Review | Lime Crime Velvetine in Salem

This is one of the makeup products I bought at the Lagos Makeup Fair that happened two Saturdays ago. This was the 4th of the series and my first time attending and I totally loved it- I had so much fun! Was so happy to meet some of my lovely readers…

Now, LimeCrime is one of the independent makeup brands that is sky rocketing daily and kicking the likes of MAC to the curb. This brand in particular has had a lot of bad press around their ethics and some comments allegedly made by the CEO but I don’t think anyone can fault the quality of their products.  Some people have chosen to boycott the brand as a matter of personal principle… I am not one of them 🙂

I had seen all the rave about Salem on social media before I purchased it but I just always brushed it off thinking “Who wears brown lipstick??? Probably my mum…in the 80s!”. But that dayof the fair I caved in to pressure (nothing new there -_-) and let’s put it this way- I FELL IN LOVE. I have had to physically restrain myself from wearing this lipstick everyday because it is just…perfect!

Shade and Formula: A true chocolate brown liquid lipstick that dries down to a matte finish- anything matte, count me in! The formula is the best that I have worked with when it comes to liquid lipsticks beating similar high end brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills (read my updated review here) and Kat Von D hands down! It dries matte but not an uncomfortable and crumbly kind of matte but a nice, easy to wear, velvety matte, hence the name. In terms of coverage, it is so easy to get opacity with this, one swipe and you have good even coverage. But you guys know I always like my lipstick to POP so I do 2-3 swipes and then its perfect for me.

Length of Wear: This lipstick does not budge within the first few hours even through eating or drinking. You get about 6 hours of wear before it starts to fade.  I literally had to fight with a wet wipe to try to get it off my the back of my hand when I swatched it for this blog post, it didn’t come off so I had to wash my hands with soap and water! I have been swatching lipsticks for years and I have never seen one as bullet proof as this one!

Added Bonus: The icing on the cake for me with Salem is the smell- Omg, it smells like chocolate! When I’m putting it on, it feels like I’m slathering actual chocolate on my lips…It’s like chocolate in lipstick form…two of my favorite things combined, what’s not to love? 🙂

Swatches and Pictures

Just look at that..pure chocolate goodness <3 

Safe to say that this is my favorite lipstick at the moment and I recommend it 100%. It’s perfect for everyday wear and you can also intensify the color with a few more swipes for some goth chic oomph! This shade definitely compliments a range of skin tones because my friend Adaora is a few shades darker than me and she too is currently loving Salem!

I will definitely be picking up some more products from this brand because I’m super impressed by my first experience. You can buy Salem here for N6500…Pricey but well worth the money in my opinion.

Have you guys tried anything from Lime Crime? What did you think?

Peace and Love,



  1. July 5, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Wow! looks good on you! Definitely worth the hype. Might cave in too

  2. July 7, 2015 / 6:22 am

    I caved in after reading ur review!! Cant wait to get my hands on it

  3. July 9, 2015 / 10:47 am

    Salem look stunning on you! It's my fav brown lipstick to wear! x

  4. October 21, 2015 / 12:42 am

    Great color. Looks exactly like the shade, "limbo" from ColourPop ultra matte collection.

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