Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow & Blush ($19) is a new, limited edition blush and eyeshadow formula that was inspired by Kat’s best loved shade of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. It’s marketed as a universal shade of chestnut rose that contains a balance of tones that gives it a neutral finish that makes it easy to work with many different complexion. The concept is an interesting one to say the least, One ring to rule them all, ahem, I mean one shade to rule all skin tones. But we all know that colors and shades aren’t always one size fits all, sometimes it’s a one size fits most situation.
None the less, universal shading aside, I decided to purchase Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow & Blush for a number of different reasons. One, I like Kat’s makeup and two, most importantly I like Lolita and I found it intriguing to see it turned into a blush and eyeshadow.
Here’s my thoughts.
Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow & Blush comes your way in a black compact with Kat’s initials on the clear window in the front. It’s 0.11 oz in size and will set you back $19. Interestingly enough this makes it cheaper and larger in size compared to Kat’s line of Metal Crush Eyeshadows which are 0.10 oz and $21 each. Lolita is a limited edition shade but I’m wondering if they are testing the market for potentially launching a full range of matte shades like this or maybe they’ll do other shades like in the future as there are a good deal of shades have the potential to be made into a dual-formula eyeshadow and blush like the shade Mother.
This is marketed as a triple-milled, ultra-blendable velvety powder with high pigmentation. And it’s over marketed every slightly…! First off, I don’t own any of Kat’s pasted matte shades like ones featured in Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette so, I can’t speak about how this formula compares to that one. When they say velvety I expected something along the lines of the creamy powder consistency of Stila Eyeshadows. Velvety can be misleading as this has a firm, dense texture that could be considered dry but not powdery in the least. I wouldn’t say the formula was tripled-milled either as one would expect it to be much, much softer and silkier. Don’t be discouraged though, it’s actually a formula that’s fairly easy to work with.
As an eyeshadow there is some building required with this but I cannot complain at all about that. I personally wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a harsher shade for eyes and I think it makes it a lot easier to wear if you can slowly build it as needed. I spent a little time wearing it sheer and it looked fab and I built it very easily by layering for a more dramatic look. In my photos below I have about three layers of it in place and blended onto my lid. It has a cranberry-ish finish on my eyes that didn’t accentuate my darker circles and give me a bruised, tired appearance. I love cranberries but they can accentuate dark circles and make my eyes tired looking but this shade did not do this at all. If anything at all it actually made my brown eyes look bigger and wider. I struggled a little picking up color with a regular eyeshadow brush so I used a sponge tipped eyeshadow applicator to blend color onto my lid and into my crease. I actually like how versatile the shade was because it worked great alone with a little black eyeliner on my water but it also looks incredible combined with gold or even with a soft creamy beige all over the lid and this blended into the outer v. You can get quite creative with the color.
As a blush it’s a little more challenging to use. For some reason it applies sheer on eyes but a bit too pigmented on cheeks. A little goes a very, very long way! Start sheer, build slowly for the best finish. I found I had to buff it into my skin well so I didn’t have a bad case of muddy clown cheeks. Yup, muddy! It pulls a little brown on my cheeks and isn’t quite as “universally” flattering as advertised. If you spend a little time with it and you buff it well it has a beautiful seamless, airbrushed appearance and kind of gives you a bit of an 80s chiseled cheek bone look. It kind of contours and accentuates the cheeks of your face. The wear was good on both my eyes and cheeks with no creasing or fading for a solid eight hours.
I liked Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow & Blush quite a lot more than I thought I would. The density of the powder had me concerned but turns out it was very easy to work with. Not to mention the color is quite beautiful.
I’d recommend Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow & Blush as a purchase! It’s quite lovely.
Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow & Blush is available now at sephora.com.
Do share your thoughts on the formula.