June 14, 2017

Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow & Blush Review & Swatches

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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.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Carol G

    Unfortunately, I missed it. I wonder if it will be restocked because there is no space to put your email in just in case it comes back in stock on the website like there usually is when a product is out of stock. It just says, “This will be available in stores 6/15”. I wonder if the JCP Sephoras will get it. I live too far away to go to a regular Sephora, but I have a JCP near me. This sounds lovely though…

    • Isabella Muse

      I heard JCP stores already have it in stock but I’d call before going out of your way! I wonder too, seems odd to have the one day launch and have it disappear so fast. I imagine a restock on 6/15.

      • Jennifer

        No online restock according to KVD Instagram. In stores only today until they sell out.

        • Isabella Muse

          I somehow doubt that ;-D I bet it comes back for the Holidays or some equally dumb nonsense.

          • kjh

            Yeah, it’s gotten so we cannot believe a thing these cos say.

          • Isabella Muse

            yup! my thoughts exactly. “It’s never coming back” few weeks past, “GUESS WHAT?! Due to high demand we are bringing it back!”

  • Caroline

    I bought this and think it’s great, but I have to say – I swatched it next to my Lolita liquid lipstick, and the shades really aren’t that similar! I was hoping for more of a dead-on dupe, just in powder form. Still a nice product, though; I think I’ll get a lot of use out of it this fall!

    • Isabella Muse

      Not really no and it becomes more obvious once you apply it as this goes more cranberry versus a dusky brown rose ya know? I think I will too!

  • Maria

    Hi Muse. The color looks pretty on you. I just got mine yesterday and did not use it yet. By the way, what brand of sponge applicators did you use? I brought a big bag from Amazon that has great reviews. It has 80 applicators. Thanks.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Maria! Thanks! Let me know how it works for you! No particular brand, I buy them in bulk from an ebay seller, they are much like the ones sephora has available! I use them to swatch with so I buy 1500 at a time 🙂

      • Maria

        Wow only 1500!! I did not know they had so many in one package.!! Lol.

        • Isabella Muse

          LOL! yeah they sell them in bulk on ebay. I use them to swatch with when I do reviews so I go through them stupid fast! They are just a generic no name brand from ebay but very handy for swatching!

          • kjh

            Now I know why your swatches always look so even and often more true to pan than other’s swatches. These can s.t. fix bad-app e/s, too.

          • Isabella Muse

            Not this one I fear lol! but thank you for that! 😀 I always feel like I make such a mess swatching 😀

  • Dora

    I am interested in trying it but think I will wait to test it in the store before buying — even if that means I miss it entirely. So intrigued by the idea. I actually picked up a similar shadow — but realize now that it’s much more red than Lolita. (From some brand I’ve never heard of — for $4 from Cosmetic Market — do you know the place in NYC? Lots of makeup that like fell of a truck somewhere? LOL.) I tried putting it on this morning, my husband said that I looked ill (I was going for edgy!), so I took it off.

    • Isabella Muse

      Smart choice! 😀 you can swatch and play before buying! Haha yes I know it, we refer to it as the place with the stale rochers! 😀 Only place you can get Rochers from Christmas 2010 lol! Try a little old with it! 😀

      • Dora

        Bahahahahaha. It is a very random place. It’s near where I get my hair cut so I usually take a zip through before an appointment. Honestly, I am sure I end up decluttering most of what I buy there — but it’s fun to poke around in. I think my only really good find was Stila Kitten for like $6. (It was probably also leftover from 2010.)

        • Isabella Muse

          oh I like to poke around there too you aren’t alone lol! And they keep it pretty well organized too which for some reason surprises me 🙂 I didn’t know you were in NYC we should meet up one day!

          • Dora

            Kind of like an old-fashioned hardware store — with all the bins full of stuff. Yup, in NYC. We should meet for shopping/coffee!

          • Isabella Muse

            yes exactly 🙂 It’s kind of fun to walk in and be surprised what you’ll find. That would be fab! Email anytime! I’ll bring the stale rochers haha!

  • blee

    PRETTY, Musey girl! I think it would be a great crease color? 😀

  • Dee

    It’s very pretty on you. I’m reminded of Cliniques Black Honey.

    • Isabella Muse

      I never about that but yes it does remind me of Black Honey and thanks Dee 😀 <3!

  • Jennifer

    I have worn it twice already! I like it. It’s too dark for me as a blush. Maybe if I get a tan…. But as an eye shadow, I love it. I did have to layer it. But I agree with you Muse, I like the option to wear it more sheer or pile it on for drama.

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! Glad you are liking on eyes! I had a better experience on my eyes as well!

  • TwirlyGirly

    Ordered it, received it, love it!

    Whether it pulls brown or a more rosy tint has everything to do with your skintone, IMO. On me, I don’t get the brown on either my cheeks or eyes (my skin is neutral, light-medium beige. I wear MUFE Ultra HD foundation in R330 [Warm Beige] ).

    I agree with you, Miss Muse, the formula is dry but not powdery; I think compromises have to be made when trying to formulate a product that works well on both cheeks and eyes. I don’t have a problem with the dryness at all.

    To make it easier to blend out on the cheeks (if it seems too pigmented for your skintone), try using a synthetic brush and first dip the tip of the brush in finishing powder, then tap off the excess on the back of your hand before tapping the brush on the blush. Might help to sheer it out a bit before applying to your cheeks! Of course, YMMV….

    • Isabella Muse

      I agree, it def does depend on your skin tone. Great tip on the powder! 😀 I’m going to try that!

    • kjh

      Suspect I’m with you, that it would pull rosy. I’m KGD 013, nw15-20. That’s ~320, 330, I think. Even lip shades vary verrry highly. Always surprised that a lip shade looks like a different universe than a posted review. I think I’ll really like it as a blush, so thanks for the desaturating tip. Idt it will look anything like Lolita, either of them, on me. To me, Lolita goes with colors like Mufe Canyon (love!) or other Mufe auburn shades.

  • Amy

    Great review.
    This color looks pretty on you.
    What brushes did you use, to apply as a blush?

  • Kelvene Spencer

    Great review! Do you have anything similar in your collection?

  • Isa

    I’ll definitely get this if it becomes available here! This colour is right up my alley. I also hope that this might be a soft launch of a new product line for KvD. Her line is missing blush after the shade+light ones got pulled.

    Also, the look is great on you! I think pull off red tones exceptionally well. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thanks Isa 😀 I def agree her line is somewhat lacking in the blush dept!

  • Carolina

    It’s GORGEOUS!
    I wish they make it permanent, as I live in Portugal it’s so hard to get, I only have one website that I can purchase Kat Von D and they don’t have this eyeshadow/blush 🙁

  • Sam

    I’ve done so much trying to get this perfect shade. But I keep missing. Any chance you know a dupe? I need this color as an eyeshadow! <3

    • Isabella Muse

      Illamasqua Angst is a rich cranberry red, not a dupe but sheered out you might get the same effect as Lolita. Makeup Forever Eyeshadow Crimson 64 is another nice, matte cranberry. Again, not a complete dupe but lovely as well! Hope this helps!

  • Logan

    I purchased this too and I’m having some issues (maybe I’m not putting it on well?)
    It’s very very sheer on me (and I’m very very white) and even when I build up, the pigment seems to disappear. It also keeps creasing. I am curious about this sponge tipped brush you have. Do you have a link for it?
    Thank you! (My 1st comment on your blog!!! I love you!)

  • Rebecca Miles

    I will admit I love reqding your reviews because theyre very down to earth and realistic, as if my girlfriend and I are playing with make up amd chatting. But, I’m sad to say, the grammar and spelling is atrocious. I cringe a little, sometimes, as I am reading. Is there no editor or peer reviewer around? I mean this is basic, grade level writing. Come on babe, even if this is just a hobby, you can give your work a little more attention.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Rebecca. Thanks for your feedback and I’m so glad you feel like you’re chatting with a friend when you’re here 😉 Sorry. I def make mistakes. I’m typically up at 4:30 am to start writing posts because I have a full time job that’s not blogging. At 4:30 I’m probably typing with one eye open and my fingers are faster than my brain is thinking. Sorry for the errors. I don’t have an editor to read over my work before I post it. I typically try to skim through it fast before I schedule it but I do make mistake that’s for sure! Sorry about that :-/ but as far as not giving it a lot of work and attention, I do 🙂 too much in fact! I spend a lot of time trying to put together content, take photos, etc…! Please don’t think I’m not working hard based on spelling/grammar errors.