Lime Crime Champagne Velve-Tin - Happi, Lulu and Lana Swatches & Review

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Lime Crime Champagne Velve-Tin - Happi, Lulu and Lana Swatches & Review

What's this? In pockets of time over the past week and a bit, I've finally managed to complete another blog post. Wowza, I am over this school year. It finishes on Thursday and I'll be free of kindy and school runs until the end of January! Oh, the things I will accomplish! The free time I will have! Alright, shush, let me hold onto the dream a bit longer. For now, here's a Lime Crime Velvetine 'Velve-Tin' (cringe) I picked up for my birthday earlier in the year. There were a bunch of these available for a while, all containing three permanent shades in mini form. This is the Champagne Velve-Tin, which contains Happi (metallic), Lulu (matte) and Lana (metallic).

Lime Crime Champagne Velve-Tin - Happi, Lulu and Lana Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
Velvetines are liquid lipsticks that dry to a flat matte finish. They have a thin, somewhat runny texture but are easy enough to control. If you're not too confident with the doefoot applicator, you may find it easier to use a lip brush (scooping product from the top of the tube or the wand) to outline your lips first and then fill them in with the applicator.
My personal favourite application method is to apply two thin coats, ensuring the first coat has dried completely before beginning the second. As with all matte lipsticks, Velvetines will highlight uneven or flaky lip texture. Hydrated and exfoliated lips are a must for them to look their best.

Lime Crime Champagne Velve-Tin - Happi, Lulu and Lana Swatches & Review

Don't let the demure stature of these minis fool you - at 2.07ml, they're not actually far off the full-size 2.6ml (which remains laughably poor value). The Velve-Tins were a much more economical option at $28USD for three shades and a cute storage tin, versus $20USD for one full-size tube. Alas, it seems that Lime Crime cottoned onto that and did away with them. The doefoot applicator is the same size as with the full-size tube, so you're not losing anything there either.

Happi

Lime Crime Velvetines - Happi Swatches & Review

Lime Crime Velvetines - Happi Swatches & Review

Happi is described as a 'rose bronze'. I had been intrigued by this shade in swatches online but wasn't sure how I'd like it in person, given the way I usually turn my nose up at frosts. I was pleasantly surprised in person though, it's quite pretty! It's very pigmented and the reflective sparkle is quite mesmerizing. It lasted five hours and wasn't drying.

Lime Crime Velvetines - Happi Swatches & Review

Lulu

Lime Crime Velvetines - Lulu Swatches & Review

Lime Crime Velvetines - Lulu Swatches & Review

Lulu is described as a 'peachy beige'. It's lighter and peachier than the more coral shade Bleached (reviewed here) which makes it a lot more versatile in my lipstick wardrobe. It's also a fairly predictable 'me' shade, so you know I love it! I did find the texture to be stickier than other Velvetines I've tried, which was a bit odd and not entirely pleasant, but it became less noticeable over the duration of wear - seven hours in all. 

Lime Crime Velvetines - Lulu Swatches & Review

Lana

Lime Crime Velvetines - Lana Swatches & Review

Lime Crime Velvetines - Lana Swatches & Review

Lana is described as 'burnished bronze'. Mehhhhh. As much as I love bronze eye makeup and hoped I'd like it as a lip colour, it's not for me. Fun to try, though. Lana was a bit less pigmented than Happi although it still built up easily enough and lasted six hours. 

Lime Crime Velvetines - Lana Swatches & Review




What I liked:
  • Good colour payoff
  • Comfortable and long-wearing, lasted seven hours on me
  • Non-drying
  • Easy to apply, doesn't clump or cake up
What I didn't like:
  • Bleached had some faint streaking
Where to buy:
As I said, these mini sets aren't available anymore but all the colours included are permanent. Have you tried any of them?

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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Labyrinth Collection Swatches & Review

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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Labyrinth Collection Swatches & Review

I'm horrendously late with this one (thanks and welcome to Ally's two top teeth - they've been making her a stage 5 clinger lately!) but I couldn't be more excited to share Femme Fatale's Labyrinth themed collection with you! This movie has always been close to my heart, from watching it as a child to singing along with my best friend in our high school days to its resurgence through the power of the internet. Labyrinth themed cosmetics, cross stitch, artwork and more abound and now this nail polish collection - it's enough to make me pull this face!

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Femme Fatale's creative interpretation instantly evokes memories of favourite scenes and their formulas are as standout as ever. Complex and utterly unique, I sometimes find their shades to be four coaters owing to the sheer bases needed to show all the glitter but these were all perfect in three. But don't worry, they're still as glitter-laden as ever, and really, nothing else would do for the Goblin King. 


Of the nine shades in the collection, I have five to show you. They are available for presale from December 1st-5th (ending 9PM AEST) but these shades are not limited edition and will be back in several presales, as well as being made available with Femme Fatale's various stockists in 2018.

Swatch notes: 
I do not use base coat for my swatches but I did use a top coat as these glitterbombs dry with a fair bit of texture. Everything was photographed using a three-point lighting set up under daylight bulbs. 

13 Hours


Femme Fatale Cosmetics 13 Hours Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 13 Hours Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - 13 Hours, 3 coats + Essie Gel Setter

13 Hours ($13AUD) is described as 'a warm-toned brown-leaning-burgundy with subtle blue gleam, lots of silver holographic glitters and holographic accents'. This is a close second to As the World Falls Down for my favourite, it looks like really glittery leather (imagine this as a jacket - swoon!). The blue sheen shifts to pink at certain angles and all that sparkle is so captivating, it keeps me endlessly entertained. The formula gave me no trouble, perfectly opaque in three coats, almost opaque in two.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 13 Hours Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 13 Hours Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Poisoned Peach


Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Peach Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Peach Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Poisoned Peach, 3 coats + Essie Gel Setter

Poisoned Peach ($11.50AUD) is described as 'a coral orange with blue glow and holographic golden glitters.' If a poisoned peach looked this pretty I don't think I'd really begrudge it for poisoning me. That blue shimmer! The formula held true to form here, too. 

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Peach Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Poisoned Peach Nail Polish Swatches & Review

As the World Falls Down


Femme Fatale Cosmetics As the World Falls Down Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics As the World Falls Down Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale - As the World Falls Down, 3 coats + Essie Gel Setter

Probably my favourite song in the movie (the extended version of Underground is a close rival) and hands down my favourite from this collection, As the World Falls Down ($11.50AUD) is described as 'a delicate soft, soft pink with ethereal green glow and golden holographic glitters.' I find it hard to see the pink here, more of a fleshy beige, with the green sheen giving it an ochre appearance overall. It was fully opaque in three coats and easy to work with.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics As the World Falls Down Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics As the World Falls Down Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics As the World Falls Down Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics As the World Falls Down Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Faerie Bites


Femme Fatale Cosmetics Faerie Bites Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Faerie Bites Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Faerie Bites, 3 coats + Essie Gel Setter

Faerie Bites ($13AUD) is described as 'a very light mauve with strong copper glow leans this shade rather warm. Within are iridescent red flakes and golden holographic glitters'. The perfect complex nude, far friendlier than the nasty faeries in this movie! Some visible nail line can still be seen peeking through at three coats but I quite like it this way. A fourth coat should put paid to that if it bothers you.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Faerie Bites Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Faerie Bites Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Helping Hands


Femme Fatale Cosmetics Helping Hands Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Helping Hands Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Helping Hands, 3 coats + Essie Gel Setter

Helping Hands ($13AUD) is described as 'a neutral blue with strong pink shimmer, red shifting to green iridescent glitter, holographic accents and fine black holographic glitters'. Gosh, I think the helping hands were just about the creepiest thing in this movie, although that may be reflective of my post-three-kids rampant need for personal space! I'm happy to say their nail polish interpretation and I get along much better, the pink shimmer giving Helping Hands enough of a blurple vibe to keep this blue-phobe happy. Three easy coats, a little bit of balding on some of my ridges but a ridge-filling basecoat would have put paid to that. 

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Helping Hands Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Helping Hands Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Helping Hands Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Helping Hands Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Conclusion


I didn't think I'd like these polishes as much as I ended up loving them from initial bottle shots, they definitely need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Sophie has done a great job evoking the colour scheme and magic of Labyrinth with this collection. Now for an accompanying eyeshadow collection, pretty please? 😀

Femme Fatale ships nail polish worldwide from femmefatalecosmetics.com.au; starting from $7 to the USA, $14.50 to Canada and $20 internationally. These will also be available from stockists in the new year.

Are you a Labyrinth fan? Which of these beauties is your favourite?

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Notoriously Morbid March 2016 Vanishing Cabinet Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid March 2016 Vanishing Cabinet Swatches & Review

Woohoo! I just got back off the Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet waitlist and I figure, what better way to celebrate than with some old Vanishing Cabinet reviews? Longtime readers will know that I always struggle with cool toned colours and March 2016's VC well and truly stumped me for over a year as three of the four eyeshadows within are cool toned. I don't love all the looks I came up with using these colours but I'm glad I gave them a go. 

About the subscription:
The Vanishing Cabinet is a monthly subscription service from US based indie brand Notoriously Morbid. The amount of products included seems to vary, but there's typically three to four products in each and occasionally six in special VCs. It's $13.25USD within the US and $20USD for international (including shipping), so a very reasonable monthly treat! You can sign up for the wait list here or purchase a one month trial (while available) here. Overstock is occasionally posted here.

All swatches are applied to bare skin (on the left) and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (on the right) using a patting motion and photographed under daylight bulbs.

March 2016's theme was the film Donnie Darko. I confess I've only seen it once and my memory of it is pretty hazy so I won't postulate too much on the shade names and meanings! 

Notoriously Morbid March 2016 Vanishing Cabinet Swatches & Review

Philosophy of Time Travel

Notoriously Morbid Philosophy of Time Travel Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Philosophy of Time Travel Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Philosophy of Time Travel Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Philosophy of Time Travel Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Philosophy of Time Travel is a dusty purple with pink, blue and silver sparkles. A sparklebomb that definitely benefitted from an adhesive base. 

Notoriously Morbid Philosophy of Time Travel Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I've used heaps of Notoriously Morbid shades for this look - Mistress of the Dark on the centre of the lid, Nearly Headless Nick on the inner third, Philosophy of Time Travel on the outer third and lower lashline, Head Key on the inner corner and He's Going Through Changes on the crease. Not my best effort, but live and learn! The lashes are Ardell Demi Wispies.

Notoriously Morbid Philosophy of Time Travel Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Frank


Notoriously Morbid Frank Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Frank Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Frank Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Frank Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Frank is a cool medium grey with strong purple sheen and sparkles. It looks best applied over a sticky base, as you can see from the swatches, but holds its own without one, which is how I've shown it on my lower lashline in the below makeup look. 

Notoriously Morbid Frank Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Here, I've used Bram on the inner half of the lid, Degrees of Death and Virtue on the outer half of the lid, Frank on the lower lashline, Bunnies Frighten Me on the inner corner, Doll's Eye on the crease, He's Going Through Changes for the transition and It's the White Hats on the browbone. The lashes are these Ebay faux mink lashes in style 3.

Notoriously Morbid Frank Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Wake Up

Notoriously Morbid Wake Up Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Wake Up Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Wake Up Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Wake Up Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Wake Up is a medium dusty purple loaded with gold to green shimmer and finer purple sparkles. Oh, how I wish I suited cool tones so that I could pull this off! It's gorgeous, alas, just not on me. 

Notoriously Morbid Wake Up Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

For this look, I've used See Me Now on the inner half of the lid, Wake Up on the outer half of the lid, Love What You Love on the lower lashline, My Beloved highlighter on the inner corner, He's Going Through Changes for the transition, Sometimes Dead Is Better and Each Buries His Own on the crease and It's the White Hats on the browbone. The lashes are these Ebay faux mink lashes in style 12.

Notoriously Morbid Wake Up Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Cellar Door

Notoriously Morbid Cellar Door Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Cellar Door Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Cellar Door Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Cellar Door Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Cellar Door is a ruddy brown with what looks like subtle crimson sheen to me and larger golden sparkles. Predictable as I am, it's my favourite from this set, and I was pleased with how well it applied without a base on the lower lashline in the look below - from the arm swatch, it looked like it might have needed one to shine. 

Notoriously Morbid Cellar Door Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Cellar Door Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Here I've used The Block Ness Monster over sticky base on the inner half of the lid and alone on the inner corner, Cellar Door on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline, Live to Serve on the crease and It's the White Hats on the browbone. The faux mink lashes are from Ebay in the style A19.

Notoriously Morbid Cellar Door Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid March 2016 Vanishing Cabinet - Mad World Solid Perfume Review

The final product in this VC is a solid perfume called Mad World. It's described as having a "coffee, candied berries, raspberries, and lilacs" fragrance, the bitter coffee note coming through most strongly to me. It's not really my thing, but that's okay. It's the luck of the draw with subscription services, really!


March 20116 was mostly misses for me, just based on personal taste but the formulas and creative interpretation of the theme were excellent, as always. What do you think of the products included?

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