This post has taken a ridiculously long time, I’m aware. The reasons? Well, I wanted to do comparisons, but then a wealth of other things hit me in a deluge right after I got them, one of which was my new job. I wanted to do full face pictures of all the shades, but I couldn’t wear these shades to work, but I didn’t have the time to apply (cause I was just barely on time most days), take picture, remove and then reapply, plus by the time I got home it was dark, so… here we are now.
On black Friday I had gotten three KVD liquid lipsticks in Berlin, Vampira and L.U.V.
I had wanted L.U.V. for a long time because I saw so many people wearing it and it looked great. I got Vampira because I wanted a matte liquid version of it, I still had both of these in the tube version, but the L.U.V. had gone bad so I didn’t feel too bad about duping myself. Berlin I got because it looked like a nice coral shade.
Below are swatches of all the colours of the liquid lipsticks, one of the reasons that I wanted to do comparisons is because I noticed a difference in tone in the liquids versus the solids. Since they’re different formulas, I wasn’t expecting them to be absolutely the same. But it’s ridiculous how completely different some colours are.
Berlin I wound up returning immediately because, what the damn?! While I like Vampira, it pulled really yellow on me. When I put it on, it looked like iodine on my lips and had none of the depth of the solid form, for comparison, pictures below. I’m not sure if you can see it, but the Everlasting Love, has a brown red/burgundy finish. While the Liquid Love has a slightly yellow, rather than red undertone to it’s brown.
L.U.V. on the other hand was just a different colour altogether from the original. The irony of that being, even though the original was quite obviously cool toned, it looked way better on me than this one did. That warm violet shade that I saw on everyone else that wore it, looked like a chalky pastel mess against my golden undertones. Comparison pictures below.
Doesn’t the first shade look as if it would look horrid on me and the second just right? Nope. And this has been kinda the uproar with the new formulations of the colours, like Tarte, the colours have changed drastically, yet retained their previous names. One of the biggest disappointments has been the new purple brown colour of Lolita, it’s now more brown girl friendly, but a lot of very fair and/or cool toned ladies that had appointed that colour to HG status, can no longer wear it. Personally I like and can wear both colours, but the new version is definitely more vampy than the innocence alluded to by it’s predecessor, so in reality, it’s no longer really Lolita like.
In the end I did return Vampira and Berlin, L.U.V. I kept for too long trying to make it work, and when I just couldn’t I sold it on MUABS.com.
The only KVD lipstick that wound up keeping was a Studded Kiss in BauHau5. This shade it everything! It’s a gorgeous neutral raspberry shade that absolutely flatters my complexion, but I think would probably work for most.
The lasting on this shade is ridic! Although, transfer is a bitch, it gets all over everything! I don’t really mind too much though, because as much as it transfers it still manages to leave a lot of colour on the lips. When it’s removed, it leaves a lovely deep pink shade. The shade below is one pass on my arm, in reality it is soooo much deeper than this leads one to believe.
The end. Jokes! No, for really, I’m kinda mad at L.U.V. for being so drastically different and if Sephora could keep these things on either their virtual or physical shelves long enough, I might be able to compare the new solid formula to see if it’s the same as the old one. As for Vampira, I’m not too mad because I already had the solid, and I prefer the finish anyway. But, dear sweet lord, the star of the show (for me) was Bauhau5, I even tried to dupe it with a Nars shade and no go, it’s a really unique shade that I think just about anyone could wear well.