I've been sitting here trying to come up with a proper introduction for this post but all I can think of is the brand's latest controversy about the name Underage Red which is one of the colors offered in the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick line. In that article, Kat Von D explains how she came up with the name. Basically she was denied entry to her first punk-rock concert because she was underage, and she happened to be wearing a red lipstick. She insists there's nothing sexual about it, just a name to “cherish a memory“, and it totally made perfect sense to me. I personally do not have anything against the name at all but I can see why some are bothered by it. Maybe I am just desensitized about these controversial names after years of wearing makeup with even more controversial names?
Well, I didn't mean to turn this into a controversy discussion post but I just felt like it needed to be mentioned. :D Now, let's get on with the review of Bachelorette — a color less red and definitely with a lighter and safer name in comparison! ;D
Shown here is a deluxe sample size which is packaged in a typical lip gloss tube with standard doe-foot applicator. It's a rather skinny tube but seeing how pigmented it is, and how rare I wear red lips, this tube is going to last me a really, really long time! The applicator is not quite precise and as a finishing touch, I find myself needing a lip brush to perfect the edges of my lips. It doesn't have any scent as far as I am aware.
Bachelorette is a pretty, vibrant reddish fuchsia. The creamy formula applies slightly glossy initially but will set to a smooth, ultra-matte finish within a few minutes. It is the flat matte type without any shine or shimmer and without tackiness or stickiness. Once set, it is transfer-resistant as I once tried touching my lips with my clean finger and nothing transferred to it!
One swipe will reach its full opacity and cover my natural lip color perfectly. It is layerable to a stronger red if desired without looking heavy or thick. I find that a formula like this needs to be applied over well-exfoliated lips to prevent it from emphasizing dry flakes. You may also apply a lip balm underneath but make sure that you blot dry before applying the lipstick as anything balmy or oily will reduce the wear time.
On its own, Bachelorette lasts well over 5-6 hours through small eating and drinking but if applied over a slightly oily base, it will last only half the time. It isn't a very moisturizing formula to begin with, and depending on the current condition of your lips, you may find it to be drying especially towards the end of wear. It is to be expected, though, for such a long-lasting formula. My advice: try to keep a lip balm close by to recondition your lips! :)
Below is how Bachelorette looks on me. I chose to pair it with subtly shimmery lid color and intense black eyeliner while keeping the rest of the makeup simple so that the focus is on the lips! :) I'm not too crazy about it highlighting fine lines and texture on my lips but I've got to say, the color is spot on! ♥
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is obviously formulated for those who love a long-lasting matte finish. I wish it wore a little more comfortable towards the end but I don't think I have come across a long-wearing matte formula that does that. Bachelorette itself is quite a unique red as it isn't full-on red but with a bit of fuchsia in it, truly a fun and youthful shade, just like you'd expect to feel when you go to a bachelorette party! :)