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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Lime Crime Moonlight Mermaid: Collector's Edition Set ~ Mermaids Hi-Lite palette and Velvetines in Seashell Bra, Siren, & Mermaid's Grotto : Swatches & Review

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Lime Crime Moonlight Mermaid Moonlight Mermaid: Collector's Edition Set ~
Mermaids Hi-Lite palette and Velvetines in Siren, Seashell Bra, & Mermaid's Grotto.
The Lime Crime Mermaids Hi-Lite palette retail for $38US for 0.75oz / 21g (3 x 0.25oz / 7g) of product on it's own. The Velvetines in Seashell Bra, Siren, & Mermaid's Grotto retail for $20US for 0.088 fl oz / 2.6ml of product each.

Together all four items total $98 US but are sold in their Limited Edition set for $85US. But I don't think the products are LE just the bundle deal.

You can use this link HERE to get $5 off your first order as well.

Lime Crime Moonlight Mermaid: Collector's Edition Set box art, Mermaids Hi-Lite palette and Velvetines in Seashell Bra, Siren, & Mermaid's Grotto.
Lime Crime Moonlight Mermaid: Collector's Edition Set  box art back.
Mermaids Hi-Lite palette lid.
Mermaids Hi-Lite palette bottom palette.
Mermaids Hi-Lite palette opened.
Velvetines in Seashell Bra, Siren, & Mermaid's Grotto.
Velvetines in Seashell Bra, Siren, & Mermaid's Grotto.
Ingredients: 
Mermaids Hi-Lite Ingredients/Ingrédients: Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), FD&C Yellow 5 (CI 19140).
Mermaids Grotto, Seashell Bra, & Siren Metallic Velvetines Ingredients/Ingrédients: Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica CI 77019, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Flavor (Aroma), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Beeswax, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-]: Tin Oxide CI 77861, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, D&C Red 30 Aluminum Lake CI 73360, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491 CI 77492 CI 77499, Red 7 Lake CI 15850, FD&C Yellow 5 CI 19140, D&C Red 27 Aluminum Lake CI 45410, Red 6 Lake CI 15850, D&C Red 28 Aluminum Lake CI 45410, FD&C Blue No. 1 Lake CI 42090.
Product: The formula is a finely milled mica aura pigment with a fine white base to make these shade more intense on bare skin and over other products. The texture is buttery smooth and has a nice grip on bare skin. You only need a light hand to apply as these are very pigmented but still easy to buff out.

I found that the shade Pearl is similar to the Opals HI-LITE Palette in Pink, & Peach in term of how fine the texture was.

I found that the shades Seashell and Mermaid is similar to the Opals HI-LITE Palette in Gold in terms of tit sheerness and colour/Aura glow. But Seashell and Mermaid also has larger shimmer particles in the mix as well compared to Opals Gold shade.

The Velvetines in this set is not excellent like their other Metallic shades I've been testing. All of these are watering in texture with Seashell Bra being able to apply evenly on the lips. Siren had a tendency to settle into lips lines in one pass but can become more opaque with a second layer.

Mermaid's Grotto was definitely the weakest formula wise. The base product and blue liquid pigment separated from the silver/blue shimmer so you end up with a wash of sheer blue with shimmer on the lips. It's pretty for a lip topper type look but I want the even metallic look that was promoted in the product info online. I think this shade is hurting because the colourant used is a liquid one instead of a physical one like Seashell Bra and Siren which lends it's self to opacity.

Colour:
Mermaids Hi-Lite palette:
Seashell is a bright lavender with an Aura finish.
Pearl is an ivory with a very subtle peach undertone and with an Aura finish. (Applies much lighter to the skin.)
Mermaid is an aqua with an Aura finish. I don't see the blue-green colour shift on my pale skin as described.

Velvetines:
Seashell Bra is a grey lavender with pink shimmer.
Siren is a peach-orange with yellow gold/green shift shimmer.
Mermaid's Grotto is a pale bright blue with silver shimmer. 

Wear: With the Mermaids Hi-Lite palette I get 6-8 hours per shade on their own. ;)
The Mermaid set of Velvetines I get 6-10 hours, but with Mermaid's Grotto, I get about 4-6 hours.

Packaging: Mermaids Hi-Lite palette is a simple cardboard box compact with a magnetic for closure. The palette is heavy due to the board stock they used and the unnecessary thickness of the palette for the pans inside, but not as heavy as the Make Up For Ever Vol. palettes.

The palette cover is a holographic finish that shifts from green to blue with orange depending on the light but it stays mostly a green colour. The letter is also done with a mauve metallic foil and embossed lettering.

The Velvetines come in a frosted glass tube with a metallic red cap with screened warm pink and white raised roses and lettering that you can feel to the touch. The applicator is a standard felt doe foot one.

Daylight swatches: Seashell, Pearl, & Mermaid, applied heavy and buffed out.
Flash swatches: Seashell, Pearl, & Mermaid, applied heavy and buffed out.
Daylight & Flash swatches: Seashell Bra, Siren, & Mermaid's Grotto.
Seashell Bra (1 layer)
Siren (1 layer)
Mermaid's Grotto (2.5 layers)
Compare:
Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette VS Lime Crime Mermaids HI-LITE Palette.
Daylight swatches: KVD {ultra-violet} Amethyst, Seashell, KVD {pink} OpalPearl, KVD {blue} Saphyre, & Mermaid.
Flash swatches: KVD {ultra-violet} Amethyst, Seashell, KVD {pink} OpalPearl, KVD {blue} Saphyre, & Mermaid.

KVD {ultra-violet} Amethyst is bluer and lighter compared to Seashell.
KVD {pink} Opal is much pinker and darker compared to Pearl.
KVD {blue} Saphyre is cooler less aqua compared to Mermaid.

Verdict:
I'm not a fan of notable shimmer in my highlighters but the shades of Seashell and Mermaid are bombastic it's not like you would use them for a natural look anyways the shimmer adds to the mermaid/unicorn feel of the makeup while wearing these in the Mermaids Hi-Lite palette. Pearl actually act like a normal highlighter shade for me so I love it as well.

The Velvetines in Seashell Bra, Siren, & Mermaid's Grotto as slightly disappointed in the formula for me as I own a Number of both Matte and Metallic Velvetines I've been testing over this year. These shades are semi-opaque to sheer which are workable but Mermaid's Grotto didn't hold it viscosity for some reason so to get the coverage I had to go in many passes (and tend to look chunky for it). It does look pretty as a sheer wash over other lip colours but I was excited to have this as a full coverage lip product without 

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