Kat Von D Spellbinding Lipstick Set: Review and Swatches

Even though Halloween hasn’t yet passed, the holiday push has been full-on now for most of October.  While in some ways this really annoys me (and I’m honestly the very SPIRIT of Christmas…when December 1st hits!), in others it does get me a little bit excited for the season, and what better way to usher it in than with a slew of awesome makeup and skincare sets!  These are something you can benefit from well before Christmas, or if you’re more charitable than I apparently am, start purchasing for gifts so that you’re good and ready once Christmas hits.  Either way: BRING. IT. ON.


After trying out the Buxom lipstick set last week, I was sure that the Kat Von D Spellbinding Lipstick Set ($47CADwouldn’t even come close in terms of wowing me like those lipsticks did.  While the texture isn’t nearly as creamy, these lipsticks still pack plenty of punch in their own right.  And with ten shades to choose from, you’re bound to find one or two to rock your world!

Kat Von D Spellbinding Lipstick Set

Kat Von D’s Painted Love lipsticks are said to be rich, long-lasting, moisturizing, and wearable, and the ten shades in the set have a variety of finishes, from matte to metallic.  Paraben-free, each mini-bullet in the set is 0.042oz – full-size lipsticks are  0.11oz and go for $23CAD, so you’re getting quite a deal here at almost half the price (the set is about $112/oz; a single full-size lipstick is $209/oz).  With a good range of shades, I think it’s a great opportunity to try out Kat’s line without committing to a full-size lipstick (and a chance to get your hands on a few never before seen shades* as well!).

IMG_0543Left to right: A Go-Go (reddish coral), Underage Red (bright crimson), Bachelorette* (dark fuchsia pink), Mau5* (deep pinky purple) , L.U.V.* (rich violet), Backstage Bambi (hot pink), Lovecraft (berry beige), Ritual (terracotta suntan), Vampira* (deep reddish burgundy), Thin Lizzy* (metallic rusty red)

IMG_0544Left to right: A Go-Go, Underage Red, Bachelorette*, Mau5*  , L.U.V.*, Backstage Bambi

IMG_0545Left to right: Mau5*  , L.U.V.*, Backstage Bambi, Lovecraft, Ritual, Vampira*, Thin Lizzy*

Thin Lizzy is truly the only metallic of the bunch; the rest are all cremes, which is OK with me as I prefer that finish anyway!  Below, I have a few lip swatches of the shades I was most interested in (as well as a few comparison shots) – I would have done them all, but my lips have been seriously flaky for the past few weeks with the weather finally turning cooler, and I didn’t think they’d take too kindly to me trying 10 different shades on top of the swatchapalooza I had last week with the Buxom lippies.

Kat Von D Lovecraft lipstick lip swatchLovecraft.

Lovecraft is a great neutral shade that doesn’t look lifeless or flat on my lips, which I appreciate, as I struggle with that at times.  A great staple shade, and thankfully part of the permanent lineup.


Ritual reminded me of NARS’ Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in More, which I purchased last fall.  In truth, Ritual is slightly less brown and more wearable than More, as evidenced below:

IMG_0552Left to right: Kat Von D Ritual, NARS More


Ka-POW!!  This is one bold lippie!  L.U.V. is eye-catching and fun but somehow remains quite wearable even in it’s brightness – I find it quite flattering on my skintone (remember my discovery of all things fuchsia!?).


IRL Vampira looks a bit darker and more vampy on me (more like the swatch), and I’m loving it.  I have a ton of very similar red lipsticks already, so this is a nice addition that brings something new to the table entirely.  And it’s kind of PERFECT for fall!

Each of the lipsticks have a very typical ‘lipstick feel’ to them – they are not particularly lightweight or creamy, but they apply with relative ease, feel comfortable to wear, and sit well on the lip.  I’m not entirely sure I’d purchase a full-size (although if L.U.V. was permanent, I’d be terribly tempted!), but I am enjoying playing with the set and find I can get quite a variety of looks from them all.  If you’re a lipstick gal and love having options, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Do you like lipstick sets?  Or would you just rather buy one or two full-sized shades?

*Products were provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.

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  1. #1 by satine89 on October 29, 2013 - 2:27 am

    “Vampira” is maybe my favorite!!!! I look forward the day I will buy something from this awesome brand! 😀

    • #2 by Latoya on November 4, 2013 - 5:13 pm

      I hope it’s someday soon Satine 🙂 Vampira is pretty awesome!

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  2. #3 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on October 29, 2013 - 2:33 am

    Love them all! I think her lipsticks are decent. I think all of her makeup is quite good actually and maybe overlooked a bit.

    • #4 by Latoya on November 4, 2013 - 5:13 pm

      Agreed. Partly for me it’s the packaging – I don’t think I’m badass enough! lol

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  3. #5 by Larie on October 29, 2013 - 11:27 am

    I like them! I think if I didn’t already own so many lipsticks and was just starting out, I’d be more interested in sets. As it is, I don’t have the space T_T

    • #6 by Latoya on October 31, 2013 - 3:50 pm

      Haha so true Larie! I’m on a big purge right now actually, and am trying to weed out unloved shades and use up nearly finished products before buying anything new. These minis aren’t helping my cause much! lol

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  4. #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on October 31, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Thought about getting this but mini tubes annoy me and I’ve decided to not get lip sets because there are just too many shades that I’d never wear more than once. Might try a full size though, and I hear decent things about KVD.

    • #8 by Latoya on October 31, 2013 - 3:50 pm

      I completely agree with you Liz – these sets overwhelm me a bit with all the shades, and it’s unlikely I’ll use them all. And I don’t like mini sizes either – though I’m glad to have a chance to try these and the Buxom lippies to know what they’re all about!

      Sent from my iPhone


  5. #9 by Makeup Morsels on November 1, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    I always forget Kat von D does lipsticks because I’m always so fixated on her palettes! As for this set, so many colorsss. I think Vampira is my favorite. For some reason, I have no problem buying a palette, but I like buying my lipsticks one at a time. Who knows why LOL

    • #10 by Latoya on November 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm

      I think it’s an aesthetic thing – shadows still look pretty in palettes, but mini lipsticks don’t have that safe heft and feel. At least, that’s my thoughts about it lol!

      Sent from my iPhone


  6. #11 by BurbBeauty on November 2, 2013 - 6:00 am

    Vampira is TDF on you! I can’t do lipstick sets because there’s always at least one shade that makes me look like a straight up crackhead, lol.I just stick to buying individual lippies or small sets that don’t include and super light shades.

    • #12 by Latoya on November 2, 2013 - 12:27 pm

      I know what you mean, Lola…I come very close to the line in that way too! I don’t really love sets myself overall; lipsticks, shadows, etc – because there’s all too often shades I’ll never wear, which feel like a waste. Happily, so far almost all of these ones work for me!

      Sent from my iPhone


  7. #13 by Sarah on November 3, 2013 - 6:20 pm

    I’m not much of a fan of lipstick sets because I prefer full-sized lipcolours. It doesn’t bother me as much with glosses, but I tend to apply straight from the tube so I like a larger bullet. Some of these shades are gorgeous (although I’m not a huge fan of the name “Underage Red”) but I can comfortably give this one a pass. I do love L.U.V. on you, though!

    • #14 by Latoya on November 4, 2013 - 4:55 pm

      Thanks my dear! I agree I’m not a fan of mini lipsticks – so much easier to apply with a full-sized bullet, and just nicer looking. At least they’re close to mini version of the real thing – Clinique always puts their ‘samples’ in those horrible green tubes. ~shudders~

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  8. #15 by refinedandpolished on November 9, 2013 - 11:41 pm

    These all look great on you! I’m especially loving LUV and Vampira.

    • #16 by Latoya on November 13, 2013 - 5:07 pm

      Thanks doll! Both of those shades are so awesome Lakeisha, love ’em!!!

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