Sunday, March 5, 2017

Return of the Lipstick Diairies #6: Lime Crime Red Velvet and MAC Creme Cup


There was a time when Makeup Alley was hoppin' and people posted on its boards non-stop. I was one of those people, and I regularly put up my FotD pictures. I became known as someone who loved and wore a lot of red lipsticks, and it's obvious why: red has long been my go-to "I want to feel fierce" color. But I'm starting to realize that I have some unusual preferences when it comes to reds. Lime Crime Red Velvet is a liquid matte red lipstick with blue undertones. It looks just fine, but honestly? I think I look better in warmer reds. If I'm going to wear a cool red, I seem to prefer something deeper, like NARS Charlotte. I've had this in my "consider purging" box for a month and I haven't reached for it, so I think it's time to say goodbye.

I have similar feelings about MAC Creme Cup (which reads a bit peachier here than it does in real life). I remember having a tumultuous relationship with this lipstick: I finished a full tube when I was a teenager, I tried it again in graduate school and couldn't recall why I'd liked it so much, and now I have a mini-tube and it's "meh" to me. I think it's because of the Cremesheen formula, which is very glossy, only somewhat opaque, and not long lasting in the least. Creme Cup also has a bit of shimmer in it, which I usually dislike in my lipsticks. I think I'll finish this small tube and move on to greener pastures.

6 comments:

  1. I feel exactly the same way about Creme Cup. I wore it constantly when I first bought it back in 2012, but I tried it on last year and it just didn't do anything for me, so I destashed it last month. My biggest problem with Creme Cup is that it doesn't fit into any one color category. It's too pink to read as nude on me, it's too warm to be baby pink, and it's too cool to be peach, so WTF IS IT?! I'm not a fan of the Cremesheen formula, either.

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    1. And it changes in pictures, too! It looks like one color in real life and a completely different color in photos.

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  2. I miss when MUA was always hoppin. Also, I feel the exact same about Creme Cup. It was one of my first MAC lipsticks, and I bought it again a while back...I just can't get on board with it though. And I love pinks. Oh well. I do, however, have a long-time love for Hue that has yet to go away.

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    1. I've been meaning to try Hue and Honeylove!

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  3. I agree- that MAC has a bit too much brightness...without actually brightening your face. Kind of a nothing color for how dramatic it is. You look wonderful in the deeper cool reds though.

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    1. I really like my cool reds deep, in most cases, so I'm sticking with NARS Charlotte for now. :)

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