Kat Von D Gothica Studded Kiss Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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

Kat Von D Gothica Studded Kiss LipstickKat 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.


DCDiscontinued. $21.00.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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



Featured Retailers
We earn commission on sales tracked from links/codes. Thanks for your support!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
About Reviewer
Review FAQ

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
Explore Temptalia

We're here to help you make better beauty purchases that you'll enjoy and love! We recommend signing up to take advantage of personalized features like tracking products you own, viewing dupes that you already have, and more!

Here are some useful resources for you:

Compare Any Two

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!


Being a teen in the 70s, I flee the look of any metallic but I really do want to buy a Bronze lipstick.

I am tip-toeing up to Milani Bronze Beauty. My skin coloring and blue eyes demand it.

You are so brave with lipsticks, well, with every makeup item. Have not yet seen a bad shade on your lips!! Thanks for the review.

I think after wearing colors like blue, green, gray, etc. there’s no color that intimidates me 😉 Besides, it always comes off!

WOW! So beautiful that I’m willing to work with it. I guess some of the products that get average “grades” would get better “grades” if they didn’t have such grande claims like 10 hour wear…

I have this one and I love it! Definitely not a low-maintenance color, but well worth the effort since it’s so unique compared to everything else in my collection. 🙂

I honestly haven’t worn it for super long periods yet, so I actually shouldn’t judge on the lasting power. However, I’ve found that it looks great as long as I make sure to apply immediately after wiping away lip balm I’ve been wearing to prep, and it definitely doesn’t look as good if I’ve skipped exfoliating my lips. Otherwise, it looks smooth on me as long as my lips are well prepped.

I’m not a fan of the metallic ones like Milani’s Bronze Beauty and that’s the first bronze I liked and would like to try in forever!

Hm, ok, it looks better in the photos than i imagined from the description, and the shade is pretty on you…but who has time for a lipstick that’s gritty *and* harder to apply *and* kinda drying? :-S still, i’m so glad you reviewed it, because I was intrigued by the pictures of the shade!

The finish is more unique than not, so maybe if that’s what draws you in it could be worth the extra effort, but generally, not so much.

How weird..thought I would love this one on you, but I think it makes your lips look quite dry. Not trying to be a killjoy, just further evidence this line isn’t a good choice for me.

I have this shade and it’s one of my favorites so far! Beautiful color and lasts a fairly long time and applied easily and smoothly for me.

It lost a fair amount of points because it didn’t wear for 10 hours (which is what is claimed), but it does wear awhile (longer than average) – so if that’s not a deal-breaker, it may be worth checking out if you love the color!

Such a pity to see the C rating, I do like this type of color tho, basic but with shimmer added in, creating a mysterious and fun feeling.

I wonder if you would plan for reviewing MUFE’s new shades of their Rouge Artist Natural, in which every of their names starts with Diamond. From Sephora’s swatch, I have a hunch that there might be several of them being similar to KVD. And with my experience with MUFE, I trust them delivering a better job.

It’s pretty…

The grade of this shade plus the comparison to Sandstorm just makes me extra ticked I never found those Revlon lipsticks earlier this year…

The Meijer near me which is my go-to for drugstore LE items never had them, it was bizarre. This is a store that not only got the Milani Bella Blue display, but has restocked it!

Interesting, when I looked at the lipstick itself I thought it wouldn’t be a colour I’d like. But I do! I find it quite unique, I sure don’t have anything even remotely like it. I can just imagine this a sunny autumn day, Lovely!
I also don’t mind a bit of grittiness. I’ve had loads of lipglosses that’s been quite gritty, so that’s not a dealbreaker for me.
This one is going on the wan’t list, even though I have to order it from Sephora US. I think it’ll be worht it. Good thing it’s permanent, so I don’t have to order it immediately.

Aw, I ordered this, and I imagine I will not appreciate the grittiness. But, we’ll see. I’m really feeling these orangey-brown types of shades for fall.

Glad you posted this! Gothica was one of the shades I planned to look at today. I bought Countess on Friday but just saw a sneak peek of the KVD mini lipsticks planned for this Christmas and see that Countess is a shade in that. So since it’s unworn I’m going to return it. I also have lovecraft and motorhead that will be in that set but know I’ll get enough use out of them to justify keeping the full size. But for a red (a very pretty red but a red nonetheless) I think a mini will suffice so I can justify more reds!
But now I think I’ll pass on gothica and pursue another shade

It looks so beautiful, I think I’ll try it even with the grittiness of the glitter.
It just looks so unique and I think it will be quite pretty with my hair, I might have to buy this even with the no-no’s.

I have to say, when I tried this color on, I got amazing coverage and it didn’t tug too much. Just a little tugging and it wore strong for 6 hours, until I wiped it off. I wonder if there is consistency issues in their batches or something.

Do you have any other stores that sell gothica in bakersfield ? Seems sephora is out and to check back in weeks. Please help dying to have it by sept 1st

Thank you

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!