There's something about matte lipsticks that make me go gaga over it. It's just really my preference for lipstick over the moisturising ones even if it makes my lips look drier than it really is.
When Lime Crime Velvetines became available here in Manila thru online resellers, I was one of those ladies who pre-ordered upon its first release. I got back ups too because I was sure I was going to love this product.
Did I love Velvetines?
It was love at first swatch. Look how opaque one swatch is! The first thing I thought of was, "wow, you ARE pigmented!" Then that means I only need one swipe to cover my small lips! Win!
swatches of Red Velvet and Pink Velvet
Pink Velvet on my lips
Red Velvet on my lips
I love and hate the fact that it dries faster that I want it to. It has a doe foot applicator that makes of break your heart. Since Velvetines is really opaque, one mistake when applying it on your lips can turn into a bigger one. It dries fast so you need more effort removing it when it goes beyond your lip line. It almost always happens to me when I'm in a hurry or when I don't apply lipliner prior to applying this.
It dries matte as in really matte. So if you aren't a fan of matte lipsticks, do no expect to like this as you might find this too brutal on your lips.
As for its longevity, I find it a bit odd. There are times when it stays long on my lips. But most of the time, it's gone the moment I finish eating. And I don't understand why. Another thing I noticed is that Red Velvet stays longer on my lips than Pink Velvet.
I find these two too bright during day time so I wear this in the afternoon until night time. LOL. Well, I also pretty much tamed down on bright or dark lipsticks during day time. Luckily, I was able to finish these tubes!
- If you have all the time in the world, apply a lipliner prior to lipstick application so you'd have a more perfect lip shape. This is really opaque so if you lined your lips unevenly, it would be very obvious.
- If you find it too drying for your lips, apply a lip balm. (I use Too Faced's Lip Insurance, perfect combo.)
- Since this is a liquid lipstick, always sanitise! Clean this doe foot applicator after applying lipstick by using a tissue damped with 99% alcohol or So Clean. Regardless it you're the only one using the tube - specially if you are re-applying after eating. Better safe than sorry.
Let me know in the comments how you find Lime Crime Velvetines!