Sunday, 16 August 2015

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - Vampira

I'm inherently lazy and I often fear embarrassment, and it's for this reason that if I know that at some point I'm likely to have to eat, I tend to avoid wearing lipstick that day (hey, I don't want a super smudgey mouth, nor do I care to get a mirror out and take the time to reapply, usually). So when my cousin came out for lunch with me sporting a seemingly unsmudgeable lipstick I had to get in on the action - and so I ordered myself one of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. Unfortunately the super pretty nude that she was rocking (Lolita) seems perpetually sold out so I settled for a colour right across the other end of the scale and opted for the "deep reddish burgundy" of Vampira.

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick In Vampira

Now these aren't available in the UK so I had to search far and wide for them, and ended up ordering from Sephora - I found them on other sites, but the prices were around the same; and they're definitely far from cheap. I bought this and the Tattoo Liner in Trooper, and both came in at just under £50 including shipping and taxes (I checked on Sephora, and the lipstick alone would cost £26.37) but I bit my tongue and ordered them anyway; it's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it.

When this arrived, I had to double-take - it was brown. I panicked for a solid ten minutes about how I was going to wear a brown lipstick; and wear it I would have to, given that it cost me even more than my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry. However, when I finally thought to pull the applicator out, I realised my mistake - in bulk, clearly this shade resembles a muddy brown, but when you use it as directed this is a super deep purpley red. It's not lightyears away from Glastonberry, in fact - but it's not quite like anything else that I own.

Kat Von D Vampira Swatches

You have to work fast with this stuff - the doefoot applicator makes it hard to get an exact smooth line and an even colour (especially if you're poor at drawing like myself) and you have little room to fix it up, because when it's set - it's set for good. I tried wiping this (little to no transfer), kissing Katy's face repeatedly (some transfer, but none missing from my lips) and I got a whole night in the pub eating, drinking and being merry before I had to top it up - definitely longer than I would out of your run of the mill lipstick tube. You do have to be careful with this stuff though, and keep an eye on it - as it started to wear off, it's a stark line sort of wear as opposed to a smooth wear off, and maybe with the lighter nudes that wouldn't be so dramatic, but with Vampira it looks super strange.

Was it worth the money? I'm not sure. I like not having to top them up as much - but I also hate the paranoia that I have to check whether they're wearing off. They're super comfortable and not overly drying on the lips - I'd definitely be willing to give the paler colours a go, but maybe the dark ones are for special occasions, where I'm going to have free and frequent access to a mirror, only. I do have to say though - for something with such strong staying power, these really are super easy to get off at the end of the night - so extra points for that.

What liquid lipsticks could you recommend?

Sammy xo.

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