Review: Kat Von D Spellbinding Lipstick Set
The colors vary pretty wildly, from “out there” colors like purple to really wearable neutrals. I was expecting a little more variation in the finishes, but it’s not a big deal. All of them have a creamy, smooth texture and a glossy finish, save one, which is a glitterbomb. (“Foiled” or whatever we’re calling this shit.) Because of the color variation, this is definitely a product for someone who loves to switch up their look.Like most of Kat Von D’s products, the packaging is really lovely. Unfortunately, there is one absolutely fatal flaw. Someone who was not thinking very hard decided that it was a good idea to stamp product numbers in the exact same spot they wrote the shade names. As a result, you have to open each tube in order to figure out what it inside of it. When you have ten of these motherfuckers, that is a huge ass pain.
Pigmentation on all of these was really nice, with one exception– I thought that Lovecraft was a little weak actually. You could build up to opacity, but only with a few swipes of color.
Here’s a little more information about each color:
Backstage Bambi is a bubblegum pink that incredibly reminiscent of the hard, bland gum you got at Halloween when you were eight. Luckily, the color translates much better to lips than it does to candy.
Thin Lizzy is a medium-dark Halloween-y orange with tons of glitter. I think the color is really pretty, but the level of glitter makes the texture feel gritty and unpleasant on my lips. If you’re going to a Halloween party, though, this is definitely your lipstick!
Ritual is a lovely brownish pink color with a bit of shimmer. It looks like a nude lip that is kicked up a notch!
A Go-Go is the absolute perfect non-apologetic orange. Crayola marker orange, if you will. It’s just a hair darker and more intense than my Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar in Beta.
Bachelorette is a popsicle red. It’s a red that feels, in it’s heart of hearts, that it should have been a pink. This is one of the all stars in this collection!
Lovecraft is another pink color with some brown in it. It’s a little pinker than Ritual (which skews more orange/brown), it’s a little lighter, it’s got less shimmer and it is less pigmented. That being said, it’s definitely in the same color family as Ritual and will probably appeal to many of the same people.
Underage Red I feel like I have to hate on principle because I find the name beyond inappropriate. If I am spending money, I am just not going to spend money on a product that seems to be making a joke about pedophilia. I’m just not going to. The color is a bright, warm red.
Mau5 (they definitely have a music theme for some of these names!) is another one my favorites. It’s a huge bummer that it is not availible in a full sized version. It’s a dark, dramatic and slight shimmery red with some neat-looking pink undertones.
L. U. V. is a wonderful medium purple. If you took OCC’s Hoochie and you made it darker and dustier, this is what it would look like.
Vampira is the third of my favorites favorite. It’s super vampy, but wearable at the same time.
I also did a “four hour and a meal” test with three of the lipsticks: one dark, one neutral, and one red. All three passed easily.
The entire set retails for $39 for 0.42oz of lipstick ($45.24 per ounce). A typical Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick costs $19 for 0.11oz ($172.72 per ounce). If you presume that the lipsticks are worth the same amount, ounce per ounce, this kit is worth $72.55, with each lipstick being worth $7.25. This means that the kit is still worth it even if you only like some of the lipstick colors. 39/7.25= 5.38. Thus, as long as you like six out of ten of the lipsticks, you’re getting a pretty good deal. (Although I’m sure you can get away with putting unwanted colors in a gift basket or two when the holidays roll around.)