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Kat Von D Ophelia, Ludwig, Lovecraft Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks

01/07

Kat Von D Ophelia Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Ophelia Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Ophelia Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Ophelia Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Ophelia Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Ophelia Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Ophelia Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Ophelia

Kat Von D Ophelia Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was opaque in one layer, but the consistency was soft enough not to drag on my lips but did take stronger pressure to get it to go on in a fluid motion. It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

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

Ophelia
Ophelia
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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B+

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B+

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

01/08

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Pixie Pearl

Laura Geller Pixie Pearl Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($36.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a very light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The powder had a smooth, almost cream-like consistency as it was denser but not stiff or firmly pressed in the pan. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer if desired (though the brand describes as sheer). I had no trouble blending out the powder on my cheek bones, and the highlighter illuminated without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. The powder stayed on well for nine hours on me.

Apparently, this was a one-day only product (though it appeared in one of their past palettes), but hopefully, the dupes are helpful or the brand eventually releases it into the permanent range.

Ingredients

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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I’m actually not sure that I have one – I almost feel like any idea of one has gotten lost over the years since I’m so used to wearing things that are probably not flattering on me or whatever that I don’t see things in the same way. I used to say Burberry for packaging, which I still like, but I care even less about packaging now than I did five years ago. I think Urban Decay’s breadth in color and finish and product variety might encapsulate my own need for variety, though the overall look and feel of their packaging/names/themes are not at all in sync with me.

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Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette

01/10

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Tryst

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that is exclusive to Beautylish. Overall, it’s a nice palette that I expect will make a good “everyday” palette for some. Darling could have been more pigmented and had a creamier consistency, while Dangereuse and Illicit had room for minor improvement.

I’m happy to see Viseart release another 9-pan palette, too, as I think the packaging is an upgrade from their standard palette packaging and the price point is more attractive.

Tryst
Tryst
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Sephora Twolips, Wanderlust, Yum Yum #Lipstories Lipsticks

01/06

Sephora Twolips (14) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Twolips (14) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Twolips (14) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Twolips (14) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Twolips (14) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Twolips (14) Lipstories Lipstick

Twolips (14)

Sephora Twolips (14) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cooler undertones and a cream finish. The pigmentation was good, but the application wasn’t as even as other shades, and I noticed that this particular shade seemed to adhere less smoothly. The texture was creamy with moderate slip, which might have been why the application wasn’t as good as other colors in the formula. This sahde wore well for four and a half hours but settled into lip lines a bit, left behind a slight stain, 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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8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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