Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kat Von D | *NEW* Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick: Review and Swatches

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Kat Von D | *NEW* Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick: Review and Swatches
Not too long ago, Kat Von D revamped her entire 40-shade lipstick collection to introduce a creamier, more pigmented formulation. As you probably know, I'm always on the lookout for the next best lipstick so I had to give the new Studded Kiss Créme Lipsticks ($23 CAD each) a try. To see some swatches and read my review, click......
Kat Von D | *NEW* Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick: Review and Swatches
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick
Kat Von D | *NEW* Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick: Review and Swatches
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick
Packaging:
The Studded Kiss Creme Lipsticks feature a new formulation but the packaging remains unchanged. The lipsticks are housed in a chunky, lacquered black tube covered with raised square studs. The "KVD" logo is embossed on the top of the cap and the actual bullet is also etched with a similar design.
Kat Von D | *NEW* Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick: Review and Swatches
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick
Formulation:
Originally released in 2014, the Studded Kiss Lipsticks have been reformulated to provide a rich, creamy color and a lightweight, comfortable wear. To reflect the new formulation, the product name has also been changed to the Studded Kiss Créme Lipsticks. Kat Von D makes some great products (ex. eyeshadows, eyeliners, liquid lipsticks) but I've always found their lipstick collection to be a bit lacking. I've tried a total nine shades (see here, here, and here) from the original formulation and have found them to be mostly disappointing as the texture was silicone-y and dry. Therefore, I was very happy to hear the news of a relaunch.
Kat Von D | *NEW* Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick: Review and Swatches
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick
Overall, the new Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks are indeed a significant improvement from the original. Offering a much better pigmentation, the vanilla-scented lipsticks are lightweight, smooth, and creamy. All six shades I have here offer a soft matte finish so I wouldn't say that these are the most moisturizing and nourishing cream lipsticks I've tried but I'm satisfied with the application and wear. The coverage is so much more opaque and there's no icky, silicone-y feeling. See below for a detailed review of each shade.

Bow N Arrow: Described as a satin-matte fawn nude, Bow N Arrow is a muted beige with a subtle gray tinge. This shade is not as creamy and smooth as the others so the application tugged a bit. Nevertheless, I was able to get an opaque, non-patchy finish.
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in "Bow N Arrow"
Ludwig: A muted rose-beige similar to a pink, cool-toned Bow N Arrow, Ludwig is very creamy and pigmented.
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in "Ludwig"
OG Lolita: The original Loita (there's also Lolita, and Lolita II), this is a neutral rose nude. The pigmentation is great and the formulation is smooth and creamy.
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in "OG Lolita"
Double Dare: A warmer, more saturated version of OG Lolita, Double Dare is a beautiful warm rose. This is the only shade I've actually tried in the original formulation and the difference is night and day. The original was patchy, sheer, and excessively silicone-y and this reformulated version is so much creamier and more pigmented.
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in "Double Dare"
Lovecraft: This is a dusty light pink with a hint of mauve. As you can see, the coverage is great and the formulation is soft and creamy.
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in "Lovecraft"
Prayer: A vampy wine red with a satin finish, Prayer is decently pigmented and very creamy. Darker reds like this tend to be very patchy and although not perfect, Prayer manages to provide a mostly opaque coverage. I would still recommend pairing it with a lip pencil if you want a flawless application.
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in "Prayer"
See below for a collage of all six shades. With the exception of "Bow N Arrow" and "Prayer", which have some minor issues, all the shades are very impressive. My personal favorites are OG Lolita and Double Dare. Which one is your pick? Have you tried the new Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks? Share with me in the comments below! 
Kat Von D | Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick
Availability:
Kat Von D is available in stores and online at Sephora.
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