Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette


Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

Hey friends, how’s your Monday going? Today I’m sharing my Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette review and swatches with you. I purchased this quite a while ago from Ulta and have been slack about getting it up because life has been stressful. You’ll be happy to hear that the Prelude Exposed Palette is 100% vegan.

A Note About Lime Crime

Lime Crime is a 100% cruelty-free and 100% vegan makeup brand. They had a very rocky start to the makeup community as an indie brand because their founder Xenia Vorotova, better known as Doe Deere, did a lot of awful things. However, it seems that she learned from her mistakes and grew into a better person. She apologized for her past transgressions and has not repeated the same mistakes. I see this as important and it shows growth. An apology without changed behavior is just a manipulation.

I’m glad that Xenia has changed for the better. Once Xenia sold the company in 2018 I decided to give Lime Crime a try. During the summer of 2020, she and her husband left Lime Crime’s board of directors to make room for BIPOC to have a seat at the table. I see this as a very good thing. Lime Crime is PETA and Leaping Bunny Certified.

Where to Buy
Lime Crime,ย Ulta


Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

6 Finishes:

  • Matte: Buttery-smooth and totally matte
  • Matte Sparkle: Same matte formula you love, but with sparkle!
  • Iridescent: Opalescent lid topper
  • Metallic: Ultra-shiny shimmer
  • Foil: High def and ultra-reflective
  • Shimmer: Luminous highlight


  • Aphrodisia (iridescent purple topper – iridescent)
  • Virgin (baby pink with silver shimmer – matte sparkle)
  • Flesh (peachy nude – matte)
  • Storm (silver brown – metallic)
  • Nude (terracotta nude – matte)
  • 1484 (champagne gold – foil)
  • Abyss (deep mauvy purple – shimmer)
  • Immortal (deep smoky brown – matte)

Here’s what Lime Crime Says About This Palette

Roll into seashell shades of color with Lime Crime’s Prelude Exposed Palette, an ode to the birth of the goddess, Venus! Explore alluring looks using 8 warm and cool-tone pigmented shadows in matte, metallic, and iridescent finishes that are as charming and refined as a seashore. Use au naturel Nude and Flesh as polished bases. Try fixating eye looks in blushing Virgin, lavender Aphrodisia, or twinkling sand 1484. Turn heads in dusky shades like sparkly Abyss and silvery-cedar Storm.

Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Makeup Inspiration

Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette Purple Look

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick in Opal

See more details at Clean Beauty Makeup Tutorial.

Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette Swatches

Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Swatches
These swatches were taken outdoors in direct sunlight.
Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Swatches on Light Skin
Direct sun swatches.
Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Swatches on Fair Skin
Taken outdoors in indirect sunlight.
Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Swatches on Pale Skin
I took this set of swatches outdoors in indirect sunlight.
Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Swatches
I took this set of swatches indoors under artificial light.
Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Swatches
Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Swatches taken in my bedroom indoors in indirect sunlight in front of a window.

Swatches from top to bottom of the Prelude Exposed

  • Aphrodisia – Virgin
  • Flesh – Abyss
  • Nude – Storm
  • Immortal – 1484

Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Review

As you may already know, I’m a fan of the Lime Crime eyeshadow formula. I fell in love with the formula when I first tried the Venus III Palette. This palette claims to contain 6 different finishes. Matte, Matte Sparkle, Iridescent, Metallic, Foil, and Shimmer. This eyeshadow formula wears all day on eyeshadow primer for me. I can’t wear eyeshadow without eyeshadow primer because I have oily, hooded eyelids that will rub away eyeshadow in 20 minutes or less.

First, let me say that I don’t know anyone who likes matte sparkle and I just wish brands would stop trying to make that happen. Second, I don’t notice the silver sparkle in Virgin. It is a gorgeous, cool toned baby pink matte on me.

Aphrodisia is a pretty blue-violet iridescent shade that works well for an inner corner highlight or on top of other colors. to add dimension and depth.

I love Storm, which is a metallic taupe. 1484 is a beautiful metallic champagne gold. These are both great for simple one and done eyeshadows.

Abyss is a beautiful deep warm purple with subtle shimmer. I feel comfortable using this at the outer v.

Virgin, Flesh, Nude and Immortal are all very easy to use mattes. Flesh, a peachy brown, and Nude, a terracotta brown, are warm-toned shades, while Virgin, a baby pink, and Immortal, a cooler, smoky deep brown, are cool-toned shades.

Believe it or not, the first time I swatched the Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette I was surprised by how much I liked it. Neutrals are not normally my thing. However, I find the mix of warm and cool tones in this palette to make it a great neutral palette for me. Virgin, Storm, Aphrodisia, Abyss and Immortal are all easy, beautiful cool toned shades for me to wear. 1484 is the perfect shade of champagne gold for my taste.

Overall, I love the Lime Crime take on a neutral palette with Prelude Exposed. I’m so into smaller palettes these days. I don’t feel overwhelmed by the shades and find it easy to put together quick neutral looks with this one. What do you think of the Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette?

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