Monday, July 28th, 2014

Kat Von D L'Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte bright coral pink.” It’s a pink-coral with warm undertones and an ultra matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is pinker, less matte. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter, less matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, pinker, less matte. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is more orange. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is darker, pinker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This performed a lot better than Coven, luckily. The consistency was slightly creamier, so it didn’t tug or drag quite as much on the lips, but it doesn’t just glide over the lips smoothly. The color, however, did apply evenly overall. It took six and a half hours before the color started to have any visible signs of breaking down, and after eight hours of wear, there was slight fading along the center of the lips and some of the color had pulled into lip lines. This particular shade wasn’t tacky, so by pressing and rubbing lips together, I was able to ease most of the color back into place so that it was still wearable for another two hours. It wasn’t drying over time, and it doesn’t feel too clingy (it feels less clingy than you’d expect given the matte quality). If you have drier lips that have flakes/cracks, the formula can catch on them. It is more forgiving than I expected, though. In general, I think those that are really after long-wearing, ultra-matte lip color, it may still be a very interesting formula. For someone who doesn’t mind reapplication and prefers to have a really comfortable-to-wear formula on, this might not be the one.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Kat Von D Coven Studded Lipstick
Kat Von D Coven Studded Lipstick

Kat Von D Coven Studded Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte lavender.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned lavender purple with a matte finish. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is much, much darker. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) Illamasqua Posture (P, $24.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches
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This shade was a lot less impressive compared to the other two shades I’ve reviewed so far. It was the first of the matte finish shades I tried, so fingers crossed some of the other hues are better quality! The consistency was dry and stiff, so the lipstick dragged and tugged on the lips during application, which led to a rather uneven appearance. Even on my arm, when I was swatching, it was difficult to drag across the skin, and it didn’t seem to like being layered, as the product would clump in places. I could easily see this catching on any dryness or imperfections on the lips, and it would be imperative to exfoliate prior to application as it is unforgiving. It lasted for six hours on me before it was noticeably faded in the center, and it was fairly drying over time. It’s far cry from “bold color, 10-hour wear, and luxe comfort,” as described. So far, I feel like there’s some variation in quality in the range, depending on color and finish, but I’ll keep working my way through ‘em and posting reviews so we can find out together.

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Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Kat Von D Poe Studded Lipstick
Kat Von D Poe Studded Lipstick

Kat Von D Poe Studded Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “shimmery navy.” It’s a deep, dark navy blue with a slight purple tint and fine, violet and midnight blue shimmer. It’s more like a mix of Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) and Illamasqua Disciple (P, $24.00) mixed together, as the latter is lighter and bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This color is off-the-charts awesome, if you can get behind non-traditional lip colors! It’s such a powerful color on–there’s just something about the richness and depth of it that makes it more wearable than you’d think. The texture of this was lightly creamy–the creamiest of all the shades I’ve swatched–and doesn’t tug or pull at the lip. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied fairly well and evenly. Sometimes, deeper shades like this can look splotchy or sheer applied, but this went on much more smoothly, though not perfectly. It’s a shade that I would likely apply with a lip brush, because it does seem to given a slightly rougher edge, rather than a really crisp one, when applied directly from the tube. It was neither drying nor hydrating, and the color lasted for nine hours (including through a meal).

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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic candy apple red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish with a metallic shimmer. NARS Mondore (LE, $25.00) is more muted, darker, no shimmer. Estee Lauder Emotional (140) (P, $30.00) is browner, glossier, no shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) has no metallic shimmer. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Super NSFW (P, $18.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kat Von D’s redone their lipstick formula, and it’s been repackaged with a glossy, black studded cap and base. It’s decreased slightly in size (0.11 oz. to 0.10 oz.), but the packaging is a lot sturdier than before. The packaging is quite light, though, and the plastic felt a bit thin though not to the point where it seemed fragile. I purchased a few shades when they launched earlier this week, and I was intending to review two or three at a time, but Adora lasted so long that it will probably take a day to test each shade!

Adora topped in at ten hours of wear and lasted through two meals and two cups of coffee; even at nine hours, it was only a little bit faded. It’s worth noting right away that the metallic finishes have a different texture/consistency (from what I can tell) compared to the (shimmer-free) matte finishes. The consistency has a light creaminess that keeps it from tugging on the lips, and it applied with even, opaque color coverage. The formula is vanilla-scented to me (though Sephora describes it as creme brulee) but has no discernible taste. I worried that this was going to be drying, but it seemed to maintain the state of my lips from start to finish, so it never really felt hydrating, but it wasn’t drying and my lips felt fine after wearing nothing but this for ten hours. It’s not transfer-proof, though if you blot once or twice, it is almost transfer-proof from thereon. I didn’t experience any bleeding or feathering with the richer red shade of Adora. The reformulated Adora seems slightly drier and less metallic compared to the original, though the reformulation wears a lot longer on me.

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick for Fall 2014
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick for Fall 2014 — Sexer, Lullabye, L.U.V., Wonderchilde, Coven

This hybrid lipstick is formulated with Color Cushion Technology, which combines 10-hour budge-proof wear with vibrant color. Featuring a color spectrum for every skin tone, this lipstick lets you glide on velvety-soft comfort and eye-popping colors that range from classic everyday neutrals to bright shades.  Sephora exclusive.

Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Noble Matte petal pink
  • Agatha Matte pink nude
  • Lovecraft Matte berry beige
  • Lolita Matte dusty rose
  • Cathedral Matte coco rose
  • L’Ecole des Femmes Matte salmon pink
  • A Go Go Matte bright orange
  • Countess Matte hot coral red
  • Adora Metallic candy apple red
  • Underage Red Matte bright crimson
  • Hexagram Matte blood red
  • Archangel Matte rusty red
  • Hellbent Matte fire engine red
  • Bachelorette Matte dark reddish fuchsia
  • Backstage Bambi Matte vivid hot pink
  • Sexer Matte fluorescent pink
  • Lullabye Matte magenta violet
  • L.U.V. Matte rich violet
  • Wonderchilde Iridescent neon lilac
  • Coven Matte lavender
  • Wolvesmouth Metallic berry
  • Prayer Matte deep mauve
  • Bauhau5 Matte deep raspberry
  • Vampira Matte deep reddish burgundy
  • Homegirl Matte black cherry
  • Motorhead Matte black red
  • Poe Shimmer navy
  • Slayer Matte pitch black
  • Thin Lizzy Sparkling brick copper
  • Gothica Shimmer bronze

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Kat Von D Love Letter Shade Shifter Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Love Letter Shade Shifter Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Shade Shifter Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.09 oz.) is supposed to be a powder eyeshadow that shifts–as in a duochrome finish–that is water-activated. Sephora has two of the shades available as a duo for $15, and I think if you like either shade and don’t have dupes for them, it’s an exceptionally good deal. If you don’t like using eyeshadows wet, not to worry, as I didn’t find adding water to make much of a difference–wet or dry, both shades had good color payoff, soft, buttery textures, and were easy to blend.

Kat Von D Love Letter Shade Shifter Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “purple/maroon shift.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a frosted finish. The duochrome/shift is very weak with this one; it really just looks like one color most of the time. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable, while the color lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, purpler. Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Swelter (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Schnauzer (P, $18.00) is a cream product. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kat Von D On the Road Shade Shifter Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “brown/green shift.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with rich, orange-red undertones with a green shift/frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery to the touch, which made it easy to use on the lid. This is the type of shade that has definitely been done before, some lean bluer/more teal, others are greener (like this one). Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is bluer. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is bluer, less metallic. Too Faced Girly (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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