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!
|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.|
|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.|
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!