Review & Swatches: Lime Crime China Doll Fantasy Palette

This is going to be a review of Lime Crime’s new palette, called China Doll.

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  (see the search “Lime Crime Scandal“) or a blog post like this one from Lipsticks and Lightsabers


This Item Can be Purchase on Lime Crime’s website

But now to the makeup:

The package:

So let’s concentrate on the palette.

First of all, it’s packed in box that looks like golden envelope:

Here’s the ingredient list for the one’s who are interested…  I admit that I still have no idea what ingredients are good and what are bad, so I’m not gonna analyze it at all:

Then we open the envelope to reveal the palette:

Tadah! The shadows are inside a purple tin case that has Lime Crime’s favourite animal, Unicorn:
On the backside there’s a sticker showing the names of the colors:

When opened, there’s a clear sheet with some purple ornaments to protect the shadows:

And when we take that sheet off, we can access the colors:

AND if we take the colors away from the tin box, we get this:

The “shadow holder” is almost the same material they use in chocolate boxes :D It doesn’t really matter, because you’re not supposed to take it off from the tin case, unless you’re a fanatic blogger like me :3

But since I am an fanatic blogger, I also popped out one of the shadows to check if there’s any labels or anything on the bottom of the pan:

Well, as you can see, there weren’t. Just glue.

Then to the shadows.

I think it’s quite clear that these aren’t for the people who fear using colors. All of these are super bright and bold.

Fly Dragon Fly:

Fly Dragon Fly is matte true red.
I’ve been searching for a perfect red for a while now. I have many red shadows, and  few of them are better than others.
These few (three) perfect reds are MAC Basic Red pigment, which is well, true red, MUFE 949 Starpowder, which I love, and newest addition is Lime Crime’s Fly Dragon Fly. It’s awesome true red. Maybe a hint to orange, but still clearly RED.

It’s also really pigmented and what’s best is that it doesn’t stain like many other reds tend to do.


Parasol is matte pale light baby blue.
Interestingly, I think I didn’t own any shade like this before I got this palette. And I do have a lot of makeup :D I think it’s quite unique color (you can tell if you know any dupes!).
Like Fly Dragon Fly, it’s matte, and also really pigmented. And I think it’s really pretty, too.
Light blue is really hard to pull off I think (at least for me it is!), but this is too awesome  color to leave unused.


Shimmery yellow / gold.
Preeeettty! And very pigmented too. It’s kinda similar to Ben Nye’s Sun Yellow, but it’s more opaque, warm and gold. Of all these colors this is probably the most usable in everyday use.


Matte teal.
Or jade, what ever :D If used on dry lid, this is lighter, but if used on sticky (over primer) lid, this turns a bit darker, as seen in swatch.
I’m pretty sure MAC has a close dupe of this, but I can’t remember what it is, I just think I’ve seen this color somewhere before.

This is also really pigmented.

Lotus Noir:

Matte black.
Well, I think it kinda obvious that this is the most dupable of these colors, since it’s black.
It’s kinda funny black though, where other black shadows leave matte, powdery finish, Lotus Noir leaves kinda oily finish. I don’t mean that the eyeshadow would be oily, but the finish is. Kinda. Sorta.
Maybe it’s like MAC satin finish, but with matte color?
This could be a bit more pigmented, but it’s not bad.

Compared to MAC pan:

MAC eyeshadows hold total of 1,5g of product, Lime Crime pan holds 1,3g.
So you’ll get a little less per pan.

Few example looks I’ve done using this palette:
Jade-o-lade, Parasol & Lotus Noir and Sugarpill lashes:

Fly Dragon Fly, Goldfish and Lotur Noir with Sugarpill lashes:

All the color from the palette & Sugarpill lashes:

Another look with Lotus Noir, Fly Dragon Fly and Goldfish:
Goldfish & Lotus Noir, and in the other one there’s Jade-o-lade and MAC Unsquare:


This is always the hardest part.

I like this palette. It looks nice and feels nice. I love the idea of the tin box, it’s something you can use after the makeup is gone.

I love the colors. They are bold, bright and pigmented.

Of course this isn’t for everybody. If you don’t like bright colors, it’s not for you. But if you like ie. Sugarpill’s colors, you’ll like these too.

I would’ve loved it even more if it would have had also a highlighter color, so you could have done the whole makeup with just one palette.

The price is $34,99, and if you divide it with 5 (5 shadows), each pan costs around $7. For me it’s cheap. I live in a country where drugstore brand eyeshadows cost around $12-20 per pan, so $7 is cheap.

And like I said, you’ll get the tin box too :D

This palette makes me kinda sad that Lime Crime has the reputation it has. Because this really is a great palette.

You can buy it from Lime Crime’s website. They ship internationally.

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