Kat Von D is a brand I've always wanted to try, but being the quiet, everyday kind of girl that I am, I do find the brand's “gothic” theme quite intimidating! Of course, it all changed as soon as I laid my eyes on their new lipstick collection called Studded Kiss Lipsticks. With a whopping 30 colors in the lineup, I knew it's time to start my adventure!
First of all, can we just take a moment (and deep breath) to admire the immaculate packaging here? The whole thing is studded. The whole shiny black case is seamlessly studded — the cap, the base — which makes it look like some sort of an architectural piece rather than a lipstick! It feels sturdy in the hand, too, even though it's made of plastic. On the outer crown is the brand's Kat Von D monogram which adds even more solidity to the structure. And if that's not enough, on the lipstick bullet itself, another Kat Von D monogram is also engraved on the side. This has to be one of boldest lipstick packagings I've ever come across! :)
Studded Kiss Lipsticks are currently exclusive to Sephora. There are 30 shades in the lineup — some are new colors, others are old and cult favorites. The one I picked up is called Lullabye which is described as a “sparkling iridescent magenta violet“. Upon closer inspection, it is basically a fuchsia base with lots and lots of micro fine iridescent pink and purple glitter. It is really unique and may I say quite stunning to look at in person. I don't think I have anything similar in my lipstick collection.
The formula has a sweet Crème Brûlée scent that I find very similar to that of MAC lipsticks. It does linger for a while on the lips which I don't mind since I find the scent very pleasing.
The lipstick is formulated with the Color Cushion Technology that supposedly combines long wear time (10-hour), one-swipe payoff, and smooth velvet touch comfort.
The 10-hour wear time
Oh, this I wholeheartedly agree! I wore this to a party on Saturday night and Lullabye just stood up to drinking, eating, and talking and laughing like a champ. And I didn't even line my lips with anything but a thin coat of my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment! I am absolutely impressed! This is with multiple layers on the lips (with blotting in between), though. When worn sheer as an everyday, office-appropriate pink (yes, Lullabye can be worn sheer, too, and its effect on the lips is quite lovely!), it doesn't wear as long, may be 5-6 hours, which is still quite impressive in my opinion. I also noticed a soft stain effect once the color wears off.
The one-swipe payoff
This one I questioned. The statement may ring true for other shades in the lineup but Lullabye does not go on fully opaque in one swipe. In fact, it takes quite a bit of building up to reach the maximum opaqueness of the color (as you will see in the arm swatch below). This may be due to the slight “sheerness” of the formula. Imagine a good sheer to medium lipstick with a bit of slip, add in tons and tons of glitter, and you will have Lullabye. One swipe yields a thin layer of pink with transparency and the glittery effect is very subtle. Once you start building the coverage, the color intensifies exponentially with each pass, and the end result is a full-on multidimensional, metallic fuchsia.
The smooth velvet touch comfort
Once again I don't think this is a fitting description for Lullabye. Due to the glitter overload, you will experience the gritty sensation during application. It is very mild, though, and you may not even feel it at all if you prime your lips with a lip balm or lip primer first. The formula is also slightly drying so be aware if you have dry, sensitive lips as this can exacerbate your dry lip condition (laying down a thick layer of a good lip balm underneath should help!).
- Exfoliate and moisturize lips well prior to application.
- I find that the color moves a lot if I don't blot between layers. If you find your application leaving a streaky or patchy finish, try lining your lips with a matte lip primer first.
- Blend out the color with a lip brush to achieve a smooth and even finish. The brush also reaches the corners of the mouth better for a precise and clean application.
- Top with a little bit of gloss to keep the glitter from flaking off during wear.
The clean party look
Base: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique
Lid color: MAC Hocus Pocus
Crease: MAC Steamy
Outer corner: MAC Black Tied
Inner corner: Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop in Au Revoir
Brow bone: MAC Vex
Liner: MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Black Swan
I hope you find my review helpful and that you like the finished look! Contrary to most reviews, I don't find Lullabye a difficult shade to pull off at all. The formula could be a little more moisturizing but then the wear time would not be as impressive. It is certainly not a swipe-and-go type of lipstick but this color wasn't intended for that purpose anyway (at least I don't think so). It is still very wearable when applied lightly and sheered out but the effect is most striking when worn at its full opacity.
So what do you think of Lullabye? Are you interested in trying the Studded Kiss Lipsticks? What color are you drawn to the most?