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Kat Von D has reformulated her Studded Kiss lipsticks! The formula was already a favorite of mine, but Kat wanted to improve the product with some of the newer advances made in the cosmetics industry.
I’m hoping this is a judgment-free zone here before I admit that I went ahead and bought 10 of them from the KVD site. The Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks launched today at Sephora.
Keep reading for my review, swatches, and comparisons to the previous formula + her liquid lipsticks!
Studded Kiss Crème
What it is: Introducing the new and reborn Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick, the creamiest, most cushiony and unbelievably pigmented lipstick to ever cross your lips.
With this launch, Kat reformulated many of the old Studded Kiss lipsticks, plus created some new shades. Many of the new shades are companions to existing Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks.
There are 3 different finishes among the 40 lipsticks: metallic, satin, and glimmer. The predominance of the shades are in the satin range – there’s 34 of them.
Shades + Swatches
The 10 shades I purchased are all pretty much on the nude/”wearable” spectrum with the satin-matte finish. I couldn’t help it! I also wanted to make sure I chose shades in which I had the corresponding liquid lipstick and/or old formula for a proper comparison.
Bow N Arrow – fawn nude
Cathedral – coco rose
Double Dare – cocoa blush
Lolita – chestnut rose
Lolita II – terracotta nude
Lovecraft – mauve pink nude
Ludwig – nude fawn
Mother – dusty mauve pink
OG Lolita – original dusty rose
Sanctuary – nude coffee
Shades swatched on my arm in direct sunlight:
I have the following shades in the previous Studded Kiss formula: Cathedral, Double Dare, Lolita, Lolita II, and Mother. I also have some of the shades in their Everlasting Liquid Lipstick counterparts: Bow N Arrow, Double Dare, Lolita, Lolita II, Lovecraft, Ludwig, Mother, and Sanctuary. Following are comparisons of the new Studded Kiss Cremes to the previous Studded Kiss iteration and/or Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, where applicable.
Just a note: for the swatches below, I used one swipe for the new Studded Kiss Crèmes, but 2-3 passes for the old Studded Kiss lipsticks. The new ones pack serious pigment and I couldn’t build up most of the old ones to the same level.
Bow n Arrow is a super popular shade from her Everlasting Liquid Lipstick line. It’s a gorgeous, flattering nude. I am happy to see it as a lipstick! It’s beautiful and very similar to the liquid lip, perhaps a tad less warm.
Cathedral was one of my favorites in the Studded Kiss line. The new shade is pretty much the same, just obviously more pigmented.
Double Dare was released as a Studded Kiss lipstick for Holiday 2016. It was limited edition with beautiful gunmetal packaging. The Studded Kiss lipstick was a bit lighter than the liquid lipstick, but the new Studded Kiss Crème is a hair darker than the liquid lipstick. I actually prefer the lighter color of the old version on my skin tone.
Lolita is insanely popular, but the shade has been inconsistent through the years. So, Kat also released the OG Lolita, which is supposed to be most like the original shade. OG Lolita is most similar to the liquid lipstick, while the new Lolita is darker.
Lolita II is another member of the Lolita family, but is a tad more orange than the regular Lolita. The liquid lipstick dries down a bit dark/brown compared to the lipsticks. It was great that they brought Lolita II to the permanent line after the limited edition holiday release.
Lovecraft was one of my all-time favorite lipsticks in the previous formula. The color is different now though; it’s darker, less dusty, and a bit more pink. It’s still nice, but I really enjoyed the pinky nude that it used to be. I’m pretty disappointed by this color change tbh.
Ludwig was my most recent liquid lipstick purchase from Kat. It’s a beautiful nude, and I love the Studded Kiss Crème version!
Mother is a lovely watermelon pink. The new Studded Kiss Crème is pretty consistent with the holiday release lipstick and liquid lipstick.
Sanctuary is one of my favorite liquid lipsticks, so I was thrilled to see the lipstick version be released! It is very similar to the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, so of course, I love it.
I really liked the old Studded Kiss formula, but I can see why Kat would want to make improvements, especially when comparing her formula to some of the newer formulas out there.
These new lipsticks are definitely creamier than before (hence “crème” in the name). They glide on my lips way more easily, with one fluid motion to full opacity. The light vanilla scent is the same.
I really like the newer finish – it’s not as flat since it’s more satin than matte. There is a beautiful shaping effect that these lipsticks have. My lips look flawless and perfectly defined upon application. This is particularly impressive considering how simple it is to apply these!
Wearing the new formula, I’ve noticed that the lipsticks are only slightly less drying than the old formula. I can’t press my lips together unless I prep my lips beforehand with lip balm. These do not appear nearly as dry on my lips through wear as the previous formula though.
The new lipsticks wear very well for the most part. There is some transfer (onto a Diet Coke can, for instance), but the color looks about the same on my lips. The color is generally strong for about 3 hours, with minimal fading on my inner lip area. After that, the color wears away evenly. Darker colors look more like a lip stain while wearing away.
I have only had issues after eating (am I that much of a slob?). The color gets patchy and can settle into lip lines. I’m not heartbroken about this because I always retouch after eating, but I hoped it would at least wear away a little bit more evenly while eating.
I am really enjoying Kat’s new Studded Kiss Crème lipsticks! They are definitely a step up from her previous formula. Not only are the colors beautiful and pigmented, but the formula helps enhance my lip shape.
I do wish these were a little bit less drying, but they are definitely not as drying as a liquid lipstick. Prepping my lips with lip balm does the trick pretty well.
I would recommend this formula if there are colors that you’re interested in, but purchasing like 10 of them might be overkill 🙂
The Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks retail for $19 for 0.12 oz. Previously, the Studded Kiss lipsticks were only 0.10 oz for $21. More product for less money!
They are available at Sephora and the Kat Von D Beauty website.