Lime Crime • Candyfuture Lipstick - All Shades • Lipstick
|Would buy this product again.||45%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Black, Curly Eyes: Green
I "like" these lipsticks, not love. They smell nice and go on nice (I didn't find them to be streaky at all), and are extremely pigmented as advertised plus I adore the colors and the packaging. I can't decide if the cons out do the pros. They're very soft and if not handled verry gently will break. They're a bit drying and staying power... not amazing. I probably will end up getting more as I'm not terribly bothered by the drying and having to be gentle, but for the price you'd expect more!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I Loooove Lime Crime lipsticks. The colours are exactly what you see is what you get. They go on very creamy & the packaging is super cute. I wouldnt recommend using this if you have chapped lips though as it will most definitely catch & intensify them. I have 3 shades including cosmopop & croquette & although they can be quite in your face for some, you can easily dumb them down.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I bought this lipstick in Airborne Unicorn, a really pretty purple shade. I absolutely adored the shade, it has to be said. I do think it's very unique and have yet to find a match in any other brand (though a couple of MAC shades are close-ish, and could be mixed to something similar). The packaging of the Lime Crime lipsticks is, to me, cute and fun, and I had no issues with it. The lipstick itself smells of vanilla, very similar to MAC, which I guess is what they were going for. Unfortunately, here ends the positive part of the review. The lipstick itself applys with great opacity, and looks great on, however it is immensely drying and has no lasting power. When it fades, it fades out very patchily and obviously, needing swift topup so you don't look ridiculous. It feels creamy and pleasant to apply, but quickly feels unpleasant on the lips and you can never really forget you're wearing it, like you can with most lipsticks. Lastly, it's very transferrable, so you need to take a lot of care not to brush it even slightly because it will stain and smear. Therefore, much as I loved the shade, I swapped this away since it was unbearably uncomfortable for me to wear. I wouldn't try another of the Lime Crime lipsticks since I've heard this is one of the best shades - too expensive for that kind of quality.
As for the company controversy, I purchased the lipstick before being privy to that drama. While they do seem to have gotten over the worst of their behaviours, my own experience with them has not been stellar - I made a polite, pretty innocuous post on their Facebook page about having problems with this lipstick and was banned! O_o
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I have the shades "Retrofuturist" and "Serpentina", and they're my two new favorites.
The colors are ultra-bold and don't fade, and there's slight feathering, but it can be controlled with a liner. I've never seen colors as beautiful as the two that I have, and I'm a lipstick junkie (Retrofuturist is EASILY my favorite red; I like it better than any of the MAC reds and may even like it better than my beloved old-formula Urban Decay Gash). The formula is creamy and soft and has a pleasant taste/smell.
I was so upset when MAC and Urban Decay started getting shaky on their animal testing policy but in a way I'm grateful because it led me to buy this beautiful lipstick! The only thing I dislike about it is the tacky pink packaging, but it's solidly made, and I'm not wearing the tube, so whatever.
Definite HG material. I can recommend it to my vegan friends too! I know there's been some controversy around this company's business practices, but as far as I can tell, they stopped their BS, and I can't champion *all* the causes at once. So relieved to have found such a great product that's kind to animals!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This review is for cosmopop. I absolutely love this shade, I have never seen any shade like this.The packaging is really nice as well. I blot it a bit since it is quite pigmented. However, its great that it is so pigmented since my lips often up washing out the color of many lipsticks. This lipstick actually shows up very true to color on my lips which does not happen that much. It is so flattering on my skin tone as well, I have light brown/ olive skin.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
Bought it in Cosmopop and Mint To Be.
Cosmopop is awful, colourwise it is very like Illamasqua's Emerge. It settles into lips and DRIES like a 1980s foundation, revealing all lip cracks and lines. It is only slightly wearable when mixed with Mac Myth lipstick.
Mint to Be is wildly pigmented, but also doesnt last long and even seems to 'oxidise' on my lips - to a different green?
Both lipsticks, though highly pigmented, are awful quality, not worth $2 - but yet the creators have struck gold with a supplier in China somewhere and are charging $16 a lipstick that cost them 0.50c to make.
Lime Crime also do not disclose their ingredients ANYWHERE, and as neon pigments are illegal in the US - I really do wonder...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I bought this lipstick completely knowing the controversy behind the company (Google it if you want to find out) but I wanted to try out the lipstick anyway. However I am extremely disappointed in this lipstick. Some might say I have some bias against the company so my review will be negative and I'm not denying I do, but I'm trying to be as fair as I can be here and I'm reviewing this as if it didn't have the Lime Crime label on it.
- I find the unicorn tube to be unique and cute, but I understand not everyone will feel this way.
- The colour I got (Airborne Unicorn) is actually a really nice colour (Although I don't think for lips and definitely not with my skintone or hair colour) and it is pretty rare. I couldn't find it in the make-up stores and pharmacies I went into.
- The colour is pigmented and I found I didn't need to swipe much (It wasn't one swipe though, like they once claimed) to get full opacity.
- The formula is extremely drying and staining, to the point where I cannot wear it for more than 5 minutes before removing it. It is NOT creamy in the slightest, and I have no idea where people get this idea. To test, I swatched it on my hand, removed it after 15 minutes and I still had a stain. Even more baffling, I went to work where I washed dishes 2 or 3 times, came home, showered, went to sleep and woke up with the stain STILL on my hand. It didn't completely disappear until after I came home from work that afternoon. I understand a lip stain, but the staining is just ridiculous.
- Mine actually started to melt as well, something I've never experienced with a lipstick before. Whenever I'd apply it, it would bump the tube and form a dent. Not happy. I'm not applying it too roughly so I'm assuming this is a combination of the climate I live in currently being summer (Australia) and the lipsticks being soft.
If I were just reviewing these as lipsticks from some random company, I don't recommend these unless you are just after unique colours and can put up with bad quality. These have the worst formula I've ever tried. It's made me really question some of the reviews here because they are not moisturising in the slightest. They're extremely drying and I found much superior quality with NYX and other cheaper brands. I certainly wouldn't buy them if the company had such a shady history like Lime Crime does that is also easily accessible. I also wouldn't recommend them at all to people who live in hot climates like me since the only way to avoid them from denting is to refrigerate it, it seems.
TL;DR Save your money
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I ADORE this shade..but it was a bit drying on my lips..so I apply lipgloss over it to make sure that my lips are not too dry. I love the concept behind the Lime Crime line in general and the founder of this company is adorable. I love this lipstick for the packaging alone, it reminds me of my childhood in the 80s.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Sigh, I should have listened to the warnings about this product.
I've been aware of the drama and controversy about this product, but when they had their Cyber Monday sale I said what the heck and bought a lipstick in Retrofuturist, having heard that this shade was less problematic than the others. If this is what the less problematic shades are like, I don't know how other people use the the more difficult shades.
- Shipping was quick, but apparently if you're an international customer you may have your orders filled last during sales. My order was processed in a day and I received my package in two days after shipping.
- The packaging is nice and unique. The tube is really solid and the design is really nicely done, the holographic unicorn on the tube is heat stamped on. May not be everyone's favorite, but I think it's well executed.
- Pigmentation is unlike any other product I've used, very very intense.
- Texture is difficult to work with, even though this is one of the best shades in that aspect apparently. I found even with exfoliation of my lips and delicate application that the texture was really drying and patchy. Even swatched on my hand it applied unevenly.
- The product is really delicate. The formula/way the bullet is set into the tube means any small move and the lipstick is going to snap off. Not something you'd expect at $16 a tube.
- These stain like crazy. If you wanted to ruin something permanently, getting Lime Crime lipsticks on them may do it. Even an initial swatch which was on my hand for no more than 5 seconds stained it. I'm really wary of any of this getting near my clothes.
- It smells odd. Apparently these are supposed to smell like vanilla. Mine doesn't smell like vanilla, which would be pleasant. Instead, it smells really synthetic and kind of sweet, like off brand candy that went through the wash. I can't compare it to any other lipstick I've used the smell is so different and unpleasant.
I went into buying Retrofuturist having done my research, thinking I was buying one of the best lipstick shades Lime Crime has to offer. I'd compare my experience to opening a beautifully wrapped Christmas present only to find the toy inside breaks within the first minute of playing with it. The marketing and packaging here is brilliant, the product is not. If you want to try this brand, do your research, know about the drama, and look at swatches from bloggers who aren't also Lime Crime affiliates who make $$$ off of referring people to their products. I was lucky enough to buy this on sale at $12 and I feel like that was far too expensive for how it performed. I feel like this is sub-par drug store lipstick in hipster shades in fairy packaging, too much image and hype for something that's mediocre in the end.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Fine Eyes: Brown
I absolutely LURVE Lime Crime lippies. I luv 'em so much I bought all of them - even the limited edition colours. I've read reviews about this product & I seriously don't have any issues with the consistency of the lippies. I've even got my friends & family buying these lipsticks (not the whole set, but 3 at a time each).
I can understand that people say they stain their lips - but if you put on your foundation & powder, then your Lime Crime lippies it is much easier to remove. However, I use an oil-based eye makeup remover to always remove my lipcolours (no matter how sheer these are, whether they be glosses, lippies, stains/tints or tars).
I also would never apply a lippie straight out of the tube, as an ex-make-up artist, I only ever apply with a lipstick brush & have taught all of my family & friens to do likewise. I find this provides a more even coverage.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I have this in two colors (Airborne Unicorn and My Beautiful Rocket) I love the range of colors offered, and the packaging is adorable (it doesn't feel cheap at all, it's just cute) That said, Airborne Unicorn looks terrible on me (it's basically a weird medium purple, not really what I was expecting) however I LOVE My Beautiful Rocket. I've been searching for a true orange lipstick that isn't just 'orange red' forever, and this is just that- no red undertones at all in this orange. It looks gorgeous on, and not crazy or unwearable at all (I'm nc 15 for reference and generally wear neutrals, but I have no problem pulling this off for daily wear when applied correctly) My one qualm, however, is the formula. It is VERY thick and matte, and if I apply it straight from the tube it looks like I slathered oil pastels on my lips. This is, of course, the whole point of these lipsticks (they're supposed to be opaque in one coat, which I do find true) however in order to make this wearable for me, I have to use lip balm beforehand and a lip brush to apply so I get the right consistency, and so my lips don't look dry. I don't mind this necessarily, but if you're not exactly the makeup artist type or you just don't have the time, this might pose a problem for you.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Blue
After being very frustrated in trying to find orange toned lipsticks that are not too dark and still aren't morphing into cool tones, I ordered Cosmopop from this line. I absolutely loved it. This is the first time I could create a nice warm nude lip. I have an unusual light yellow/olive skin tone and cool colors, blue tones or silver of any kind look horrible on me. I do agree that on it's own it does give a strange effect of exacerbating some of your lips natural lines but this is easily solved by putting a thin coat of gloss over it. I wear this with a long wear lipgloss and it works great. I ordered a second Cosmopop for my travel kit and also ordered My Beautiful Rocket after that. I think these lipsticks are great. True orange colors that I have not found in any other brand, and that works on me!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I bought two Lime Crime lipsticks: Mint to Be, and D'Lilac. I've been itching for these colours and thought I'd hit the jackpot when I found these.
The shipping was quick and my lipsticks arrived completely undamaged, so no issues there. The packaging doesn't feel cheap like some other reviews have said, but the packaging is HUGE. It's MUCH larger than any of my other lipsticks. A relatively minor issue, though: they still fit in a purse.
My main issues came from the fact that she lists all but 4 of her 13 lipsticks as vegan, but on the main lipstick ingredient list on her website, it lists beeswax. If only these four lipstick shades are not vegan, why does she have the ingredient list with beeswax in them listed on her website? Why not just say that these four shades aren't vegan due to the presence of beeswax and leave the ingredient list for the majority of the lipsticks as the main ingredient list?
My second issue was that I could not make these lipsticks work. I applied Mint to Be and I could not get an even application to save my life! The colour felt slippery, and application was spotty. When I got a decent application, the lipstick feathered, but that could have been because I applied too much in an effort to get the colour to be even. I found it was less of an issue with D'Lilac, but it was still a frustrating process, and considering I had paid $16 per lipstick when I have other lipsticks which are less of a headache, I felt that price was far too high for colourful packaging and pretty colours.
Between the confusing labeling as to whether these lipsticks are vegan or not and the impossibility of an even application, I don't think I will be using these lipsticks again. I'll return them.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Lime Crime is an amazing company, and this lipstick is the one that made me a believer. I have Countessa Flourescent which is a very Nicki Minaj color. It goes on completely opaque and stays bright throughout the day (I have naturally dark pink lips, so it's hard to find one that keeps my lips from coming through). It even lasted through lunch. It is moist enough that it didn't give my lips that cakey look, but not to the point that it makes you look all slimy. The shades are unforgettable and the packaging is so feel-good and cute! I will buy Lime Crime again and again.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I have several of these lipsticks, and they all apply well, look good, stay put and are comfortable to wear. I haven't experienced streaky application or dry lips like many of the other reviews here, however honestly said, it seems many folks enjoy jumping on the Lime-Crime-bashing bandwagon. I feel that many of the reviews are over-critical and are quick to turn a blind eye to the fact that some of the shortcomings of the formula (see below) are not specific to this brand. This product is not being judged fairly.
These are not, by far, bad lipsticks. The price is fair (far cheaper than MAC in Europe), the colors are fantastic (much brighter than anything else I've found or have owned) and they don't dry out my lips any more than MAC's "Satin" finish (compared with MAC "Toxic Tale". they don't feel very different, either).
They do tend to get a bit "blotchy" as they wear off, especially the lighter colors. This is due to the opaque coloring, and is entirely normal for these kinds of colors. You can't expect this kind of color payoff with these types of shades without experiencing this behavior. The only way to avoid this entirely would be to make the shades darker than intended. This means that if you have deep grooves in your lips, the lighter shades in this range (D'lilac, Cosmopop, Great Pink Planet) might not wear well on you. If you have mature skin, color may collect in wrinkles. This has nothing to do with Lime Crime or the formulation of this product specifically, but would happen with any product in a similar shade range. Any one who has taken basic art classes should understand this behavior intuitively - this is simply what happens when you add white.
The appearance of the packaging is a matter of taste, however I'd be hard-pressed to say that they feel cheap. The tube is sturdy and the cap closes with a satisfying click.
Before I get accused of being being part of the "conspiracy", I should note that I have no connection to Lime Crime, have had no dealings with the company other than ordering products and receiving email support, I do not know Xenia at all and I have no personal interest (other than being a bright makeup fan).
Overall, a lovely addition to my lipstick collection - very happy with these and would certainly purchase again.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
DO NOT BUY! I'm an idiot, despite the terrible brand image, I love lipstick and decided to give these lipsticks a chance, and good God they are the WORST lipsticks I've ever tried! The quality is on par with those play makeup kits you get for kids at $2 shops. I should have known, where there is smoke there is fire. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I bought 5, yes, 5 of these last year when they were new because I was into the brand. I've since completely changed my opinion on the company's business tactics, but I'll try not to bring that into this review.
I bought Countessa Flourescent, Centrifuchsia, My Beautiful Rocket, Retrofuturist and Airborne Unicorn. The darker, more translucent shades like Centrifuchsia and Retrofuturist are without a doubt the best of the lot; they're beautiful, rich colors that look really pretty on, but they STAIN. Worse than any other product I've used (including actual lip stains. Seriously). I rarely use them for this reason, though I can't say that they aren't great shades that feel good on (and last forever, thanks to the staining.) If you're cool with the staining, I recommend them. But I really do mean it when I bring it up, not even makeup remover got it all off.
The other shades are seriously bad, though. Pretty when swatched, but on the lips they are thick, sticky, and cling to every little imperfection on your lips. I can't stand the feel of these on the lips, it's like nothing else I've ever used. They do wear well, though.
Packaging.... eh. I'm in the middle. The design doesn't bother me or excite me. It's a bit bulky and the plastic feels cheap, but again, nothing really good or bad either way.
This is my honest opinion, the opinion I'd give if I'd bought these from MAC. But, regarding the company... The claim that they're completely unique colors is totally untrue; I've seen similar shades at Sephora. The claim that you can avoid staining by applying balm first is utter bull, as I do that with ANY lipstick and these still stain like mad. They're just not good, and way overpriced. Check your mall and drugstore for similar shades before shelling out nearly $20 for one of these.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I got my packages today! I love the packaging, so youthful and adorable. A few people have said that their lipstick broke off when received in mail, but mine was fine. I have been using them lightly and cautiously as i have heard they are fragile. Everything is fine and i am so happy with my lipsticks. It also depends on what color you get because they use different formula for different color. I heard "No she didnt" breaking off frequently. However, I have "great pink planet", D'Lilac, "countessa florescent", they are very wearable and pigmented. Highly recommend them for colorful lipstick lovers!! <3
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I have retrofuturist, and I absolutely love it!!
The colour lasts forever on me, and feels good to me - I don't like a really wet lipstick though.
The packaging is cute, and different, like the product is, and I would not hesitate to buy again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Over all Lime Crime's lipsticks seem to be just ok. Not terribly horrible (I didn't find them drying or too thin as some reviewers did) but neither did I find them absolutely horrible either (the color wasn't as bright as I expected and didn't last as long as I would have liked).
The lipstick came packaged in a cute lilac-pink tube with a silver unicorn on it and while it was thicker than my other tubes it was very light in my hand and made a welcome addition to my boudoir. However the one reason that I initially decided to go ahead and make my purchase for - the supposedly "so bright it's illegal" colors - the pay off was disappointing. Don't get me wrong - it was nicely pigmented but it's not as advertised.
Another major strike against it was how expensive it was. At 16$ a pop this definitely was a major let down. I wouldn't be opposed to buying more candy future lipsticks now that I know how they handle but I definitely wouldn't buy them directly from the seller at that price.