar, but has a sheen and is a little more blue. It’s also not as pigmented. Prussian (discontinued not long ago) eye shadow from MAC is lighter and more blue, and Nehru, also from MAC, has a deeper navy tone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie:   According to Melt, Amelie is a “perfectly peachy gold, you’ll want to add it all over Cheeks! Highlight! Eyes! It glistens and glides on with ease”… It’s a light to light-medium peach with warm golden sheen. You can intensify the color and sheen by using this damp, and you can even try using it over a darker bronze or black primer to REALLy change up the color and bring out the shimmer! Amelie is a great multipurpose eye shadow that you don’t just have to wear on your eyes… Probably why this is my favorite eye shadow in this stack! For use on the eyes, this is a gorgeous lid and inner corner color, and can even be used really lightly just below the brow for some sheen, but not much color. It’s gorgeous with any of the other shadows in this stack in the crease, and also looks great with any of the ones in the Dark Matter stack! For use on the lips, it looks amazing when lightly tapped over colors like Summer, Bang! Bang!, Stupid Love, Belladonna 2 (especially just in the center of the lip), and even on top of Bane for a really unique iridescent, blackened gold lip! And yes, you can even use this as a highlight on your gorgeous face, like on the areas of the tops of the cheeks, tip of the nose, and anywhere else you want to add a goddess like golden glow!

Amelie felt really silky, just like Promiscuous. Color payoff was awesome, even using little product. It both built up and blended out without much work at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in pan, and can be made more intense when dampened and used over a dark primer. Coverage was solid with no uneven spots you can see in some other shimmery shadows. On the lid, I got around 7 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or creasing, and more like 6 hours in the crease. With a primer applied beforehand, I got closer to 12 hours on the lid and 10 in the crease!

Dupes:   Pink Frontier Pro Longer Eye Shadow from MAC is lighter and definitely more pink, it’s also less intense. Trick, from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette, is lighter, cooler, and more coppery than peachy-pink. Mythology eye shadow from MAC is darker, more coppery, and has a ton of bigger shimmery particles (and fallout). Expensive Pink, also from MAC, would be your best bet for a dupe but it’s darker, more pink, and less intense.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick:   Love Sick is described as “a beautiful ultra-matte burgundy-red …inspired by our most popular lipstick 6six6″… It’s a medium to medium-dark, intense burgundy red with some warm-neutral, rusted undertones. This shadow has the same matte finish as Fixated and as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack. Red’s may not be for everyone, but they should be! You can use Love Sick lightly, blended out in the crease with a MAC 217 or 224 brush, with ANY colors in either one of Melt’s stacks, You can also use this patted onto the lid with a MAC 239 brush and blended with, well, any of Melt’s other shadows in the crease. I also REALLY like adding a bit of a warm, smoky look under the eyes by smudging this around with a MAC 219 pencil brush. For a red, it really is versatile and can be used to add something bright and special to any look you wear!

The texture of Love Sick is smooth and soft, just like all of Melt’s other matte shadows. It’s not dry or gritty, like many red shadows are (yay!). Intensity and color payoff is insane on the lid, but can also easily be tamed down and blended out in the crease. Coverage is easily made opaque by applying with a flat brush, or a pencil brush. When applied to the lid, I got 6 hours of wear with no fading/creasing, and closer to 12 with a primer. In the crease or smudged below the eye, I got the same, about 6 hours of wear without a primer and more like 10-12 with one.

Dupes:   Finding a dupe for a red matte shadow is damn near impossible, so I have yet to find one for this! Enigma from the Dark Matter stack is deeper and has a more rust/brown undertone. Red Brick eye shadow from MAC is lighter, less intense, and has a much more orange tone to it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Melt might just be my favorite lil’ makeup company of all time! Not only do they make a few of my favorite lipsticks… Now they’ve gone and created the best eye shadow palette EVER! The coolest part is that it’s not even technically a palette, it’s a stack! I love this design because 1) it allows for the eye shadows to be huge but store easily; 2) there are no little parts that open and close that my clumsy self can break, since each shadow sticks and stacks together with the magic of magnets; and 3) it just looks cool and it’s fun to take the stack apart and put them back together… It’s like legos for makeup loving grown ups.

On top of the fun factor, the four colors that make up the Dark Matter eye shadow stack are phenomenal and will work for just about everyone! You can create SO many different looks with just these four eye shadows, ranging from a totally natural daytime look, all the way to a dark, smoky eye. I think that to a lot of people, Melt is seen as being more on the edgy side, but with the addition of eye shadows, it’s going to make them blow up even more than they already have and sneak their way into the collections of a lot more people who may not have checked out this brand otherwise. That said, the Dark Matter stack IS still totally original and can be used to create a colorful, edgy look if basic isn’t your thing. I use at least one of these eye shadows, if not several of them almost daily… It just so happens that a sorta smoky eye using warm tones is my favorite look, so this really is my dream palette! It’s definitely worth checking out if you need a few new eye shadows, especially since the Dark Matter stack is so versatile and can be integrated into your everyday look and used with any shadows that you already have.

Note:   The eye shadows didn’t come all scratched and messed up like that… I’m just super clumsy (as I may have mentioned), and I dropped it as soon as I opened the packaging. On the plus side, that was a true test of how durable the packaging is! It opened up a bit when it hit the tile floor, but nothing broke, not even the mirror!

Dark Matter 1

Photo taken in natural sunlight.

Stack Packaging

All four eye shadows in this palette are intensely pigmented and have a matte finish. What’s so great about these is that you can get insane color payoff with them if you pack them on the eyelid using a flat brush, like a MAC 239, but they also blend out easily for a softer look if you use something like a MAC 217 or 224 brush. If you want to smudge these under the lower lash line, you can use a pencil brush like a MAC 219, or even use them as a liner with a thinner, more precise brush, like an angled MAC 263 or 266. If you’re using any of these as a liner, you may want to spray your brush lightly with MAC Fix+ Spray so the eye shadow will have a more creamy consistency that you can use to create a smooth, precise line or wing. I actually use Dark Matter (black) as my liner a lot, just because it’s easier than digging for my liquid or gel liner if I already have my stack out and I’m using it anyway. One suggestion if you use ANY powder eye shadow as a liner: Pick one area of the product and designate is as your wet spot (that sounds bad, but you know what I mean)… If you’re all over the place where you use a damp brush on the product, it will start to get a weird, hard “crust” on it that won’t stick to any fluffier type of brush when you go to use it dry! These shadows all wear really well alone (6+ hours no creasing), but if you want an even longer wear time (more like 8-12 hours) and the best color payoff possible, you can apply these over a primer, like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in a color that’s light and neutral… A few of my favorites are Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low.

FYI, as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, these eye shadows are HUGE! (I’ll try and get a comparison photo up soon). They’re slightly larger than MAC’s Pro Longwear Eye Shadows are, but are a much better value! Plus these have a legit mirror (not the cheap feeling plastic kind that cracks) included in the stack. The packaging is sleek, easy to use and store, and sturdy enough to toss in your bag for a weekend getaway or touchups (not that you’ll need to do any of those with the wear time these eye shadows have). Since the stack is held together by magnets, it’s not going to come open easily if it gets knocked around a bit!

Both of Melt’s Eye Shadow Stacks are available exclusively from www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $48 and contain a total of 14.28 g / 0.5 oz of product, so that makes them equal to $12 and 3.57 g / 0.125 oz each… That’s actually a really good value, considering the fact that a MAC eye shadow quad costs $48 and contains a total of 6 g / 0.21 oz of product, and individual MAC shadows sell for $16 and contain only 1.5 g / 0.05 oz each… So in comparison to MAC, you’re getting about three times as much product for just a few bucks more! Both stacks are permanent, but sell out from time to time… I believe that Dark Matter may be sold out right now, but I’m sure they’ll restock it soon! Shipping costs a flat $7 in the US, so you may want to get both palettes, or grab lipstick or two as well to make the postage a little more worth it… I really like 6six6, Dark Room, Bane, and Belladonna 2 lipsticks with the Dark Matter stack *wink wink*.

Note: Melt is a cruelty free company and one of the shades in the Dark Matter stack is vegan, which is Dark Matter! Blurr, Unseen, and Enigma are not vegan.

Left to Right:   Blurr, Unseen, Enigma, Dark Matter

Left to Right: Blurr, Unseen, Enigma, Dark Matter

Dark Matter Stack Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (but not direct sunlight).
Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Blurr

Blurr

Blurr

Blurr

Blurr

Blurr

Blurr:   Blurr is described as a “soft, beautiful blending/eraser shadow” and is a light, nude/flesh color with slightly warm, peachy undertones and a matte finish. It works really well as an all over lid color if you’re only using one shadow just to even out the color of your eyelid, or if you’re using this on the lid with a darker color like Unseen in the crease. What I mostly use Blurr for is to, well, blur out and soften other eye shadows… Say you used Enigma or Dark Matter from this stack and wanted to soften the edges, you could apply Blurr with a MAC 217 or 224 brush around the bolder eye shadow to create a flawlessly blended look.

Color payoff is fantastic, especially for such a muted type of color, and coverage was opaque with little product applied. The texture feels silky and made it super easy to blend. I got about 6-7 hours of wear before I noticed any creasing or fading with Blurr, and nearly doubled the wear time when I applied this over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot.

Dupes:   Always Sunny Pro Longwear Eye Shadow from MAC is the best dupe I’ve found for both texture and color, but it’s not as pigmented and feels drier when applied. Also from MAC; Bamboo eye shadow is cooler and darker. Soft Brown is also much cooler toned and a bit darker than Blurr. Buck eye shadow from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette is darker and less peachy/nude.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Unseen

Unseen

Unseen

Unseen

Unseen

Unseen

Unseen:   This color is described as a “cool-medium delicious caramel brown”… To me, Unseen is a medium caramel shade with warm-neutralish undertones. Like the other shadows in this stack, it has a matte finish. I like to apply this color in my crease with a MAC 224 brush when I’m wearing something lighter, like Blurr, on my lid. It also works well to blend out any other color applied in the crease or on the lid, and soften more intense shadows like Enigma and Dark Matter. Also, if you want to add a little dimension and color under your lower lash line, you can apply Unseen by smudging it with something like a MAC 219 or 214 brush, or even a MAC 217 if you want a smokier, less precise application (my preferred method).

Unseen feels just as silky and luxurious as Blurr and blends out with ease. Color payoff is great, even using very little shadow, and coverage is completely opaque when ya want it to be, like if you use a 239 brush on the lid. With this eye shadow, I got just over 6 hours of wear before it started to fade or crease, and more like 12 with a primer applied first.

Dupes:   Texture eye shadow from MAC is cooler, lighter, and has a soft sheen to it. Saddle is slightly darker and more cool toned and brown. Buck from urban Decay’s original Naked palette is lighter and cooler. Peanut Butter from Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is really close, but has a hint more warmth to it and isn’t as pigmented.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Enigma

Enigma

Enigma

Enigma

Enigma

Enigma

Enigma:   Enigma is a “beautiful rusted red-brown” with a matte finish… It’s a medium dark to dark (depending on how it’s applied), red with warm-neutral brown undertones. I like to apply this color to my eyelid with a MAC 239 brush, then blend it out with Unseen in the crease for a softer type of look. Sometimes I’ll use this on the lid with Unseen in the crease and Dark Matter on the outer corner for a more dramatic, rusty, smoky look. You can also apply Enigma in the crease and smudge it under the eye with a MAC 217 brush, with something like Blurr on the lid and a little bit of Dark Matter in the outer v area… Used that way, it just adds warmth and a little somethin’ somethin’ to an otherwise pretty basic, everyday look. Now my FAVORITE way to use Enigma is in the crease and smudged under the eye with Dark Matter on the lid. I then use Unseen and/or Blurr with a MAC 224 brush just above where I applied Enigma in the crease to blend and soften the look… It puts an absolutely gorgeous, warm twist on the classic, black smoky eye!

Enigma felt very soft and smooth with no powdery, dry texture at all, which I find rare with any eye shadow containing red pigments. A lot of them seem to drag, or apply unevenly, but Enigma was a dream to work with! Color payoff is great… You don’t need to use much product for completely opaque coverage. Since this shadow didn’t have that uneven, dry thing going on, it wore better than any other reddish eye shadow that I’ve ever used! I got over 6 hours of wear both on the lid and in the crease without a primer, and about 10 hours on the lid and 12 in the crease with a primer applied first.

Dupes:   MAC’s Red Brick is lighter, more of a true red, and isn’t as pigmented… To be honest, Enigma is pretty unique and I haven’t really found a true dupe for it yet! Love Sick, from Melt’s other stack, is lighter and has less brown/rust tones to it, but has the same texture and finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dark Matter

Dark Matter (I dropped it… Sad face)

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Dark Matter:   The namesake for this stack is described as “the most pigmented pitch-black” and has a matte finish… It truly is the blackest of black, matte eye shadows I’ve ever used and I love it! It’s great to use all over the lid with a flat brush like a MAC 239 for a smoky eye, then you can blend it out with colors like Enigma and/or Unseen and/or Blurr in the crease and under the lower lash line. You can also use this in the crease with any of the other colors from this stack, and smudged under the lower lash line… For these, you can use either a fluffy blending brush like a MAC 217 or a smaller, stiffer, pencil brush like a MAC 219. I also like to use this as a liner, applying it with a dampened MAC 263 or 263 angled brush!

The texture of Dark Matter felt uber smooth and applied well, blending out easily with no fallout (it’s a miracle!). Color payoff was well pigmented and intense, with coverage being even and opaque. When I applied Dark Matter on my lid, I got a little over 6 hours of wear without a primer, and more like 10-12 with a primer underneath (Hint: With a black eye shadow, you can use a black primer like MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Blackground, or their Chromaline in Black, Black from MAC PRO). In the crease, I got closer to 7 hours of wear without a liner, and 12 with applied first! Most matte black eye shadows tend to sort of look cracked and uneven in the crease pretty quickly, but I had no issued at all with Dark Matter!

Dupes:   Pretty much any intense, matte black eye shadow could be considered a dupe for Dark Matter, like MAC’s Carbon, but I don’t think any have this kind of intensity!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

As we all know, liquid lipsticks are pretty much the jam these days (yeah, I said “the jam”), with Anastasia Beverly Hills topping my list as far as color range and quality go. I have only purchased four of the ABH Liquid Lipsticks so far, so this review will cover the colors American Doll, Bloodline, Lovely, and Milkshake… I plan on getting a few more soon! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on Pure Hollywood, Heathers, Potion, and a few more of the more popular ones once they’re restocked. I’m super impressed with the texture, intensity, and wear time of these, so I hope you all enjoy reading this review as much as I enjoy wearing these lipsticks!

Top to Bottom:   American Doll   -   Bloodline   -   Lovely   -   Milkshake

Top to Bottom: American Doll, Bloodline, Lovely, Milkshake

Left to Right:   American Doll,  Bloodline, Lovely, Milkshake

Left to Right: American Doll, Bloodline, Lovely, Milkshake

The description for Liquid Lipsticks on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website goes a little somethin’ like this: “This ultra-saturated, liquid formula delivers an intense shot of matte pigment in one easy swipe. A single application gives you smear-resistant coverage that stays put for hours”… That, I would say, sums these up perfectly! They’re a velvety, luxurious feeling lipstick that glides on without being thick, runny, or sticky… They have the perfect texture! ABH Liquid Lipsticks deliver intense color payoff, completely opaque coverage, and dry to a totally matte finish with no sheen or shimmer. All four of these colors wore well for 5-6 hours without liner, even when eating and drinking… I’ve only had to minimally touch up in the center of my lips and haven’t had any issues with anything smudging or ending up on my coffee mug. Another great thing about these is that they’re not drying at all! That was a shocker to me, based on my experience with other long-wearing, liquid lipsticks… Most of the time, by the end of the day, my lips feel totally sapped of any moisture when I use a product like this, but that didn’t happen with this formula.

You can apply these using the handy-dandy applicator wand, or you can be even more precise and use a brush. I prefer the latter, especially if I wear these without a liner, but that’s just me… The wand is actually really soft and precise (for the photos of these on my lips, I just used the wand), and you can use the tip of it to create a smooth line around the lip, then use the flat side to fill in. You only need a small amount of product to get great color and coverage, so keep in mind that a little goes a long way! You have moment to work with this lipstick and blend it out evenly before it dries, so it’s a pretty foolproof formula, even with the brightest of colors. When wearing any matte finish lip product, I like to apply a thin layer of MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip first. Since Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, it will ensure that your lips are nice and smooth, locking in moisture and preventing any dry or chapped areas from showing. After applying my primer, I also like to use a liner prior to applying my Liquid Lipstick. Using a liner will give you a cleaner, more perfect look, as well as give the lipstick something to stick to around your lip line, which will prevent any fading or feathering from happening. You can play with many different liners to customize the color of your Liquid Lipstick and add some extra dimension to your lips, too!

All twenty shades of ABH Liquid Lipsticks are permanent and are available at www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com, when in stock. You can also find these at Macy’s in their Impulse Beauty section, as well as on the Macy’s website. These sell for $20 and contain 0.11 fl oz of product, compared to Lime Crime Velvetines, which only contain 0.088 fl oz of product, sell for the same price and aren’t anywhere near this caliber of quality. Liquid Lipsticks are not eligible for ABH’s Pro Discount, but I still think they’re worth every penny… As I mentioned earlier, these are my favorite long-wear, liquid lipstick formula of all time and I definitely plan on getting every one of them for my kit eventually!

ABH Liquid Lipstick Labels

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Left to Right:   American Doll, Bloodline, Lovely, Milkshake

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

American Doll

American Doll

American Doll

American Doll

American Doll

American Doll (lip photos taken indoors using natural light)

American Doll:   American Doll is a bold, medium dark, cool toned red with blue undertones and an uber matte finish. To me, this is the perfect true red and works well for any age or skintone… Using a blue based red will also make your teeth look brighter and whiter! I applied VERY little product for these photos, so you can see just how amazing the color payoff and coverage is… Texture is smooth and velvety, which made for an easy application, especially for such a bright red. I got over 6 hours of wear without a liner and closer to 8 with one. There was a little bit of staining with American Doll as it began to wear off, but it came off completely and easily once I used a makeup remover wipe.

Liners:   Cherry Lip Pencil from MAC is the most similar in color and texture, so that’s my favorite one to use. Ruby Woo Lip Pencil (now permanent) also works well, but is slightly darker and richer than Cherry. If you want more dimension, you can also use MAC Lip Pencils like Follow Your Heart, Brick, or Burgundy. For an even more intense, ombre type of look, you can even use Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth. If you’re a fan of longer wearing liners, MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick would also look nice (it’s similar to Cherry).

Dupes:   Ruby Woo from MAC is the closest permanent dupe as far as color and matte finish goes, though it’s a little darker. RiRi Woo (limited edition), is also close, but is darker and more intense. Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine is lighter, brighter, and less opaque.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline:   Bloodline is described as a “crimson” and is a medium deep, bold red with more neutral undertones that can lean either warm or cool, depending on your own skintone and what you’re wearing this with. Like the other ABH Liquid Lipsticks, this has a velvety, ultra matte finish. This shade, like American Doll, is flattering on everyone. If you prefer a more subdued type of red, Bloodline may be for you! Color payoff was great and to looks true to the color it is in the tube, with coverage being completely opaque. The texture was just like American Doll, felt very smooth and applied easily. I got a solid 6+ hours of wear with no liner, and 7-8 with a liner. As this color faded, it left a bit of a stain, which I like because I don’t feel the need to rush and touch up!

Liners:   Ruby Woo Lip Pencil from MAC is the closest match for color and texture. Cherry is slightly lighter and brighter, and Brick is a bit darker… Like American Doll, you can also use Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, also from MAC, or play around with darker liners like Burgundy, or even go as deep as Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth if you want to add some cooler, more plum/purple tones and create a more dramatic, ombre look.

Dupes:   Russian Red Lipstick from MAC is very similar to Bloodline, and while it’s a Matte, it’s a bit creamier than this Liquid lipstick is. Ruby Woo has a more similar texture and finish, since it’s a Retro Matte, but is lighter and brighter. RiRi Woo (limited edition) is also very close for both color and finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely:   Lovely is a medium, soft pink with warm-neutral undertones and a soft matte finish. It’s like a your-lips-but-better type of color, which would look nice on any age or skintone. Color payoff is excellent and true to tube color, with coverage also being fantastic! The texture was very creamy, so application was easy and even… It took a moment longer than American Doll and Bloodline to completely set and mattify, but it has the same look once dry. Lovely gave me just over 5 hours of wear time without a liner, and closer to 7 with one. Since it’s not very dark, it doesn’t stain at all, but it’s not super noticeable when it begins to fade since it’s a natural-ish pink.

Liners:   Soar Lip Pencil from MAC is nearly the same color as Lovely… Perhaps a bit darker and less pink/more nude. Their new shade, Edge to Edge, will also work if you want to cool down the color of this Liquid Lipstick. You can also use Dervish, which is a neutral pink, or even Half-Red if you want more contrast.

Dupes:   I couldn’t really find a perfect dupe for this in a matte finish… Brave lipstick from MAC is very close in color, but is slightly lighter, cooler, and has a Satin finish. Cosmo is also close, but is warmer and has a creamier, Amplified finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake:   Milkshake is a light, peachy-pink nude with warm undertones and a completely matte finish… It’s a great nude because although it’s very light, it still has some color to it, so it won’t make you look was he out if you’re fair like I am. While I probably wouldn’t use this by itself on anyone with a skintone deeper than medium-dark (like MAC NC40-42ish), you could still use it in the center of the lip to brighten a deeper nude and add more dimension, or use this with a darker liner and blend them together. Once Milkshake sets on the lips, it actually has more intensity than it does in the tube. Coverage is opaque using very little product, and it has a pretty creamy texture, so it applied evenly. The only area I had any issue with was in the center of my lip (as you can see), but that’s typical with any lipstick for me, it’s just especially noticeable with a nude. I used my finger to blend it out in that area and it worked well and looked much more even! I get about 5 hours of wear before I notice any fading, and closer to 7 hours if I use a liner.

Liners:   In Synch Lip Pencil from MAC is nearly a perfect dupe for Milkshake, so if you want no color difference between your liner and lipstick, you can use that. You can also use pretty much any nude, neutral, or light peachy-pink to add dimension and color too… So far I’ve tried Subculture, Boldly Bare, and even Rosy Rim (one of MAC’s new Lip Pencil shades), and they all work!

Dupes:   The closest permanent dupe I’ve found is actually In Synch Lip Pencil from MAC, since it had a matte finish… It’s a tiny bit more peachy toned, but it works. For a lipstick dupe, you can try Fleshpot from MAC, although it’s a Satin finish, so it has more sheen. It’s also lighter and has less of a pink tone. Myth is also a Satin finish, but is much lighter and is more of a true nude.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dark Room is the most recent addition to Melt’s lineup of lipsticks, and while it was released quite some time ago, it was limited at the time and only became permanent in the past few months. I didn’t want to review this when it was limited, since they would sell out so quickly, but here it is now! (Pardon the photos, I had to retake them after using it due to losing my memory card).

Melt is a 100% cruelty-free, mostly vegan brand (Dark Room is one of their vegan shades), which is one of the main reasons I’m so into it! These cost a little more than MAC, but I don’t mind paying extra for such high quality products, especially when it’s a small business that I’m supporting. Melt is great too because they’ve created bold colors that are really unique and not available from most other brands.

Dark Room

Dark Room

 

Dark Room feels like the original lipstick formula from Melt (as opposed to the one seen with Blow that had more or a sheen). The matte texture is creamy when applied, so there’s little to no drag on the lips, but feels drier once it sets a few moments later. This lipstick is highly pigmented so there’s no need to layer the product to get phenomenal color payoff and opaque coverage. These lipsticks have a light, sweet, vanilla like scent that almost reminds me of macarons, but no taste.

Since these are super matte, I do suggest priming your lip with something before application, especially if you tend to have dry lips anyway. This will hide any chapped areas, make the lipstick last longer and make application much smoother. My favorite is Prep + Prime Lip from MAC… It’s a must have with any matte lipsticks!

The tube for these lipsticks is simple and sleek… It’s a matte black tube with the cute, classy purple “melt.” logo on the cap.

Melt Lipstick Tube

Melt lipsticks are available online at www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $19 each but they’re well worth it. They have that high-end feel and it takes very little product to get full coverage. Shipping is an additional $7 no matter how many lipstick you purchase (I suggest getting more than one lipstick to make it worth your money for shipping), but that’s for priority shipping so it gets to you very quickly! It only took about 3 days from the time I placed my order to the time I received my lipstick here in Oklahoma.

Photo taken outdoors on a cloudy day. Lipstick swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors on a cloudy day.
Lipstick swatched on NC15 skin.

Dark Room

Dark Room

Dark Room:   This lipstick is a medium to dark (depending on how heavily you apply it), slightly cool toned, raspberry color. On me, it tends to lean more pinkish if I apply it lightly, but that’s because I have very pigmented lips. Using a liner can alter and deepen Dark Room, if you like. The texture is somewhat creamy when it’s applied, but the finish dries down to a true, velvety matte. Color payoff is lighter on the lips than in the tube, but it can be layered to achieve more color. Coverage is completely opaque with little product applied. As far as wear time goes, I got 6+ hours without a liner, and closer to 8 with one, only noticing some fading in the center of my lip. Dark Room will stain slightly, so it’s not too noticeable when your lipstick begins to fade.

Liners:   There’s a number of liners that you can use with Dark Room… These are all Lip Pencils from MAC and I’ll list them from lightest to darkest: Half-Red, BeetCurrant, Vino, and Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Rebel from MAC is the most similar shade I can think of, though it can look deeper and have a more purple undertone on some people. It’s also a Satin, so it doesn’t have the same texture.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

On to part two! This review covers the three most recent colors I got: The coveted Cashmere, Pansy, and Pink Velvet. And yes, I copied and pasted most of this post, aside from the reviews (of course), so I could get this done and published quickly!

NOTE: I am officially no longer a fan of this brand and will never purchase anything from them again! Unfortunately, there has been a TON of drama centered around Lime Crime and owner Doe Deere… The way this company has handled the issues with identity/credit card information theft, website problems, restocking and availability, and various other things, is atrocious. Deleting posts made on their social media accounts and calling their customers names when called out for these problems is absolutely unacceptable! On top of that, there has been a great deal of controversy as to whether or not the ingredients listed for their products is actually what goes into them. After some research, I have reason to believe that these lipsticks, in particular, contain things that are not exactly healthy to put on your face or lips! 

I have personally had problems with this company, and while they offered their customers protection against identity theft after MANY debit and credit accounts were compromised, it did me NO good! I made an order from them back in January, and this month (April), my debit card was used online to make several hundred dollars worth of purchases that I definitely had no involvement in! I’m incredibly careful about where I use my card, especially online… I use PayPal 99% of the time, and Lime Crime is one of the only companies I have not done that with. This, along with the fact that there have been a lot of reports of the same thing happening to other people who also recently bought things from Lime Crime, gives me good reason to believe that this is where my account security was compromised. In addition to that, I am one of their customers who has had comments and questions I’ve posted on their social media accounts deleted, although I said nothing wrong or disrespectful in any way… I suppose it just wasn’t something they wanted to hear that day, and they clearly don’t think that their customers are entitled to an opinion.

I’m extremely disappointed with Lime Crime as a whole… While I initially loved the products in this review, I’ve really been turned off to using them after finding out the truth hidden behind the pretty colors and packaging. I will leave my original reviews up and mostly unedited, but keep in mind the drama and problems that revolve around doing business with this brand! The last thing I want to do is encourage my readers to buy something that will end up getting your credit or debit card information stolen and potentially mess with your life and credit!

Lime Crime Velvetines seem to be the most wanted type of lipstick these days, and for good reason! Lime Crime describes these as a “Ground-breaking formula that goes on liquid and dries completely matte. Touch-proof, transfer-proof, long-wearing and utterly addictive!”… They have a really nice liquid formula that applies easily and doesn’t take too long to dry, but still gives you enough time to work with it for an even application. Once it’s dry, it’s completely matte and wears FOREVER without smudging or transferring. Side note: Since these do have an extremely matte texture, if you have dry or chapped lips, I recommend using something like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip before application to smooth everything out and add some moisture… If you have EXTRA chapped lips, since it’s winter and all, try exfoliating with something like olive oil or honey mixed with sugar first, then applying the Prep + Prime Lip, then your Velvetine :)

Velvetines come in a tube like most lip glosses do, and have a doe foot applicator similar to the ones found in MAC Lipglass, but with a much smoother texture. They’re pretty easy to apply, though it took me one or two tries to get the hang of it. I suggest applying a liner first, then you can add more after applying your Velvetine if you would like to create more dimension or touch up the shape. They’re SUPER pigmented, so you don’t need to use much… A little bit goes a long way! Like I mentioned, you have time to play with these and make sure they apply evenly before they dry, so that’s a plus with this type of lipstick. Even though these wear a long time and don’t transfer or smudge, they surprisingly aren’t drying. They have a smell that varies in intensity between shades, but it’s hard to say exactly what it smells like… It does fade after application, though. I also noticed that some colors smelled REALLY weird, and it seems to be the ones with less red/pink color to them, but that could be a coincidence. I was told that there’s nothing wrong with them if they have a funky smell and they haven’t gone bad or anything, so don’t worry if you get one like that!

Note: After hearing about the ingredients that actually go into these products, that could explain the inconsistent/weird smells. There are several differences in the ingredients listed on the old packaging vs the new packaging, with the new packaging having some pretty nasty ingredients being left out… For example, Ferric Ferrocyanide & Ultramarines… Those two ingredients are actually not even FDA approved for use on the lips and have been reported to cause sores and irritation.

While the formula and product *seem* great, the inconsistencies with these, as well as with the brand, has completely turned me off to using or purchasing anything from Lime Crime again.

Lime Crime’s Velvetines contain 0.088 fl oz / 2.6 ml of product and cost $20. As of right now, these aren’t available at places like Sephora and other major retailers, but you can get them online at www.limecrime.com, or at Namie’s Beauty Supply in North Hollywood, CA. Some shades run out of stock from time to time, but they’re pretty good about restocking them quickly and you can sign up for a notification and newsletter so you know when they’re back in stock! Oh… One more awesome thing about Lime Crime… It’s a totally cruelty free company, which makes me super happy!

Note: Previous statement about being vegan/cruelty free is debatable… Though they claim to be cruelty free and vegan, Lime Crime does not have their own lab, so they don’t test the ingredients going into these products themselves. While they seem to be against animal testing and don’t conduct it at their facility, there’s no telling if there is animal testing at a higher level or not. There have also been reports that some products may contain carmine or beeswax, although it’s not in the list of ingredients on their website or packaging.

Lime Crime Velvetines Part 2

Lime Crime Velvetines Part 2 Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Velvetines swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Velvetines swatched on NC15 skin.

Cashmere

Cashmere

Cashmere

Cashmere

Cashmere:   It’s finally mine!! Cashmere is described as being “equal parts grey and beige”, which is pretty accurate! It’s a gorgeous, light to light-medium, cool toned greige (get it, grey and beige… They came up with that, not me btw) and has a totally matte finish. Texture was amazing… Not too thin, not too thick, making it glide on easily. Color payoff was awesome as well. As far as coverage goes, you need very little product to get a fully opaque look. Since this color is a “nude” of sorts, it can emphasize chapped areas on the lips (like on mine in the photo), so be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and use your Prep + Prime Lip first! Like usual, I got over 8 hours of wear before noticing a little fading in the center. The smell of Cashmere was actually the best and most normal out of all of my Velvetines. It was actually slightly sweet compared to the others.

Liners:   Stone Lip Pencil from MAC is PERFECT to use with Cashmere. Chestnut also works if you’d like to go a little darker and more brown. Stripdown is a great Lip Pencil to use if you want definition, but not much added color. You can use any type of color, really, since this is so neutral… Playing around with different shades will allow you to create totally different, fun looks.

Dupes:   Styled In Sepia from MAC’s limited The Matte Lip collection (Fall 2014) is in the same shade range, but darker and more brown. Honeylove, also from MAC, is permanent, but is more of a warm shade and considerably more peachy-pink. Stone Lip Pencil actually works well for a dupe.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  5

Packaging:   5

Pansy

Pansy

Pansy

Pansy

Pansy:   This is described as a “true, rich, velvety purple” and has a great, velvety matte finish… It’s a medium dark to dark true purple with cool undertones. Texture was a bit thinner with Pansy than it was with some of my other Velvetines, but it still applied well, though it took a little longer to dry. Color payoff was bright and intense. Coverage was fantastic for the most part, but only so-so in the center of the lip… I made sure my lips were nice and dry, without any moisturizer or anything on the center, but I still had trouble getting it to go fully opaque in that area. Of course the center of the lip was the first area to fade after a little while. Other than that, I had no fading issues until well over 8 hours of wear. Pansy didn’t have a super weird smell, but it was slightly stronger than some of my other Velvetines. Like Cashmere, it almost has a sweet undertone to the normally funky smell… It faded as soon as the lipstick dried, though, just like the rest of the Velvetines.

Liners:   My favorite liner with this is actually Rich Purple Chromatographic Pencil from MAC Pro. You can also use more of a navy type of eye liner with this to add more dimension. If you like, you can give Nightmoth Lip Pencil from MAC a try too, though it’s not purple, it’s a nice, deep blackened wine-stained sort of color that works with purples. Any lip or eye liner in a deep purple or deep blue, even black, will work with Pansy. It all depends on the look you’re going for!

Dupes:   Heroine lipstick from MAC is lighter and warmer. Punk Couture (winter 2013), also from MAC, is darker and more of a smoked plum shade. Gunner (winter 2014) from MAC x Nasty Gal is much darker, but is the same type of true purple. You may be able to try Heroine OVER a darker, navy type of eye liner to duplicate Pansy, but I haven’t tried that yet.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Pink Velvet

Pink Velvet

Pink Velvet

Pink Velvet

Pink Velvet:   Pink Velvet is said to be “the perfect matte pink” and has a smooth matte finish… It’s a medium, bright pink with undertones that can pull either warm or cool, depending on your skintone, which is kind of awesome because it works on absolutely everyone! Texture was extra silky, making application super easy and smooth. Color payoff was fantastic, taking little product to achieve this bold look! Coverage was also great, going completely opaque, also with very little lipstick applied. It does stain a little, so even after the 8+ hours of wear that I got, fading wasn’t very noticeable, even in the center of the lip. Pink Velvet has a bit of the weird Velvetine smell, but not so much as some of the others do!

Liners:   Trust In Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from MAC is my favorite liner to use with Pink Velvet… It’s nearly the same color, so it won’t change the lipstick much, if at all, and has a wear time of around 8 hours. You can also try Cherry Lip Pencil to make this Velvetine appear more red, or something like Currant if you want to darken the lipstick and create more of an ombre look.

Dupes:   Party Parrot (limited edition and released several times) from MAC is similar, but a bit lighter and warmer with more of a yellow base. Candy Yum Yum is much lighter, cooler, and more neon-isn, even though it’s permanent. Relentlessly Red (also permanent) is close, but still lighter and warmer. All Fired Up is almost the same, but just a little bit cooler and not as intense. All lipsticks mentioned are from MAC.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

At last, I finally have a moment to sit down and work on these posts! In this one, I’ll be reviewing the colors Black Velvet, Red Velvet, Salem, Suedeberry, Utopia and Wicked. In part two, I’ll be reviewing Pink Velvet, Cashmere, and Pansy, so don’t worry, you’ll get to see those too!

NOTE: I am officially no longer a fan of this brand and will never purchase anything from them again! Unfortunately, there has been a TON of drama centered around Lime Crime and owner Doe Deere… The way this company has handled the issues with identity/credit card information theft, website problems, restocking and availability, and various other things, is atrocious. Deleting posts made on their social media accounts and calling their customers names when called out for these problems is absolutely unacceptable! On top of that, there has been a great deal of controversy as to whether or not the ingredients listed for their products is actually what goes into them. After some research, I have reason to believe that these lipsticks, in particular, contain things that are not exactly healthy to put on your face or lips! 

I have personally had problems with this company, and while they offered their customers protection against identity theft after MANY debit and credit accounts were compromised, it did me NO good! I made an order from them back in January, and this month (April), my debit card was used online to make several hundred dollars worth of purchases that I definitely had no involvement in! I’m incredibly careful about where I use my card, especially online… I use PayPal 99% of the time, and Lime Crime is one of the only companies I have not done that with. This, along with the fact that there have been a lot of reports of the same thing happening to other people who also recently bought things from Lime Crime, gives me good reason to believe that this is where my account security was compromised. In addition to that, I am one of their customers who has had comments and questions I’ve posted on their social media accounts deleted, although I said nothing wrong or disrespectful in any way… I suppose it just wasn’t something they wanted to hear that day, and they clearly don’t think that their customers are entitled to an opinion.

I’m extremely disappointed with Lime Crime as a whole… While I initially loved the products in this review, I’ve really been turned off to using them after finding out the truth hidden behind the pretty colors and packaging. I will leave my original reviews up and mostly unedited, but keep in mind the drama and problems that revolve around doing business with this brand! The last thing I want to do is encourage my readers to buy something that will end up getting your credit or debit card information stolen and potentially mess with your life and credit!

Lime Crime Velvetines seem to be the most wanted type of lipstick these days, and for good reason! Lime Crime describes these as a “Ground-breaking formula that goes on liquid and dries completely matte. Touch-proof, transfer-proof, long-wearing and utterly addictive!”… They have a really nice liquid formula that applies easily and doesn’t take too long to dry, but still gives you enough time to work with it for an even application. Once it’s dry, it’s completely matte and wears FOREVER without smudging or transferring. Side note: Since these do have an extremely matte texture, if you have dry or chapped lips, I recommend using something like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip before application to smooth everything out and add some moisture… If you have EXTRA chapped lips, since it’s winter and all, try exfoliating with something like olive oil or honey mixed with sugar first, then applying the Prep + Prime Lip, then your Velvetine :)

Velvetines come in a tube like most lip glosses do, and have a doe foot applicator similar to the ones found in MAC Lipglass, but with a much smoother texture. They’re pretty easy to apply, though it took me one or two tries to get the hang of it. I suggest applying a liner first, then you can add more after applying your Velvetine if you would like to create more dimension or touch up the shape. They’re SUPER pigmented, so you don’t need to use much… A little bit goes a long way! Like I mentioned, you have time to play with these and make sure they apply evenly before they dry, so that’s a plus with this type of lipstick. Even though these wear a long time and don’t transfer or smudge, they surprisingly aren’t drying. They have a smell that varies in intensity between shades, but it’s hard to say exactly what it smells like… It does fade after application, though. I also noticed that some colors smelled REALLY weird, and it seems to be the ones with less red/pink color to them, but that could be a coincidence. I was told that there’s nothing wrong with them if they have a funky smell and they haven’t gone bad or anything, so don’t worry if you get one like that!

Note: After hearing about the ingredients that actually go into these products, that could explain the inconsistent/weird smells. There are several differences in the ingredients listed on the old packaging vs the new packaging, with the new packaging having some pretty nasty ingredients being left out… For example, Ferric Ferrocyanide & Ultramarines… Those two ingredients are actually not even FDA approved for use on the lips and have been reported to cause sores and irritation.

While the formula and product *seem* great, the inconsistencies with these, as well as with the brand, has completely turned me off to using or purchasing anything from Lime Crime again.

Lime Crime’s Velvetines contain 0.088 fl oz / 2.6 ml of product and cost $20. As of right now, these aren’t available at places like Sephora and other major retailers, but you can get them online at www.limecrime.com, or at Namie’s Beauty Supply in North Hollywood, CA. Some shades run out of stock from time to time, but they’re pretty good about restocking them quickly and you can sign up for a notification and newsletter so you know when they’re back in stock! Oh… One more awesome thing about Lime Crime… It’s a totally cruelty free company, which makes me super happy!

Note: Previous statement about being vegan/cruelty free is debatable… Though they claim to be cruelty free and vegan, Lime Crime does not have their own lab, so they don’t test the ingredients going into these products themselves. While they seem to be against animal testing and don’t conduct it at their facility, there’s no telling if there is animal testing at a higher level or not. There have also been reports that some products may contain carmine or beeswax, although it’s not in the list of ingredients on their website or packaging.

PS: You may notice something different in the photos, but yes, they’re still my lips! I finally decided to start including my philtrum piercing in them because well, it’s cute! Also, if my lips or the piercing look crooked in some pictures, they’re not… My upper lip just swells a little after so many swatches since it’s still a pretty recent piercing.

Click on any of these images to make them bigger and see more detail!

Black Velvet - Red Velvet - Salem - Suedeberry - Utopia - Wicked

Black Velvet – Red Velvet – Salem – Suedeberry – Utopia – Wicked

Lime Crime Velvetines with labels part 1

Lime Crime Velvetines Part 1 Labels

Lime Crime Velvetines Part 1 Swatches

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Velvetines swatched on NC15 skin.

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Black Velvet:   Lime Crime describes this shade as “the deepest matte black”… It’s a deep, true black with neither warm or cool undertones and it has a wonderful, velvety matte finish once dry. The texture is smooth and not sticky at all, applying very easily. Color payoff is super intense, and coverage is just as great, giving full coverage will little product applied. I got over 8 hours of wear with this and only noticed fading in the center of my lip after eating and drinking something. This color did have a bit of that weird smell, but not as strong as it was with some of the other colors. It went away once it was dry.

Liners:   Since this is a pretty typical black lipstick, any black eye liner you prefer will do… A few of my favorites are Black Black Chromatographic Pencil from MAC Pro. You can also try Engraved Powerpoint Eye Pencil or Ebony Eye Pencil, both from MAC.

Dupes:   Styletto, also from Lime Crime, is a deep, rich black, but it has a sheen to it, as it’s part of their normal lipstick lineup. Hautecore (winter 2013) lipstick from MAC is also a matte black, but it’s not as pigmented.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Red Velvet:   The description on Lime Crime’s website refers to this color as “The perfect matte red! Rich and velvety, like petals of a rose.”… It is indeed a perfect red! It’s a true, medium-dark, bold, blue based red with a smooth matte finish. The texture of Red Velvet was not too thick, but not too runny, just like the rest of the Velvetines. It applied very evenly. Color payoff is awesome, as is coverage. I didn’t notice any fading (except in the center after eating/drinking) until after the 8 hours mark. There was some staining with Red Velvet, so even when it did fade in a few spots, it was hard to tell. This shade had less of a weird smell than some of the other Velvetines.

Liners:   Cherry Lip Pencil from MAC is perfect with Red Velvet. You could also do Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you want a little extra wear time… If you want more of an ombre look or more contrast, you could go with these (from lightest to deepest): Brick, Burgundy, Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth, which are all Lip Pencils from MAC.

Dupes:   Ruby Woo from MAC is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found, but it’s not quite as deep… It does have a similar texture, being a Retro Matte, which are drier than normal Matte lipsticks. Russian Red from MAC is a pretty good dupe too, and is somewhere between Ruby Woo and Red Velvet. RiRi Woo is super close, but was limited with the MAC x Rihanna collections.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Salem

Salem

Salem

Salem

Salem:   Salem is said to be a “matte chocolate brown”… I would say that’s accurate! It’s a pretty neutral, medium dark brown with a matte finish. The texture for Salem was great, but perhaps a bit thinner than some of the other Velvetines, but still applied well. Color payoff was great, as usual! Coverage was also fully opaque, except for in the center of the lip, which is common with a lot of lipsticks, but was more significant with Salem than with some of the other Velvetines. I suspect it has to do with the slightly thinner texture, though. Like the other lipsticks in this review, I only had some fading in the center of my lips, but otherwise I got well over 8 hours of wear. This is one of those shades that had a funkier smell than the more reddish or pink colored Velvetines. It’s still not that bad, and faded after the lipstick dried.

Liners:   Chestnut is a great Lip Pencil from MAC that you can use with Salem… It’s nearly the same color, so it won’t alter the lipstick at all. Bittersweet Pro Longer Lip Pencil, also from MAC, is another option and will give you a longer wear time. It’s also a bit deeper than Salem if you prefer more definition or an ombre effect.

Dupes:   I haven’t really found a great dupe for Salem… Photo from MAC is close if layered over Bittersweet Pencil, but alone it’s lighter and has more of a golden undertone. It’s also not a Matte. You’d probably be better off with using Chestnut Lip Pencil all over as a dupe.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Suedeberry

Suedeberry

Suedeberry

Suedeberry

Suedeberry:   This was my very first Velvetine (you can tell by the older packaging) and a gift from my best friend, so I’m a little partial to this one! It’s described as a “matte coral red”, which is spot on… It’s a bright, medium, warm toned pinky-coral red with a very matte finish. Texture was great and slightly more creamy than the other Velvetines I have, either because it was a different formula from the current ones, or just because it’s older, I’m not sure which. Color payoff was perfect, as well as coverage. This is starting to sound repetitive, but at least these are all consistent! I got over 8 hours of wear with Suedeberry, only noticing some fading in the center of the lip after a little while. Like Red Velvet, it stained very lightly, so when it did fade, it was hardly noticeable. Suedeberry has a scent, but it’s not as weird and obvious as a few of the other Velvetines.

Liners:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil from MAC works well with Suedeberry and is nearly the same color. Cherry Lip Pencil, also from MAC, will also work, and give you more of an ombre effect since it’s a true, bright red.

Dupes:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is just about the closest dupe I can find for Suedeberry, and it still looks more coal when applied all over the lip. Suedeberry is pretty unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Utopia

Utopia

Utopia

Utopia

Utopia:   This is a “vibrant orchid” shade, which looks like a medium to medium dark, cool toned, pinky-purple-magenta color (yeah, let’s just stick with vibrant orchid lol). The texture was very smooth, and perhaps a little thinner than some other Velvetines, making it very easy to apply evenly. Color payoff was great and very bright, while coverage was good, but took a teeny bit of layering to get totally even and opaque. With Utopia, I got the typical 8 hours of wear with only some fading in the center. This shade has the funkiest smell out of all the Velvetines I have, which is now all of them lol… It goes away once it dries, so don’t worry!

Liners:   Magenta Lip Pencil from MAC works really well with Utopia and is very similar in color, so it doesn’t take away from the color of the lipstick itself. Fashion Boost Pro Longer Lip Pencil is also very similar to Utopia, so it looks great and will also give you a longer wear time.

Dupes:  Heroine lipstick from MAC is more purple. Flat Out Fabulous, also from MAC, is incredibly close, though maybe a tiny bit darker.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Wicked

Wicked

Wicked

Wicked

Wicked:   Wicked is described as a “matte burgundy-red” and has a silky, matte finish. It’s a medium dark, burgundy, wine stained red with a hint of a blue base. The texture of Wicked felt extra smooth, though it seemed to dry more quickly than the other Velvetines in this review, so I didn’t have quite as much time to work with it… This seemed to result in an extra matte finish, which I liked! Color payoff was great, and coverage was also wonderful. Per usual, there was no fading until past the 8 hour mark, aside from the center fading after eating/drinking (blah blah blah same thing). Wicked didn’t seem to have much of a smell, aside from the one I have deemed “normal” for Velvetines.

Liners:   Depending on what kind of look you’re going for, you can use several different liners with Wicked… I’ll list the MAC Lip Pencils I’ve tried from lightest and most similar to darkest, which will give you a more ombre look and added definition… Burgundy, Currant, Vino, and Nightmoth. You can also try Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is darker, but looks very nice and wears longer than MAC’s normal Lip Pencil formula.

Dupes:   Diva lipstick from MAC is the closest dupe I’ve found that’s permanent. This color is pretty easy to find dupes for, it’s just a matter of finding something similar in texture.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Here is yet another outdated post for you! Again, my apologies for just now posting this, since it came out last June, but since I have all the photos and swatches done already, I wanted to share them so maybe I can help you all find something similar that you may already have or that’s permanent if you missed out on these Fluidlines when they were released with the Moody Blooms collection! Enjoy!

Black Ivy   -   Copperthorn   -   Nightshade

Black Ivy – Copperthorn – Nightshade

 

MAC Fluidlines are an “Ultra-smooth, gel formula that provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish”. They’re a very smooth, easy to apply formula that wears all day without smudging or flaking. I’m not a big fan of liquid liners but this gel formula is thicker and creamier than a liquid so to me, it’s easier to control. While there aren’t waterproof, they are smudge-proof on most people (unless your eyes are excessively watery… then I just wouldn’t wear them near the bottom inner corner or maybe not below the lower lash line). I don’t necessarily recommend these for the waterline… The shimmery kinds are a definite no-no for that area, but the creamier ones can be tried on the waterline if you want to give it a shot (though MAC does not suggest using Fluidlines on that area of the eye).

For application you can use so many different brushes… It really depends on personal preference. For a smaller line with more control and detail, a MAC 210 brush will work well… A MAC 209 is also suitable and is a bit bigger, so you’ll get a thicker line. My favorite brushes, especially for a winged look, are the MAC 263 or 266 angled brushes… Fluidlines are the perfect eye liner for a winged look, so I definitely recommend picking up a 263 brush if you’re into that look and are purchasing a Fluidline or have some at home already!

TIP 1:   When storing your Fluidlines in your makeup case or drawer, make sure they’re upside down with the label up! This will keep them from drying out.

TIP 2:   These can also be used as eye shadow bases, like Pro Longwear Paint Pots!

These Fluidlines are all limited edition and were released on Thursday, June 26th, 2014. While these are limited, I DID find them on the Dillard’s website with all three colors in stock! This could be a good sign that you might still be able to find them at your local MAC counter or store, unless they have already RTV’d them (sent them back to the company), which they do when limited launch products don’t sell out after a certain period of time. They are not on the MAC website, though. Like all MAC Fluidlines, these come in a glass pot with a black semi-matte plastic, screw-on lid. They contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and sell for $16.

 

Moody Blooms Fluidline Labels

Black Ivy   -   Copperthorn   -   Nightshade

Black Ivy – Copperthorn – Nightshade

Photo taken outdoors in natural lighting. Fluidlines watched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural lighting.
Fluidlines watched on NC20 skin.

Black Ivy

Black Ivy

Black Ivy

Black Ivy

Black Ivy:   This Fluidline is described as a “blackened green” and has a creamy, but somewhat shimmery finish… It’s a deepened teal with cooler, blue based undertones  with a creamy base that dries somewhat matte, and very, very fine shimmer particles. The texture felt smooth and creamy and was pretty easy to apply. Color payoff was good and looked nearly like it does in the pot without any layering. Coverage was also great and didn’t require much product on the brush to get an even application. I got over 9 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or smudging. Black Ivy was by far the best Fluidline out of this collection.

Dupes:   Waveline, which is the only permanent Fluidline from MAC that’s anywhere close isn’t really close at all… It’s MUCH brighter, lighter and a true blue. Shade Fluidline, which was limited edition, it close, but lighter and more green based (I don’t remember the collection it was released with, sorry!). Canard Creme Liner from Laura Mercier is in the same color family, but is more of a brighter, lighter teal.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Copperthorn

Copperthorn

Copperthorn

Copperthorn

Copperthorn:   This is described as a “glittery bronze” and has a very glittery finish… It’s has a  medium, warm toned golden-copper base with pretty decent sized pieces (for a Fluidline anyway) of gold, bronze, and coppery glitter particles. The texture was not my favorite to work with… I hate to say it because it’s sooooo pretty but it did take some effort to apply this evenly, no matter what type of brush I used. The color payoff is good and just as shimmery on the eye as it is in the pan. Coverage, on the other hand, was subpar. It took a bit of layering to get this to go on opaque, with the first layer being semi-sheer at best as far as the base color was concerned. I had to let this completely dry before I added layer two, then it looked much better… The only issue with having to layer a gel liner like this is that you can lose some precision in the process, so I recommend a very skinny brush for the wing! I got about 6 hours of wear with Copperthorn before I noticed some glittery fallout below my eye, but I didn’t notice much, if any, fading or smudging otherwise.

Copperthorn is an absolute NO-NO for the waterline! Do NOT apply this on the inner rim of the eye because the glitter particles can get into your eye causing irritation! I actually liked this Fluidline better as an eye shadow or eye shadow base on my lid, rather than a liner!

Dupes:   Rich Ground is the closest permanent dupe, but it’s not THAT close… It’s deeper, has a micro-shimmer, but no glitter, and is more of a reddish bronze shade. Brassy (long been discontinued) is similar in color, but still has a more yellow based bronze color and no glitter. There are two limited edition shades from MAC’s Indulge collection (Fall 2013) that ate similar as far as the finish goes, but not quite spot on for color… Gilt Gourmet is lighter, more of a yellow-gold, and has smaller glittery particles, while Deliciously Rich is a darker, more cool toned brown/bronze with golden bronze micro-glitter.

Overall Rating:   3.3 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Nightshade

Nightshade

Nightshade

Nightshade

Nightshade:   This Fluidline is a “blackened plum” and has a soft, shimmery finish… It’s a medium dark plum with warmer purple undertones and a warm sheen, thanks to the reddish/coppery/golden micro-shimmer particles in it! The texture feels smooth and easy to apply, though it seems to look a little patchy, despite the initial creamy feeling of this liner. Color payoff is good, though not as dark or intense as it is in the pot without some layering. If you want fully opaque coverage, you’ll have to do some layering for that as well. With one layer, it was kinda sort of sheer and as I mentioned before, slightly patchy. You definitely want to use something like a MAC 210 brush for application so you don’t lose precision when layering this liner. By layer two, it looked perfectly even and true to pot color. Nightshade gave me about 8 hours of wear before smudging or fading.

Dupes:   Macroviolet, which is permanent, is darker and more of a true, cooler toned purple, but it’s the best dupe I could find!

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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