The second thing you need to know is that they are long wearing beyond your widest dreams. Generally long wearing lip products dry my lips out, but these didn't. I do recommend following my little pre-Velvetine ritual (below) though, just to get the best wear out of them.
The third thing is that they are just ridiculously non-transferable. As you know, I eat a stupid amount of hot dogs and cronuts, and everything stayed exactly where it should. I dare you to apply your choice of Velvetine and then go and have a pash-fest with your significant other (or your hand, whatever works)- because it's not going to come off.
The fourth thing to be aware of is that they're a liquid formula which you apply with the wee doe foot applicator. So obviously it's shiny when first applied, but sets to a true blue matte finish- you're not going to get more matte than this. The swatches below were taken when first applied, but you can click on the pics of my face to see how matte they eventually become. You CAN use a lip brush for the edges of your lips, but I honestly found the applicator sufficient on its own..still go slowly though. Slow and steady wins the race.
The fifth thing you need to know is that these are addictive. That sounds gimmicky, and it is, but it's so true. If you get one shade, you'll want another...and another. The best thing is that they keep releasing new shades! The first three I review have been around for a fair while, and the last three have just been released this year.
MY PRE-VELVETINE ROUTINE:
- Use a lip scrub (I like the Lush ones- so yum) to exfoliate your lips. If you don't have a lip scrub, gently (GENTLY) rub your lips with a warm facecloth.
- Apply your favourite lip balm (I love my Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia, and Oasis Lips and Lashes) and let it sit and absorb into your lips for at least five minutes,preferably ten. While you're waiting, think about how smokin' you're going to look, and hum "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea to yourself.
- Wipe off any lip balm that may still be there and apply a lip liner (I use a nude shade to help with the outline)
- Apply your Velvetine with your lip brush/with the applicator
- Wink at yourself at the mirror, and sashay out of your house with sass because you are looking FLY, GURRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Red Velvet- a deep, true red shade with a light blue under tone. If you're into anything pinup, then this is the colour for you. I love how universally flattering it is, and having this available should really put an end for the hunt for "the perfect red". Because this is it.
Pink Velvet- a gorgeous bright pink with blue undertones; this lil lady is the sassy younger sister of Red Velvet. This was the third released Velvetine and easily one their best selling. I love wearing this with neutral eyes and a flick of liner, especially in the warmer months.
Wicked- a dark burgundy...mmmm...I LOVE. LOVE! This is my favourite Velvetine- and is now one of my favourite lippies of ALL TIME. God it's pretty. Like wearing pinot noir in lipstick form on your lips. Everyone that saw me with this on absolutely loved it too- even my absent-minded boyfriend. SCORE. They better not ever stop making this, because I'll be pretty dark.
Black Velvet- true black. Oh holy smokes. First of all, the formulation is INSANELY good. This is a proper, matte black. In bright lighting and with one coat it has that jellybean blue-ish tint to it- but two coats sorts that out. It's the best black lippy you could ever hope for- but it just looks all kind of wrong on me :( I think it's because of my age...regardless- it still gets props from me for being excellent.
The new shade, Utopia, is on its way and available for pre-order from http://www.makeup.co.nz/look
Details reprinted below :D
"We are now taking Pre-orders for the new Lime Crime Velvetine shade Utopia!
FREE SHIPPING on Pre Orders
Use Code: UTOPIA
Stock is on it's way to us now, and will be shipped out to you on Monday 1st September.
If you order multiple items and Utopia is in your order we will hold your order and ship it complete.
Free Shipping is only available on pre-orders. Free Shipping ends once our stock arrives. So now is a great chance to order this exciting new product from Lime Crime!
Remember to enter promo code UTOPIA at the checkout! "
Go MUO members, GOOOOOOOOO!!!!