Since being pregnant and trying to buckle down to save for a house, I haven’t been purchasing much makeup at all. Instead I’m challenging myself to shop my already vast stash and use different things that I rarely reach for.
When it comes to beauty blogging, I feel a little lost. I don’t have all of the new collections or latest products so what do I write about? I dug through my stash and the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks were something that kept catching my eye. I adore them and have quite a number of them, so why not share that with you? They’re mostly permanent products so even though they aren’t the newest thing on the market, if one catches your eye, you should be able to pick it up no problem. I had a post similar to this on my old blog but I know that my collection has expanded since then, so I decided to write a new one to encompass my entire collection at present (that, and my old posts aren’t published any more so you can’t find the old one).
Let me preface this by saying, I am a huge fan of liquid lipsticks. I don’t mind my lips feeling slightly dry when I can get such a precise lip line and a boldly pigmented lipstick that I don’t have to worry about throughout the day. Obviously some liquid lipsticks are more drying than others but I have yet to find one that magically hydrates your lips. If you hate liquid lipsticks, these aren’t going to be the ones to change your mind!
The packaging is simple; a sleek, clear tube that shows the product through it and a decorative lid featuring a silver and black rose design drawn by Kat herself. The applicator is a pretty standard doe-foot with a well in the top to pick up product. I find it pretty simple to use to achieve a precise edge. They have no discernible scent.
The Kat Von D Beauty website states that these offer “longlasting, high pigment colour” and a “creamy, comfortable formula” that “glides over lips like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish“. The Sephora website adds that these are “infused with natural comfort-enhancing ingredients, including vitamin E and sunflower seed“.
What you may not know is that Kat Von D launched her makeup line way back in 2008 during her stint on LA Ink. I was obsessed with her at the time and paid crazy money to eBay sellers in order to try out her eyeshadows. Although I grew out of the fan girl phase after a few years, I still regularly read reviews of her products and picked up a few bits whenever I visited the US. I loathed the Lock-It Tattoo Foundation when I tried it back in 2012 but picked up a liquid lipstick in Jeffree at the same time – before liquid lipsticks were even really a thing – and loved the formula. The thing about the shade was with it being a bright coral-pink, it wasn’t something I wore very often.
Since then the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks have been repackaged and the Kat Von D brand has completely blown up. It’s now available on our side of the pond too which is always a bonus! There are tons of shades to choose from; currently there are 54 on the Kat Von D Beauty website, 44 on Sephora and 41 on Debenhams. From a heap of nudes and every-day pinks to the darkest vampy shades and crazy hues like cyan blue, they are constantly releasing new colours and offering limited editions too so you are bound to find at least one that you love.
My collection has grown exponentially since my first tryst with Jeffree and I now have twenty. Only four are full sized and the rest are mini sizes that I picked up in limited edition sets. I always prefer to buy sets of minis as they work out better value for money and it means that I can try out a vast range of colours. I don’t mind their smaller size as I rarely finish a full lipstick anyway. As I mentioned these sets are no longer available but they tend to be released around Christmas every year so it’s something to keep your eyes peeled for! Below I have included swatches, photos and descriptions of my full collection to see if you fall for any. Despite the sets being limited, the shades are all permanent (bar one, which I have marked as such).
Bow n Arrow is described as a fawn nude.
Bow n Arrow is one of the most talked-about shades by the brand. It is a gorgeous, neutral nude that I love to pair with a darker eye. If I am ever in doubt about which lipstick would work with a certain look, this is my go-to and never fails. It is a safe option but one you will probably reach for again and again.
Ludwig is described as a nude fawn.
Ludwig is similar to Bow n Arrow only slightly warmer with a little more pink. This is another that I reach for often. It has that little bit more colour to it so if my eye look is dramatic but not too dark, or if I want to add that little bit more life to my face, this is another great staple.
Lovecraft is described as a mauve pink nude.
Lovecraft is a toned-down coral pink. These kind of medium pink shades rarely appeal to me and to be honest, I never would have chosen this. It just happened to come in one of the sets that I got. However, I have actually worn this a few times and it is one that I’m always pleasantly surprised by whenever I put it on.
Double Dare is described as a cocoa blush. (Apologies for the dodgy swatch. It was total user error. I must have rubbed my lips together before it was fully dry!)
Double Dare is a warm, medium, peachy-neutral. This is one of the few that I actually have in full size. I picked it up in Las Vegas at the same time as Lolita (below). It packs a little bit more punch to it and is nice to add colour to the face when I have very little on the eye.
Lolita is described as a chestnut rose.
Lolita is another absolute cult favourite. It is a little lighter and more neutral than Double Dare. I don’t really know why I picked them both up on the same day as they’re very similar but I swatched a load and while I wanted Lolita because it is so popular, Double Dare just called out to me too.
I was a little disappointed with Lolita because it has so much hype surrounding it and it didn’t wow me. However, more recently, as I have gotten near the end of my pregnancy and have become increasingly lazy with my makeup for early morning doctor’s appointments etc., I have been throwing on the bare minimum but found that adding this to the lips gives that little pop of something and makes me look more put together and less washed-out!
Sanctuary is described as a nude coffee.
Sanctuary is a stunning, cool-toned, plum-brown nude. This is one of my absolute favourites of the lot. I know it won’t be for everyone but I love a cool-toned lip and this is light enough that it works with a lot of different eye looks without being overwhelming.
Hawkwind is described as a nude sienna.
Hawkwind is a medium brown-burgundy. This colour is really unusual, I cannot think of anything else in my collection that comes close to it. Even though it is darker, it still has quite a neutral tone to it so it works with a lot of different looks.
Plath is described as a deep russet red.
Plath is an absolute stunner and another of my top picks. I have drawers of burgundies, plums and berries but this one has more of a brown to it that makes it really unique. It is also much darker than your average red and what can I say, I’m a huge Sylvia Plath fan which sells it to me even more!
Damned is described as a black cherry.
Damned is one that I lusted after for quite a while before finally getting it in a mini set. A black cherry is the perfect description of it. This one is a little more difficult to work with and needs a layer or two for even, opaque coverage. To avoid streakiness I would pair it with a lip pencil too but I didn’t for the sake of the photos being true to colour
Exorcism is described as a ripe blackberry.
Exorcism is a bit lighter and has more of a pinky-red hue to it than Damned. This was another that I had my eye on for a while but if I were to choose only one of the two, it would actually be Damned I would go for. This is a really unique one though and my opinion is definitely just that, a personal preference! This is similar in streakiness and takes that extra little bit of work.
Santa Sangre is described as a poison apple.
Santa Sangre is the most beautiful pop of bright red. Sorry to go on again but this another of my absolute favourites. It is bold, it is bright, it is my perfect red and I am obsessed with it. If you scroll back through my Instagram, I’d say almost any picture of me in a true red is this.
Lovesick is described as a mauve nude.
Lovesick is a cool, blue-toned, light-medium pink. This is another shade that is not to my taste in the slightest. It is fine. I don’t hate it but it just isn’t my kind of colour. I have found myself reaching for it a few times to pair with a purple eye look though.
Mother is described as a dusty mauve pink.
Mother is a true medium pink and another that I just don’t gravitate towards. If you’re a pink kinda person, you might adore this. I just can’t think of much to say about this as it isn’t one I ever wear.
Jeffree is described as a hot pink.
Jeffree is a bright, vivid, coral-pink and my first ever KvD liquid lipstick. I realised I bought this in 2012 so after swatching it for this post, I quickly threw it in the bin. (It had developed a really nasty chemical smell to it!)
Funnily enough, Kat and Jeffree Star (this lipstick’s namesake) had a very public fight online last year and Kat claimed she would no longer be producing this shade but it is still available to buy from her own store as well as Sephora which is why I included it here.
This is a very summery, bright pop of colour which you will either love or hate. I went through a phase of buying all of the brightest, hottest pinks I could find which is when this ended up in my possession!
Backstage Bambi is described as a vivid hot pink.
Backstage Bambi is a blue-toned, bright fuschia pink. This is another that absolutely hops off the lips, it is so intense. I actually remember tossing up between this and Jeffree. I ended up buying the regular bullet lipstick version of this and the liquid lip of Jeffree. Again I think this is a love-it or hate-it type lipstick. You will either rock a vibrant hot pink or you won’t.
L.U.V. is described as a rich violet.
L.U.V. is a really unusual pinky-purple. It has the same cool-toned blueness to it that Backstage Bambi has but with added purple. It is a unique one and I love that it is slightly more toned-down than the pinks but still makes a statement.
Roxy is described as a bright grape.
Roxy is a true purple. This is another that takes a little bit more work to get even. You need to slowly build up the layers or use it over a pencil for true, even opacity. I love the colour of this one though as I don’t have another in my collection that is similar.
Echo is described as a satin navy blue.
Echo is just as described, a navy blue which will obviously not be everyone’s cup of tea. I happen to love a blue lip. The same way a blue-toned red can be very flattering on certain skin tones, a blue lip can actually really suit! I don’t have any misconceptions that those who regularly wear a nude are going to fly to the counter to pick this up but if you like something a little unusual or for something like a festival over the summer, this is gorgeous. Another that takes that little extra work to get even!
Witches is described as a pitch black.
Witches is a black, bringing me right back to my fifteen year old goth days. I happen to still love a black lip and it also happens to be a brilliant base for lip art, if you are that way inclined. I hesitate to type this because I don’t want it to be picked up wrong; this takes about two layers for true opacity. I have already mentioned that some of the darker, vampier shades take a little extra work but this one isn’t anywhere near as streaky or tricky as those. If you want an intense, perfected black lip though, you do need an extra layer!
Madrid is described as a warm redwood. This was limited edition.
Madrid is another cool-toned, dark, brown-red. The reason for me including this despite it no longer being available is that the brand often re-releases old shades so it may make a comeback in future. If you absolutely love it, Plath or Hawkwind are probably the closest you’re going to get.
For the sake of comparison, I made two collages featuring all of the shades so that you can see them side by side. Here are the more nude and neutral shades.
These are the more out-there, colourful shades.
The formula of the lipsticks is similar to a lot of others I have tried so if you have worn liquid lipsticks before, you will probably be familiar with it. They go on like a liquid that is thick enough to stay put and not run down your face. You have about thirty seconds to work, smoothing them out and getting that nice even edge before they dry down. If you want to go in with a second coat, it is best to wait until the first is dry before layering it up. Then you’re set and have a completely matte lip.
These are long lasting, only budging if you eat something oily, and wear away quite evenly. I don’t find these uncomfortably drying on the lips but I wear liquid lipsticks almost every single day so I am used to how they feel.
Other than that, in case my collection hasn’t given it away, I’m a big fan of these lipsticks and if you’re in the market for a new liquid lipstick, I definitely recommend them. As I said if you’re not a fan of liquid to matte lipsticks, they won’t convert you but if you are, even if you’re a collector, I am sure there will be a shade here that you don’t already own!
In Ireland and the UK, the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are available from Debenhams or the Debenhams website for €21/£17 each with free shipping on orders over €30/£45, or €4.95/£3.49 otherwise.
In the US, you can get them at Sephora or the Sephora website for $20+tax each with free shipping on orders over $50, or $5.95 otherwise.
Alternatively, they can be bought directly from the Kat Von D Beauty website for $20+tax/€16.30+tax/£14.22+tax each with free shipping on orders over $50 in the US or over $150 internationally. Otherwise shipping is $5.95 in the US, $12.31 to Ireland or $6.83 to the UK. That brings the total, including tax and shipping for one liquid lipstick to €31.27 to Ireland or £27.28 to the UK. Kat Von D Beauty also seem to regularly offer free gifts with purchases.
Have you tried the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks? How do you think they rank against others? Have you tried anything else from the brand?
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