Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lime Crime China Doll Palette Review & Swatches

Yesterday, I created a look using Lime Crime's China Doll Palette and many of you were interested about this fun and whimsical palette. Keep on reading for my review, swatches and product shots!

In true Lime Crime fashion, the palette was in-cased in this super adorable envelope-style box! (Told you, Unicorn Mail!)

The actual palette itself is in a cute but sturdy tin case that is covered in what I believe is fish scales. The same pattern is on the eyeshadows.

This is Lime Crime's first palette/pressed shadows and they definitely do not fail in the pigmentation department. I was surprised at how intense the colors were and I love the texture of these. They are smooth, almost buttery and blend like a dream! They are very opaque and quite long lasting.

From Left to Right:

Fly Dragon Fly: A matte, warm, fiery red; surprisingly wearable.
Parasol: A beautiful matte, sky blue that is really bright for a pastel shade.
Goldfish: A gorgeous yellow gold shade with shimmery/metallic finish.
Jade-O-Lade: A unique and stunning matte, teal-ish forest green. My favorite.
Lotus Noir: A definite must in this palette, a matte and opaque black.

Applied over Lime Crime's Eyeshadow Helper

Overall, this palette is really nice and is a must-have if you're a big Lime Crime fan. The choice of colors are definitely unique and are unlike any other palettes I've seen. As you can tell from the swatches, they are really bright and intense. If you want a more toned down look, skip the primer. I'd say the only downfall is the inside of the palette (not a huge fan of the plastic surrounding the shadows), but like I said before, this is their first palette and there is always room for improvement! The palette is priced at $34.99 USD and can be purchased at

(Note: I am aware of Lime Crime's history and recent controversy over this palette. However, I am an all-around makeup lover and will try out almost any brand (as long as they are cruelty-free) and will give anyone a chance. My reviews are on the products only and are 100% honest and un-biased.)

Disclaimer: Some products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) for potential review or use. For more information, please read my DISCLOSURE.

I hope you guys found this review helpful! 
If you own the China Doll Palette, lemme know your thoughts on it.
Take care, and see you again soon!

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  1. Nice Colours!

  2. I really like this palette! I think controversy surrounding it is a little childish and people should so their research on what a china doll is. I hope I will be able to get some Lime Crime stuff soon since their stuff is really gorgeous and I love the packaging (no money for it right now =( ). Great review! 

  3.  Incredibly cute AND gorgeous!

  4. love the color. very swatch

  5. This palette is cute and it may inspire me to try some Lime Crime. Loved your look!


  6. Super cute! I really like the red & teal colours.

    I think they look more like little hand fans (which would go more with the theme) than fish scales. 

  7. wauw those swatches look amazing.. I really want it now haha

  8. Hi! :) 

    I've recently found your blog and I think your makeup work is amazing! I also run a makeup blog and you have become a great source of inspiration to me. :) Your blogposts are so interesting to read and the makeup pictures are adorable. I found your post about how you photoshop your picture really, really helpful! 

    Love /MadamNoire - lost in makeup wonderland

  9. I'm glad you mentioned the controversy over lime crime. I honestly like the look of the products from all the reviews I've seen but I'm a stickler for drama and deception so I don't buy Doe Deere products as a matter of principle. xD At the same time i'm glad you get them because the things you do with them are art.

  10. oh this is lovely!!!

  11. So pretty. You're so talented! It's not the controversy about the palette that bothers me, I thought that was silly. It's the drama surrounding the brand itself, and the fact that Doe Deere called her customers stupid tat make me stay away. When she had some customer service issues in the beginning she said something like "Don't put this all on me, you're the ones stupid enough to pay 16 dollars for a gram of eyeshadow" or something like that, you can find it if you google it. Anyone who treats their customers that way doesn't deserve their money. This look is so great though. 

  12. Another Amazing Look and just like me... dark things make me happy!!

    Thankyou for your review and honesty. I am aware of the dramas as well over this company and including this product. I swear by Lime Crime Candy Eyed Helper as the best on the market and recommend it to everyone against the drama issues. Even tho the owner has done some silly things in the past that has tainted her companys image, they still do create some great quality products 

  13. It's a racist caricature and has nothing to do with real Chinese history. Please educate yourself a little more before making statements that belittle and essentially silence the PoC that were rightfully offended by this poor marketing choice.

  14. You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

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  15. hi there! been doing a lot of research on lc and just found the red in this palette is not cruelty free, fyi. i found that out after googling this palette 's controversy.


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