I’d gotten the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft as a sample a couple of months ago and fell in love. So when I went to Sephora to pick up a new blender cleanser solid, I couldn’t resist picking it up in the the full-size. I started swatching some of the other lipsticks that caught my eye and ended up falling in love with Cathedral, which is described as a ‘matte coco rose’. Unfortunately it was out of stock in store and online. I was so obsessed with the color that I kept the swatch on my forearm and walked over to my nearest MAC counter to look for a dupe. Which is how I found their matte lipstick in Whirl and ended up taking that home too.
I’m not going to do my usual more formal rated review of these lipsticks. I’ll just say right now I’m a fan of both and if you like these kinds of colors then I fully recommended them. Since I’m talking about both I didn’t want to make this too complicated.
I do give KVD brownie points for the extra details of her initials in raised lettering on top of the cap and imprinted into the actual lipstick.
Since Lovecraft is the original reason for this post I’ll start with it. It’s described as a ‘pink mauve nude’ and it’s exactly that. It’s such a beautiful nude for fall, it has kind of a cooler, dusty rose feel to it. Whirl is described as a ‘dirty rose’, it has a lot more brown to it with a little mauve. Although both are a matte finish, neither are too drying on the lips. You still want to put on a lip balm before applying. I think the KVD is slightly less drying. They both have great color payoff and wear well even with eating and drinking. They fade pretty evenly an despite some transfer I don’t feel the need to reapply right away.
I’ve worn them both already and am loving them so far. Most days I’m wearing Lovecraft because it’s just an easy wearable color with good lasting power. If I feel like something darker, I go for Whirl. It definitely gives me the 90’s feels, so if you’re into that you need to pick this up.
I wore Whirl on a night out for a friend’s big 30th birthday celebration with a dark red liner underneath to give it a more brick red look and really liked the effect. Sorry for the lighting, I didn’t get to take the picture until late, but you get the idea.
She even had a photobooth, which we took full advantage of. Okay, by ‘we’ I mean me. M humored my relentless hounding to jump in there. Oh yah, this is M by the way. I’m pretty sure I’ve really had him in a post.
It was fun getting all dressed up for a night, since those opportunities are fewer and far between these days. We were up waaay later than usual, but it was so much fun to celebrate our friend and spend time with everyone all at once.
What new fall lipsticks have you picked up recently?