I picked up a set of three Kat Von D Lipsticks awhile ago from Sephora, tried them, wrote them off, and haven't touched them in a loooong time. I finally rediscovered them and decided to give them a little more time than I did when I first got them. My first observation? That they're all three different enough to warrant three individual reviews. This formula doesn't seem to be particularly consistent, depending on the color. I decided to start with the easiest to wear and the one with the nicest application- Lolita. Now, I may be biased because I absolutely love Nabokov's novel of the same name, but I'm not sure this is the color that his book's title character brings to mind... It's a dark dusty rose, a couple of shades darker than a neutral, but in the same vein as a nude.
As for the formula, it's creamy- not exactly moisturizing, but not drying- and it applies opaque and even in one coat. It has a neutral makeup scent, and no discernible taste. It retails for $18 for .11 ounces, and is available exclusively through Sephora. In fact, it's made by Sephora, but I'm not sure if they've changed the formula at all for this product. It has about average wear time- maybe a little less than my average 3 or 4 hours- but personally, I end up either wiping my lipstick off or reapplying after a couple of hours anyway, since I'm paranoid about my lipstick looking "worn." It's a nice satin formula with a hint of shine, but no glitter, shimmer, or frost. All things considered, this isn't my favorite lipstick formula, but the color is pretty, the tube is incredibly cute, and it's competitively priced when compared to comparable lipsticks in the same price bracket.
I probably took way more pictures of the case than I needed to. I'm sorry, I think it's really cool looking! Yeah, Kat Von D may not be everybody's cup of tea, but this is a pretty unique line, both in colors and packaging.
|Lolita, by Kat Von D|
Here's the bottom of the tube; you can see where it shows that this is a Sephora brand, and also the shade name.
|The Bottom of the Tube|
And here's the top of the cap; it has the brand initials in a kind of Black Letter script, stenciled on the matte black in silver.
|Top of the Cap|
And here's the tube twisted all the way up.
|The tube, with flash|
Here's a swatch of Lolita on the arm; you can see that it has a nice satin finish, and pulls more orangey-brown on the arm than it looks on my lips. Probably because my lips are naturally fairly pink, so it changes the color a little.
|Lolita, swatched on my arm.|
Aaaand here's Lolita on my lips, without flash:
|Kat Von D Llipstick in Lolita, no flash|
And here's Lolita on my lips, with the flash. Why do my lips look so BIG?
|Kat Von D Lipstick in Lolita, flash!|
And here's Lolita on my lips without flash.
|Wearing Lolita on my lips, no flash.|
Here's another picture of Lolita on my lips with flash.
|Lolita by Kat Von D on my lips|
This is a lovely darker take on a nude lip, the formula is solid, and the packaging is cute. While the formula may not be heads and shoulders above other lipsticks that are less expensive, it doesn't have the cloying flavor or scent that many drugstore lipsticks have, and the color is unique but still flattering; not an easy feat when we're talking about something as classic as a basic satin formula!