Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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

Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte rich violet.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark magenta purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is purpler. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Studded Kiss formula is supposed to have “10-hour wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet touch comfort.” It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the consistency is slightly stiff, so it is difficult to get “one-swipe payoff” as it doesn’t glide across the lips in one go. It tugs, pulls, and drags somewhat, so you may be better off applying this with a lip brush. The coverage is fairly even, though it isn’t even in some places. It lasted for seven hours, though it was slightly drying towards the end. I was surprised that this shade was actually lacking pigmentation, as it is a deeper shade. The Studded Kiss formula has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3/5

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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Kat Von D Agatha Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Agatha Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Agatha Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte pale peach nude.” It’s a light, peach with warm undertones and a hint of pink. It had a totally matte finish. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is sheerer. MAC Strip Poker (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Woodrose (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is a touch lighter. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is easily one of the worst shades I’ve tried from the Studded Kiss formula. It’s incredibly dry in texture, so from the tube, the color is stiff and tugs on lips a lot. The result is patchy, uneven color coverage that looked streaky–yet there’s no slip in the formula at all. It was extremely uncomfortable to wear, as it clinged, pulled into lip lines, and dehydrated my lips within the first two hours of wear. It wore for almost five hours, but it was so painful to wear by the end.

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Agatha

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4/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

3/10

Longevity

5/10

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3/5

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Kat Von D Lullabye Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Lullabye Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Lullabye Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling iridescent magenta violet.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool-toned, magenta-fuchsia shimmer/sheen that gives it a slightly metallic sheen over a matte finish. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) has no shimmer. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) has no shimmer, brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is less matte. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is sheerer, glossier, more muted. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is purpler, more shimmery. MAC Show Orchid (P, $16.00) is less matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was very lightly creamy-just enough that it didn’t tug or drag and the color went on evenly–and yielded rich, opaque color coverage. The texture was lightweight, thin, a little clingy (but not in an uncomfortable way), and I didn’t feel the shimmer/sparkle in the shade while I wore it. The color wears and wears like iron; I managed to get eight hours of wear with a fairly noticeable stain that lingered for a few more hours (but it’s supposed to last for 10 hours). It was a little drying towards the last two hours I wore it, but it was moderately comfortable to wear overall.

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Lullabye

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Kat Von D Gothica Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Gothica Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Gothica Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a mix of gold and copper flecks of sparkle and shimmer. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is smoother, glossier. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) has less shimmer. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is more metallic, shimmery. MAC Who’s That Chick (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more shimmery. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, more metallic, glossier. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is less sparkly. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is more metallic, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency has just enough give so that it doesn’t really tug/drag harshly at the lips, but it doesn’t glide on effortlessly–you do need a decent amount of pressure. The color goes on fairly evenly, though some of the sparkle seems to stick in places so the particles aren’t as evenly distributed as the actual underlying color is. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t as pigmented as some of the other shades I’ve reviewed previously. On me, the color lasts six and a half hours, shorter than the 10-hour wear-time that’s claimed and shorter than most of the ones I’ve tried. It is slightly drying but not nearly as drying as you might expect, given it’s clingier feel. This one is also noticeably textured, as you can feel a slight grittiness from the sparkle both as applied from the tube itself as well as when it wears down.

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4/5

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte vivid hot pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. This is no longer an uncommon color, so I’ve tried to zero in on really similar shades that have a more matte finish (so I didn’t consider satins, but there are other shades that are similar in color with a glossier finish as well). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more muted, less blue-based. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is brighter. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade has been the best-wearing of the matte finishes I’ve tried from the Studded Kiss range. It isn’t really creamy, so there’s a bit of tugging when the color is applied from the tube, but it doesn’t drag or apply unevenly–it also starts to glide a little better as it warms up against the lips. The color goes on and looks smooth and even, and it doesn’t feel thick or too clingy, despite how matte it is. It wears almost nine hours on me and leaves a stain behind, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. There’s no dreaded ring around the lip where the color has faded from the center, so even as it wears away, it is still wearable. It isn’t the most comfortable lipstick formula to wear, but it is fairly comfortable for such a long-wearing, matte product.

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Backstage Bambi

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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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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L'Ecole des Femmes

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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