Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Kat Von D for Holiday 2014
Kat Von D for Holiday 2014

Availability: Now at Sephora

Star Studded Eyeshadow Book ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Play up eyes when you create a unique variety of coordinating eyes looks this season with this set of 24 shades. From everyday nudes to vivid brights in an array of matte, pearl, shimmer, and iridescent finishes, each color is expertly arranged into six quad stories for effortless application. Infused with a patented formulation and triple jet-milled powder, each shadow offers luxurious texture and effortless, color-packed pigment in one sweep—and they’re formulated with rose extract and vitamins A, C, and E to keep eyelids hydrated and protected. This eye shadow set makes the ultimate gift for the makeup lover in your life to experiment with countless eye looks, and to experience stay-put, smudge-free, and crease-free color this holiday season.

  • Solar Matte peach with subtle gold glitter
  • Nephilim Pearl bronze
  • Platonic Iridescent tangerine gold
  • Mandala Matte rusty orange
  • Damned Matte nude cream
  • Division Pearl grey green
  • Depeche Shimmer dark bronze
  • Brass Knuckles Shimmer yellow gold
  • Anti-Star Shimmer show white
  • Estrella Pearl ocean blue
  • Black Star Matte black with iridescent glitter
  • Starflyer Matte royal blue
  • Banshee Matte ballerina pink
  • Violator Iridescent lavender
  • Gothica Iridescent purple
  • Fascination Street Matte indigo
  • Moz Matte peachy pink)
  • Heaven Knows Pearl cool taupe
  • Smiths Pearl copper brown
  • Leather Matte chocolate brown with subtle glitter
  • Crosses Matte nude with Iridescent glitter
  • Covenant Pearl mocha brown
  • Craft Pearl forest green with Iridescent glitter
  • Cult Shimmer lime green

Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

This collection of stunning hybrid lipsticks makes the perfect gift for anyone who wants to explore and enhance lip looks this holiday season. Formulated with Color Cushion Technology, these lip colors offer incredible 10-hour wear, bold one-swipe application, and enticing velvet-touch comfort that leaves lips feeling supple. Featuring a spectrum of artfully crafted shades that each carry daring color: four bold reds, three statement pops of color, and two everyday classic shades—in a wide range of matte, shimmer, and metallic finishes. Each lipstick is infused with a high-quality formula, including a powerful antioxidant complex of vitamins A, C, and E, and each one offers a hint of uplifting cream brûlée fragrance. This set comes housed in an edgy-chic, black monochromatic casing designed after Kat’s own studded bracelet—made to look as rock ‘n’ roll as the woman who wears it.

  • Countess Matte hot orange red
  • Agatha Matte pale peach nude
  • Adora Metallic golden red
  • Sexer Iridescent fluorescent pink
  • Wonderchilde Iridescent neon lilac
  • Bachelorette Matte reddish fuchsia
  • Mötorhead Matte black cherry
  • Lovecraft Matte mauve pink nude
  • Hexagram Matte blood red

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) was an incredibly disappointing formula.  The majority of the shades were drying, difficult to apply, under-pigmented, and uncomfortable to wear.  The brand made some big claims like 10-hour wear, which was hard for most shades to live up to, but the surprise was more in just how dry and stiff many shades were.  The stiffer consistency made it hard to get even, rich color payoff on the lips.  It’s such a shame, because the range has a lot of interesting colors in it.  Overall, the shimmery shades performed better than the matte finishes, but few shades were worth considering at the end of the day.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Kat Von D Lovecraft Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Lovecraft Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Lovecraft Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte mauve pink nude.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is glossier, slightly warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is warmer. MAC Till Tomorrow (DC, $18.00) is glossier, darker, cooler-toned. MAC Mehr (P, $16.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade wore a lot like L’Ecole des Femmes. The texture wasn’t really creamy, but it was pliable enough that I was able to get an even layer of color out of it with some tugging but at least the color went on evenly. It had nearly opaque color coverage, and the color lasted for seven hours. I found it lightly drying over time, though it looks drier and feels clingy enough that I was surprised it wasn’t more drying. It doesn’t last the 10-hours as claimed, but it is longer-wearing the most shades in this type of a hue. It does wear away somewhat unevenly from the center first. This is the last shade in the range I bought to review, so expect a round-up soon!

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte black cherry.” It’s a deepened, muted dark burgundy-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

A lot of the issues I had with Motorhead, I also had with Homegirl, unfortunately! While the formula is supposed to have “one-swipe payoff” with 10-hour wear, the color coverage really disappoints here with its semi-opaque and uneven coverage. The consistency of the lipstick is excruciatingly stiff and dry, which makes it tug a lot on the lips, and the color gets distributed in patches. As it has a thin, dry texture, it doesn’t build well on itself and creates patchy color that is darker in some places and lighter in others. The color wears for seven and a half hours and does leave a noticeable stain behind, but it is pure misery to wear it, as my lips were borderline bleeding after wearing this. I’ve been spreading out the testing of these shades with more hydrating formulas in-between to avoid fully drying my lips out, but my lips couldn’t escape this one.

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Monday, September 1st, 2014

Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic berry.” It’s a deepened, berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, metallic shimmer. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier, no shimmer. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is darker, no shimmer. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) has less shimmer. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. Milani Chilled Brandy (P, $5.49) is much warmer. Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Studded Kiss formula boasts 10-hour wear with “one-swipe payoff” that “leaves lips supple.” Wolvesmouth has mostly opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color will come through slightly. The consistency was thin, lightweight, a little clingy, and applied with only a little drag/tugging–but at least the color went on fairly evenly. On me, the color wore well for seven hours, and the formula was somewhat drying over time. It had a sweet, creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “matte crimson red.” It’s a medium-dark, bright-but-not-neon red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier, warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is darker. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches /
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The consistency of Hellbent is slightly dry and stiff, but I was able to still get it to apply evenly, and the color payoff didn’t suffer either. It had fully opaque color coverage that really clings and stays on lips for hours and hours. This is a shade that lasted for eight hours and left a stain that persisted for another hour or so. It was lightly drying, but it looks more drying than it actually felt while worn. It faded fairly evenly for me, and I didn’t have any issues with it feathering on me, but it is a color that is best applied with a lip brush for crisper edges as the drier texture made it difficult to get clean lines straight from the tube.

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