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Kat Von D Sanctuary, OG Lolita, Lolita II Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks

01/07

Kat Von D Sanctuary Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Sanctuary Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Sanctuary Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Sanctuary Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Sanctuary Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Sanctuary Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Sanctuary Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Sanctuary

Kat Von D Sanctuary Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which wasn’t buildable, that applied evenly with minimal color that gathered in my deeper lip lines (and wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance). The texture was smooth with a touch of slip, so it didn’t drag on my lips like most shades have in this formula. It wore well four hours and was non-drying.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.12 oz. - $158.33 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the new formula is supposed to be "the creamiest, most cushiony and unbelievably pigmented lipstick to ever cross your lips" that is "comfortable" to wear. I don't know if the brand has actually tried the plethora of other lipsticks on the market, because I can tell you that after swatching all 40 shades back-to-back, these are nowhere near "the creamiest" or "most cushiony" or even "unbelievably pigmented." They were, on average, much creamier than the original formula, but a fair number of shades were firm and dense enough that short strokes was better for application otherwise there was noticeable tugging. Some shades were pigmented, some shades were uneven or sheer. The mid-tone shades seemed to be the best overall in terms of application, pigmentation, and how they looked on the lips, whereas the shimmery shades were often sheerer, gritty, and drying while the deeper, vampy shades were lacking pigmentation and could apply streakily.

They seemed to have longer wear than most lipsticks (five to eight hours) but have been lightly to intensely drying, depending on the shade, and I found that wearing them back-to-back made the drying aspect more pronounced. They had a strong, sweet, burnt sugar kind of scent that was noticeable when initially applied, but I didn't detect during wear.

I did not review all shades in the original Studded Kiss formula as it wasn't feasible for me to purchase all of those at the time, and after trying what I did purchase, they weren't promising (often very dry, stiff, and painful to use with a drying formula). From what I can tell, some are better (see: LUV (Original) vs. LUV (New); Coven (Original) vs. Coven (New)), some are worse (see: Gold Blooded (Original) vs. Gold Blooded (New); Poe (Original) vs. Poe (New)). The shimmery shades seemed worse for the reformulation, and the glittery shades are like the grittiest sandpaper across one's lips; I felt like I was ripping my lips off when applying both Gold Blooded and Piaf with Poe not being far behind.

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Ingredients

Sanctuary
Sanctuary
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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B-
B
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Sephora Take a Spin, No Cell Service, In the Clouds Lipstories Lipsticks

01/06

Sephora Take a Spin (41) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Take a Spin (41) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Take a Spin (41) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Take a Spin (41) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Take a Spin (41) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Take a Spin (41) Lipstories Lipstick

Take a Spin (41)

Sephora Take a Spin (41) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, medium beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had better pigmentation that I expected (almost opaque), but it had a lot of slip and the particle size of the glitter/sparkle seemed prone to making the color clump up on those particles rather than adhere to my lips evenly. The end result was a clumpy, patchy application that did not look good. It worked better layered over another product with a lip brush or fingertip. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage. The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular. Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

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5
Product
9
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
1
Application
63%
Total

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Kat Von D Lolita, Cathedral, Nahz Fur Atoo Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks

01/07

Kat Von D Lolita Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Lolita Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Lolita Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Lolita Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Lolita Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Lolita Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Lolita Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Lolita

Kat Von D Lolita Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was fantastic–actually opaque!–with a dense consistency that was smooth, velvety, and lightweight and had just enough slip to apply without dragging on my lips. It wore well for five and a half hours but was a bit drying after four hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.12 oz. - $158.33 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the new formula is supposed to be "the creamiest, most cushiony and unbelievably pigmented lipstick to ever cross your lips" that is "comfortable" to wear. I don't know if the brand has actually tried the plethora of other lipsticks on the market, because I can tell you that after swatching all 40 shades back-to-back, these are nowhere near "the creamiest" or "most cushiony" or even "unbelievably pigmented." They were, on average, much creamier than the original formula, but a fair number of shades were firm and dense enough that short strokes was better for application otherwise there was noticeable tugging. Some shades were pigmented, some shades were uneven or sheer. The mid-tone shades seemed to be the best overall in terms of application, pigmentation, and how they looked on the lips, whereas the shimmery shades were often sheerer, gritty, and drying while the deeper, vampy shades were lacking pigmentation and could apply streakily.

They seemed to have longer wear than most lipsticks (five to eight hours) but have been lightly to intensely drying, depending on the shade, and I found that wearing them back-to-back made the drying aspect more pronounced. They had a strong, sweet, burnt sugar kind of scent that was noticeable when initially applied, but I didn't detect during wear.

I did not review all shades in the original Studded Kiss formula as it wasn't feasible for me to purchase all of those at the time, and after trying what I did purchase, they weren't promising (often very dry, stiff, and painful to use with a drying formula). From what I can tell, some are better (see: LUV (Original) vs. LUV (New); Coven (Original) vs. Coven (New)), some are worse (see: Gold Blooded (Original) vs. Gold Blooded (New); Poe (Original) vs. Poe (New)). The shimmery shades seemed worse for the reformulation, and the glittery shades are like the grittiest sandpaper across one's lips; I felt like I was ripping my lips off when applying both Gold Blooded and Piaf with Poe not being far behind.

Browse all of our Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Lolita
Lolita
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

01/08

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick

Viva Glam Sia

MAC Viva Glam Sia Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC described it as a “warm” red, though it looked cooler on me and occasionally, neutral, but it had a pinkish base when I sheered it out.

It had rich, opaque pigmentation that covered my lips with smooth, even color in a single stroke. The texture was dense, slightly firm, but it slid across my lips in a fluid motion with moderate pressure that avoided dragging. It was lightweight, thin without being clingy, and it sat well on my lips. The color was still going strong after five hours of wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying. Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying. The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Ingredients

Sephora Fireside, Celebrate, Coconut Grove Lipstories Lipsticks

01/06

Sephora Fire Side (11) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Fire Side (11) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Fire Side (11) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Fire Side (11) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Fire Side (11) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Fire Side (11) Lipstories Lipstick

Fire Side (11)

Sephora Fire Side (11) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly across my lips and never tugged during application. The lipstick had a lightweight, creamy (but not slippery!) consistency that had a bit of substance to it so it seemed to smooth out most of my lip lines. It stayed on nicely for five hours and was lightly moisturizing.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage. The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular. Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

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9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC x Jeremy Scott Future Emotions Lip x 9 Palette

01/07

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette

Future Emotions

MAC Future Emotions Jeremy Scott Lip x 9 Palette ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains nine shades of lipstick with a few being from the brand’s permanent range. The biggest thing to note is that where I’ve tried a color in the past (as a traditional, twist-up lipstick), it was always inferior in the palette–thinner, drier, or clingier in the pan version. The second characteristic that seems important to note is that there’s really not much product in the palette; just a little more than a single lipstick (0.10 oz.), which retails for $17.50.