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Lime Crime Uniliner Swatches and Tips!

The team at Lime Crime very kindly sent me a set of their brand-new, uber-bright Uniliners, so I’m swatching them here and throwing in a few tips on application if you happen to like matte, intense liquid liners as much as I do.

(To see a previous tutorial using a matte liquid/cake liner, click here!)

It’s easy to find liquid liners in neutral shades (black, brown, grey, navy), and metallic finishes, but much less common to get hold of them in matte, BRIGHT shades, hence my previous post raving about the colors in this range.

Swatches (L-to-R): Lunar White (liquid-paper white), 6th Element (true orange), Citreuse (lime), Blue Milk (baby-blue), Lazuli (cobalt), Orchidaceous (bright violet) and Quill (straight black)

The Good News:

These do go on the way they look in images and swatches. I’m actually surprised by just how nice the paler shades are; particularly Blue Milk and Citreuse. They look like they might have a bit of shimmer in the tubes, but go on matte.

These come with long-ish, fine brush tips, so you can get maximum intensity (as compared to felt tips which tend to deposit less product.

The colors are actually quite wearable in real life despite how bright they look in images. They also don’t smear off when rubbed, and don’t crack after drying, unless you really coat on layer after layer.

The Bad News?

They’re a good bit smaller than they look in pictures (1.3ml or 0.04 oz as compared to the typical 2ml or so in the average liquid liner). This isn’t too much of a problem in the sense that most liquid liners dry out before they’re finished, but at $13.99, bear in mind that these are definitely higher-end.

The fact that they come with a fine brush also means they might not be the best option for liquid-liner novices or those with shaky hands. 

Tips for Use

  1. Instead of trying to apply your liner in one single stroke, you’ll get more control and a more intense line if you apply it in sections. Center, outer, and then inner corners when you have the least amount of liquid left on your brush.
  2. Take care not to apply too many coats of liner or your liner will crease and crack after drying.
  3. If you’re going to do what I do and stack liners (black and lime shown here), apply the paler color first in a thick swatch along or close to your lash line. THEN apply the darker or black shade thinly along the base. Doing it the other way round (black first then colored) would be a whole lot messier and harder to control.
  4. Arm yourself with Q-tips and a disposable mascara brush. All that liquid liner that you get on places like your skin and your lashes is going to show up instantly. After applying, clean up any smudges with the the Q-tip or by briskly running the mascara wand through your lashes.
  5. You can wear it neat without shadow, but always add a little dark color around the lashes or wear tons of mascara. Your lash line can disappear otherwise.
  6. Wearing a full strip along the entire upper lash line creates the optical illusion of a smaller but more defined double-lid
  7. If you have a very steady hand, wear it along your lower lash line!
  8. These, like most liquid liners, are made to last. They won’t come off properly with just soap and water. Use a makeup remover.
  9. Apply it thick over the entire lid and gently smooth out with your finger tip for a dramatic eye shadow look!

Lime Crime products are vegan and cruelty-free.

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MAC Casual Color Lip and Cheek Color Swatches and Review

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MAC’s new collection was barely laid out on the counter at my local MAC when i swooped in on it. I was only able to check out the Lip and Cheek Colors this round and picked up 2.

Relaxation: Soft nude-mauve. If you enjoy Snob lipstick or Revlon Pink Pout you will like this color.

Weekend Getaway: Medium warm-pink. Similar to Chatterbox in tone. If you like Pink Nouveau but find it too blue or pastel, this is a very good option.

Texture and Coverage:

They look and feel a little like MAC’s potted balms but the coverage is quite opaque. I’d say these are between Cremesheens and Satins because they don’t go on glossy and can easily build up to a pretty full finish. Think of these as potted lipsticks more than a Cream Color Base or balm. On the cheeks, they blend out ok but note the medium tone shades in the range need to be sheered out well. They are also similar to Stila cheek rouges and leave a sheen so oily-skinned gals might want to avoid applying it to your cheeks.

These contain castor oil, a primary ingredient in lipsticks, but that is very low on the comedogenic rating, so these should not clog your pores. Still, I’m not fond of communal lip/cheek dipping pots because things like grease from food, and other icky stuff can get transferred in from your lips and then applied onto your cheeks.

Application

Fingers are still my favorite for getting these on. After all the whole collection is centered around quick, easy, relaxed makeup. Sponges and stippling brushes would work as well for cheek application but it will take so much time to get everything evened out that I won’t even bother. This isn’t a liquid or mousse so it’s not going to spread easily without some gentle pressure.

For the lips, you can use a lip brush for precision and a fuller, glossier finish but I again use just my fingers. You just need to be very careful as around the corners of your lips as fingers don’t navigate those corners well. Be prepared to tidy up a little.

When I haphazardly swiped on a layer, I looked like a 7 year old that got into my mother’s makeup stash. A mess.

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Shades

There are 8 in total, and while I was also fascinated by the dusty lavender, I decided to just be practical and go with the 2 shades that:

  1. I would use often. (Lavender is out.)
  2. Would actually be blush shades I would wear. (The nudes and browns are out because I like a bit of pink/warmth to the cheeks.)

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Verdict

Are these anything special?
Not really. I’m just a sucker for pot rouges.
They are convenient in that they don’t break off or melt, but there’s no stopping you from running your fingers over your lipstick and applying that as blush on any given day, so it’s not like these are really amazing.
You do get a generous amount of product (0.43 oz) which is 3-4 times the amount of product in a typical lipstick (0.11-0.13 oz), so the best reason to buy it is because it’s actually quite economical when you consider that it does not cost 3-4 times as much as a MAC lipstick.
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Extra Tip for wearing lipstick as blush:
Revlon Matte lipsticks may not have the best texture in my opinion (not enough pigmentation, too much silica), but the range of pinks (Sky Pink, Pink Pout, Stormy Pink, Smoked Peach, etc) are FANTASTIC for use as cream blushes more so than lipsticks, because they aren’t oily feeling, and blend out quite easily.

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evachen212:

speaking of Miu Miu sparkles, my wonderfully persuasive salesperson in the SoHo store just emailed me this pic of bags that are about to go on sale. wah, want!

evachen212:

speaking of Miu Miu sparkles, my wonderfully persuasive salesperson in the SoHo store just emailed me this pic of bags that are about to go on sale. wah, want!

maybelline:

Everyone needs a pair of pink shades.

maybelline:

Everyone needs a pair of pink shades.

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More Beautiful Eye Makeup from the Carsten Witte Eye Liner photography series
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Be inspired. Be very inspired.
Pic source: http://cdn.trendhunterstatic.com/

makeupbox:

More Beautiful Eye Makeup from the Carsten Witte Eye Liner photography series

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Be inspired. Be very inspired.

Pic source: http://cdn.trendhunterstatic.com/

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showmemakeup:

A big thank you to Blank Canvas Cosmetics for sending me their new Pro Deluxe range of brushes and brush holder! They are stunning!! Check them out - www.blankcanvascosmetics.com 

I will be reviewing these on here soon!!

showmemakeup:

I won Makeup Artist of the week on ModelMayhem last week.
Shame they are so crap at announcing the winner. It took me complaining about it just for them to announce it! And now the weeks over, so really was no point in entering - ModelMayhem suck!

showmemakeup:

I won Makeup Artist of the week on ModelMayhem last week.
Shame they are so crap at announcing the winner. It took me complaining about it just for them to announce it! And now the weeks over, so really was no point in entering - ModelMayhem suck!