July 28, 2014

KAT VON D Studded Kiss Lipsticks


Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick (0.1 oz) retails for $21 USD ($26 CAD) and is available in 30 shades. They are said to be "an innovative lipstick that coats lips with bold color,10-hour wear, and luxe comfort."

Agatha is described as a matte pale peach nude. [Cult Favorite]
Bauhau5 is described as a matte deep raspberry. [Cult Favorite] 
Coven is described as a matte lavender. [New]
Homegirl is described as a matte cherry black. [Cult Favorite]
L.U.V. is described as a matte rich violet. [Cult Favorite]
Mötorhead is described as a matte black cherry. [Cult Favorite] 
Noble is described as a matte petal pink nude. [Cult Favorite] 
Poe is described as a shimmer navy. [New]
Slayer is described as a matte pitch black. [New]
Underage Red is described as a matte fire engine red. [Cult Favorite]
Wolvesmouth is described as a metallic berry. [New] 

 
"Drench your lips with bold color and unstoppable femininity. Designed to look as rock ‘n roll as its wearer, this revolutionary, hybrid lipstick is formulated with Color Cushion Technology that combines 10-hour wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet touch comfort. This color-true lipstick leaves lips supple, and its wide color spectrum offers stunning shades, including red for every skintone, statement-making colors, and classic, everyday neutrals."
Best Performing:     Underage Red ()
Worst Performing:  Coven ()
Most Unique:            Poe ()
Personal Favorite:   Agatha ()
Second Favorite:     Wolvesmouth ()


The packaging is a round, glossy black, plastic tube with a square stud design – very unique and eye catching! The scent is described as creme brulee, but I personally find it more on the vanilla side, like MAC lipsticks.

They are long-lasting; the shades I've tested so far withstood both drinking and eating an entire meal without showing any signs of fading, flaking, feathering or wear - pretty impressive for just a lipstick.

* The matte formula is on the drier side and because of that, I found these lipsticks did pull at the lips when applying. I would recommend a lip brush for precise application; nobody wants jagged tug marks! This formula was slightly uneven and semi-opaque with one swipe, but it can be built to a smooth, pigmented, opaque coverage. With most mattes, these lipsticks do tend to emphasize any imperfections or dry patches of the lips. Depending on the shade, they do leave behind a slight stain. SlayerUnderage RedAgatha and L.U.V. are the better performing of the mattes while shades like CovenMötorhead and Homegirl are more troublesome. 

* The shimmer formula is on the creamier side, applied evenly and easily. Although this formula doesn't tug or pull at the skin when applying, I would still recommend using a lip brush for application as the small flecks of shimmer tend to leave a rough edge.

* The metallic formula is creamy, smooth and applied evenly. This was the easiest formula to work with since it was so smooth and pigmented in a single swipe. The metallic finish isn't as frosty as the old formula, but the reformulated versions are longer-lasting.

None of the finishes were really drying or hydrating. Of course, wearing these lipsticks for extended periods of time, mattes especially, left my lips feeling a little on the drier side, (like bare, naked lips) but that can only be expected after hours and hours of wear. I also found these lipsticks performed better once the first few layers had been worn/rubbed off.

Agatha is a pale, terracotta nude with warm undertones and a matte finish. The formula was smooth, opaque and applied evenly. On initial application, it did emphasize dry patches and imperfections of my lips and after an extended period of time, my lips were left feeling a little chapped. (4/5)
Bauhau5 is a medium, purple carmine with warm undertones and a matte finish. The formula was on the drier side making the lipstick lightly tug at my lips when applying. This caused the color to grab in some places, making it appear uneven. The color was very long-lasting, buildable and left behind a slight stain. (4/5)
Coven is a pale, true lilac with cool undertones and a matte finish. The formula was dry, semi-opaque, uneven, tugged when being applied and left my lips feeling chapped when worn for an extended period of time. Although the shade is unique, the formula was disappointing. MAC Dodgy Girl (review) is pinker, darker and easier to work with. (2/5) 
Homegirl is a deep mulberry with warm undertones and a matte finish. The formula was dry and tugged at my lips when applying. The color was semi-uneven, but buildable to an opaque coverage. This shade was very long-lasting and left behind a stain. (4/5)
L.U.V. is a medium-deep violet with warm undertones and a matte finish. The formula was dry, uneven and pulled at my lips when applying. The color payoff was buildable to a mostly opaque coverage. This shade was one of the more difficult mattes to work with and again, I found it left my lips feeling dry when worn for an extended period of time. (4/5) 
Mötorhead is a deep burgundy with warm undertones and a matte finish. The formula was on the drier side, applied mostly even and lightly tugged at my lips when applying. The color was buildable to an opaque coverage and left behind a stain. (4/5)
Noble is a light-medium peach nude with warm undertones and a matte finish. The formula was smooth, opaque and applied evenly. On initial application, it did emphasize dry patches and imperfections of my lips and after an extended period of time, my lips were left feeling a little chapped. (4/5)
Poe is a deep navy with a fine violet shimmer. The formula was lightly creamy, buildable and opaque. For containing fine shimmer this shade applied evenly and glided-on easily. It was one of the more comfortable shades to wear and didn't feel drying until around the +5 hour mark. This lipstick was very long-lasting and left behind a slight stain. (5/5)
 
Slayer is a flat black with a matte finish. The formula was smooth, opaque and applied evenly. On initial application, it did emphasize dry patches and imperfections of my lips and after an extended period of time, my lips were left feeling a little chapped. This shade was the best matte black lipstick I've found so far (not including lip tars.) (4/5)
Underage Red is a true red with cool undertones and a matte finish. The formula had really great color payoff. It applied smoothly and evenly without tugging or pulling at the lips. This lipstick was hands down the best performing matte shade. The shade is very long-lasting and left behind a slight stain. (5/5)
 
Wolvesmouth is a deep fuchsia-purple with a bronze sheen and a metallic finish. The formula was lightly creamy, buildable and opaque. This shade glided-on evenly and easily. It was one of the more comfortable shades to wear and didn't feel drying until around the +5 hour mark. This lipstick was very long-lasting (after 4 hours + eating an entire meal, it still looked newly applied) and left behind a slight stain. (5/5)

Overall, there are some hits and misses with these lipsticks. The new formula is an improvement and they are longer-lasting. Although I do recommend these lipsticks, I would check them out in-store before purchasing since the shades and finishes do vary, for example, the mattes aren't consistent in quality. Kat Von D offers more unique, bold shades and the Studded Kiss Lipsticks definitely stand out from other brands.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Agatha

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Agatha

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Agatha

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Bauhau5

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Bauhau5

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Bauhau5

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Coven

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Coven

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Coven

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Homegirl

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Homegirl

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Homegirl

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in L.U.V.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in L.U.V.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in L.U.V.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Mötorhead

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Mötorhead

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Mötorhead

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Poe

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Poe

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Poe

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Slayer

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Slayer

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Slayer

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red


Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Wolvesmouth

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Wolvesmouth

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Wolvesmouth

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks

[The swatches below are one swipe each]
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks
(L-R: Agatha, Noble, Coven)

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks
(L-R: L.U.V., Bauhau5, Underage Red)

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks
(L-R: Mötorhead, Wolvesmouth, Homegirl)

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks
(L-R: Poe, Slayer)

Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased by me for personal use. All opinions are my own.