I've wanted to own a Lime Crime lipstick for the longest time, but was always concerned the shades were a bit too out-there for me. Not being able to swatch them instore made it even more difficult to make up my mind. However, when they recently released a new shade, Babette, it looked much more wearable, so I snapped one up on Love Make Up!
|The lipstick comes in a purple cardboard box with a silver holographic unicorn on it. Very Lime Crime! I personally love this whimsical packaging and love what a refreshing change it makes from the usual|
|Lime Crime lipsticks are vegan and not tested on animals. This is a good thing in my book! Lime Crime lipsticks cost £11.50 which makes them not quite high-end expensive but not quite drug store either. You do have to factor in postage costs too|
|Babette gives opaque coverage in one swipe and is creamy and moisturising with a glossy sheen. It's an orange-based peach that I was initially really unsure of when I swatched it, particularly as it looks quite different to the bullet colour|
I do like the lipstick, even though it's a bit hard to work with. However, I'm going to change key here. The promotional images for Babette are nothing like the actual colour I received:
|Described on the website as a 'pastel coral. Think of it as Coquette's pinker cousin!', I was expecting a pale pinky coral colour. I received an orange based peach. Granted coral shades can be orange based, but it is nothing like the promotional images, and that really winds me up!|
When Googling swatches of Babette to see if other people had received the same shade or if mine was a dud (it's not), I came across this tumblr page. (EDIT: This tumblr page has now mysteriously disappeared [interesting...] but you can find the information that was on it here.) Now, I always knew there was a lot of controversy around Doe Deere and Lime Crime, but had never properly looked into it. I have to admit, I was shocked. The fact that there is so much stuff about how shady a character she is makes me quite uncomfortable, and I think this may be the last Lime Crime product I'll be purchasing. It's a real shame because the cute packaging and unique colours are a massive draw for me. Unfortunately the fact a lot of it is just repackaged from other companies and Doe Deere herself seems like someone I don't want to give any more of my money has made up my mind for me. I can understand people who choose to just buy based on the merit of the products, but I'd rather give my money to someone super nice like Shrinkle of Sugarpill!
There's a great dupes list for their products here, which I'll be using from now on if I ever want another Lime Crime product. What do you think about Lime Crime?