Saturday, June 21, 2014

Lime Crime Lipsticks

I don't think I ever did a blog post on Lime Crime lipsticks.
I did swatch all of them and posted it on IG a while back.

At one point in time, Lime Crime Cosmetics had considered using these in their social media campaigns. However it never happened. Alas, c'est la vie.

Here there are for the internet community-at-large! Enjoy!
If you're curious about my fav, it has always been Retrofuturist. I love reds and always, always get compliments on that one!




















What's your fav?

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use my photos without my permission.

Definitive Dupe Guide to Kelly Osbourne Lipsticks

You asked so here it is.
I had already looked thru my stash for similar colors long before I got the lippies.


They are not necessarily hard to recreate however 
some of them you'll have to be a lil' creative.

Dodgy Girl
Color: a light lavender LE
Finish: Matte

Dodgy Girl - matte lavender lippie LE

Dodgy Girl - matte lavender lippie LE
Super smooth application. 
The most coveted lippie from this collection 
(with Riot House being the 2nd hottest.)
It is a pretty pinky-purple lavender lippie.
Finally M.A.C. came out with their version of the trend-setting shade.
For those of you who haven't ventured into trend colors, this is a gem.
For those who have similar shades, it's just another one to add to the collection.

For me, I started wearing the 'lavender lip' when Lime Crime came out with the trend-setting collection that had everybody jumping on the bandwagon to recreate the rainbow.

Since Dodgy Girl has more pink in it, on my lips it reminded me of Cover Girl Divine and Mac Asian Flower. Both are pinkish purples. Depending on your lip undertone, you may wind up with a more pinkish purple than what you see in the tube. 
I posted swatches on my IG of both myself and my daughter (who has a different, darker skin tone) wearing Dodgy Girl and it looks different. So keep that in mind with this lipstick. 
If you are looking for that true lavender purple lipstick, the one that has never failed me or looked pinkish at all on my lips is: Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn.
2nd pick: drugstore brand NYX Macaron Lipstick in Lavender.

So here are my dupes and thoughts...
And as always I will update this post with more dupes!

Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn: "the original Queen of Lavender lipsticks"
 less pink than Dodgy Girl
opaque
Amplified-type finish
bit of shine

Lime Crime D'Lilac: "the Rolls Royce of Lilac Lipsticks"
more blue
pale, opaque
Amplified-type finish
bit of shine

Mac Nicki 2 Limited Edition: amplified
 more pink
very pale

NYX Macaron Lipstick in Lavender:  similar to Airborne Unicorn
not as opaque
cream finish
pigmented

Kleancolor Cast of Spell: similar to D'Lilac
sheer, buildable
semi-matte finish
pale

Cover Girl Divine: cream
pinkish purple

OCC Hoochie Liptar
bright pigmented purple
shiny finish

Watered down versions: 
Mac Asian Flower: Cremesheen Supreme finish
pale lavender pink

Maybelline Oh La Lilac: sheer; pale lavender pink
this would be like the lustre version of this lippie

There are many Indie brands out there that have 'lavender' lipsticks.
I couldn't even begin to list them here as there are just so many!

Riot House
Color: light vivid orange
Finish: Matte
Riot House - light pastel peach matte lippie LE
The 2nd hottest lippie from this collection.
It is very dry for a matte but usually most lippies this color have that issue.
The issue of being chalky and dry.
Best to apply with light dabbing motions.
Prep lips and line prior to application
Helps and lasts longer.

Mac Sweet & Sour: lightest and closest from Mac line
Please note: Mac Sushi Kiss is too dark; with more red/pink
Lime Crime Cosmopop
WnW Just Peachy: muted peach, slightly darker
OCC Kava Kava
Revlon Jungle Peach
NYX Orange Blossom with a swipe of NYX Coconut on top will get a close match
NYX Hippie Chic: initially I had this as a dupe simply because it's chalky like RH however it does lean more towards pink
UPDATED: Hourglass Nude No1 (swatch on Instagram)
NYX Forbidden Matte Lipstick (new shades)

Strip Poker
Color: a light nude LE
Finish: Matte
Strip Poker - light matte nude lippie LE

This lippie is dry. I swiped it on instead of dabbing. 
Lined with Mac Sublime Culture.
It's pale and very matte but somehow strangely turned out a sexy nude.
The first two lipsticks this one reminded me of this were:
Mac Pret-a-Pretty LE
Mac Myth
UPDATED: NYX Shy Matte Lipstick (new shades)
NYX Cairo Soft Matte Lip Cream (new 2014 shade)

Think of "concealer color" lipsticks for very fair skin tones or
 "Honey I just ate a donut" lip look.

Lime Crime Coquette: slightly darker
Mac Angel Kiss LE


Kelly Yum Yum
Color: a bright blue pink LE
Finish: Satin
(swatch pic to be posted soon)

You can definitely find a hot cool pink lippie just about anywhere these days!

Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent
Milani Rosehip
Stila Hot Pink Vinyl
Bite Beauty Moscato
Nars Schiap
NYX Shocking Pink
NYX Sweet Pink (slightly darker)
Lime Crime Pink Velvetine: darker, matte
OCC Liptar Anime or Nylon: neon, shiny, opaque
Mac Candy Yum Yum: more blue; neon, retro matte finish

So as you can see the 4 lipsticks are definitely nothing necessarily 'new'. It is very much the celebrity factor and the packaging that drives this. For me, the unique lippie is Riot House as you don't see a lot of true orange lippies that are super pale out there without there being a lot of red/pink in them.

Dodgy Girl is the winner though in the collection simply because of the perfect application and feel. As for the color, well as I said before M.A.C. is a little late (better late then never) on the bandwagon for lavender lipsticks. For new lippie collectors and wearers, it is unique. For those that have been in the game for a while, just another one to add to the collection.

Either way, I hope you got what you wanted from this collection!
And if you didn't, May the dupes be with You!

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use my photos without my permission.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

M.A.C. Pure Heroine LE Lipstick Review

PURE HEROINE

I had posted my review, swatches, comparisons and thoughts on Pure Heroine recently on my IG.
Here is a summary and the pics.

Pure Heroine Lips - deep rich purple - amplified finish

PURE HEROINE LIPS:...a deep rich purple limited edition lipstick.
Retails: $16.00
Still available on maccosmetics.com site at the time of this posting.

This is a very pretty purple in an amplified finish. It is purple make no mistake! Swatched on my hand which is different skin-wise to my lips, you can see it's purple. When I wiped my lips on a napkin, it was: Purple. Heroine in it's pure form and I can see why they used the Amplified finish as it is slightly translucent because purple pigment seems to do that especially when it's over a lip undertone, it looks slightly more pinker. You would think that it's a dupe of Mac Rebel or even WnW's Ferguson Crest Cabernet, but it's not. They have more red anyway. You can see that swatched next to PH. The 4th is Maybelline Lavender Voltage LE which is purple but brighter. This is a unique lippie. It's a shame that it got released so close to the Osbourne collection and in early summer. Not quite the hot color this moment. But a keeper nonetheless. And yes there was a lovely stain left behind on my lips-indication of high pigment. I'll be playing with this lippie some more as a soft wash of purple and/or combined with liners and other colors/glosses.



I just wanted to add my final thoughts in the lippie world. I stand by my words that this is a 'unique lippie' in the M.A.C. world. While my comparison chart shows that it is very similar to, for ex. Revlon's Shameless, IMO it is nowhere near the level of a M.A.C. lippie. However those of you on a budget or looking to spend on something else then alts are there. I say this despite my sometimes "Mac is Wack" posts that I am a "Mac Girl"! 
Glad to have this lippie in my kingdom!

COMPARISON CHART for PURE HEROINE

Those of you on the fence and I say this not because anyone pays me to say it 
(heck I buy my own stuff-disclaimer) def get this if: 
1)You love Purple Lipstick 
2)You are a Lorde Fan 
3)You are a Lippie Collector 
4)You are an MUA 
➡Super Smooth application

Have you gotten yours?

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use my photos without my permission.

Buxom True Nude Lip Foundation

Waltzed into Sephora and saw these.
I must say the scent sold me (like cake but not overdone) and the super smooth opaque application.
Amazing!


A lip pen that twists up. How convenient.
They must have taken their cue from L'Oreal.
They have flattering nude shades for everyone.
The finish is a comfortable, long-lasting matte that you get from a liquid lipstick but 
without the dry-down time of a liquid. I must get more!

This is the lightest shade.
BUFF LIPS
Buff Lips - nude beige

There are 3 ways you can wear this:
1 As a matte mude
2. Wear gloss on top
3. As a base for any color to go on top.
If you choose to go with step 3 just match a lip pen to your lip tone NOT your skin tone.
This is according to the instructions off of the Sephora site. 

I've already found a great topper to go with this lip pen. And yes at the time of this posting, I bought another one. So be on the lookout for that!

Otherwise great product.

Have you tried these?

Stay sweet lovelies!
~Duchess

DISCLAIMER: All products were purchased by the Duchess unless otherwise noted.
Please do not use my photos without my permission.