The Lime Crime Chinchilla Experiment: Grey Lipstick Swatches, Mini-review and Look
[Pictured Left-to-Right: Lime Crime My Beautiful Rocket, Lime Crime Chinchilla]
Some of you may recall a few months ago, I posted about Lime Crime’s limited edition Chinchilla lipstick, which is the unlikeliest and most unexpected shade of grey.
Well that experiment took a long time to ship, but has finally arrived.
When I opened the tube, I wasn’t too sure what to make of it. The first thing I thought was, “This isn’t really grey.” Well, it is, kinda.
I would describe it as a smoky lavender. Equal parts purple and grey. So I compared it to my other purple lipsticks for reference. As you can see below, even NYX Power looks pink in comparison, so if you’re not very comfortable with that shade on your lips, you will most likely not like this one.
Swatches from L-to-R: MAC Sheen Supreme in Asian Flower, Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn, NYX Power, and Lime Crime Chinchilla
Now the important question: how does it look on the lips??
On its own, I wouldn’t call it the most wearable lipstick around. The formula is great; very creamy and opaque, with that lovely vanilla scent. But it will take some getting used to when you look in the mirror for the first few times.
I definitely don’t find it ugly, but it might not be too flattering on anyone who isn’t at least medium-fair in skin tone. (You’ll need to check out lip swatches on Google to find out!) If you are deeper than about NW30-NC35, I feel this might really look odd, but if odd is your thing, go right ahead. If you are very pale with minimal or no ruddiness in your skin this is likely to look quite beautiful in a post-modern alien-punk kinda way.
This is definitely a statement lip without having to be really loud.
With that said, here’s a picture of a smoky, monochromatic look featuring Chinchilla on NC25 skin. I’ve found this lipstick looks more “wearable” with muted cool-toned shades like greys, charcoals, and deep purples as these bring out the purple tones of the lipstick. If you want it to really look grey, pair it with stronger, or warmer shades as the lipstick will look even more muted in contrast.
Topping it with a gloss will also make the shade a lot more wearable.
Edgier Monochrome Look (above) -
On lids: MAC Crystal eyeshadow, Shale eyeshadow, and Grape pigment.
On lips: Lime Crime Chinchilla
On cheeks: TheBalm Bahama Mama as contour
Softer Look (above) -
Add to cheeks: NYX Dusty Rose Blush on apples
Add to lips: Kiehl’s Lip Gloss in Mahvelous Mauve dabbed on lightly
Definitely interesting, but I’ll just stick with my more “conventional” Lime Crime colors (neon orange and electric pink) for everyday wear, though I will be pulling this out from time to time, and wondering if I just might have the guts to wear it out.
The color is so unique as a lipstick that I can’t really call the look beautiful or ugly. Maybe my mind can’t grasp how lips could be that color, and is simultaneously attracted by the dusty lavender shade and repulsed by the alien-ness of the color worn on my lips.
Takes time to get used to, and definitely not for the faint of heart, because you will likely find yourself the only one who will really appreciate it. (The only word the BF could think of to describe this was “scary”.)
If you have the guts, check these out at Limecrime.com!