After falling in love with the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in A-Go-Go, I began my hunt for a drugstore alternative. At about $3.50 a piece on Ebay, I figured it wouldn't hurt to give these little guys from LA Girl a try. I came across a lot of mixed reviews, so here are my own personal thoughts on them.
I wanted to pick up a variety of shades: Dreamy, Obsess, Rebel, Stunner, and Black Currant.
The applicator tip is a flat doe foot applicator that is pretty stiff, not flexible.
The formula of each lipstick varies slightly, so I'll go into detail on each color now.
Black Currant - This is a bit sticky on the lips, although when you press your lips together it doesn't move the product or mess it up, it just has a weird feeling if you ask me. It is also pretty difficult to get to be non-streaky on the lips. I feel like the initial application is less sticky, but very streaky. When you build up another layer to even it out, it just gets uncomfortable feeling. It's kind of a lose-lose situation. This one is a disappointment so far. Perhaps playing around with it a bit more, I can figure out a way to make it work.
Here's my rating from driest to stickiest : Dreamy, Rebel, Stunner, Obsess, Black Currant
They are all super duper matte when they dry down, which only takes 30 seconds or so. They are kiss-proof and transfer-proof (until you eat something). Once you eat, you need to blot the lips to remove any excess oils from the food you ate, then you need to reapply in the very center part of the lips, it also doesn't hurt to just reapply the whole lip area to help even everything out again. It's not a big deal if you ask me and you can hardly tell on the lightest shades like Dreamy and Obsess. As long as you do the blotting step, the product reapplies nicely. Also, drinking throughout the day is not an issue.
I don't go clubbing, but I feel like these would be excellent for that. And I think concerts are an awesome venue for these lipsticks too. You aren't going to be eating most likely, but you might be drinking. This product will stay put and still look awesome and wear for a really long time and you don't have to worry about it smearing or doing weird things on your lips.
You can even add a small amount of lip balm on top and it won't mess these up. If you keep piling the lip balm on and rub your lips too hard together, it will start to peel up product, so keep the balm to a minimum if you need to use it.
These swatches are still wet because of the thick application, but believe me, they dry down to be totally flat matte.
My final thoughts, for less than $4 a pop on Ebay, these are an awesome steal! Yes, the colors are inconsistent in their formulation, but the ones I have fallen in love with, I have REALLY fallen in love with.
I hope this review was helpful and I hope you find a color that catches your eye!