Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine review, photos and comparisons.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime is known for its vegan friendly and cruelty free products.  Their line of lip products and eyeliners are amongst some of the most colorful items in the industry.  My all time favorite product (and my only product) from the company is Red Velvet Velvetine Lip Stain.  Recently, Lime Crime released three new colors in the Velvetine family: Wicked (burgundy wine), Salem (chocolate-brown), and Black Velvet (straight-up black).  Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine ($20 USD/ 2.6ml) was the color that immediately caught my attention.  Would this burgundy wine stain measure up to my decadent Red Velvet Velvetine?  You’ll see 🙂

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

Swatches: Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine.

Swatches:
Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine no flash.

The Pros of Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine:

  1. Gorgeous deep burgundy wine color.
  2. Opaque coverage in one swipe.
  3. Thin-medium consistency.
  4. Sweet delicate candy scent..reminiscent of Revlon Color Stay Liquid Lipsticks.
  5. Small amount needed to obtain full opacity..therefore one tube will last awhile.
  6. Paraben and mineral oil free.
  7. Amazing matte finish appears within 20-30 seconds of application.
  8. Pairs beautifully with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (reviewed here).
  9. Removal is easily achieved with any oil or makeup remover.
  10. Directions for usage are included beneath the ingredient list on the back of the box.

The Cons to Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine:

  1. Wicked’s formula is very dry..I’m talking Sahara Desert Dry–not recommended for more mature lips.
  2. I have not been able to wear Wicked on its own for more than 20 minutes.  A moisturizing product must be applied over Wicked for more comfortable wear, therefore, I cannot speak of its longevity on its own.
  3. Glosses/lip balms (or food) that contain any natural oils or mineral oil will break down the stain.
  4. Slight tacky texture when it sets..some color transfer on cups.
  5. Adding a new layer over an existing layer will result in patchiness and very dry lips.
  6. Price/amount ratio is rather expensive..$20 USD/2.6ml…when compared to Shiseido Lacquer Rouge ($25 USD/6ml).
Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702.

My favorite way to wear Wicked is paired with Shiseido RD702.  The two formulas combine beautifully to form a long-wearing, moisturizing and highly pigmented concoction.  The brown tone of RD702, tones down the depth of Wicked, making it more alluring and wearable.  However attractive this duo may appear, this lip combo is not for those who prefer lipsticks with sheer coverage.

Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 three hours later.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 three hours later.

Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 after a non-greasy lunch.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 after a non-greasy lunch.

My stain/liquid lipstick hybrid concoction lasted 6 hours before I felt an overwhelming urge to remove what was left of my lip color after my meal.  I simply cannot tolerate the feel of faded lipstick on my lips.

Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen with Buxom Kir Royale.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine with Buxom Kir Royale with flash.

Buxom Lip Color in Kir Royale also paired nicely with Wicked.  However, do be mindful that too much gloss will break down the stain and the color will bleed into fine lines.

Comparison between Red Velvet (old formula) vs. Wicked:

Comparison:  Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velveteen.

Comparison:
Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine.

My tube of Red Velvet has been used very sparingly for the past three years.  Boxes are kept for reference purposes and/or when I feel it will aid in the preservation of certain products.  I happen to like the design of the older packaging more so than Wicked’s packaging.

Comparison:  Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine.

Comparison:
Lime Crime Red Velvet and Wicked Velvetine.

I adore the thin formulation and applicator head of my Red Velvet.  The fibers on the newer applicator head, are not cut as precisely as the older applicator, therefore, application is a bit more challenging, but not impossible.

Comparison Swatches: Lime Crime Wicked, Red Velvet, Shiseido RD702, Guerlain M69, Guerlain M27, Julie Hewett Sin Noir.

Comparison Swatches:
Lime Crime Wicked, Red Velvet, Shiseido RD702, Guerlain M69, Guerlain M27, Julie Hewett Sin Noir.

Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen old formula ingredient list.

Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine old formula ingredient list.

Lime Crime Wicked Velveteen new formula ingredient list.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine new formula ingredient list.

Comparison of ingredient lists would reveal Petrolatum and Avocado Oil (possibly responsible for the more comfortable feel) were present in the old formula and removed from the newer formulation.  Personally, I find the older formula more to my liking–it is less drying and more compatible with other lip products.  I am able to wear Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lacquer (reviewed here) with my Red Velvet without any feathering into my fine lines.  However, when Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lacquer (seen here) was paired with Wicked, the stain broke down within an hour.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick (reviewed here) pairs well with Wicked, however the resulting finish is more satin rather than glossy.

Lip Swatch: Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen.

Lip Swatch:
Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine.

Lip Swatch: Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen with Wicked on top.

Lip Swatch:
Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine with Wicked Velvetine on top.

Another use for Wicked would be to mix it with your other Velvetine stains.  The above photo contains Red Velvet as the base color and Wicked layered lightly on top.  I happen to think the resulting hue is a perfect balance of depth and brightness.  How comfortable was this pairing, you ask?  More so than if I were to have worn Wicked on its own.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine can be found at limecrime.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine is not for the faint of heart.  Personally, the overly dry texture was an unexpected disappointed, but I have found ways to make Wicked work for me.  I have a weakness for dark lip colors and as the saying goes, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”  For this color, I have found my way.  What colors in the Velvetine line will you get?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Yoshi wearing my Wicked/Shiseido lip combo.

Yoshi wearing my Wicked/Shiseido lip combo.

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Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick review, photos and comparisons.

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick.

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick.

For the longest time I was convinced that the “right” red would come from a high-end department store brand.  The usual suspects were called into order:  Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana, and Tom Ford.  The selection of lipsticks were lovely, but dare I say, something was missing from the equation.  Some formulas were too dark/bright, some were too dry, some lacked longevity, some felt as if I was ingesting fragrance, and others were downright too costly.  After doing some internet digging, I discover Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick ($24 US/ 4g).  The promise of intense “triple-pigment”, long-lasting wear, more natural ingredients and a non-drying matte formula was enough incentive for me to click, the “buy now” button 🙂

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick.

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick.

According to Julie Hewett:

Noir Collection Lipstick

The Noir Collection features our best long-lasting lipsticks in head-turning reds. Created to last through any kissing scene, the double-pigmented formula in sheer or triple-pigmented creamy matte formula lasts for hours but will not dry your lips out. Made with healing camellia oil and essence of rose bud. Available in six dramatic matte shades: Belle, Coco, Femme, Nude, Rouge and Sin; as well as three sheer shades: Film, Gem and Oona for the more red-shy. Coordinate with Noir Collection Lip Pencils with matching liners to keep the color true.
Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick.

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick in natural light.

The Pros to Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick:

  1. Amazing dark burgundy red shade.
  2. Added ruby pearl keeps this color from being too dark and vampy.
  3. Outstanding rich matte pigment that wears like a satin finish.
  4. Wears comfortably with full color payoff for 4-5 hours.
  5. Adding a lip balm lightly on top revitalizes the color to wear for another couple of hours.
  6. Color wears off evenly and a lovely stain is left behind.
  7. Light pleasant natural aroma, sans any artificial flavoring or fragrance.
  8. Does not feather or bleed into fine lines without a lipliner.
  9. Does not tug on the lips during application.
  10. The most moisturizing matte formula I have ever worn.
  11. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  12. Camellia Oil is high in vitamin E, an excellent anti-oxidant and is very similar to Oleic Acid which is naturally produced by the skin and known for its highly penetrating properties.
  13. Sin Noir can be worn with a smokey eye or with minimal makeup.
  14. Amount (4g)/price ratio is fantastic compared to other high-end lipsticks.
  15. Beautiful lightweight gold plastic packaging looks luxe and fits nicely in handbags of varying sizes.
Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick.

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick in natural light.

The Cons to Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick:

  1. Can feel drying around the fifth hour if a lip balm is not used prior to lipstick application.
  2. Not readily available in stores.
  3. In the presence of flash photography, the color seems brighter.
  4. No other cons…..I love my Sin Noir Lipstick!
Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick with flash.

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick with flash.

  • In flash photography, Sin Noir retains its full-bodied texture, but the color is brighter, with less of its deeper wine tone apparent.
Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick with flash.

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick with flash.

  •  Sin Noir can be worn with minimal eye makeup for a simple yet, stylish look.
Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick with flash.

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick.

  • Sin Noir can also be worn with a smokey eye, for an all out sophisticated look.

Comparison Swatches:

Comparison Swatches L-R: Besame Cosmetics Red Velvet. Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Dior Diorling, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Tom Ford Black Orchid.

Comparison Lipsticks L-R:
Besame Cosmetics Red Velvet. Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Dior Diorling, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Tom Ford Black Orchid.

Comparison Swatches L-R: Besame Cosmetics Red Velvet. Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Dior Diorling, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Tom Ford Black Orchid and MAC Studded Kiss.

Comparison Swatches L-R:
Besame Cosmetics Red Velvet. Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Dior Diorling, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Tom Ford Black Orchid and MAC Studded Kiss.

  • Besame Red Velvet is a more of brown toned red.  Although a lovely color in its own right, I find that it does not wear off evenly or have the longevity of Sin Noir.
  • Dior Diorling is a wonderful neutral red, but the added fragrance is quite overpowering.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses (reviewed here) applies like butter; however, a lip liner is a must with this very emollient formula.  In addition, the longevity is not as impressive as Sin Noir.
  • Tom Ford Black Orchid (reviewed here) looks very similar to Sin Noir on an arm swatch, but on the lips, TF is a much darker/vampier wine color.  In addition, TF Black Orchid lacks Sin Noir’s amazing longevity.
  • MAC Studded Kiss (reviewed here) is a very dry matte formula.  I rarely wear this color on its own.  Furthermore, after three hours of wear the color bleeds into my fine lines.
Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick ingredient list.

Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick ingredient list.

Julie Hewett Cosmetics can be found at dermstore.com (were I purchased mine) and juliehewett.net.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are a red lipstick wearer, then Julie Hewett Sin Noir Lipstick needs to be in your collection.  If you feel that Sin Noir is too dramatic for you, fear not, Julie has created four other reds in the Noir Matte Collection to accommodate every skin tone.  She even offers a Nude Noir and three other sheerer tone reds (Gem, Onna, and Film) for those who find matte formulas to startling.  Do you need Julie Hewett in your life?  Do fish need water?  Do birds fly?  Is the sky blue?  Is Julie Hewett my favorite brand of matte lipstick to date?  Yes, yes, yes, yes and heck yes.  I have my eye on the six shade Noir collection, Film Noir, and Thandie Icon Noir.  Oh who am I kidding, I’ll take the whole lot 🙂  Which are your favorites?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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