The Love of Colour

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ba-in-bs asked:
Ack! It looks like Disqus didn't enjoy me asking this through their interface. Okay, so I just stumbled across your blog and let me say I am in love with it. Unfortunately, I also just stumbled across the whole Lime Crime drama...while I was in the process of falling in love with their (possibly heavily photoshopped) Carousel Lip Glosses and it seems they've gotten to the dupe spreadsheet! Do you know if the dupes are listed elsewhere? Or if there are dupes for Loop-de-loop, Present, Cherry etc?

I think there’s a pinterest version of the dupe spreadsheet but I can’t remember the name of the board. Maybe one of my followers can chime in. I have mentally blocked out all knowledge of limecrime and refuse to spend any time dwelling on the brand so I am not going to be able to help on the dupe front, sorry. 


There are dupes for the lime crime lipsticks. It would be some of the Nyx Macaroon lipsticks that is carried online by the  Nyx website or in Ulta.

As for the lip glosses, glamour doll eyes has some dupes in their Lip Fiends line. They may not be exact spot on dupes but they are close enough. 

as for reviews on the glosses here you go:

Best bets for legitimately sparkly lip glosses that aren’t just photoshop are Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Glosses, MAC’s Dazzleglass, Inglot’s Sleeks Lipglosses, and Milani 3D Glitzy Glosses - more are here though on our Pinterest board for sparkly lip colors.



Painted Eyebrow Trends in Tang Dynasty

This is a chart showing different eyebrow trends in the Tang Dynasty. It’s based on a chart in Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei and Gao Chunming (2004), on pg 37. I wanted to create a chart that had the eyebrows on faces.

Interesting notes

"Women of the Tang Dynasty paid particular attention to facial appearance, and the application of powder or even rouge was common practice. Some women’s foreheads were painted dark yellow and the dai (a kind of dark blue pigment) was used to paint their eyebrows into different shapes that were called dai mei(painted eyebrows) in general. There were literally a dozen ways to pait the eyebrows and between the brows there was a colourful decoration called hua dian, which was made of specks of gold, silver and emerald feather.” (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

"…during the years of Yuanho in the reign of Xuanzong the system of costumes changed, and women no longer applied red powder to their faces; instead, they used only black ointment for their lips and made their eyebrows like like the Chinese character ‘’." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

The black lipstick style “was called the ‘weeping makeup’ or ‘tears makeup’.” (Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei, 37)


Limnit Lipsticks' Bewitching Hour, Ka'oir's Harlem Knight , and Impulse Cosmetics' Smoking Guns are other options for matte dark blues/indigos

For anyone who wants some more ideas for shades in this family with some different finishes, we have collected quite a few!

Blue Lipcolours

Navy Lipcolours

Indigo Lipcolours

 Matte Liquid Lipstick Madness!

Since The Love of Colour launched, the most popular board we’ve had is our Matte Liquid Lipcolour board - now with nearly 900 followers and 17,000+ monthly viewers (wow!). Considering the popularity of this board, I thought it would be necessary to also add on a Google Drive spreadsheet option to help decision making. Pertinent information such as price per ounce versus retail, whether or not a product is vegan or cruelty-free or not, if it has a parent company, and shade ranged offered is currently posted. It is still under construction, but right now it has 40+ brands/181 shades filled out as of today and I’m hoping to finalize all of this by Monday.

  • Makeup Revolution has launched four new gorgeous shades for Fall, as pictured above. All shades are £3, vegan and cruelty-free and Makeup Revolution ships internationally.
  • Aromi Beauty will be launching six more vegan matte liquid lipstick shades for fall. They’ve been posting sneak peeks of a bright orange,taupedeep red brownbright fuchsianeon pastel purple, and black cherry. I’m hoping they’ll eventually make a full sized option of the black liquid lipstick that was posted a while back - the owner seems very receptive to color requests and has very quick turn around time from development to the product being for sale.
  • We now have more details for the upcoming Jeffree Star Cosmetics launch - the matte liquid lipsticks will retail for less than $20 and will be cruelty-free and vegan. With the initial launch, it appears that the shades offered will be at a minimum black, purple, red, light beige and hot pink. The company will also be shipping world-wide once it launches.
  • Makeup Academy (MUA) has now launched a new line of products similar to what’s available in the UK exclusively for CVS including matte liquid lipsticks in eight new shades. 
  • Dose of Colors has now launched their line of vegan liquid matte lipsticks which retail for $18 each and come in gorgeous tubes. Colors included are two shades of red, a warm purple (great alternative to Pretty Zombie Cosmetics’ Purple Poison) , a super rich blue-based purple, and a hot pink will be coming soon. 
  • Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that Pretty Zombie Cosmetics is experiencing massive delays and many people are waiting for orders placed in June and July with no communication from the owner. Pretty Zombie’s Black Cat was our first choice in recommending a vegan alternative to Lime Crime’s Black Velvet Velvetine. For now, we recommend that anyone looking for a vegan matte liquid lipstick should instead consider ordering through a 3rd party retailer, Makeup Revolution’s Black Heart (as seen above), using OCC's Tarred Cosmetic Colored Pencil which applies like a dream and blends beautifully and the upcoming offering from Jeffree Star and possibly one from Aromi.