Monday, April 17, 2017
Return of the Lipstick Diaries #8: Lime Crime Prairie and Besame Red Velvet
This post is proof that I need to stop getting suckered in by flat matte, super pastel liquid lipsticks. Lime Crime Prairie looks great in the tube and in swatches, and I love the idea of a cool-toned, very soft purple-pink in theory. But on my lips, that white base is just way too stark. So far, I've only been able to wear this shade two or three times, and I always mixed it with another color. The formula is wonderful, especially for a pastel, but the shade is a no-go on me. I mean, do I look a bit dead on the left? I do, don't I?
Also, please appreciate the fact that there are no wings on my liner. It's a known fact that when your liquid eyeliner pen dies, it'll be when you've finished one eye and not the either. I managed to salvage it by using a very dark brown liner instead, but damn, Physician's Formula Long Name Liner, you did me dirty.
I feel very differently about Besame Red Velvet, though! I was trying to think of the best description for this color, and the word "velvety" popped in to my head; then I remembered, "Ahahahaha, that's part of the name! I'm an idiot." Red Velvet was made famous by the first Captain America film, where it was worn by the stunning Hayley Atwell (aka Agent Carter):
This is a deep, rich, neutral-leaning-slightly-cool red that would look amazing on almost any skintone. I don't know if I'll ever finish the mini I got in my Besame kit, but if I do, I might be tempted to buy a full size of this one. I'm starting to prefer it to NARS Charlotte, which has been a favorite of mine this past year...and hence, I'm considering purging Charlotte. Also, I'm starting to think this is as dark as I should go with reds. (Charlotte is about the same depth, but has stronger purple tones.)