I never cared much for liquid lipsticks, until I first laid eyes on Lolita – arguably the most elusive, most sought after liquid lipstick in the beauty world. Lolita has changed a lot since it was first released; the perfect dusty rose underwent reformulation, and with that the shade itself was also changed to what we know as ‘the bad batch’. Described as chestnut rose, it’s a much darker shade that has either the perfect amount of brown or too much brown, depending on who you ask. To throw a spanner into the works, Kat Von D decided to release Lolita II, because there weren’t enough Lolitas to keep up with already – but I’m glad she did.
I first got my hands on “bad-batch” Lolita mid-last year, and I still hate to admit it but I found myself rather disappointed. I sought the perfect MLBB shade in a matte liquid lipstick form, but Lolita was not it. On me, it’s a cool-toned brown with a slight hint of grey; it just doesn’t agree with my olive skin tone, in fact, it makes me look dead. I love it on so many people, and I’ve been told it suits me, but I just don’t like it on me. The shade in this duo swatches a smidge lighter on my arm, but looks exactly the same on the lips as my full sized Lolita. If it were a little lighter and a little warmer, I would love it. Bummer.
Lolita II on the other hand, couldn’t be more perfect – it was love at first swipe and I wore it to non-stop during the summer. Kat Von D has called this shade “Lolita’s brighter alter-ego” but I’m surprised she has made this shade part of the Lolita family – it’s not just a slight variation, it’s completely different! Lolita II is accurately described as a terracotta nude, with orange and pink tones. I thought it would be a lot brighter on the lips when I first saw the tube, but it dries a little bit darker and is still quite wearable for everyday. This is my favourite liquid lipstick of life and I will need the full size pronto.
I have a feeling the Lolita shade saga isn’t over yet, but at least Kat Von D has absolutely nailed the formulation of her liquid lipsticks. They have a very creamy consistency and glide on the lips with the utmost ease and comfort. They take a minute to set to a completely matte finish, which allows for any application adjustments to be made without it getting messy. Once they’re set, they don’t transfer. They are mostly opaque on the lips, although Lolita can swatch a little bit patchy and I find myself needing two coats to get full coverage. The staying power is super impressive, lasting 6 hours before starting to fade (that’s through food and drink, too!). They have a very light sweet scent, definitely not overpowering. There is no flaking, they don’t crack or emphasise lines nor wear off weirdly like some liquid lipsticks tend to do, and overall they feel comfortable on the lips compared to other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. After a few hours they can feel a tiny bit drying but still bearable; however this is true with most matte lipsticks. As always, if needed, take necessary measures before wearing matte formulas – exfoliate and apply lip balm.
I think Kat Von D has nailed the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula and they are worth checking out – the range has an impressive 28 shades, offering options to suit all skin tones. I will be trying to mix Lolita with other liquid lipsticks to see if I can get it to work on me; but for now I’m smitten with Lolita II and I’m glad I gave it a go. Next on my list are Bow N Arrow and Double Dare.
This duo of minis was purchased as a holiday set in December last year and is no longer in stock; but both Lolita and Lolita II are available in full size (6.6g) on the Sephora Australia website and retail for $30.
Have you tried Lolita? What’s your favourite liquid lipstick?