Kat Von D Santa Sangre Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

Santa Sangre

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, medium red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had a thinner, stiffer consistency in the tube that felt firm against my lips and tugged slightly, but it didn’t drag much and still laid down even, opaque coverage in a single layer. The lipstick clung noticeably and started to feel a bit drying after five hours of wear, but the color itself was still quite good even after eight hours of wear (including eating and drinking).

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.


Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina, Silica, Isostearyl Palmitate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Water, Calcium Silicate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Oleate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba) Wax, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylene Carbonate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Ethyl Vanillin, Benzyl Alcohol, Aroma/Flavor, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

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Kat Von D Santa Sangre Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Santa Sangre Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Giorgio Armani Power Frabic Foundation
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
  • Tom Ford Love Lust Cheek Color
  • Kat Von D Gold Skool Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter
On eyes:
  • Inglot x JLO Eyeshadows in J305
  • J329
  • J323
  • J307
  • J317
  • J331
  • J313
  • J335
  • J305
  • J315

About the 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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I am considering picking up a backup of this one! I find the application really smooth and easy to apply, and my husband loved the color!

I am trying so hard to talk myself out of buying this, if for no other reason than that I’ve got so many red lipsticks already. But this is actually stunning! Mind you. I’m about to do a “Back To MAC” for either Ruby Woo or Heroine. With Ruby Woo possibly being on my virtual WL longer than anything else!

If you have a lot of reds, like I do, go for the purple! I have both of the MACs you’re considering. Heroine is gorgeous and unique, and it feels a lot nicer on the lips than Ruby Woo. (But then again, I really don’t like the Retro Matte formula.) I’m nearing a Back-To-MAC, too. Probably getting Lustering.

Another gorgeous red lipstick! I’ve decided that I’m not allowed to buy another red until I finish one from my stash. So this will just go on my “someday” list. 🙂

I wanted this for the packaging, but wasn’t going to get “another goddamn red lipstick because you have so many already omg!” Buuuut, turns out the only dupe I have on your list is NYX’s Perfect Red and I don’t love the formula or application. Score!

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