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!
What do you think about Lime Crime?