Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Kat von D Adora Lipstick

Go Metallic Red with Kat Von D

Kat Von D Adora Painted Love Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is new-for-fall, and it looks like it’s already sold out online. I just received this from Sephora as part of their holiday offerings, so I was quite surprised to find it missing in action online! It looks like this may be a shade you’ll have to pick up from your local Sephora–if they still have it. It is a stunning shade of bright metallic red. It is an absolutely stunning shade of holiday red; it’s got a metallic-chrome shine that makes the color glow under light.

The shade itself is rich and opaque, needing just one layer for full color coverage. On me, it seems barely blue-based, but generally, I think this would be a very flattering shade on both cooler and warmer skin tones. When I wore it, I got five hours of wear, and it didn’t dry out my lips. Since it has some matte in its finish, it can accentuate dryness if you have cracked or peeling lips.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re a fan of fun holiday reds like me, this is one worth calling your local Sephora about!


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Kat von D Adora Lipstick

Kat von D Adora Lipstick

Kat von D Adora Lipstick

Kat von D Adora Lipstick

Kat von D Adora Lipstick

Kat von D Adora Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Adora? How much is it?

Sephora (try local stores), $18.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

It reminded me of MAC's limited edition Queen's Sin. It is also a brighter version of MAC's New York Apple.

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67 thoughts on “Kat Von D Adora Painted Love Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Dollymix8

    Really a X-mas colour! Looks really good on you!

  2. Jennifer

    Very pretty colour and nice packaging. Unfortunately we can’t get Kat Von D makeup in the UK :(

  3. Denise

    I like the colour. It looks great on you!

  4. An exceptional red this one. I love it!!!!

  5. Caro

    Wow this looks sooooo amazing. Too bad they don’t sell Kat Von D for Sephora in Europe

  6. Ged

    HI! is it that frosty? It’s hot!

  7. Sexy Sadie

    This one is truly my type of red.

  8. Wow, this is one gorgeous red lipstick! :)

  9. Wow that lipstick is amazing. The colour, the packeging everything.

  10. TheLaniGold

    that looks gorgeous

  11. Lizzi

    Wow! That suits you! I might go and get it myself…. :)

  12. Ooh the red is gorgeous when applied! How delightfully festive.

  13. Nancy

    Try MUFE #21 Pearly Red. It is a gorgeous “shimmery” red.

  14. Kerry

    Ooh, that’s pretty! I’ll have to check it out. Hopefully it’ll be back in stock soon.

  15. Vanessa

    OMG it’s beautiful!!!! Yo quiero!

  16. I dont know why, i like it a lot!

  17. Whitney

    I’ve never purchased a red lipstick, but this one is so beautiful I just might get it!

  18. Love the limited edition packaging. The color is really nice too, but it’d only be worth it if you have TONS of holiday parties to go to. You’re right, it screams holiday.

  19. leigh

    The finish of this is gorgeous

  20. Pity i’m anti KVD because that’s really lovely. To hear that it’s a potential dupe for queen’s sin…heartbreaking. Oh well. It’s just makeup

  21. BethM

    Very pretty, and I love the metallic sheen. The swatches look like it might pull a little orange on me, though.

    • JayJay

      I’m between nw15 and nw20, and it pulls slightly orange on me for some reason. With a cool red lipliner underneath, it’s less orange.

      I want to try MUFE #21, as that is a shimmery red. Christine, do you happen to have that one in your stash? I would love to see how they compare 😉

  22. t_zwiggy

    I really can’t stand red lipstick. Cute packaging though.

  23. baby in a corner

    i like this but queen’s sin is a little darker and I like it better.

  24. Lana

    Thanks for the review! How would you say it compares to MAC’s Port Red?

  25. Inky

    I bought one when I saw it in my local Sephora back in October. I wish I’d bought two as the store is sold out – I love wearing this shade and your pics capture the color better than any other on-line swatches I’ve seen! I hope the KVD line brings this in as permanent.

  26. Ms. Jimmi

    This came out in September with the Fall Reds. I got a tube of it and I love it. It is universally flattering to any skin shade.

  27. Samantha

    This was actually a special when Sephora was doing their special red lipstick promotion. The webpage for it doesn’t even exist anymore and I was notified by Sephora over a month ago that it was discontinued and they will not stock it again.

    Are there any notable dupes?

  28. Savi

    It seems a bit orangey :-/

  29. Zee

    You have amazing lips! Do you recommend any good lip balm for dry lips or something soothing for the winter time? Thank you!

  30. Elizabeth

    This lipstick hasn’t been available for a while now. I learned the hard way of not being sure so I put off buying it until it was too late.

  31. I love this! how long will it be available?

  32. That’s gorgeous. I swatched it in-store and decided against it but it looks really nice on you.

  33. molly

    I love new york Apple so I’m sure is love this one.

  34. Ruth

    I ordered it from Sephora quite a while ago. At first it was okay, then after about only 2 days it seemed to be too bright for me, so I returned it, :-(

  35. Lorna

    love the rose detail on the outside and i like the color itself except for the metallic/frosty sheen.

  36. Annette

    This lipstick has been sold out online and at my local stores since October. I wanted it, but found out about it too late, and I haven’t been able to track one down. It’s a shame that they released it in such limited quanties. It’s such a pretty color, perfect for Christmas. :(

    • Liz

      Same here! I haven’t been able to find this lipstick in stores or online for months! I knew it was limited edition so I figured I was just too late but hopefully it’ll be rereleased for the holidays…

  37. Salvinia

    Too bright for me but it looks amazing on you!

  38. georgi

    Would you consider Maybelline’s Red Revival shade a good dupe for Adora?

  39. Mel

    OMG I’ve been trying to get my hands on this since it came out (and sold out right away in Montreal as they only got a few tubes of it in their Adora display when the coll. came out).

    I follow Kat Von D on twitter and she announced that Sephora will make the Adora collection permanent since it was so popular so that might be why they sent it to you in their holiday package. I am just waiting for it to become available again online and in stores with all the other lipstick shades she has! It’s stunning and a MUST have for me!!!

    Sephora hurry up and restock!!!! As of this week my Sephora store here hasn’t received new stocks of it. So I’m still waiting. I need this in my stocking this year!

  40. Lisa G

    I wish they would make this permanent because this is my favorite type of red lipstick-metallic candy apple red. Absolutely beautiful!

  41. Rachael

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shade and get mad compliments whenever I wear it. I swatched it in store one day but they were sold out. I looked online at Sephora and it said discontinued. The following week or so, I popped in to admire the tester and found it! I was delighted and have been loving it ever since. I highly recommend it, though its a tad drying.

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  43. jenna

    i wanted this color for a while but it is sold out every where i look for it. =/

  44. Steffy

    Gorgeous! Looks a lot like the original Gash l/s by UD (the one Gwen Stefani used to wear) until they dc’d it. Since the version of Gash is nothing like the original I’m excited to try this for a suitable dupe!

  45. BethM

    I don’t know if anyone will read to the bottom to see this comment…..

    I was in one of the Sephora stores near me yesterday, and they still had 6 of these in stock. I was right, it is very orange on me (NW15, very pigmented lips), so I passed on it. I do love the metallic shine to it, so I was bummed about the orange-iness.

    But if someone is really looking for this, it might be worth it to call around, especially to stores that might get a little less traffic.

  46. Vivian

    I don’t know if anyone’s commented on this before – but, i love the packaging! 😀

  47. ruthk

    I managed to buy one in a Massachusetts Sephora store on 4 December so there are a few around still…it wasn’t on display but the sales assistant found it in the drawer below the Kat Von D stand.

  48. Melissa

    will this work on an NC 50

  49. Lilinah

    I just picked up one at my local Sephora a couple weeks ago – & it is back in stock on the website now