What The Plush?! Lime Crime Enters The Sheer Lip Color Trend With Plushies

Published on March 25, 2018 by   ·   No Comments

So I was never a really big fan of lip stains and have much less experience with them than I do with pretty much any other lip product ever, but I’m starting to see a new wave of a specific type of lip product that just sort of strikes me as Lip Stain 2.0.  The first product that I reviewed like this, the NYX Powder Puff Lippies, were an odd formula: they have full pigmentation but are also a thin enough formula that you can still see the natural lip texture clearly through the color.  Unlike matte liquid lipsticks, which provide a coverage that often masks the natural lip, these provide a somewhat more natural application.  It’s hard for me to even describe, but as a full coverage queen, I wasn’t really thrilled with the overall look.  At the time I wrote that NYX review, I had already ordered three shades of the Lime Crime Plushies lip colors, and I had a suspicion that those would turn out to be a similar formula.

Turns out, I was right.

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The three shades I ordered were Milk Tea, a beige tan with a slight pink undertone, Rosebud, a bright neutral petal pink, and Smokey, a cool deep brown.  The Plushies retail for $20 each, but I got them when Lime Crime was offering a 3 for $48 sale plus I had a 15% off coupon, so they came to a total of $40.80 – basically, one of them was free.  I don’t hate the finish, but they aren’t ideal for show makeup; I will probably keep them in my stash a little longer for photo stuff, but I may end up decluttering them if I don’t find a way to make them work better with my typical show makeup products.

Here are the swatches:

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These don’t swatch really well, but they look much better on the lips.  The formula is such that there is plenty of color and pigmentation, but they are also meant to be a sheer wash of that color so that the natural lip can be seen underneath.  It’s not a bad look on the lips, but it can make getting a solid swatch rather difficult!

There are a total of 12 shades available, but the range of colors is all pretty neutral and peachy-pink and brown in tone with a couple of reds and berries thrown in to round out the line.  The formula is very thin, and it reminds me of the Velvetines formula in terms of thickness and consistency.  Unlike the Velvetines, which have a vanilla cupcake scent, these have a sort of fruity, berry scent that I find really pleasant.  The packaging is also really cute, with the pink lid and a cartoon bear.  Although I find that Lime Crime’s packaging isn’t consistent and there isn’t a strong brand identity that you see with other brands, it’s always cute and whimsical, and it all “feels” like a Lime Crime product, if that makes sense.

So would I recommend these?  I guess it depends on what you are looking for?  These are a specific kind of trend that seems to me would appeal to people who still want some of their natural lip texture to show but still want more coverage than a gloss or sheer lipstick will give.  I don’t know why I’m failing so hard to describe these!  If you love the look of a full on matte liquid lipstick, these may not have the amount of coverage or vibrancy that you are looking for, and you may be a little disappointed with the level of saturation.  If you’re on the fence, I would suggest trying a cheaper option, like the NYX Powder Puff Lippies, before investing in this more expensive brand as the performance is pretty similar.

What do you think: are these the new iteration of lip stains?  Are you here for this trend, or over it already?  What colors would you like to see released in this sort of formula?  Let us know in the comments below!

Regardless of how you feel about it, this is a new trend in the lipstick world, and it’s taking us away from the ultra painted, totally matte lipsticks that have been dominating the makeup world for the last few years.  I personally love a matte liquid lipstick that dries down and is transfer proof – it has saved my show makeup!  I am constantly talking while I host the show, changing costumes in a flash, making out with random boys – and my lipstick would never last!  Once I found matte liquid lipsticks, I could set a base coat and then dress it up with lipsticks and glosses to get different effect, but I never had to worry about having bare lips as the night went on because I’d always have that base coat.  These plushies are fun, and I think the look is unique and interesting, but it’s just not something that meets my needs.

No matter how cute they might be, I’ll always be a full coverage queen.

Now Go Forth & Get Painted!

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