I don’t often post about makeup, but a colleague recently introduced me to Lime Crime and I must tell you all about it!
Veronica is based out of Brisbane and just launched an online fabric shop, Fabric Fascinations. I met her at an event earlier this year and her concept of combining cool, quirky or hard-to-find fabrics with ethical cosmetics in one shop appealed to me. It makes sense! I wear both fabric and lipstick (occasionally together), why not pick it up from the same shop?
Later, Veronica sent me a Lime Crime lipstick and eyeliner to review here at 3 Hours Past. I had never heard of the brand, but you know I like new things so I agreed. When Veronica suggested a deep red and told me it was vegan, I started to worry. I’m not vegan! I don’t wear deep red, I wear bright red! There’s a sparkly unicorn on the tube- how old am I?
But the allure of New overcame my misgivings and I slicked my lips with Glamour 101 shortly after tearing into the contents of my Fabric Fascinations package. Still shaking my head at the sparkly unicorn, my nose caught a rich scent of vanilla. Sparkly unicorns and a pretty scent? I rolled my eyes. Obviously this is not a serious lipstick, I thought. 15 year old me would be all over this.
I thought wrong. This lipstick is so much more than a sparkly unicorn. I applied two coats, blotting between applications and went about my business. Three hours later, my lips were still Glamour 101 colored! What’s more, they were pliable and smooth. Red-lipstick aficionados know the pitfalls of a red pout include lip dehydration, lip hardness and flaking, not to mention fugitive pigments.
This lipstick fits my criteria for “perfect wear” lipstick- I only need re-apply after eating or lecturing. It feels neither slick nor sticky once applied. Repeated, constant wear actually seems to improve the texture of my lips. They feel softer and smoother, as if I’m constantly applying a light intensive moisturizer. Veronica was right about the deep red- I do like it!
My Lime Crime lipstick actually replaced my bright blue-red (though I haven’t retired it completely), taking up the “heavy use lipstick” spot in my purse. I took it everywhere with me for two months, sometimes slipping it into my pockets with my keys before going out purseless.
And then one day I opened the washing machine and to my complete and utter horror I saw the lid from my beloved lipstick. I cursed my carelessness and assumed I’d ruined a load of favorite skirts. I picked up each garment in turn, holding my breath during inspection and letting it out when I couldn’t find a spot or a smear. Clean! At the bottom of the load, I found my lipstick entirely intact without the lid- like new, no problem! I couldn’t believe it. Where have you been all my life, Lime Crime?
The eyeliner leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. In fact, I’ve never been very good at applying liquid liner but this goes on almost like magic. I don’t know if it’s the formula or the brush or both, but it’s very smooth and doesn’t run or dry too quickly. I have “Quill,” a deep rich black, but this liner comes in a rainbow of fun colors.
Lime Crime cosmetics are vegan; not only that, they do not test on animals. This makes them a cruelty free choice. Veronica decided to stock this line because she’s a stylish vegan lady herself. I fell in love with the brand because it makes an extremely pleasant and useful product, but I wasn’t sure where I sat on the “cosmetic animal testing” debate. So I educated myself-
It’s gross. It’s seriously gross that animals are bred for the express purpose of having various compounds rubbed into their eyes and skin while they’re under restraint, only to be killed after the toxicity data is collected. I can’t believe I was so ignorant about these disgusting and abusive practices.
Black hair, red lips, and pale skin is a look I love to rock, but not if the price to be paid involves hurting gentle, harmless creatures. It’s just not worth it. Animal testing is not required or necessary for cosmetics produced in the United States, but it’s still done for some reason. Why?
In 2003, the EU passed regulations banning animal testing for cosmetics, effective from 2013. Many other countries and companies have followed suit, but there’s still a few notable hold-outs. It’s tough to strive for ethical consumerism, but at least we have some great consumer resources (listed below).
And Lime Crime. At least we have Lime Crime! Aside from the ethics, this lipstick passes my very tough performance tests- it even went through the washing machine and lived to tell the tale. And it has a sparkly vanilla unicorn! I’ve grown very fond of her. What’s not to love?
Have you tried Lime Crime? Do you wear ethical or vegan cosmetics? What’s your experience?
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Disclosure: Veronica from Fabric Fascinations sent me this beautiful Lime Crime lipstick (Glamour 101) and eyeliner (Quill) for review and gave me free rein to say whatever I like about it. So I did. And she has a loyal Lime Crime customer in me.
Australians: Can you tell me the name of the flower in my banner? It’s blooming and fruiting just now right outside my front door.