Kat Von D Adora & Hexagram Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Adora

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, ruby red with a metallic sheen and subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to full coverage with two to three passes. The texture had a touch of slip but was still best applied in shorter strokes to avoid unnecessary tugging during application. The color applied evenly on my lips with some color gathering in my lip lines, though the glossier finish helped distract from that. On me, it wore well for six and a half hours, left a stain behind, 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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Hexagram

Kat Von D Hexagram Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single layer, which gave it a sense of translucency and made it appear more natural/lightweight on. The lipstick was rather dense and somewhat stiff, and it yielded a thin layer of product that was very lightweight to wear but did tug on my lips as I applied it. It was not painful to use, but it wasn’t anywhere near “the creamiest” of lipstick formulas (where the brand got that notion is beyond my comprehension!). The color stayed on well for almost seven hours and was a bit drying after five 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

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Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Adora Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Hexagram Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Hexagram Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Hexagram Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Hexagram Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Hexagram Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Hexagram Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Hexagram Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
  • Marc Jacobs Flesh & Fantasy Air Blush
  • Milani Luminous Light
On eyes:
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  • ColourPop Ritz Super Shock Shadow
  • ColourPop Hiney Super Shock Shadow
  • Smashbox Double Tap Eyeshadow Trio
  • Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Oh my, Adora is gorgeous! Adding this to my list. Reminds me of that new sephora lipstories lipstick Hong Kong by Night, except better! Hoping it doesn’t make my lips look more chapped!

I still have the original Adora in the silver packaging. Anyone remember that?! Lol. It was one of my favorite Temptalia purchases! I loved the way a metallic red lip looked on you and decided to try it too. It was my go-to holiday red for years 😉

I do!! I still have it too! And, yep, it was my “go-to” holiday shade for years. I haven’t worn it in ages though, not really sure why? It’s still fine, no bad smell or mold so that’s a plus. I swear those silver tubes were creamier than the version they just phased out..

Thank goodness I have UD Cruel in lieu of putting Adora on the “list”!

As for Hexagram, after reading your description of its none too creamy application I would rather splurge on PMG Major Red.

Would Adora be similar to Mac Head in the Clouds? It was an LE lipstick from about two years ago I think.

I know there is a way to officially submit a dupe but I think you have to be logged in as a member or something because I can’t find it.

Going to have to check my old Kats for deterioration. Possibly replace with something better…like a Pat. As far as the reformulation goes, not sure these seem to be an improvement, though the oldies weren’t stellar either. Kat certainly does have a good sense of color, though.

How does this Adora compare to the past versions of Adora? (Especially the old Foiled Love version, there’s no picture in the database for that one.)

Sorry, unfortunately, I don’t have that any more and it’s too long ago in my memory (again, sorry, my memory is pretty terrible these days!) for me to speak with any knowledge on it!

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