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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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. Maria –

    Thank you for the information on Velvetines. I bought two colours about 60 days ago and I am having some problems with them. Specifically – they don’t seem to hold up on me. I can apply following the box instructions, but an hour and a half a cup of coffee later the colour is already starting to breakdown and disappear. NOTE: I do use liner and I do exfoliate in the shower prior to application. I am not applying any products over the Velvetines. Do you have any suggestions to improve my experience here?

    Best,

    Rebah

    • Hello Rebah,
      I’m so sorry the Velevetines are not meeting your expectations. Try using a lip brush and apply the color in very thin layers on clean lips. I find the newly formulated colors are thicker than the past and they do not play nicely with certain lip liners. If your lipliner contains any sort of emollient ingredient (natural or synthetic), then the Velvetines will break down in the most odd and uncomfortable manner. Please let me know if this works out for you. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
      -Maria

  2. The layering of the two colors, red velvet and wicked, brings a sort of color that looks like a classic, deep red. I agree that it almost looks better this way, mixed. Wicked on it’s own seems like a drab burgundy color, more so than being vampy. I’ve been lemming this color since the announcement of their debut, but am awful hesitant because the products are a bit pricey for an “indie” brand. But thanks to your thoughtfully thorough review, I can make a sound decision. Excellent, super helpful!

    • Hello Ashley,
      Wicked is a very deep color indeed. However, more so than the color, the overly dry texture is what forces me to add another formula/color to make it more comfortable. I am so glad this review helped you. Cosmetics are expensive and we must choose wisely. Thank you so much for your comment and support.
      -Maria

  3. I have never seen such comprehensive research on a product(s) done before. It appears to just flow with such robustness. The details and the thoughtful analysis is nothing less than superb. This was a great product to highlight. You truly are the “Mozart of Makeup”!!!!!!

    • Hello Angie,
      How have you been? I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Velvetines are nice products, you just have to know how to work with them. Thank you for the lovely compliment and for all the support.
      -Maria

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