product review : magic dust eye shadow and candyfuture lipsticks – Lime Crime Makeup

It’s likely that Lime Crime needs no introduction courtesy of yours truly. On the off chance that you’re not yet acquainted with the brand and its founder, Doe Deere, feel free to peruse Auxiliary Magazine’s February/March 2010 issue, where the unicorn queen of quintessentially loud lipcolor and pigments that pump up the volume shared her candyfuturistic mission statement with our readers. While it was a mighty fine article (I wrote it!) in which the aptly named, doe-eyed, makeup mastermind gave us the scoop on how her fairytale came to pass, I’m not here to rehash it. Oh no, I’m here to answer those hard burning questions. Mainly, “Is this rainbow hued stuff worth parting with your hard earned bling?” and to a lesser extent, “Do I wear or eat these sumptuously packaged little things?”

Doe Deere . image source

photo by Rahul Saha

Magic Dust Eye Shadow

Recently reformulated to remove all animal based ingredients (such as carmine), each eye dust serves up 2 grams of loose, vegan, cruelty-free pigment that lets the wearer conjure up a veritable cornucopia of attention grabbing  lid art. In addition to ditching the dried up beetles (that’s what carmine is, kids) as of August 2010, the plastic jars containing the dusts were refurbished with sifters, which allow greater control over product dispensation and minimize potential spillage. While the price can be considered steep at $14 a pop, these shadows pack a hefty punch so a little goes a long way. I’m pleased with the fact that all the shades I had the opportunity to test drive were highly-blendable, easy to apply and provided both good coverage and solid color payoff (but don’t skip the primer regardless).  For added drama, apply with a slightly dampened brush.

Sadly, since the eye dusts received their facelift in mid 2010, I noticed that the gold pigment disappeared from Lime Crime’s lineup. I’d love to see it added back to the brand’s repertoire.

Serving suggestions:
Abracadabra online exclusive (vibrant pink) Indoors when it’s about -10°F outside. Confection colored eyelids will have to hold you over until next year’s carnival and cotton candy season starts again.
Mischief Managed (medium grass green) An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. It’ll really bring out the green sequined holly on the monstrosity you managed to score at the thrift shop for $5.
Medusa (shimmery black) Karaoke. Even if you totally butcher some 80s one hit wonder past the point of no return, you’ll still rock the hottest smoky eyes in the room.
Shoe Addict (true blue) or Troubadour online exclusive (shimmery turquoise) Sunday afternoon excursion to an aquarium.  Who knew that upstaging a Pacific coral reef could be so much fun?
Top Hattie online exclusive (shimmery white) Ice skating. Because it’s the closest you’ll ever get to living out your secret fantasy of being an ice princess who ruled over Snow Globe Kingdom from her crystalline throne.

Candyfuture Lipsticks

Not satisfied with risking her freedom to produce eyeshadow “so bright, it’s illegal”, the Lime Criminal herself pursued the realm of the statement lip in late 2009, by debuting her Candyfuture Lipstick collection. Housed in delightfully unapologetic purple tinged pink plastic cases, the line boasts a bombastic blue, a luxe lilac and a brooding black in addition to seven other anything but typical shades. Naturally, critics were quick to draw comparisons between the cheerful packaging and children’s play makeup. But, damnit, makeup should be playful. You can score a tube of lipstick in the traditional basic black bullet at the pharmacy down the block, yet frankly there’s no magic in that. Conversely, there’s much enchantment to be found in purplish-pink packaging complete with holographic unicorn ornamentation. The products look as if they were lifted directly from Barbie’s Dream House, where girlie girl makeup containers reign supreme.  This makes the whole face painting ritual twice as nice.

I’m pleased to report that the lipsticks impart highly saturated color coupled with nice opaque coverage, however I found the formulation to be slightly drying and would very much like to see a moisturizing agent added to the ingredient list in the future. Meanwhile, I highly recommend prepping your lips with a conditioning balm. Some of Lime Crimes’s bolder shades such as No She Didn’t and Styletto (not unlike most brands of blue and black lipstick) can pose a challenge in the even application department, and are best administered with a lip brush in order to ensure the cleanliest finish possible. D’Lilac should be renamed “Delicious”, since I had a hard time not eating it. The pale lavender hue personifies everything dainty, feminine and gloriously carefree. It’s like spreading sugary frosting on your lips in lieu of proper lipstick—public notions of propriety be damned! Thusly, it is singlehandedly my favorite Lime Crime product. I’d been looking for something just like it for a long time!

Yet again, I’d be delighted to see a line of metallics (gold, silver, copper) introduced to the collection sometime down the line.

Serving suggestions:
D’Lilac (lavender) Historical costume mandatory home theater viewing of Marie Antoinette. Complete with an equally mandatory lavender frosted cupcake tasting. A pout paired with your delicacy of choice signifies the very apex of luxurious decadence fit for an empress. Luxurious decadence fit for an empress on a college co-ed’s budget that is.
No She Didn’t (sky blue) Industrial night at the local club. It’s the ultimate finishing touch for all your future perfect cybergoth getups. Or a Smurf themed fetish party.
Styletto (black) A drag revue. Female impersonators often gravitate toward darker, more dramatic looks, so sportin’ black lips is sure to be hit. Nothing beats a fabulous compliment from a true queen, darling.

Verdict: With the holidays just around the corner, these merry and bright goodies make a most excellent stocking stuffer for the beauty fiend in your life. Alas, at $14 per eye dust and $16 a lipstick make sure that you really like them.

Lime Crime Makeup is available online at and in select stores.

– Vanity Kills

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