Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Lipsticks review and comparisons.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Lipstick.

Liquid lipsticks are one of those products you either love or hate.  Many people love the long-lasting aspect of these products, but hate the dry uncomfortable feel and removal process.  Personally, I like these types of lipsticks, they are easy to apply (in most cases), the longevity is outstanding, the matte finish is maintenance-free, and the colors are always vibrant.  Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me ($18 USD/4.5g) are my latest obsession.  The rich bold colors are definite standouts and completely justifies why they are frequently sold-out.  I hope you enjoy.

The Pros to Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipsticks:

  1. Beautiful bold colors:  Merlot is more of a pink-red and Berry Me is a deep berry plum.
  2. Long-lasting colors remained vibrant for a solid six hours, with slight fading thereafter.
  3. Non-drying feel with one coat–maximum two coats.
  4. Solid matte finish is evident after 30 seconds.
  5. Both colors wore comfortably (for a liquid lipstick) without color bleeding/feathering into fine lines.
  6. Merlot is a great red for lighter/cooler complexions.
  7. Unbelievable staining effect (especially Merlot) when colors are removed.
  8. Colors can be worn individually or mixed for custom coloring.
  9. Certain glosses can be applied lightly over this formula.
  10. Ideal lip product for windy days–hair hovers freely over these babies 🙂
  11. Lipstick remains intact on cold days when scarves need to be taken off constantly.
  12. Fantastic price/amount ratio.
  13. Formula is vegan friendly, cruelty, gluten and paraben-free.
  14. Comes in five shades:  Merlot, Berry Me, Kiss of Fire, Pinky Promise and Purple Rain.
  15. Made in the USA.

The Cons to Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipsticks:

  1. Not completely smudge-resistant.  I experienced slight color transfer on cups and/or when kissing my children.
  2. Applicator head fibers are splayed erratically, making application challenging.  The fibers on Merlot are definitely cut more precisely than those on Berry Me.
  3. Proper exfoliation of lips, prior to color application, is necessary for even coverage.
  4. The addition of another layer over an existing layer (for a touch-ups) can feel heavy, drying and uncomfortable.  I strongly suggest to wipe off what you can and start fresh.
  5. Not impervious to oily foods–forgo the fried foods and oil laden salads.
Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Application of color using the tip of the applicator head with angled side facing upward.

Application of color using the tip of the applicator head with angled side facing upward (Berry Me topped with Merlot).

As the above photos demonstrate, the applicator head fibers are splayed unevenly (especially on Berry Me).  I prefer to wipe off some of the excess color, lay down an initial layer on my bottom lip, rub my lips together to disperse the color to the upper lip region, and then use the tip of the applicator head (angle side up) to carefully outline the perimeter of the lips.

The combination of these two colors created completely different shades depending on how they were layered.  Personally, both variations in the above photos suit my complexion beautifully. However, depending on your skin tone, mood and level of comfort, anything is possible with Merlot and Berry Me 🙂

Dose of Colors topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 995 Intrigue.

Dose of Colors Merlot topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 995 Intrigue.

Dose of Colors Berry Me

Dose of Colors Berry Me Topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 975 Minuit.

The above photos show how Merlot and Berry Me appear when a non-oil based gloss is applied.  Dior Addict Fluid Sticks worked beautifully with the Dose of Colors formula, for non-feathering results. When Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss was applied on top of Merlot, I did experience slight color feathering by the third hour.  Do keep in mind, the addition of any gloss will give a noticeably dense feel and look on the lips.

Comparison Matte Liquid Lipsticks:

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparisons: Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparisons:
Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparisons: Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparisons:
Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparison Swatches: Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Comparison Swatches:
Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Wicked, Dose of Colors Merlot, Dose of Colors Berry Me, Girlactik Demure, Girlactik Allure.

  • Lime Crime Red Velvet is a true blue based retro red.  This tube was purchased four years ago and this older version is definitely more bearable to wear than the newer formula.
  • Lime Crime Wicked was purchased last year and despite the seductive vampy coloring, the overly dry texture is too uncomfortable for my liking.  In addition, Lime Crime Velveteens do not mesh well with any glosses.
  • Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me are a pleasure to wear in comparison to LC.  The longevity, comfort and staining effect are top-notch.
  • Girlactik Matte Lip Paints are the “Bobbi Brown” of Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  These neutral beauties pair beautifully with any lipstick or lipgloss.
Dose of Colors ingredient list.

Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Liquid Lipstick ingredient list (click to enlarge).

Dose of Colors Merlot topped with Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.

Dose of Colors Merlot topped with Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.

**Dose of Colors Matte Lipsticks can be found at Rickysnyc.com and Doseofcolors.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Dose of Colors Merlot and Berry Me Matte Lipsticks are some of the most comfortable and vibrant liquid lipsticks I have had the pleasure of wearing.  The longevity, appealing color choices, and versatility of these lipsticks are worth your time and money.  After all, doesn’t everyone deserve a little dose of color in their lives?  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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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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