Kat Von D Beauty: Lolita Lip Duo and Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Synergy

November 5, 2015

I’ve been hauling a few things here and there from Sephora and recently picked up some items from Kat Von D Beauty. The Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21 for 2.8 g) in Synergy has been on my wishlist for a long time but it’s something I always forget to pick up in store so I ordered it online. It’s a glorious copper bronze with the most amazing texture and shimmer. The Lolita Lip Duo ($19.50 for 2 x 0.10 oz) is a new limited-edition pack of two mini liquid lipsticks in the classic Lolita shade (dark chestnut rose) and a new Lolita II (dark terracotta). The Lolita Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is something that appears to have reached cult status. By the time I decided I wanted to try it, most of the shades in the formula were sold out (and many still are). As soon as the Lolita Lip Duo popped up online I decided this was the time to try it out (although Lolita is also in the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Set too).

Up first is a review on the Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Synergy which is a super pigmented bronze shimmer eyeshadow. It’s so soft and velvety it’s almost like a pressed pigment. I have nothing but good things to say about this one. One swipe with a brush and it glides onto the lids beautifully. I would say the texture is similar to that of Urban Decay shimmer eyeshadows but the Kat Von D Beauty Metal Crush is softer. The color is high in shimmer but it’s not over the top and wears beautifully as a smokey bronze. On my face it pulls warm. On the hand it pulls more neutral at least on me. Your mileage may vary depending on how warm or cool your complexion is. Being the neutral lover that I am I wish this formula came in more neutral shades like a soft peach, tan gold, or champagne. Most of the colors in this formula are edgy and very bold. 

You can apply these with a dry or damp brush.  The pigment is so good you really don’t need a damp brush to intensify the color. Even blended out you can see there’s still a lot of color that shows up. Lasting power is very good with this one – it stayed put all day from early morning until late evening without smudging or fading. Since the texture is soft and powdery there is some fallout when you apply it, but once it’s on the skin it doesn’t move unless you rub your eyes.

Here are a few swatched comparisons:

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto (c/o, review here)
MAC Pigment in Chocolate Brown (discontinued)
MAC Eyeshadow in Sable

Up next is the Lolita Lip Duo. I had very high hopes for this as there are over 3,000 reviews on the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula online at Sephora, most have extremely high ratings with tons of raves. I think I overhyped this in my head and the fact that Lolita was near impossible to find made me have high expectations. The formula is on point for a liquid lipstick. The texture is super pigmented so you only need a little bit to cover the entire lip. The lasting power is also quite impressive. Even with the matte finish formula the product doesn’t feel dry on the lips. I will say this is half love, and half luke-warm. The regular Lolita is a dark chestnut brown pink which swatches beautifully on the hands but on my lips it turns very dark and cool. If it were 1-2 shades lighter and a bit warmer I think it would be 100% love. On my medium olive complexion I feel like it looks like dark death. Lolita II on the other hand is pure love. It’s a terracotta orange pink shade that I expected to look like an orange brick brown color on the lips but I find the warmth makes it more wearable for my olive complexion. It does darken on my lips after it dries but I still really like it.

After doing some searching on Google it appears Lolita has gone through a few variations. Some show the original one to be lighter and more neutral which is something I think I would have loved. The current one appears to be darker and more cool-toned by 2-3 shades.

Note your mileage may vary depending on your skintone, for some reason these darken on my lips and look different than they do in the tubes and when swatched on the hands/arms:

Swatch comparisons below:
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme in Mahogany (c/o, review here)
Tom Ford Lip Color in Negligee (swatches here)
Buxom Lip Foundation in Revealed (c/o)
MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
Tom Ford Lip Color in Twist of Fate (review here)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme in J’Adore (c/o, review here)
Buxom Lip Foundation in Bare (c/o)

One last shot below:
Overall, two hits and one miss for me which isn’t bad considering I ordered the lip duo sight unseen. I’m not sure if it’s just a combination of my skin tone and lip tone which both seem to turn Lolita dark on my face. Synergy Eyeshadow is pure love. It’s such a pretty warm bronzey color that seems perfect for year round. I hope they expand the color range in the eyeshadow formula because it’s just so so good.

I’m still relatively new to the Kat Von D Beauty line. I do adore and love her Ink Liner which is among the best that I’ve tried. I’ve used up one and repurchased it. If you have any other favorites please let me know what you think I should check out.

The Kat Von D Beauty line can be found exclusively at Sephora. The Lolita Lip Duo is limited-edition while Synergy Eyeshadow is part of the permanent lineup. (P.S. Sephora’s VIB Rouge Sale starts tomorrow 11/6 with code ROUGE20 online, stay tuned for recs and my wishlist!)

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  • I really love her liquid lipsticks. My all-time favorite KvD lip product though is Studded Kiss lipstick in Lovecraft. It's a great mauvey pink and doesn't come out as dark as Lolita.

    • Thanks for the rec Florence, I'll check out Lovecraft next time I'm at Sephora!

  • That eyeshadow does look amazing, I swatch all of them every time I go to Sephora and they all look so good that I can never decide which one to get. The Tattoo Liner is my absolute favorite too!

    Agata http://herandmakeup.com

    • The shadow is amazing! I have a mini liquid liner from KVD, not sure if it's the Tattoo one, but I'll have to check and if it's not I'm going to try the Tattoo one next ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The fact that Lolita looks so different on everyone is what has made me wary about picking it up, and I actually think I prefer the warmer Lolita II. That Kat Von D eyeshadow is beautiful!

    • It really does look so different on everyone!

  • I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised that I'd ever purchase anything Kat Von D as I hardly consider her a style icon–at least not for this 71 year old! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But, I purchased Lolita and was won over. With my fair skin and abundance of silver hair around my face, it is a moody color–a bit edgy; a bit dark, but easily wearable. I like to wear it with grey and charcoal shades on the eyes and a very subtle cheek. Of course, I do my usual cheat and add a bit of glossy balm, but other than that, Lolita is lovely just as it is. Surprise!

    • I think Lolita would look amazing on fair skin or tan/dark skin! Sounds so gorgeous on you. I think I'm right in the middle + my olive skintone clashes somehow.

  • Ahhhhh that shadow! So gorgeous. I need it!


    • It's such a gorgeous color!

  • I'm so impressed with the Synergy eyeshadows–I have 3 including this one! Hoping they come out with them in a palette as I tend to use individual shadows less.


    • That would be so awesome!!!

  • I'm so glad I bought Synergy, still waiting for my order and I can't wait to play with it!

  • The Kat Von D liquid lipsticks are honestly the best on the market. The formula is amazing <3


    • I'm really impressed with how long they last!

  • Oh my god, the eyeshadow is stunning! I heard of these but I didn't really look too much into it because I didn't know there were neutral shades, from what I remember I thought I saw colorful ones. But now I'm really wanting this.

    Kelly // Perfect Shade of Mauve

    • Hi Kelly – I think I bought the 1 neutral color lol. All the others seem really bold/bright. I think there might be an olive shade too, but I'm not sure how neutral it is.

  • I didn't care for the Lolita colors until I saw them on you. now I'm curious to see how they look on me.

    • LOL! If you can try before you buy I recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I really like the shadow and the original Lolita. I hear the shadow formula and lip formula is hit or miss, but those look like hits to me!

    • Thanks Clever Girl!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love how the Lolitas both look on you!

    • Thank you Sonya ๐Ÿ™‚ So sweet of you to say.

  • I think the Lolita looks great on you! Maybe it just takes some getting used to?

    • Maybe … I asked my husband for his opinion and he gave it a literal both thumbs down lol.

  • Anonymous

    I love Lolita on you ! It has more "oomph" than Lolita II. (Katherine T.)

    • Thanks Katherine! I'm going to see if I can tweak it a little.

  • That eyeshadow is gorgeous! I really like the way Lolita looks on you! Lovely! Love the swatches too!


  • So many Lolita-esque shades (so, basically the Kylie Jenner lip color trend) tends to look like death on me, I have the same issue as you haha. For me it needs to be pinker, maybe a bit lighter. The only ones that work for me have been Tom Ford Pussycat, NARS Anna, Color Pop Lumiere, NARS Dolce Vita (matte lip pencil), MAC Mehr, Revlon Sultry Sulfureuse. None of the other popular choices like MAC Soar/Velvet Teddy/Twig, CT Pillow Talk, ABH Dusty Rose, etc have ever worked, and I suspect it'll be the same thing with this one.

    • Ahhh, so glad I'm not the only one! I'm surprised CT Pillow Talk works on me, but like you MAC Twig is like death on me.

      I have another friend who finds most nude pink-brown shades pull really really dark on her too.

      I'm going to have to check out NARS Anna. I thought it would be too mauve but so many have recommended it!

  • I just made VIB Rouge status, shocking I know. Ugh, I should use it to buy early Xmas gifts – but we know that won't happen ๐Ÿ™

    I'll need to check out that shadow!

  • I completely agree with you. Lolita is too dark for me, but Lolita II is very pretty. I bought it based on the hype and am disappointed it's not lighter.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience – good to know I'm not the only one.