Mar 28, 2012

Review&Swatches: Lime Crime Carousel Glosses

This is going to be a review of Lime Crime Carousel Gloss lip glosses.
This is NOT GONNA BE a review of the company, company's owner(s) or how they handle problems with customers or anything.
I'm aware of all the drama, and if you want to know more about it, use google or go to Ana's blog. 

I've been really interested to review and swatch these babies since they came out, but couldn't get them in my hands until now.

"Carousel Gloss boasts semi-opaque coverage combined with bursts of nebulesque sparkle that comes alive in indoor lighting. Cruelty-free/vegan formula glides on smoothly on bare lips or over your favorite lipstick. Each gloss arrives in a sumptuous purple foil box resembling an antique merry-go-round."

So let's again start with the packaging.

The box looks quite big because of the hexagonal shape, but the gloss is tightly secured inside because of the small cardboard piece inside:

Each gloss has it's name labeled on the top of the box:

Here's the ingredient list from the side of the package:
(They have also listed the ingredients on their website:
Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tridecyl Stearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerite, Trihydroxystearin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethyl Hexyl Salicylate, Phenoxyethanol, Capryl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Vanillin, Silica, Tin Oxide [+/-] Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow #5 Lake (CI 19140), Red #7 Lake (CI 45410 :2,C115850:1), D&C Red #6 (CI 15850), Blue #1 Lake (CI42090:2). (Source))

The glosses have the Lime Crime trademark unicorns on the top of the tubes:

The containers are spiral-shaped, like good carousel gloss should be.

Anyway, let's move on to glosses:

Candy Apple:

"Deep ruby-red with crimson glitter. Semi-opaque coverage; swatches shown on bare lips. For intensified effect, layer this shade over Glamour 101!"

Candy Apple is my favourite of these glosses.
It's almost opaque red with slightly blue undertone, so it fits my skin color. It also has bright red glitters in it that sparkle in sunlight, and they are clearly visible in indoor lighting too.

Indoors with flash

It doesn't really stain my lips, it applies nicely, and it looks gorgeous!

Video of application and removal:


"Deep sapphire-blue with iridescent sparkle. Semi-opaque coverage; swatches shown on bare lips."

Loop-de-loop is quite exactly what it says in description: "Deep sapphire-blue with iridescent sparkle". 
It's quite opaque, but applies a bit unevenly.  Maybe not your everyday color, but great for photoshoots, for example.
Also beautiful if layered over dark colors! 

Indoors with flash
Video of application and removal:

Golden Ticket:

"Warm metallic gold. Semi-opaque coverage; swatches shown on bare lips."

Golden Ticket is warm yellow gold.
It's also quite opaque, but I think it's on it's best when used to bring a bit of depth to for example red lipsticks (used at the middle of the lips). (Check out the end of the post to see what I mean!)
But I guess this could look quite stunning with darker skintones on it's own!

Indoors with flash

Video of application and removal:


"Plum-purple with turquoise sparkle. Semi-opaque coverage; swatches shown on bare lips."



I found this one to be the hardest to work with. I don't know if it's less opaque than the other glosses, or because it's kinda darker color, but it was really hard to apply evenly.
This really is best when layered over dark colors, such as Styletto or similar black / dark lipstick. (Check out the end of the post to see example!)

Video of application and removal:

Cherry On Top:

Maraschino-cherry pink with rainbow sparkle. Semi-opaque coverage; swatches shown on bare lips. For intensified effect, layer this shade over Retrofuturist!

Cherry on top at quick glance looks similar to Candy Apple, but they really are different. Candy Apple is more classic deep red, where Cherry On Top is more bright pink.
It has teeniest tiniest pink glitters in it, which are extremely difficult to capture on camera. I was afraid that this would stain my lips, but for my huge surprise it didn't do so.

Indoors, with flash

Video of application and removal:


They have been claimed to stain on lips, but they didn't stain mine.
However, my friend got a mild skin-reaction when swatching Cherry On Top on the back of her hand. Not anything massive, just a red, itchy patch, but still. So if you're prone to skin-reactions, be cautious.
I don't own anything like these, so they are pretty unique. And gorgeous. I really do like them!

There has also been quite a lot of discussion about the prices - $16.99 per piece is quite a lot, considering how much product there really is. Here's some comparison of lipgloss prices:

NYX Megashine 15ml / 0,53fl.oz / US$5.50
MAC Plushglass 4.2 ml / 0.14 fl oz / US$19.50
MAC Dazzleglass 1.92 g / 0.06 US oz / US$19.50
MAC Pro Longwear 1.92 g / .06 US oz / US$19.50
Fyrinnae Lip Lustre 8ml / US $6.00
Lime Crime 3,5g / 0.12oz / US$16.99

Since the actual size of the glosses is quite big, I really don't know how it can hold so little product compared to other lipglosses:

Illamasqua sheer lip gloss
Nyx Megashine gloss
YSL gloss
Inglot AMC shine gloss
Lime Crime Carousel Gloss
MAC lipglass

I guess the spiral shape somehow distorts the appearing amount of the product.

But I think some of them are still worth the price!



Golden Ticket:

Cherry On Top:

Candy Apple:

Kaleidoscope over Lime Crime Styletto:

Lime Crime No She Didn't, Loop-de-Loop and Golden Ticket:

Left side - Cherry On Top and right side Candy Apple, both over basic red lipstick:

Cherry On Top and right side Candy Apple, both over basic red lipstick, and Golden Ticket in the middle:

Get the glosses from, they ship internationally.


  1. Thanks for the sweet review and AMAZING photos as always! I'll share this on the Facebook tomorrow. I am really digging the blue and gold lips you did.
    xo~Cassie Wanda
    Lime Crime

  2. I love the final style (the red with a hint of gold) its very pretty!

  3. those blue lips with the gold in the middle are wicked!! WOW

  4. Thanks for the price breakdown! I know the tube looks big but picking the sticker off the bottom, the actual amount is quite small. I'm weird, the sticker was the first thing I picked off because my mac superglass was also a deceiving tube. Very pretty, but still deceiving lol. <3 em anyways :)

  5. The dark purple one is the one I was most looking forward too, but it makes me so sad that it is more difficult to apply than the others and doesn't apply as evenly :-( so gorgeous over black lipstick, though!

  6. I really wish Kaleidoscope turned out better, was a more wearable color and had better application. The reds just really don't interest me.

  7. Gorgeous packaging. They look lovely on you xx

  8. I think you get so little product because the tube itself is so much thicker then it appears due to the spiral effect on them so the actual space inside is much thinner than the packaging would have you believe. That's disappointing.

  9. This post is awesome! I still cant get Kaleidoscope but I was lucky to get Golden Ticket today on Ebay and Loop de Loop on Instagram. I really want them all <3


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