Triggered by a night out wearing Kat von D "Bauhaus", I have temporarily dismissed my glossy creams and am plumping for matte statement lips. It's official - I am in the midst of lip stain addiction.
To further prove this, in the last week I have bought a black/red, a brown nude, a purple and even a lilac. Today I bought three Colorpop shades - Clueless, Beeper and Limbo - as they are apparently the Kylie Lip Kit originals that she just licensed for her release. I'm really going cray over here.
Now within this haul period I also managed to grab a Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita...and well, it's been a bit of a revelation.
Lolita is the shade that everyone seems to want. It's not surprising as it's a universally wearable 90's-esque rose-brown that is easy to slap on for daily wear. It flatters skin, whitens teeth and adds definition to your face without overwhelming.
Now a word on the formula - the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are not all borne equal. Some dry down a different (and always more disappointing) shade than the packaging would lead you to believe, and some require a carefully measured quantity on application, often refusing to dry down and bond if applied too enthusiastically.
Lolita is one of the better offerings. It dries matte fast and the chestnut rose shade is fairly accurate, meaning no ugly surprises when applied. It will last through a lunch, perhaps revealing a bit of wear on lip corners but nothing more noteworthy than that.
On it's own it's nice. Yep, very nice.
When I first got this I thought that it worked well on it's own but...it can be made better. It can have greater depth.
Enter Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rose Brown.
If you look at the swatch positioned at the top of this post you will see that both products are virtually the same colour. But still, slapping the Art Stick over the top will help lips at least appear slightly less shrivelled and dry while giving a slightly more complimentary tone.
I am very into it.
It gives definition without feeling clownish and although the whole 90's lip trend drips heavy with cliche, I do think this is flattering enough for me to keep grasping onto it.
It must have made a positive impression on me because this is the first time I have been remotely tempted to selfie in months. Pulling unnatural lip pouts and reviewing the result in an highly unflattering DSLR viewfinder just wasn't something I felt like doing lately - unless I really wanted a prompt to book my next botox appointment. It's not that I feel old and ugly exactly...but you know how it goes: sometimes we are "on" and sometimes we are not. The lip combo makes me feel on.
I'll end this post by saying:
a) Try this lip combo and
b) I am attempting Blogmas. No, sod that. I will/need to commit to this. I AM DOING BLOGMAS. One post every day in December. I have lots of ideas and lots of chat to note down so let's do this guyz. *high five*.
:) See you tomorrow then!
PS. You can only buy Kat von D at Sephora - it's a Sephora owned brand - and Bobbi Brown, well pretty much anywhere!