Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks by Katy Perry x Covergirl | Review & Swatches

Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks Swatches and Review

I rarely get excited about makeup anymore, but when the Katy Kat Collection by Katy Perry and Covergirl* showed up at my door, I actually did a little happy dance. To be honest, I was sold on this collection before I even twisted open one of the brand new Katy Kat Matte lipsticks.

Katy Perry is a flawless queen and she wears a bold lip better than just about anyone (soz, T. Swift!), so obviously there’s no one better to create a kickass lipstick collection. The idea of a ‘demi-matte’ formula also really intrigued me. Did the Katy Kat Matte lipsticks live up to my sky-high expectations?

Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks Swatches and Review

Yes, yes it did. Well…apart for the whole “matte” thing. I’ll tell you more about that later.

Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks Review

First, can we talk about that sleek black and white packaging for a quick sec? It’s matte. And it’s colour-coded. And there’s a cute little cat ears design on the bottom of each lipstick. It is, quite simply, packaging perfection.

Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks Swatches and Review

Katy Perry was involved in every step of her collaboration with Covergirl, and the shade selection reflects that. The eleven shades from the Katy Kat Matte collection are far from the usual range of colour that’s on offer in drugstores. They’re bolder, but still surprisingly wearable. From nudes to brights, there’s something for everyone and every occasion. And the names…Cuteness overload.

My favourite shades are Crimson Cat, Coral Cat and Kitty Purry. Shout-out to Perry Panther, a true black, for bringing my 2002 emo look to the mass market at a reasonable price point, though I can’t imagine ever wanting to revisit that look myself. Been there, done that…and I, unfortunately, have the pictures to prove it.

Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks Swatches and Review

The demi-matte formula of the Katy Kat Matte lipsticks was disappointing in some ways, but I ended up still loving it. The name of the collection itself includes the word “matte”, so I was expecting a true, long-wearing matte finish. The lipsticks are creamy, they go on beautifully and they’re comfortable, but they’re not even remotely matte. I like a dry matte finish, it looks better and generally lasts longer.

Now that I’m over my matte disappointment, I realize that they’re gorgeous, creamy lipsticks. A downside of the Katy Kat Matte lipsticks not being matte is that they last on the lips for about two hours. They’re easy to reapply, but it’s annoying, especially with the darker shades, which apply a little patchy to start with.

Katy Kat Matte CoverGirl Lipstick Swatches and Review

Katy Kat Eye Mascaras Review

The Katy Kat collection also featured two mascaras. The Katy Kat Eye mascaras come in Black and Perry Blue. Covergirl claims that the sculpting brush will give you full voluminous lashes for a beautiful cat eye. For a pop of colour, the Katy Kat Eye mascara in Perry Blue is a solid option, but I’m pretty picky when it comes to mascaras and found the formula itself to be average at best. The black mascara is great for day to day routine, but it’s nothing special.

Katy Kat Eye Mascaras Swatches and Review

Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks Swatches and Review

Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks Swatches and Review

Katy Kat Matte Lipstick Swatches


The Katy Kat Matte lipsticks are a must-have for Katy Perry fans and affordable lipstick fans alike. The shade selection is the best I’ve seen at that price point by a wide margin, but if you’re looking for a true, long-wearing matte lipstick, you will be disappointed. You can find a better mascara elsewhere, but the lipsticks are pretty great. I mean…look at the swatches…so bold, much wow!

What do you think of the Katy Kat collection by Katy Perry x Covergirl?

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