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Monday 14 May 2018

Three to try from Lime Crime - Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month!

Lime Crime Venus 3 review & swatches

Vegan and cruelty-free brand, Lime Crime is Cult Beauty's Brand Of The Month for May, which means that there is free international shipping on all products until the end of the month. Known for their pigmented shadows and long-wearing lip products, this brand is no stranger to controversy (don't ask me for details though because I can never keep up with online dramas!) yet despite this they have stood the test of time due to their innovative and quality products. Today, I want to share three that I recommend trying from the brand, including their latest palette release: Venus III. Prepare to drool!

Diamond Dew: Lots of brands are releasing liquid glitter shadows and I have tried quite a few. This Diamond Dew is up there with the best - it has a smooth formula so there is no fallout and no chance of irritation, which is what puts me off a lot of glitter shadows because I have sensitive eyes! There are 10 shades available and I have the shade Rose Goals, which as the name suggests, is a rose gold colour. The mini doe foot wand allows for precise application but the shadows dry quickly so you have to move fast. Once dry, the formula is smudge-proof, crease-proof and long-lasting. The glitter is also flattering on more mature lids as the formula is forgiving and the particles are quite small so it doesn't look too intense, although it can be layered if a full on glitter look is more your style. I am definitely tempted to pick up another shade to wear on summer nights!

Lime Crime Plushies review

Plushies: I'm not the biggest fan of liquid lipsticks as, generally, they are too drying on my lips but these Plushies are not like regular liquid lipsticks because they don't accentuate any dry lines or flakiness on the lips and the velvet matte finish is much more flattering than a full on matte, in my opinion. These take a minute or two to fully set but then they are budgeproof for hours - I have eaten burgers and then gone to the cinema, munching on popcorn and having a drink and still found that there was product on my lips after around 6 hours, at which point, it needs to be re-applied. The formula is very comfortable and they can be topped up without any crumbling. There are 13 shades available and I was sent two: Rosebud, which is a soft, medium pink and Milk Tea, which is a mauvey-nude. They also smell delicious too - like blackberry chewy sweets from the '80s! If liquid lipsticks generally scare you, then you won't regret trying these!

Lime Crime Venus 3 Review, Lime Crime Venus III review & swatches

Venus III eyeshadow palette: Finally, the real star of the show! I had never tried Lime Crime eyeshadows before so I was keen to test the formula and what better way to do it than with Venus III as the shade selection is right up my street! The varying shades of purple, pink and gold that are on the packaging reflect the shades inside. The stiff cardboard is pretty sturdy and it has a decent sized mirror inside the lid. Inside are eight eyeshadows in a number of formulas - matte, shimmers and metallics, with the name under each shadow, which is something I love and think all palettes should have. The mattes are pigmented and smooth but they cause a lot of fallout in the palette but not on the eye, so it's not that big a deal overall. The metallics are buttery soft and smooth. I find that natural hair brushes work better with this palette than any of the synthetics that I have used but I am open to synthetic brush recommendations.

Lime Crime Venus 3 review & swatches

Top row from left to right:

Dreamy: Matte, mauve-toned pink. Slightly powdery to touch but applies smoothly and evenly to the eyes.

Beam: A pale lilac shimmer that swatches beautifully but is difficult to achieve any payoff on the eyes with a brush, unless it is damp. It also applies well when dabbed on with your finger. I would think of it more as a shadow topper than an individual shadow.

Heavenly: Pale gold shimmer that, like Beam, is more of a shadow topper than a regular shadow. Smooth in texture with a flattering shimmer finish, without looking frosty.

Rapture: Soft blush pink with a matte finish. Smooth and pigmented - a great base shadow.

Bottom row from left to right:

Ecstasy: Mulberry-brown shade with a matte finish. Smooth, creamy, pigmented, easy to blend and long-lasting.

Paradise: Purple can be a very tricky shade to get right. I don't know how many times I have bought a purple shadow only to be disappointed that it doesn't apply in the same shade as in the pan but that is not the case with this shadow! Intensely pigmented, buttery soft, easy to apply and blend. This is one of the most beautiful shadows that I have ever used and it's also long-lasting - I hate when strong coloured shadows fade over time but there is no fear of that with Paradise.

Bliss: A matte rose-toned warm pink. Pigmented, feels slightly powdery to touch but blends really easily and is long-lasting on the lid.

Beloved: A warm taupe/purple-toned brown metallic. Buttery soft in texture, pigmented and long-lasting. It works well as a one wash shadow for a quick and easy eye.

Overall I really love this palette and am enjoying using it. I can see why there is a lot of hype around Lime Crime eyeshadow palettes.The purple and gold tones really work well with my green eyes but I think they would suit all eye colours.

Have you tried any of these products? Are you tempted to buy anything from Lime Crime this month to avail of the free international shipping? I'd love to hear!

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All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. These products were kindly sent to me. Opinion is always my own.

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