Lime Crime Aquataenia Eyeshadow Palette Review+Swatches

Lime Crime says their Aquataenia palette is "different from all previous LC palettes because its completely pearlescent. Each oceanic shade is loaded with shimmer+glitter particles to create a wet, glistening effect - reminiscent of a mermaid's tail under the moonlight - and makes your eyelids sparkle like the sea!" Lime Crime describes their Fantasy Eyeshadows as having a "cashmere soft formula loaded with pigment and offers luxurious payoff and superb blendablility." Lime Crime's Aquataenia Fantasy Eyeshadow Palette contains five 1.5 gram (.05 oz) eyeshadows and retails for $35 (Dean paid $30 at Sydney IMATS). Lime Crime products are cruelty free, this palette is also vegan friendly. The Aquataenia palette was made in the USA.

Lime Crime's Fantasy Eyeshadow Palettes come in golden, envelope shaped cardboard boxes. Opening the envelope, you'll find a rectangular purple tin with gold detailing. A golden unicorn sits in the center of the Lime Crime logo. The shade names can be found on the back of the palette. The tin flips open to reveal a single row of round eyeshadows. Each shadow has a floral print embossed into it. I believe packaging is recyclable.
All five of Lime Crime's Aquataenia eyeshadows are fantastic. This quint's shadows are extremely soft, verging on a bit powdery. The soft texture leads to a little bit of excess powder kick up and occasional fallout. All five eyeshadows have strong pigmentation that's only boosted by using a primer. The soft texture leads to excellent blendability. I have nothing but good things to say about how Lime Crime's eyeshadows wear. They maintain their vibrancy and for upwards of eight hours and I've never experienced even a hint of creasing when worn over a primer. These bright eyeshadows are actually kinda difficult to remove, they have the potential to stain the eyelids. 
Nautilus Prime is a bright indigo with silver and light blue shimmer particles. This shade has a soft, shimmery finish. Nautilus Prime is the deepest shade in this palette. The staining, fallout, and powdery texture I mentioned in the previous paragraph are most noticeable with this shade. Nautilus Prime appears significantly more purple toned in the pan than it does on the skin.
Coral of the Story is a bright, true coral, the perfect balance between a hot pink and a red orange. Coral of the Story contains larger flecks of silver glitter, giving it a very sparkly finish. I feel like this is the most unique shade in the Aquataenia palette (they're all quite special though). Lime Crime encourages you to try this out on the cheeks as well. Coral of the Story is brighter than it appears in my photos.
Seahorse Discourse is a super bright, yellow based acid green. This eyeshadow has a satin base with some small flecks of silver glitter dispersed through it. Seahorse Discourse is the least shimmery shade in the Aquataenia palette, which doesn't say much since its still pretty shimmery. Seahorse Discourse is my favorite of the five shadows.
Pearl-ple is a blue based lilac with small specks of silver glitter. Pearl-ple is more frosty than outright glittery compared to the three previous shades. Pearl-ple is almost duo-chromatic, it can shift more pink or more lilac depending on which shades you pair it with.
Atlanteal is a light sky blue shade with tiny silver shimmers. Like Pearl-ple, this shade has more of a frosty finish. Atlanteal is the lightest and least pigmented eyeshadow in the Aquataenia palette. This shade has a seafoam green undertone to it that adds some depth to this otherwise pastel shade.
[all 5 shades]
Lime Crime's Aquataenia Fantasy Eyeshadow Palette is awesome. This palette certainly isn't for the faint of heart. I love the color scheme of this palette, though I do think its a little hard to create a complete look with just these five shades. Each of these five eyeshadows is soft, well pigmented, and very blendable. If you love shimmer and bold, bright colors you'll adore Lime Crime's Aquataenia Palette. The pricing is reasonable ($35 - $7/full sized shadow). I do recommend this palette if the colors appeal to you. I can see myself getting a lot of use from the Aquataenia palette. Based off my experience with this palette, I'd love to pick up Lime Crime's other three Fantasy Palettes! 

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lauroyl Lysine, Capryl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Fluorphlogopite

May Contain:
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow No 5, Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090:2), Red 40 Aluminum Lake (CI 16870), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Aluminum Oxide (CI 77000), Tin Oxide (CI 77861

this product was gifted to me. 


  1. This looks like a really nice colour selection. I love the look you came up with!

    1. I thought you'd like the colors. Thanks. :3

  2. Love the picture at the end with all five colors on your lids. They seem pretty pigmented!

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

  3. Wow those are some colors! I bet they would be great paired with some nudes! Great post!

    1. I haven't tried them with any nudes yet, but I definitely should!

  4. love, love, LOVE the eye look you created :) This seems like a lovely palette!