If ever a lipstick divided opinion as to whether it was great or terrible it seems to be this range from Kat Von D. The Studded Kiss range is a relatively new range, not easily accessible in the UK but orderable online from Sephora for shipping to the UK. And that's how I got my hands on these four from the range.
I resisted testing them for a few months mainly because my lips were in really bad shape following my surgery in July. In fact it took about 4 months for them to be back to normal meaning I avoided anything matte that could even be remotely drying for fear of making them worse.
I have always thought this range was 'matte' but actually online descriptions on Sephora just say these are 'innovative lipsticks with a bold colour, 10 hour wear and luxe comfort'. But the ones I have are all matte/semi matte.
So here are the answers to some burning questions I always consider when reading reviews.
Can I apply it straight from the bullet? Yes, you can. The pointed angled tip makes it easy to navigate the lip shape.
How is it to apply? Good. All the shades offer smooth application, no tugging on the lips and feel relatively creamy. The formula isn't overly slippery meaning that application from the bullet is easy.
After I have applied it, am I going to have lipstick on my teeth? No. Phew. And it's not going to bleed outside of the natural lip liner either.
What about two hours later? Will it still be there? Yes most definitely. The staying power of these lipsticks is great. You're looking at at least 6-7 hours. And it easily survives my yoghurt and special k with berries current breakfast of choice. Lovecraft and Backstage Bambi fade really evenly, the other two faded and left a bit of a ring round the outer lip line.
It's a matte formula. Does that mean my lips will be parched? Happy to say no. I would describe my lips as dry and sensitive but I didn't find these lipsticks to be drying or clingy or chalky in the slightest. I always prime my lips with lip balm, to keep these lipsticks 'matte' on the lips blot off any excess balm off your lips before applying.
So as someone who tries at lots of lipsticks, do you recommend this? Yes I do. I am not a massive fan of the packaging. Yes it's unique in design but its a bit clunky and dare I say it, cheap looking. It feels very plastiky. But the formula offers rich, saturated, even colour on the lips, has great lasting power and doesn't strip the lips dry. I love the shades I chose and would definitely consider trying more.
Have you tried any of these? Everything I have tried from the Kat Von D range has been really good so far-I am impressed!