Lime Crime Week: Day #3: Eyeliners Review & Swatches (ALL SHADES)

Welcome back to Lime Crime week! I hope you're enjoying it so far :)
 So today I'm reviewing the ever popular Lime Crime Eyeliners. These are very different to your standard drugstore and high end liners as the colour range is just mind-blowing. As a magpie to colour, I had to give them a go and subsequently collected all of the shades available. You might think, these don't get a lot of use in my stash but quite the contrary, when creating a look, I find myself reaching for these as the possibilities are endless!


Starting with packaging as always, the liners are packaged in the traditional Lime Crime purple box. I actually really really like the design, which doesn't have a unicorn in sight, but instead has whimsical twisty vines, spiderwebs and flowers. Its different for Lime Crime and drives my imagination wild (anyone else get this when examining packaging? My imagination seems to go into overdrive with what wonders wait inside the packaging). I really like the box with its intricate detailing and can't bring myself to throw mine away. 



The actual liners come in a very thin and small glass tube. My first thoughts when recieving these were "my gosh these are small". Definitely the smallest eyeliner I have ever handled. For the price point of £9 or $13.99, that is pricey, but according to my calculations still cheaper than Urban Decay (£14.00), Nars (£19.00) and MAC (£17.00) so while initially I was a little disappointed, in the end I felt pretty good! They have the same pretty design on the cap and the "nib" is a brush rather than a felt tip, and is made of medium length "hairs". I myself much prefer felt tips, but I found these just as easy to use and create a thin precise line. I feel like beginners to liquid eyeliner may struggle, but generally these are one of the easier liners I have come to use. I have both experienced and heard that the brush hairs on these sometimes come to you frayed at different angles. This has happened to a couple of mine and while annoying, I used nail scissors to simply trim them off.




Example of hairs fraying. Its not ideal, but can easily be sorted out.



So lets get onto the swatches! My favourite part!
Sorry about lack of eyebrows and mascara. It would have taken way too long if I did all that fancy stuff!


Quill - Standard black. It is very dark and glossy. Completely opaque, but I found when I wore this out, it smudged like a beast. I have watery eyes and hayfever, so coupled with that I had it all over my face worse than I have ever experienced. Quite frankly, I do think there are better out there, but I do this this is extremely dark and excellent for photographing looks and MUA work. 


Lunar Sea - This white eyeliner really did disappoint me. The nib was a lot thicker on this than the others, hence the very thick line pictured. It was hard to get a good flick and it took a lot of building up to get the watery texture to full opacity. I absolutely love the amount of possibilities you can do with a white eyeliner, I am particularly fond of doing the speckled eggshell type eyeliner. But I do think if you are looking for a white, you'd be better off purchasing Illamasqua's. 

Rhyme - Very metallic pretty gold. I am forever using gold eyeliners in my looks, so I was really excited to play around with this. But i've barely touched it since I got it last year due to the watery texture. As you can see, with one coat, it goes on patchy. I always go for Sugarpills Goldilux and some Fix+ over this, as I can get a really opaque line. 

Orchidaceous - This is a matte vivid purple. What you see swatched is just one coat and to me, the formula is a little thin and see through. It can be built up with two coats. 
Reason - Metallic silver. I actually really like this and it gets a lot of use from me. Again the formula is a little thin so it does need some building up. What you see is one coat, but you can see it is a little thin at the wing. 

Blue Milk - Matte sky blue. This was probably the shade I was most excited for and it really kind of let me down. I found the formula being matte was a great touch, but it cracked on the eye lid. By this I mean, when it dried, the eyeliner would literally get little cracks in it by the creases and lines and by the end of the day, almost completely flake off. I think the matte texture of this made it too drying and while it is lovely and unique, I don't think it worked. 

6th Element - Bright orange! This shade is one of the better ones! It has a noticeably better texture and goes on pretty well with one coat. 

Citreuse - Neon yellow. This shade was again one of the ones I was excited for. It does have a better texture than some of the others and goes on pretty opaquely, not requiring 2 coats like some of the thinner formulas. 

Lazuli - One of my favourites. This bold electric blue goes on really well, it glides on and has fantastic pigmentation, only requiring one coat as pictured above. The formula is just about right and the result is this beautiful electric blue. A true blue eyeliner as they can be hard to come by.

My bottom line on these, is it can be a bit hit or miss. Some shades blew me away, some shades left a lot to be desired, with watery formulas that resulted in streaky application. The annoying thing is Lime Crime are one of the only companies that create bold and dazzling shades of eyeliner, so it almost leaves you feeling like you have no choice if you want to purchase them. Another option is to use mixing medium (or even fix+) and loose eyeshadow to create your own liner with a MAC 211 brush, which also works well. But i'd recommend doing your research before purchasing. Read blog post and reviews about the shades you are interested in. These in my opinion, need a bit of work on the formula.

If looking to purchase these, they can be bought from Lime Crimes official website here for $13.99 each or EcoCosmetics has the full range in stock here for £9 if you are UK lovely.

What do you think? Have you tried these? I'd love to hear your thoughts below in the comments!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for all the great posts! Just wondering, what's your stance on all the shady behaviour exhibited by Xenia in running the Lime Crime company?

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    1. I get this a lot in emails and on twitter. I don't wanna get too much into it but I have read the Doe Deere lies website, but I try not to believe everything I read. While there is evidence for some things, I focus more on the make up. Every single make up company has its scandals. Urban Decay with its decision to trade in china (which they stopped so good on them!), MAC with the Rodarte collection and many many more. If I went by the theory that I would only use make up that was "drama" free, well I wouldn't be able to use any haha! I think Lime Crime produces great make up and I try not to focus on things the company owner did before Lime Crime or in the early stages, which is where most of the shade behaviour came from.

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    2. Great reply, I think so too, although I am always PRO cruelty-free products! X

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  2. What a dedication! I am loving the look of white, sky blue and yellow. I wish I could perfect the drawing of an eye flick like you do. Somehow mine is always clumsy and you can see where my eyelashes are growing from!!!

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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    1. Hehe thanks Lala, lemme tell ya, my eyelids were SORE after all that swatching AND i did it over 2/3 days, hence the changes in lighting in some of them :) And I do have a post on how to do flicked eyeliner, it may help? :)

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  3. Great pictures! I want to try these now!

    xoxo
    drugstoredreamer.blogspot.com

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  4. I was disappointed in these, too (streaky, cracking) but mostly because I am pants with liquid liner... I should know better than to buy any, let alone these, not in pen form, LOL. I feel the same about the Lime Crime scandal as you do, fwiw.

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    1. I do think these are one of the harder eyeliners to perfect too, so that must have made it harder on you. And thank you, I do get a lot of questions on it and i'm never really sure what to say as I don't wanna offend anyone! I'm just all about the make up!

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  5. I only have Lunar Sea and I actually think it's really opaque so it seems the quality is quite variable even between the same shade x

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    1. Ooo interesting! Thanks Mali! Did you find yours "cracked" on the eyelid?

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  6. Oh, I wish I was this adventurous with my make up! All of these look awesome nd girrrlll you've got some skillz with eyeliner! haha xx

    http://ferdies-place.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hehe thank you Fernanda, some are really out there aren't they! I love using them for looks though, they are great for tinting lashes too!

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  7. I haven't tried any of the LC eyeliners but wow, they are so bold! Orchidaceous is my favorite of the bunch, what a stunning color. & I agree with Fernanda, I wish I could make my liquid liner wing that perfect :)

    Jordan | Boho Vanity

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  8. I have been eyeing off (ha! puns) the Lime Crime eyeliners. Thank you for such honest reviews! I think I will be getting my paws on the Fifth Element, Lazuli and Citreuse. I am still deciding on Blue Milk. I have quite oily (?) eyelids so it might not have the problem of cracking?

    Again, a great read. Loving Lime Crime week!

    Kate Xx
    themintedbeauty.com

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  9. So many unique liner colours! Love the metallic silver and electric blue ones especially! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  10. Mary Kay recently released a set of coloured liquid liners in teal, blue, purple, and gold! I love the blue one i use it all the time, and those are only $10. *grew up in a Mary Kay household and currently sells Mary Kay* However, I've been eyeing Lime Crime for a month now and for christmas I was allowed to spend $120 on Lime Crime (YAY!) and they were having a sale too! So I got 4 lipsticks (Babette, Chinchilla, No She Didn't, and My Beautiful Rocket) and then I got the Black Velvet velvetine and the Lunar Sea and Blue Milk eyeliners!! I'm so excited to get them and make a post on my blog for them *w*

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